I am pleased to announce that one of our popular columnists, Dan Martin, author of the GPS Basics column, has recently accepted the job of NGS Geodetic Advisor for the state of Vermont. Dan has been the Geodetic Program Supervisor for the Technical Services Division of the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and is well-qualified for this position. According to the NGS website: The NGS State Geodetic Advisor Program is a cost-sharing program that provides a liaison between NOAA and the host state, usually with a jointly-funded NOAA employee residing in the state to guide and assist the state's geodetic and surveying programs. NGS also fosters a State Geodetic Coordinator Program wherein a participating state designates an employee to be its State Geodetic Coordinator, acting as a liaison between the state and NGS. These programs are designed to fill a need for more accurate local geodetic surveys and are in response to the states' desire to improve their surveying techniques to meet Federal standards and specifications. I'm sure that many of you have benefitted from the efforts of your state advisor, who, in addition to providing assistance to the DOT, has also been active in HARN observations. The advisors serve as resources to local surveyors in geodetic matters. Congratulations to Dan for this honor! NGS couldn't have picked a better man for the job.


A New Columnist
I am pleased to welcome onboard another new columnist to our award-winning lineup, John Matonich. John is President and CEO of Rowe Incorporated, a civil engineering, surveying, and planning firm headquartered in Flint, Michigan. He received his BS degree in Surveying from Michigan Technological University in 1981; he has been licensed in Michigan since 1985, and in Ohio since 1995. Every month I receive copies of many of the state newsletters, and for some time I have been enjoying John's humor column—Surveyin' Da Situation—in the Michigan Society's newsletter. I have had the pleasure of getting to know John while he has served as the Government Affairs chairman for ACSM. He's very articulate and has tirelessly represented the surveying profession, both in Michigan and on Capitol Hill. His inaugural column appears on page 32.

Remembering 9/11
This month marks the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our nation. We are a nation built on the hopes and dreams of millions of immigrants who came—and still come today—seeking a life free from tyranny and oppression. Generations later, we still believe in the dream, and salute the young men and women of our military who put their lives on the line to maintain and defend its boundaries.

The events of 9/11 struck a blow to privacy. As homeland and international security tightens, an inevitable loss of privacy will result—especially for those that travel—since positive identification of all individuals is one way to protect ourselves against future attacks.

Our country's founding fathers based our government upon certain "unalienable Rights," among them being "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." As I learned 35 years ago when I was in the Army in Germany, Leute sind Leute, which translates, people are people. No matter where I have traveled, the people I have met are just like you and I: they only want to get on with their lives in peace and freedom.

As surveyors, we are an intrinsically tied to the past and the future, from the ancient boundary stones to modern cornerstones, continually building and rebuilding. Whatever the future holds, we should all be proud to be members of this grand profession.

About the Author

  • Marc Cheves, LS
    Marc Cheves was a former editor of the magazine.

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