Newsline: December 2008

December 1, 2008
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Airborne LiDAR Users Invited to Participate in Online Market Survey; ACEC-Illinois Offers Surveying, Engineering Scholarships for 2009; NSDI Cooperative Agreements Program Seeks Proposals for FY 2009; POB Opens 2009 Highlights in Surveying Contest; and Russia Launches Glonass-M Satellites.

Airborne LiDAR Users Invited to Participate in Online Market Survey

Geotechnology marketing firm Cary and Associates of Longmont, Colo., is conducting research on the growing global airborne LiDAR market. “We hope to gain insight into such things as the current size of the market, how fast it’s growing, if particular applications are dominating the growth and what barriers may be preventing the LiDAR market from growing even faster,” said Tina Cary, PhD, president of Cary and Associates.

All airborne LiDAR users are invited to participate in the brief Internet survey portion of the research study, which is available in two versions depending on the user’s role in the LiDAR industry. The survey is primarily in a multiple-choice format and can be completed in five to 10 minutes. A summary of the research will be sent in early 2009 to all respondents who provide their e-mail address.

The LiDAR market was last analyzed in 2006, according to Cary. “Use of LiDAR data has grown rapidly in the last three years, and the industry will benefit from an update,” Cary said. “We invite all members of the LiDAR community to contribute their knowledge and insight to this effort to understand the current situation.”

The survey deadline is Dec. 12, 2008. To participate, go to www.caryandassociates.com and choose the appropriate link. A summary of the survey results is scheduled for publication in the March issue of POB.

ACEC-Illinois Offers Surveying, Engineering Scholarships for 2009

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-IL) is accepting applications for its 2009 scholarship program for engineering and land surveying college students. “The hope of ACEC-IL is that through our scholarship program and exposure to consulting firms, students will realize there are promising and challenging career options open in both engineering and surveying,” said David P. Heslinga, PE, ACEC-IL scholarship chair.

The annual competition is open to students currently enrolled in an Illinois college or university and pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree in an ABET-accredited land surveying or engineering program. Students must be U.S. citizens entering their junior, senior, fifth, master’s or graduate year in the fall of 2009. Applicants will be evaluated based on grade point average, work experience, extracurricular college activities, recommendations and a short essay on the role or responsibility of the consulting engineer or land surveyor relative to shaping and protecting the natural environment.

The ACEC-IL scholarship program will provide approximately 12 $1,500 scholarships, which are sponsored by ACEC-IL member firms. The top winner will receive an additional $2,500 Lonnie H. Carter Memorial Scholarship and will advance to compete at the national level. “Those pursuing a career in land surveying have an equal opportunity to be awarded a scholarship as long as they are attending an ABET-accredited program in Illinois and are willing to take the time to apply,” Heslinga said. 

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, Jan. 5, 2009. For more information or to download an application, go to www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm.

NSDI Cooperative Agreements Program Seeks Proposals for FY 2009

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and the U.S. Geological Survey in October published a request for project proposals for the 2009 National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreements Program (NSDI CAP). To date, the annual NSDI CAP has provided $18 million in funding to more than 600 NSDI-related projects.

Projects for the 2009 fiscal year program will focus on ways to build new geospatial data infrastructure and improve existing infrastructure to effectively discover, access, share, manage and use digital geographic data. A total of $1.3 million is available to fund a maximum of 26 projects for one year.

The deadline for submission is Jan. 6, 2009, and projects must begin by the end of the federal fiscal year, Sept. 30,  2009. The NSDI CAP award program is open to all entities except federal agencies. In some categories, recipients of awards within the past three years are ineligible. The project awards will be announced in February 2009. Detailed category information and NSDI CAP requirements are available at www.fgdc.gov/grants/2009NSDICAP/2009CAP.

POB Opens 2009 Highlights in Surveying Contest

POB is accepting entries for its fifth annual Highlights in Surveying contest. Designed to recognize successful surveys from around the world, the contest is open to projects completed between January 2008 and January 2009. There is no fee to enter. The entry deadline is Feb. 16, 2009. For more information or to enter the contest, visit his.pobonline.com.

Russia Launches Glonass-M Satellites

Three Glonass-M satellites launched successfully from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 25, 2008, according to BBC officials quoting Interfax-AVN, a Russian military news agency. The launch brings the total number of Glonass satellites on orbit to 17. The new satellites are expected to become operational within 60 days after launch, officials said.

Prior to the September launch, 14 Glonass satellites were in operation, and one satellite had been temporarily switched off for technical maintenance, according to the BBC. Glonass requires 24 satellites to ensure the uninterrupted reception of navigation signals on a global scale.

The Russian Space Agency satellite launch plans for 2008 call for six Glonass-M satellites. The next launch of three Glonass-M satellites is scheduled for December 25.


Associate Editor Wendy Lyons compiles “Newsline.” Contact her at 248/786-1620 or lyonsw@bnpmedia.

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