Thursday, January 29, 2015

ALTA/ACSM Question

Under No. 7 Certification (2011 standards) is a blue wet ink signature required? Is digital being accepted with recorded "Digital Certificate".  Also a seal appears to be required.  However, Minnesota, from what little I can find, appears vague on the seal requirement. Are any of these questions decided per state?  Thank you.

Some states require a 'wet' signature; ALTA/ACSM does not. There is at least one state (NY) where the law says a survey is not valid unless there is an original signature (in some color of ink, as I recall). ALTA/ACSM do not require an original signature.

I was unaware that any state was vague on use of a seal, but ALTA/ACSM expects one. How it is applied is, again, a function of state law and/or surveyor preference.

The manner and nature of digital delivery is also controlled by state law and/or the individual surveyor's preference. All ALTA/ACSM is saying is that digital delivery of a Land Title Survey is fine with ALTA and NSPS. The same would go with a digital signature - whatever state law proscribes, and the surveyor is comfortable with. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

An International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Kick-Off Event was held on January 24th in Athens, Greece

An International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Kick-Off Event was held on January 24th in Athens, Greece hosted by the Technical Chamber of Greece, to mark and celebrate the beginning of the 2015-2018 FIG governance period.

The new FIG Council was introduced (President Chryssy Potsiou- Greece; Vice President Pengfei Cheng- China; Vice President Rudolf Staiger- Germany; Vice President Bruno Razza- Italy; Vice President Diane Dumashie- United Kingdom) along with the ten new FIG Commission Chairs.
Over 65 attended from 32 countries including three NSPS members: Robert Foster (past ACSM and FIG President), John Hohol (NSPS Head of Delegation to FIG and FIG Foundation President), Kenneth Swindaman (past LSAW President).

The program included presentations by speakers from the Greek hosts (Technical Chamber of Greece, National Technical University of Athens), FIG, United Nations Committee of Experts of Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO), World Bank, Harvard Business School, Kadaster International and European Group of Surveyors (EGoS).  

Monday, January 26, 2015

NSPS meets with Congressman Steve Knight of California

NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently met with freshmen Representative Steve Knight (R-CA). Representing California's 25th Congressional District, Rep. Knight serves on the House Armed Services Committee. Prior to winning his Congressional seat, he served in the California State Assembly from 2008-2012, and was most recently a State Senator. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Changing urban and suburban demographics will change subdivision, housing demand

Families with school age children are leaving city cores and first ring suburbs in greater numbers, heading farther out to “exurbs” and rural areas, a new study finds. The trend could affect the projects of home builders and developers as housing demands and subdivision patters 

Monday, January 12, 2015

NSPS PAC thanks departing Congressman for Davis-Bacon oversight

NSPS PAC thanks departing Congressman for Davis-Bacon oversight

NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently met with retiring Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) who served as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which has funding authority over the Department of Labor, including expenditure of funds for Davis-Bacon Act implementation. In an April 2014 hearing, Chairman Kingston questioned Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on the Act and survey crews.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NSPS Radio Hour — Dec. 29, 11 a.m. EDT

On behalf of NSPS, our sponsors, and Americas Web Radio, host Curt Sumner extends his sincere appreciation to all who listen (and provide ideas/feedback) to the NSPS Radio Hour.  It is your support that makes it possible for the show to have continued for four years.

To close out the 2014 NSPS Radio Hour agenda, host Curt Sumner and NSPS Insurance Program consultant Lisa Isom will continue their ongoing dialog regarding insurance coverage issues related to Professional Surveyors, their companies, and their employees.

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcast, listen to the archive of the show at Archives for each show are typically available for listening within a few days after the show airs.

During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to to win a $50 gift certificate from our sponsor, Parker Davis Quik Stakes. No purchase is required to receive the gift certificate. Winners limited to once every three months.

NSPS PAC meets with Rep.-Elect Pete Aguilar (D-CA)

On December 17, NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd met with incoming House Freshman Pete Aguilar (D-CA). Elected in 2010 as Mayor of Redlands, California, Rep.-Elect Aguilar has a track record of making investments to strengthen the local economy, including a major initiative to repair local streets and roads, and starting a loan program to help small businesses grow and create jobs. NSPS looks forward to working with this House freshman.