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StLSurveyor
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I would like to throw out an idea to the roughly 7900 members on this forum...This year for Surveyors Week how about we all do our part and participate in the GPS on a BM promotion. Not only will the data collected help out the NGS, it would be a great way for all of us to post a picture of us doing what we do. We can share the info and let NGS know the data was collected by a RPLSToday.com member...What do you think?

https://www.ngs.noaa.gov/GPSonBM/

https://www.ngs.noaa.gov/GPSonBM/OnePagerGPSonBenchMarks2018.pdf

https://www.ngs.noaa.gov/GPSonBM/prioritize.shtml

 

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Topic starter Posted : February 11, 2018 10:45 am
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Wendell
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This is a great idea. I would love to see the participation and the photos, not to mention the contribution it would make to the surveying profession as a whole.

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Posted : February 11, 2018 5:00 pm
Wendell
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I've just created a Facebook event to help promote this. Thank you for getting this rolling!

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Posted : February 11, 2018 5:55 pm

Bill93
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I've been going over the priority list in the areas I frequent.  There are a lot of marks on it that haven't been reported in decades, or even that have NF reports.  So the ones that CAN be found and measured are very important.  I see that six of them are probably on the list because they are ones I have submitted a session on, and they want a second confirming session.  Those were carefully chosen in or near the red areas of the Geoid12b map and there were hardly any other suitable ones around.

I'm wondering if this one would be suitable for GPS before the leaves come out.  It seems marginal at best.  It's on the base of the stone monument, and I expect the stone column would attenuate the signals somewhat, but probably not cause serious reflections because it is non-conductive.  Anyone with applicable experience?

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Posted : February 12, 2018 11:14 am
Norm Miller
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Do the survey and use the report to decide if you like the results. Occupy for 6 to 8 hours. 

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Posted : February 12, 2018 4:59 pm
NotSoMuch
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@Bill93 - that is a beautiful monument in an attractive setting. 

 

Where is that and is it a war memorial?  I'm guessing World War I or earlier.

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Posted : February 13, 2018 5:11 am

StLSurveyor
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bump

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Topic starter Posted : February 17, 2018 4:29 am
Bill93
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Tipton, Iowa, Civil War monument.  I haven't been to the site, but grabbed a photo from Geocaching.

https://www.ngs.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/ds_mark.prl?PidBox=MG0401

 

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Posted : February 17, 2018 6:24 am
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Drewsph Vagabond
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Lots of questions. First would it be possible if an unlicensed surveyor be able to participate? Would anyone be able to guide me into the right direction into doing the proper procedures and proper equipment checklist to makes sure I'm collecting the right information. 

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Posted : February 17, 2018 7:09 am

John Hamilton
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Absolutely anyone can participate. The only requirement is to have a dual frequency survey grade receiver. I believe there are links on the NGS website to procedures, etc. 

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Posted : February 17, 2018 7:12 am
Norm Miller
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Can someone tell me if they will accept OPUS only or will they accept only OPUS shared solutions on the priority marks? 

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Posted : February 21, 2018 2:27 pm
base9geodesy
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For your observations to be a part of this program they must be submitted to OPUS Shared Solutions

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Posted : February 21, 2018 2:38 pm

Scotland
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When you submit to OPUS, you click on OPTIONS and on that page you add share and all the info.  You can do a few other options too.   Here is the link  https://www.ngs.noaa.gov/GPSonBM/Report.shtml

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Posted : February 21, 2018 3:37 pm
Norm Miller
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It seems strange to resubmit photos and a description on a point that already has a shared solution. What happens to the already posted solution? We went to a lot of work to post the shared solution that is existing. It rubs me the wrong way to replace it....if that's what is being promoted. Or do they allow an unlimited number of shared solutions for the same mark? 

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Posted : February 21, 2018 4:39 pm
sirveyr
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This may be a silly question, but here it goes...

Many of the marks that need attention in my area of SE Michigan are located along abandoned railroad beds.  Typically, these points were destroyed when crossing improvements were made.  Would it be acceptable to set a new mark in the area to help "tighten things up"?  I'm thinking that drilling a monument of some sort into a bridge abutment would yield the best results.  Am I way off base with this?

 

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Posted : February 21, 2018 5:12 pm

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