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feature Hello Amerisurv user... I hope this newsletter finds you well! Our April/May edition is packed with more great content, all of which can be reached below. Of particular note is a new feature we're starting called The Wow Factor. Since the late 1970s electronic surveying technology has always fascinated and challenged me. Not only did it enable our crews to perform faster, better quality work, it always appealed to me as being more fun.
At the annual Virginia show, I attended a reception hosted by Loyola Spatial Systems where they showed a new web app they had developed. The app uses Google Maps to show where GPS rovers are working. My first thought was, "Wow, that's cool." Since most of the work we do is routine, more fun is good, yes? You can read more about it below, both in my editorial and in the actual Wow Factor article.
Again, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share. Starting with our June issue, we're increasing the size of the magazine just to accomodate all the great content that's poured in.
Thanks for your support.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, LS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: The Wow Factor
I recently attended a reception hosted by Loyola Spatial Systems at the annual Virginia Association of Surveyors' conference. Loyola is a great example of a well-run entrepreneurial company that has capitalized on the RTN boom ....
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Reconnaissance: The Stories They Tell
Over the years of traveling to most of these United States and talking to or otherwise corresponding with hundreds of surveyors in virtually every state, I have come across a wide variety of interesting and humorous documents. Some of them I share off and on in ....
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The Wow Factor: Loyola's RTK-Net Management Portal
As part of its newly-released Management Portal and GPS Work Day Planning Center, Loyola now provides Real Time Connection Logs to their customers. A map function is included that uses Google Maps to plot the location of GPS rovers that have been connected to ...
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Bad Pass Archaeology
The Bad Pass Trail runs for miles along the western side of rugged Bighorn Canyon in southern Montana and northern Wyoming. Today it consists of numerous rock piles or cairns, which once helped ...
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Rapid Surveyor: Mapping the built environment and beyond
Today, we live in a world where the trend is to have the latest or the best currently available gadget, be that a humble MP3 player, a digital camera or a cell phone. While this trend is most likely quite obvious to users of ....
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RTN­101: Network Geometry­Design Meets Reality (Part 12)
"We will never be an advanced civilization as long as rain showers can delay the launching of a space rocket."--George Carlin
The best design principles and best intentions may initially drive RTN design, but certain realities rule in the end. Ultimately the test of ...
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Equipment Review: Leica System 1200 (Part 2 of 2)
The Smart Antenna is a lightweight device that includes a GPS/GLONASS (GG models) or GPS-only antenna and receiver. For connectivity, it includes a wireless Bluetooth port, a LEMO port, and a clip port for attaching to the TPS1200+ Smart Station handle. It is powered by the ...
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Software Review: Prefiniti from Center Line Services
Bob Stevenson, a well-known and respected New Mexico surveyor*, once told me that a surveyor could make good money doing lot and block surveys for title companies. I thought he was probably right, but at the time survey inspection reports, or whatever they are called in ...
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Vantage Point: Just Say "No"
Early December 2007 newspapers carried an article entitled, "Scotsman Says `No' to Trump". It seems "The Donald" had approached Michael Forbes to buy his 23-acre farm and was told that the land was not for sale at any price. Apparently the offer of ...
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Day, night, week-end, holiday, you name it... Amerisurv is updated 24/7 with the latest news and announcements affecting today's Land Surveying professional. Below are some of the latest items of interest.

feature Silver Anniversary Carlson Software User Conference - I attended this event recently (the only survey magazine Editor to do so), and I must say I was quite impressed. More than 350 attendees, and more than 80 educational sessions, most of which carried CEU credit. I learned more about Carlson's products in two days than in all the years I've been writing about the company! This is a company that really believes in customer feeback. I'll do a recap of the conference in my June editorial. Meanwhile, you can read Carlson's release about the event HERE, and I've posted my photographs of the keynote speakers HERE.

New Trustees Elected for National Museum of Surveying
In Memoriam: John Edward Chance
GITA Announces New Call for Presentations Process for Solutions Conference
Eagle Point Software Corporation Announces New Channel Partner Program
Trimble Introduces Software Package to Remotely Manage DGPS Broadcast Sites for Marine Navigation
Optech Named Exporter of the Year
ERDAS Announces Rapidly Connect and Share Your World Free Webinar
Airborne Laser Scanner VQ-480: Compact, Lightweight Design for Corridor Mapping
Loyola Enterprises Announces Monitoring Systems Division
Magellan® Announces MobileMapper® CX with DigiTerra® Explorer
POSPac Air 5.0 Now Available to All Optech Airborne Survey Clients
Carlson 2009 Office Software Solutions Released
USACE and PBS&J Team to Expand National Levee Database Program
SECO Making New ANSI/ISEA Class 2 and 3 Safety Utility Vests to Satisfy Federal Mandates
Carlson Software and HydroCAD Form Alliance
Ben Petersen, President of the Land Surveyors Association of Washington, Named Surveyor of the Year
Bechtel Construction Co. and AFL-CIO Commit to Labor Agreement for New Nuke Plant
Leica Geosystems introduces advancements to GNSS reference station & structural monitoring solutions
PBSJ Foundation Announces Grants
Surveyors Review Course
Hemisphere GPS Announces OEM Development Kit for Eclipse Dual-Frequency GPS Receiver Technology
Carlson Software to Give Users CAD Platform Choice
Carlson Software Supports JAVAD GNSS
Can Sculpture of State Capitol Building Wins People’s Choice Award in Local Competition
Bentley Opens BE Conference 2008 Registration, Announces Keynotes by Leading Infrastructure Experts
Universities, Agencies Collaborate on Atlas of Yellowstone Project
National Geographic Opens the Doors to Geospatial Data
Nokia N95, Nokia Maps and Accessories Included in Special Edition Automobile
Integrated Applications Enhance Waterford Township's Infrastructure Planning Capabilities
Google Earth™ for Desktop Linux Now Available Through One-Click Software Delivery Service
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