NGS to Replace and Rename CORS in the NDGPS NetworkThe National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is renaming CORS stations in the maritime and Nationwide Differential GPS (NDGPS) network as the U.S. Coast Guard replaces old antennae with new Trimble Zephyr antennae.
NGS processed relevant GPS data to determine whether the antenna reference point (ARP) for each new antenna was located at the same point in space as the ARP for its previous antenna. Results showed that corresponding locations often differed by 10 centimeters or more, particularly in the vertical dimension.
Consequently, NGS decided to rename all NDGPS stations with Zephyr antennas by adding the numerals 5 and 6 to the station labels. NGS will use the numerals 5 and 6 so that CORS users can easily know that GPS data are being collected at these stations with a new Trimble Zephyr antenna.
New York Society Commemorates Surveyor of AdirondacksOn May 25, 2006, the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors (NYSAPLS), in cooperation with its eastern chapter, unveiled a new historic marker at the former home of Verplanck Colvin, the surveyor credited with preserving New York's Adirondack State Park.
Colvin served as the secretary of the commission of state parks from 1872 to 1900 and surveyed the Adirondack wilderness. He was a lifelong advocate of preserving the forests of the Adirondacks, and his legislative lobbying ultimately led to the creation of the Adirondack Forest Preserve in 1885. Colvin's home in Albany N.Y., which currently functions as a church, now features a large plaque that documents his contribution to the state and names him the "Champion of the N.Y. Forest Preserve."
New York State Assemblyman John J. McEneny spoke at the marker ceremony and praised Colvin's preservation efforts. Joseph G. Malinowski, LS, president of the Eastern N.Y. affiliate of NYSAPLS, presented McEneny with a plaque honoring his support of land surveying concerns and commitment to the preservation of New York's heritage.
3D Model of British Columbia on DisplayA 40-foot by 74-foot, three-dimensional, full-color model of the entire province of British Columbia is now on display in a new discovery center in Victoria, B.C., Canada. The model, manufactured and installed by Solid Terrain Modeling (STM) of Fillmore, Calif., is part of the center's "BC Experience," an interactive showcase of British Columbia's diverse geography, culture and history.
The model can be viewed from many levels and allows visitors to see British Columbia as it actually looks from outer space with every geographic feature in vivid color and detail. STM created the model, which consists of 100 separate curved panels, from digital elevation model (DEM) data and LandSAT imagery processed by WorldSat International. Each panel is individually shaped so that the model shows the actual curvature of the Earth.
To augment the information provided by the model, 14 flat-screen electronic "GeoStations" are mounted on balcony railings surrounding the model. The touchscreen GeoStations provide visitors with instant access to in-depth geographic information on scores of locations in British Columbia.
The "BC Experience" center opened to the public on June 26, 2006. For more information, visit www.bcexperience.info.
NCEES to Administer First Exam in JapanThe National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) will administer the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam in Japan this October. Although the FE exam has been administered in Japan through the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying for more than a decade now, this administration will mark the first time NCEES offers the exam in Japan.
The NCEES has a formal agreement with the Japan PE/FE Examiners Council (JPEC) to administer the FE exam; after this is successfully administered, NCEES will also offer the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam to JPEC candidates.