Announcements & News

30 Jul NOTICE: NGS Terminating CORS FTP Service on August 16, 2021

NOTICE: NGS Terminating CORS FTP Service on August 16, 2021 Update from Brian Shaw, NGS Regional Director NGS FTP is going away and this was were many users and vendors went to download CORS data. I also wanted to share the location for the archived datasheet shape files.  Currently we have two versions of the shape files the production and the beta where the beta have significantly more attributes from the text datasheet.   The beta shape files will be moving to production in the upcoming month or two.  Here are the locations for these archives that have also been migrated off the FTP: Production Datasheet shape files https://geodesy.noaa.gov/pub/DS_ARCHIVE/ShapeFiles/ Beta Datasheet shape files. https://geodesy.noaa.gov/pub/DS_ARCHIVE/BETA_PRODUCTS/ https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USNOAANOS/bulletins/2ea199f FTP (file transfer protocol), which is used by our users for downloading important datasets such as CORS data, is being deprecated globally across NGS. FTP is no longer going to be supported by Chrome and other browsers, and this decision to deprecate FTP will maintain security of our data and services. The impact to most NGS users is expected to be minimal, and datasets currently available on FTP have been transitioned to HTTPS. Decommissioning NOAA CORS Network (NCN) FTP service on August 16, 2021 Be advised that beginning on August 16, 2021 any FTP attempts made to NGS CORS will fail. Please visit the NCN Data & Products page for details and examples: https://geodesy.noaa.gov/CORS/data.shtml All users must begin using these NCN https services: https://noaa-cors-pds.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html (recommended for automation) https://geodesy.noaa.gov/corsdata/ Finally, NGS recognizes some users may have hard-coded links to FTP for harvesting data from the NCN, so changes to software may be required. If you have questions about any vendor-supported software, we recommend you contact your vendor directly. For all other questions, feel free to contact the CORS team at ngs.cors@noaa.gov....

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18 Jul MARLS Seminar – Barbeque August 27, 2021 Register Today!

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN MARLS FOR OUR FIRST IN OVER A YEAR AND A HALF FOR OUR ON-SITE/IN PERSON MARLS - Seminar and Barbeque - August 27, 2021 8 am to 5 pm at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Fairmont, MT on August 27, 2021 Seminar Registration Packet 8-27-21 MARLS John Geddie Seminar Registration Packet  REGISTER TODAY! Seminar Registration Form only 8-27-21 MARLS SEMINAR - John Geddie Registration Form  REGISTRATION FORM ONLY FOR SUBMITTING REGISTRATION. A MARLS Seminar for the Surveying Profession Presented by John Geddie, Geddie & Associates 8 AM to Noon “Strategy In a Post-Covid World” (4 PDH) 1 PM to 5 PM “Mastering Performance Management” (4 PDH) (Lunch at noon to 1 PM and Barbeque 5:15 PM included) Following the seminar is a barbeque in the outdoor pavilion at 5:15 PM at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Seminar Abstracts: 8 - noon “Strategy In A Post-Covid World” 4 PDH Seminar - The first seminar will be “Strategy In a Post-Covid World” which looks at how to create strategies in a world of uncertainty. Too many firms are taking a wait-and-see attitude. I’m convinced that the firms that are paying attention to this now are the ones that will thrive. Participants will: Learn how to see emerging patterns that will shape the world firms face in the future. Apply wide-angle vision to understand where change comes from in their marketplace. Recognize that chance favors the prepared mind and learn to position their firm for future possibilities. How do you move your firm forward in a post-Covid world? How can you focus on developing meaningful strategies for the future in the midst of uncertainty? The pandemic disrupted our comfort zone in a lot of ways.  It impacted the workforce, introduced uncertainty in the worlds of our clients, and forced us to re-think the way we conduct business. In the wake of the pandemic, many firms took a wait-and-see attitude toward any concrete plans for the future.  However, it's the people who are thinking strategically now who have the best shot at realizing their objectives. You've got to be proactive, not reactive. Whether you're looking at how to invest in your workforce or re-thinking your markets, now is the time to plan. 1 PM to 5 PM “Mastering Performance Management” For years, John Geddie has listened to employees say that they aren't getting regular performance reviews, so he began to investigate why. The answer proved to simply be: managers are uncomfortable with the process. They'd prefer to have their staff fill out a form and quantify performance rather than have a dialogue with employees. In this session, you will discover how it's easier and more effective for managers to engage employees through a coaching method rather than the traditional model of performance appraisal. You'll also learn ways to measure employee performance when crews are working remotely. TAKEAWAYS: • Discover the power of goal-setting with your employees. • Understand how to set clear expectations. • Find out how to make appraisals positive rather than a chore. • Learn the differences between coaching for performance and coaching for development. BOOK YOUR SLEEPING ROOMS BY JULY 31st FOR THE DISCOUNTED MARLS RATE...

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11 Apr 2021 7 States Virtual Conference Recordings Information

Thank you to all those that participated in the Western Regional Virtual Survey Conference!  The Conference was a great success with over 1,100 attendees from 33 different states in attendance! MARLS had over 150 registrants and we thank you for your support of the virtual conference. Recordings Recordings are now available. The recordings are available for conference attendees through August 31st. To access the recordings, log into the conference app and click on agenda. Conference App Instructions Click the link below to access the Conference App https://conta.cc/3d4KTkD We are not able to provide continuing education certificates for the recordings you watch. If you plan to track and report the recordings for renewal of your license (for other states), we recommend that you take a screen shot of the video and save, along with any handouts, as backup in case of audit. Continuing Education Certificates Continuing education certificates are being mailed the week of April 12th. Questions? (888) 994-3510 conference@PLSeducation.org  ...

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05 Dec Fundamentals of Surveying: Exam Study Manual for sale

To Whom It May Concern, I write today to promote my newly released study manual entitled “Fundamentals of Surveying: Exam Study Manual”. I was hoping to promote the text to all up and coming surveyors in your region focusing on obtaining their Land Surveyor Intern/In Training (LSI/LSIT) licensure. I routinely lead a study group dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of surveying to those putting forth the effort to pass the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) examination. As a result, I have compiled my course material into a concise and organized manual aimed to be an excellent reference guide for the recommended topics. The manual is a proven and suggested personal library addition. Flyer for Fundamentals of Surveying Manual Priced at $39.99 and is now available to order at: surveyingmanual@gmail.com Dane Courville  ...

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04 Jun Low Distortion Projection (LDP) May 2020

LDP Proposal Letter May 2020 The Montana NGS coordinators have been working on getting LDP’s going in Montana.  Attached is an update and proposal for LDP’s.  Can you please pass along to anyone else that would be interested in hopes of spreading the word across the entire state.  Hope everyone is healthy and well! Thank you! Stew Willis stewart.willis@usda.gov...

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