Friday, September 1, 2017

“HURRICANE HARVEY” TEXAS & LOUISIANA FLOODING - WE NEED YOUR HELP!


The news about the tremendous flooding and wind damage in Texas is virtually 24 hours a day. President Trump has declared Texas a “Disaster Area” and as I write this, has just declared Louisiana a “Disaster Area”. The torrential rains, already over 30” in many areas, with another 20” predicted, will not be over for several more days.

Many surveyors, their employees and their families will be the victims of this flooding! These surveyors will lose most of their furniture, appliances and clothing and their offices to the flood waters. Some will not be located in a FEMA designated flood zone and will have no flood insurance! Others will have flood insurance on the buildings but no contents!

I can tell you personally that being a flood victim is a devastating experience! I was wiped out in Super Storm Sandy. The effects of that flooding are still with me and the communities hit by that storm. There are still many abandoned homes and businesses four years after Sandy!

My point is that Your Foundation needs donations! We need money to replenish our Disaster Relief Fund and satisfy the claims that will be arriving from Texas and Louisiana! Our Disaster Relief fund is there to help our fellow professionals (THAT MEANS YOU) recover from floods, storms, tornados, fires and any other natural or manmade disaster. You never know when you are going to need help. I sure didn’t!

Please be as generous as possible with your donations. I know that times are still difficult in some areas but send whatever you can afford. We will gratefully accept any donation you can make!

Send your donations to headquarters:

National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation, Inc. 
5119 Pegasus Drive Suite Q
Frederick, MD 21704

Please mark Disaster Relief on your checks and remember we are a tax deductible 501 c3 organization.

or make your donation online!

Remember that the next check we send could be to one of your members!

Thank you for your anticipated generosity!

Joseph M. Dolan, PLS
NSPS Foundation Chair

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Become a Certified Survey Technician (CST)

Become a Certified Survey Technician (CST)
No matter what the future holds, prepare to meet challenges head on. Future-proof your resume by becoming a Certified Survey Technician (CST). This unique four-level certification program indicates official recognition by NSPS that a person can perform surveying tasks at a specific technical level.

Show what you can do! Decide between the field or office track. Visit www.nsps.us.com for details.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

SAVE $70 ON A LIFETIME SENIOR PASS FOR ACCESS TO OVER 2000 FEDERAL RECREATION SITES


The Senior Pass is a lifetime pass available to United States citizens or permanent residents 62 years of age or older. The Pass can be used at over 2000 Federal recreation sites managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Senior Pass admits the Pass owner and any passengers traveling with him/her in a single non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or the Pass owner and three additional adults where per-person fees are charged.

All eligible Senior pass orders postmarked before August 28, 2017 will be processed at the $10 price.  Lifetime Senior pass orders postmarked after August 28, 2017 will be processed at the $80 price.  Additional processing fees of $10 apply.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

NSPS, MAPPS Announce 2017 National Surveying, Mapping & Geospatial Conference


Frederick, MD – The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and MAPPS today announced they will jointly host the third annual national surveying, mapping, and geospatial conference, March 13-17, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Silver Spring, Maryland. The conference will bring together associations, professional societies, individuals, companies, and government agencies in the surveying, mapping and geospatial fields. It will focus on the profession in private practice, technological innovations and collaboration, and public policy.

Providing a forum for discussions on best practices, technology, issues and policies, the conference gives participants an opportunity to share information, knowledge and tools, as well as opens doors to new markets and facilitates collaboration on data acquisition, processing, applications and the use of new and emerging technology.  The program will also feature discussions of business practices and policy issues that directly impact companies in the private sector.

The overall conference will serve as an umbrella to include plenary sessions, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and social/networking activities designed to create synergy among the many vertical segments (technical disciplines, applications, and sectors) of the surveying, mapping and geospatial community.

NSPS will host the team presentations for its annual Student Competition on Monday, March 13. The NSPS annual General Membership meeting, and other business, committee and board meetings, will be scheduled throughout the week in order to allow NSPS leadership to more fully participate in conference activities. 

The conference will also include the MAPPS annual Federal Programs Conference March 14-15. Tuesday, March 14 will feature presentations by Federal agencies, the newly elected Administration, and members of Congress including briefings on programs, budgets, and requirements for the acquisition of geospatial services, data and products by contract from the private sector.

On Wednesday, March 15, MAPPS and NSPS members will visit some 200 Congressmen and Senators at the U.S. Capitol, advancing a common agenda of legislative issues that serve the public and engage the surveying and mapping community. Information on how to participate will be available soon. 

The Sheraton Silver Spring was selected as the site of the conference for its meeting facilities and proximity to the Washington Metro subway system to particularly provide to attendees easy access and transportation to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for visits with Congress.

“This conference builds on the partnership formed in 2014 by focusing on business practices, technology, and government programs and policy issues that affect the membership of both associations.  We are pleased to continue developing a national surveying and mapping conference intended to compliments, not compete with or duplicate, the continuing education opportunities provided by state surveying societies by focusing on business, technology, and policy issues, and providing an opportunity for engagement between practitioners and technology providers in a “vendor-neutral” setting,” said NSPS Executive Director Curtis W. Sumner, LS, and MAPPS Executive Director John M. Palatiello.

The website, www.surveyingandmapping.net, will include updates on program details and links to on-line registration. 
  
About NSPS
Having incorporated ACSM within NSPS in 2012, the organization is the preeminent national professional society working in affiliation with the respective state societies of professional surveyors and along with persons trained, registered, or interested in the profession of surveying and mapping. NSPS advances the sciences and disciplines within the profession and strives to establish and further common interests, objectives, and political efforts to help bind the surveying profession into a unified body in the United States. NSPS is the interface for the surveying profession with a multitude of national organizations in related fields, and with federal government entities.

About MAPPS

Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Help your NSPS Foundation Continue to respond to requests for Disaster Relief!

We recently placed and article in News & Views about disaster relief response to victims of flooding in Louisiana. With the recent storm Matthew pummeling the East Coast from Florida to Virginia there will undoubtedly be more need for disaster relief. You Can Help!!!
Small donations from a multitude of our fellow surveyors can insure that the Fund will be sufficiently supported to allow the Foundation to respond to pleas for assistance. Who knows, where, when a disaster will occur, or who will be affected by coming floods, storms, tornados, fires, or any other natural or man made disaster.
Certainly, times are still difficult for many of us, but a collection of small donations can be as effective as a few large ones. Send whatever you can afford. We will gratefully accept any donation you can make! Please mark Disaster Relief on your checks or make a donation online (Make a donation today!
https://nsps.site-ym.com/donations/donate.asp?id=13326.

Remember we are a tax deductible 501(C) 3 organization. Contact the NSPS office (trisha.milburn@nsps.us.com; 240-439-4615, ext. 105) for more information on how to contribute.

Help your NSPS Foundation Continue to respond to requests for Disaster Relief!

We recently placed and article in News & Views about disaster relief response to victims of flooding in Louisiana. With the recent storm Matthew pummeling the East Coast from Florida to Virginia there will undoubtedly be more need for disaster relief. You Can Help!!!

Small donations from a multitude of our fellow surveyors can insure that the Fund will be sufficiently supported to allow the Foundation to respond to pleas for assistance. Who knows, where, when a disaster will occur, or who will be affected by coming floods, storms, tornados, fires, or any other natural or man made disaster.

Certainly, times are still difficult for many of us, but a collection of small donations can be as effective as a few large ones. Send whatever you can afford. We will gratefully accept any donation you can make! Please mark Disaster Relief on your checks or make a donation online. Make a donation today! https://nsps.site-ym.com/donations/donate.asp?id=13326.

Remember we are a tax deductible 501(C) 3 organization. Contact the NSPS office (trisha.milburn@nsps.us.com; 240-439-4615, ext. 105) for more information on how to contribute.

Help your NSPS Foundation Continue to respond to requests for Disaster Relief!

We recently placed and article in News & Views about disaster relief response to victims of flooding in Louisiana. With the recent storm Matthew pummeling the East Coast from Florida to Virginia there will undoubtedly be more need for disaster relief. You Can Help!!!

Small donations from a multitude of our fellow surveyors can insure that the Fund will be sufficiently supported to allow the Foundation to respond to pleas for assistance. Who knows, where, when a disaster will occur, or who will be affected by coming floods, storms, tornados, fires, or any other natural or man made disaster.

Certainly, times are still difficult for many of us, but a collection of small donations can be as effective as a few large ones. Send whatever you can afford. We will gratefully accept any donation you can make! Please mark Disaster Relief on your checks or make a donation online. Make a donation today! https://nsps.site-ym.com/donations/donate.asp?id=13326.

Remember we are a tax deductible 501(C) 3 organization. Contact the NSPS office (trisha.milburn@nsps.us.com; 240-439-4615, ext. 105) for more information on how to contribute.