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Will Government Enforcement Get Ahead of the Proliferation of Drones?

By Bruce MacLeod
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Alfred Gates is a big believer in the potential of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also commonly referred to as drones.


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NSPS, MAPPS to Testify Before Congress

Surveying and mapping leaders to advocate for greater coordination of federal government’s geospatial activities.
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Leaders to advocate for greater coordination of federal government’s geospatial activities.


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Privacy Issues Raise Concerns for Remote Sensing

By Kevin Pomfret and Mike Tully
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As unmanned aerial systems (UAS) become more prevalent in the skies, the United States is engaged in spirited conversation about their impact on the constitutional guarantees of privacy and free speech. Over the next 10 years, tens of thousands of these vehicles could be safely darting in our national airspace, providing a wealth of valuable services to homeowners, ranchers, farmers, journalists and businesses. Many of these vehicles will be equipped with remote sensing technology enabling the identification of individuals. This technological leap forward brings with it challenges to our concept of “privacy” and “free speech” our society has not yet faced.
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Breaking Down the Rules of Construction

By Kris Kline PLS
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Surveyors deal with the rules of construction each time they read a deed and attempt to walk in the footsteps of the original surveyor. While it would be tempting to refer to these as basic principles, the permutations found among the many jurisdictions that make up the nation seem anything but “basic.”
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FAA Releases Roadmap for UAS

Document outlines challenges, opportunities for integration of civilian unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace.
By John Hetzler
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Document outlines challenges, opportunities for integration of civilian unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace.


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Pennsylvania House Passes Bill for Geospatial Council

Bill still needs approval by state Senate.
By John Hetzler
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Bill still needs approval by state Senate.


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Doctrine of Merger: How Not to Create a New Easement

A look at some of the misconceptions that commonly arise after merged estates are re-divided.
By Kristopher M. Kline PLS
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 At recent convention seminars in several states, one of the most contentious issues was the doctrine of merger. In particular, heated debates frequently arise over the necessity of creating a new easement after the original right was extinguished due to the operation of the doctrine of merger. This is a disturbing concept for many. How can an express grant of an easement that is clearly described in a recorded deed be considered void when the dominant and servient estate are presently under separate ownership? 


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Geospatial Community Feels Pinch of Government Shutdown

Executive director of MAPPS issues statement urging resolution.
By John Hetzler
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Executive director of MAPPS issues statement urging resolution.


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MAPPS Puts Focus on Drones

Policy Lunch Addresses Concerns Over UAS Privacy, Policy, Perception
By John Hetzler
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MAPPS held a Washington Policy Lunch with group members and Congressional staffers in conjunction with the AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems conference.


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Examining Adverse Possession in the United States

By Kristopher M. Kline PLS
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 The doctrine of adverse possession has a particular fascination for me, but interest in this topic goes far beyond the surveying profession. Attorneys, employees of government agencies and the general public all become enthusiastic when squatters’ rights or trespass are mentioned.  


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