All posts by Scott Martin

SPC83 final 2001 map

NGS Webinar on State Plane Coord. System Update

NGS’s free webinar on the State Plane Coordinate System Update has been rescheduled after the Federal government shutdown. It now will take place on March 7, 2:00 pm EST.   Leading it will be Michael Dennis, PE, LS, National Geodetic Survey. NGS will establish the State Plane Coordinate System of 2022 (SPCS2022) as part of modernizing the National Spatial...

081220-N-7090S-110 Washington D.C. (Dec. 20, 2008) The referee conducts the ceremonial coin toss before the inaugural Eagle Bank Bowl between the Navy Midshipmen and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jhi L. Scott/Released)

You Make the Call

Even if you aren’t a football fan, or a sports fan in general, you likely still heard something about the very controversial “non-call” of a penalty in the recent NFC championship game between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams. It occurred in the last minutes of the game and very likely cost...

Single zone proposal

State Plane Coordinates 2022

Ready or not, here they come. Considering all of the outreach that the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) has been doing for the last couple of years, hopefully most of you are well aware of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) Modernization Project. That project will result in the replacement of both the North American Datum...

Close Enough for Government Work

Image above: High-tension measurement: Credit NOAA National Geodetic Survey. We have all heard it, most likely have even said it. I have. And we probably meant it as a negative, implying sloppy work. However, researching the origin of the saying revealed that it was born during World War II and meant excellence, as in: if...

NCEEES Pat Tami

Being a Reference for Survey Exam Candidates

Why you should take the opportunity seriously. If you spend time reading almost anything regarding the state of our profession and the growing concerns regarding the viability thereof, you will often see several factors mentioned: the inability to attract young people despite our high-tech, three-dimensional suite of deliverables, the erosion/loss of traditional surveyor tasks, in...

NOAA's Historic Magnetic Declination

Lost My Rodman

On June 25th, I lost my rodman, who was also my brother, best friend, and only sibling, at the much-too-young age of 57. He went to sleep and didn’t wake up. Turns out he had been ignoring symptoms of heart trouble for some time, and, unfortunately, it was a fatal mistake. My weeks since have...