Monday, August 11, 2014

Survey the world, get a $50 discount

The United States is just 2 percent of the land area of the Earth, 4 percent of the world's population, and 27 percent of the global economy.  So why are you only surveying in the United States?  Learn about the global market for geospatial and engineering services at a special conference, September 25-26 in Alexandria, VA.  NSPS members get a special member rate, AND a $50 discount. Register today for the Geospatial and Engineering International Conference.

Federal Contractors Subject to New Executive Order on Labor Laws

On July 31, 2014, the Obama Administration issued a new “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order” that will lead to regulations requiring contractors competing on procurement contracts in excess of $500,000 to disclose violations of various labor laws (including the FLSA, Service Contract Act, Davis-Bacon, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, NLRA, OSHA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and others, as well as "equivalent" state laws) occurring within the preceding 3-year period, make similar representations with regard to certain subcontractors, and provide updated information on a continuing basis after award.

NSPS Radio Hour — Aug. 11, 11 a.m. EDT


 Host Curt Sumner continues his interviews with Lisa Isom with Assurance Risk Managers, the NSPS Insurance Program provider. More insurance issues that affect the survey profession will be discussed.

Be sure to also join Curt for the remaining shows in August. August 18 will be on the topic of International Property Measurement Standards, and August will be an interview with the NSPS TrigStar Committee discussing the recently completed 2014 national competition, and details for participating in the program.

NSPS Radio Hour — Aug. 11, 11 a.m. EDT


 Host Curt Sumner continues his interviews with Lisa Isom with Assurance Risk Managers, the NSPS Insurance Program provider. More insurance issues that affect the survey profession will be discussed.

Be sure to also join Curt for the remaining shows in August. August 18 will be on the topic of International Property Measurement Standards, and August will be an interview with the NSPS TrigStar Committee discussing the recently completed 2014 national competition, and details for participating in the program.

Monday, July 28, 2014

NGS Releases New Series of Videos on Geodetic Datums!

NGS

In a new and collaborative effort between the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) and The COMET Program, a series of four, three- to four-minute videos has been developed as an introduction to geodetic datums. 

The videos are titled What are Geodetic Datums?,” “How Were Geodetic Datums Established?,” “What is the Status of Today’s Geodetic Datums?,” and “What’s Next for Geodetic Datums?”

The videos are informative and well-presented. They will be useful to all those who employ mapping products and other geo-spatial tools. NGS customers and stakeholders will gain a better understanding and appreciation for the effort involved in NGS’ upcoming release of new datums (which is planned for 2022), as well as what they can do to prepare for the new datums. The videos are the first wave of a planned series of collaborative efforts with COMET.® COMET is  world leader in support of education and training for the environmental sciences.



For more information, contact: Christine.Gallagher@noaa.gov or Erika.Little@noaa.gov

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Digital Coast Act to be introduced in U.S. Senate, lead Republican cosponsor needed


Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has delayed introduction of the “Digital Coast Act” in the United States Senate in order to garner more co-sponsors. Already adding their name to the bill are Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Angus King (I-ME), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Sen. Baldwin has specifically asked NSPS members to contact Republican Senators from coastal or Great Lakes states and urge them to co-sponsor the bill. As noted during the June 30 NSPS Radio Hour with NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John Byrd, members are urged to contact your Senators NOW and request they cosponsor the Digital Coast Act. Call or email your Senators and/or their staff today. View a short NSPS video message on the legislation.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

ALTA/ACSM standards

Please send questions/comments you may have about the standards to NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner via email at curtis.sumner@nsps.us.com.  Responses will be posted in NSPS News and Views. 
Question:

We have  some questions  regarding the extent to which a Survey should extend related to Table A Item No. 20. We understand that each survey is unique, although the way we interpret the wording for Item No. 20, the Survey could possibly extend for miles depending on the circumstance. We were wondering if there have been any other questions or discussions related to this item that may be able to clear any confusion up on our part. 

Answer:

Although an appurtenant easement (i.e., an insured easement listed in Schedule A, that provides benefit to a parcel of land) which extends for miles and miles probably isn’t too likely to occur, it is of course possible. 

Out-lots to Malls are probably the best example.  The entire mall parcel may be appurtenant to the out-lot. 

This question comes up every now and then in seminars. The advice given is “if the surveyor thinks the associated work is extensive, ask questions of the client, lender, and title company for clarification, and explain the additional fees associated with the scope of work involved”. 

Like all other Table A items, the extent of the work to be accomplished in Item 20 is entirely up to the client and the surveyor to work out through dialog, consultations with other affected parties (lender, title company, etc.), and perhaps negotiation. Once an understanding is reached, the “written” contract must clearly identify what has been negotiated, and what the cost will be.


As an aside, it has been suggested that perhaps the next version of the ALTA/ACSM standards (due for review in 2016) should include dollar signs ($) in front of each Table A item to automatically alert the client/solicitor-of-the-surveying-services that additional cost is associated with selecting the item.