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Federal Government Shutdown: Its Effect on Surveyors and Alternate Resources

The federal government shutdown as of Oct.1 is affecting many surveyors who rely on GPS/GNSS, but there are non-federal resources you can use in the meantime.  Below are lists of resources as well as explanations of the government’s role in providing data and access to data.  This information has been provided by PSM geodesy editor Dave Doyle;...

FieldNotes: State Society Show Recaps

NJSPLS Conference  By Bill Beardslee SurvCon 2013 was the 34th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors. Approximately 700 attendees, vendors, and guests experienced 23 continuing education workshops and several social events at Bally’s Park Place Hotel in Atlantic City. The workshops covered a variety of topics, including business...

FieldNotes: Legislative Priorities for Surveyors

Q&A with NSPS Legislative Affairs consultant John Palatiello FieldNotes: To anyone involved with the National Society of Professional Surveyors [NSPS] in the past few decades, your name rings a bell. How so? John Palatiello: I had the honor of being the first ACSM Government Affairs director, beginning in 1982. I was hired off Capitol Hill...

Machines, Models, and Mobile Data

Three case studies highlight the time and cost savings of machine control, intelligent milling, 3D site modeling, and multi-site connectivity. Winds of Change 3D site plans and models combined with fine grading control facilitate success in construction of a major wind-turbine assembly plant. How do you construct something really big, meet a demanding timeline, and...

Call for Abstracts for 2015 GIS in Action!

Mark your calendars for May 4-6, 2015 and join us in Vancouver, WA at the Hilton Vancouver Hotel and Conference Center for the 2015 GIS in Action conference. This year’s conference is jointly sponsored by the Oregon-Southwest Washington Chapter of URISA (ORURISA), Washington State Chapter of URISA (WAURISA), and the Columbia River chapter of ASPRS...

Model of a Fiery Earth

This copper engraving entitled “Fire Canals” is an early 3D diagram of volcanology; it’s a cross-section of the Earth showing volcanoes on the surface forming from a molten magma core. Note the ships sailing between erupting volcanoes, blown by the four winds. This model was created by the Jesuit scholar and polymath Athanasius Kircher (1620 –...