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National Surveyors Week - March 20-26, 2011

Discussion in 'General Land Surveying' started by William D., Mar 14, 2011.

  1. William D.

    William D. 4-Year Member

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    How do you plan on spending next week?

    Any plans other than watching basketball?
     
  2. foggyidea

    foggyidea 5-Year Member

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    I'm giving the TrigStar exam to 92 High School students (none of which are mine!)on Monday, in conjunction Nat'l Surveyors Week as well as serving as the MA state coordinator of NSPS Surveying USA 2011. I will also be speaking to two Trig classes at the High School and doing a surveying lab with them.

    How about you? What are you doing?
     
  3. Wendell

    Wendell Administrator Staff Member

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    > How about you? What are you doing?

    I'm hoping some great folks here on the forum will have their video cameras handy at work during the week and they'll send me some cool footage for our YouTube video channel for all to see.

    :-)
     
  4. sicilian cowboy

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    Hopefully, some of us will be sending letters and e-mails to states like Texas and Florida that are considering eliminating existing professional licensing laws, moves that will undermine our profession.
     
  5. Wendell

    Wendell Administrator Staff Member

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    > Hopefully, some of us will be sending letters and e-mails to states like Texas and Florida that are considering eliminating existing professional licensing laws, moves that will undermine our profession.

    YES! I'll second that motion!
     
  6. James Fleming

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    > Hopefully, some of us will be sending letters and e-mails to states like Texas and Florida that are considering eliminating existing professional licensing laws, moves that will undermine our profession.

    Or, we could finally start heading down the path to becoming a self regulated profession, like lawyers (and for that matter surveyors in just about every other nation).
     
  7. Moe Shetty

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    don't forget saturday is the "survey u.s.a." national gps campaign. i signed up the day i heard of it, only never to get a response from state coordinator(s)? has anyone gotten a resource/contact that our RINEX is to be sent to?
     
  8. Steve Gardner

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    When is National Body Wrappers Week?
     
  9. Rich Leu

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    NSPS Surveying USA

    NSPS Surveying USA
    Supporting National Geodetic Survey Missions

    1. A historic opportunity to improve the nation’s surveying framework

    On March 19th 2011, a first-ever simultaneous nationwide Global Positioning
    System (GPS) survey will be conducted by members of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) to commemorate National Surveyors Week and promote the numerous benefits of GPS. This effort will include volunteer surveyors from all 50 states and numerous U.S. Territories.

    Those survey data which meet requirements below will be a valuable contribution to the National Spatial Reference System, a nationwide survey control network which links and improves federal, state, and local surveying and mapping activities. To contribute your GPS data, simply fill out the attached field notes, then upload your data and mark description to http://geodesy.noaa.gov/OPUS/ using option > publish my solution. This will utilize the National Geodetic Survey’s Online Positioning User Service to process and publish the survey results.

    2. Publishing requirements

    2.1 mark: Any permanent mark of public interest is acceptable. Existing NGS marks, particularly NGS bench marks, will provide the most value to geodetic models. Your state geodetic advisor can help in choosing specific marks (or bench mark lines) in areas of sporadic GEOID/GPSBM coverage (blank areas on this map) or rejected GPSBM (or adjacent bench marks) listed here.

    2.2 GPS data: Publishing via OPUS requires a 4+ hour, dual-frequency GPS data file. Poor quality data (obstructed or noisy GPS) may fail the publishing quality filters.

    2.3 equipment: See the acceptable antenna list: http://geodesy.noaa.gov/ANTCAL
    Fixed height tripods are preferred, or carefully measure height to the ARP (defined for each antenna at the ANTCAL website above.) Bring a camera for the required digital mark photos, as described on the attached form.


    3. Contacts
    NSPS Surveying USA – Debi Anderson – surveyorlady@yahoo.com
    OPUS – Neil Weston, 301-713-3191 x 103 – neil.d.weston@noaa.gov
    Fieldwork & Publishing - Joe Evjen, 301-713-3194 x 109 - joe.evjen@noaa.gov
    State Advisors – Ross MacKay, 301-713-1054 x 113 - ross.mackay@noaa.gov
    Surveyor Associations – Dave Doyle, 301-713-3178 - dave.doyle@noaa.gov
     
  10. Rich Leu

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    DIRECTIONS & PARTICIPANT FORM & IDEA SHEET

    DIRECTIONS & PARTICIPANT FORM & IDEA SHEET

    Each state shall have a State Coordinator who will get all the information out to their constituents.
    Each state shall conduct NSPS Surveying USA day in whatever way they see fit.
    Each participant may observe any point they wish and use whatever grade GPS they have available.
    Each State Coordinator shall be responsible for collecting all data from their participants and forwarding all results to Debi Anderson, NSPS Governor of Montana at NSPSSurveyingUSA@yahoo.com
    Each participant shall be responsible for providing the state coordinator with the following information:
    State, Participants Name, Description of Point observed, length of time of observation, LAT/LONG in Degrees, Minutes, Seconds. State Coordinator should not have to process any data even for those participants occupying points of a higher order since everyone can provide the LAT/LONG no matter what grade GPS they are using.
    I hope this does not seem abrupt but I wanted to just set down the basic guidelines. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at the above email address. The following pages can be used as a sample form for your participants and an idea sheet (unless they are sending data in for NGS. Those forms are available under a separate attachment.)



    PARTICIPANT FORM

    STATE ________________________________

    PARTICIPANT NAME ____________________________________________

    DESCRIPTION OF POINT OBSERVED _______________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________

    LENGTH OF TIME OF OBSERVATION ________________________________

    LATITUDE/LONGITUDE IN DEGREES, MINUTES, SECONDS
    ___________________________________________




    IDEA SHEET

    State Capitols
    State Boundary Monuments
    Historical Places
    Railroad Station Depots
    Famous Landmarks (natural or manmade)
    Presidential Homes
    Battle fields
    Schools
    Colleges
    Trees over 100 years old
    Famous tombstones
    Initial Points of your State
    Highest points in State
    Lowest Points in State
    County Courthouses
     
  11. Rich Leu

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    GPS Hand-Held Positions for NAVD 88 Bench Marks

    GPS Hand-Held Positions for NAVD 88 Bench Marks

    The vast majority of North American Vertical Datum 1988 (NAVD 88) bench marks published by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) as part of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) have coordinate values (latitude and longitude) that were scaled from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5 minute topographic maps. The values and corresponding metadata are specifically noted in the “Current Survey Control” portion of the NGS datasheet as shown below:
    DU1234 *CURRENT SURVEY CONTROL
    DU1234 ___________________________________________________________________
    DU1234* NAD 83(1986)- 33 55 19. (N) 110 11 46. (W) SCALED
    DU1234* NAVD 88 - 1636.608 (meters) 5369.44 (feet) ADJUSTED
    DU1234 ___________________________________________________________________

    DU1234.The horizontal coordinates were scaled from a topographic map and have
    DU1234.an estimated accuracy of +/- 6 seconds.

    The estimated positional accuracy of +/- 6 arc seconds can easily amount to +/- 500 feet. With the advent of hand-held GPS receivers, NGS has instituted two new positional designations HH1 (+/- 3m) and HH2 (+/- 10 m) that can provide vastly improved recovery information for the numerous users of NSRS data. NGS also provides a software utility DSWORLD (http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/PC_PROD/PARTNERS/index.shtml) that can be used to easily submit hand-held values to update the scaled positions.

    In addition to the high accuracy GPS observations being planned as part of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) 2011 Surveying USA I would like to encourage NSPS to engage its members and others interested in supporting this effort (e.g. Geocachers) to recover and observe as many bench marks in their area as possible and submit hand-held values via DSWORLD (http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/PC_PROD/PARTNERS/index.shtml) to NGS to update stations in NSRS.

    1: Each NSPS state coordinator will download and become familiar with the retrieval and submission options in DSWORLD. The program has a “Help” tool that describes how to submit both updated recoveries and hand-hand positions.
    2: Participants should be encouraged to observe a minimum of 5 minutes of hand-held data at each bench mark they intend to submit to the NSPS state coordinator.

    3: NSPS state coordinators will update NGS database scaled values with the coordinates provided by participants. Since we cannot review all of the various types of receivers being used these data should be treated as Hand-Held 2 (HH2) values (+/- 10 m) and scaled database values should be updated to the nearest tenth of an arc second (e.g. 16.4) in both latitude and longitude.
    4: Once the NSPS coordinator hits submit the data is automatically submitted to NGS and the datasheets are typically updated within one month.
    If there are any comments or questions about the software of this procedure, state coordinators can contact me directly (dave.doyle@noaa.gov, O: 301-713-3178, C: 240-997-4170)
     
  12. Moe Shetty

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    GPS Hand-Held Positions for NAVD 88 Bench Marks

    im in, thanks
     
  13. Rich Leu

    Rich Leu 5-Year Member

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    Moe

    See DIRECTIONS & PARTICIPANT FORM & IDEA SHEET above.

    If you can't determine who your state coordinator is, I would suggest sending your data directly to Debi Anderson – surveyorlady@yahoo.com.

    You could also submit your data through OPUS DB if you want to enter your point into the NGS database.
     
  14. Bill93

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    GPS Hand-Held Positions for NAVD 88 Bench Marks

    Rich, is anybody doing anything for this event in eastern Iowa?
     
  15. surv8r

    surv8r 5-Year Member

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    > How do you plan on spending next week?

    Trying to save our profession (FL)...
     

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