The Economic Benefits of NOAA Regional Geodetic Advisor ProgramPosted June 15, 2018A 2018 socio-economic scoping study has been released which estimates the economic benefits of the NOAA-managed Regional Geodetic Advisor Program. The study, conducted for NOAA"s National Geodetic Survey by ARCBridge Consulting of Herndon, VA, estimates 2018 annual total benefits of the program to be between $18.6 and $38.7 million. This includes Regional Advisor Program Services to constituents including in-person assistance to individuals and organizations, telephone and email assistance, training individuals and groups, field work, assistance to universities, publicizing datum changes and NGS services in networking activities, articles and interviews. The NGS Regional Geodetic Advisors are federal employees that serve as a liaison between NGS and its public, academic and private sector constituents within their assigned region. In 2016, NGS completed the transition from a primarily state geodetic advisor program, which covered only 24 participating states, to a new regional advisor program that covers the United States across 14 regions. The complete study, including detailed methodology and other benefit calculations,is available at https://geodesy.noaa.gov/PUBS_LIB/reg-geodetic-advisor-prog-socio-economic-scoping-study-6-1-18.pdfRead More >>
PLSC Is Looking for Website Help
Posted June 06, 2018
PLSC is updating its website and content, and we need your input. If you are interested and have great ideas, let us know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Becky at 303-551-3266.
GPS on Benchmarks Webinars
Posted May 17, 2018
You may have heard mention of the GPS on Bench Mark effort. NGS is encouraging folks in all states to collect Survey Grade GPS data on identified (and non) Bench Marks across the country to assist with the last and final hybrid Geoid Model as well as the transformation tools to the new reference frames being released around 2022. Along with State Coordinators in the NGS Rocky Mountain Region (CO, WY, MT) we are initiating this effort by offering three webinars that will explain the desired workflow and procedures. We want your time to be used effectively and we have some important tools for you to use. This will also help folks from searching or observing marks that have already been found or observed.Please join us for the scheduled webinars hosted by our NOAA/NGS Regional Advisor, Pam Fromhertz.May 24th, 2-3pm Part I, Planning information and resources.https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2400243070293658370 June 7th, 2-3pm Part II, How to find a mark, what photos to take, and how to upload the information to NGS using DS-World.https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4100219988230774530June 21, 2-3pm Part III, How to share your GPS Survey data into OPUS.https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1182597714225378817Part IV?These webinars will also be recorded and archived for your viewing if you are unable to attend.Thank you for your time and effort!
NCEES Survey - Send your input
Posted May 14, 2018
Dear Surveying Colleague:NCEES invites you to participate in an important survey about the content of the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam. The results of this study will be used to update the specifications for the exam.Participants will complete an online questionnaire about the fundamental knowledge required of a candidate with a bachelor of science degree in surveying to work in a manner that safeguards the public.This content review survey is being sent to surveying practitioners, ABET-accredited surveying programs, and technical societies. The responses to this survey will be used to determine the content tested on the FS exam. A high rate of return on the survey will help ensure the validity of the resulting exam. All responses will be confidential.If possible, please complete the survey today. It will take 20 to 30 minutes. The survey will be live through August 20, 2018, and all surveys must be completed by this date.We also ask that you forward this email to surveying colleagues who may be interested in participating. NCEES requires a cross section of professionals-including licensed professional surveyors and academics teaching surveying courses-to complete the survey.Click here to access the FS content review survey.If you have any questions, please contact NCEES at FScontentreview@ncees.org. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.Sincerely,Cheryl Warren, Ph.D., P.E.NCEES Exam Development Engineer