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You have most likely noticed that everyone's profile has a "Gift" application at the top by default and wondered to yourself "What the heck is that?"

Maybe you thought it was dumb and just continued about your business-perhaps you gave it a whirl. Don't give up so easy-there is actually a good reason for giving gifts. What i am here to tell you about may be of great interest to any of you who are interested in building lasting relationships with other land surveyors on LSU. W
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In this post, I will give you some valuable resources and links to International surveying companies and some well know land surveying associations, in hopes that readers will add any links that I might have missed in the comments below. This will be PART THREE of my series of Surveying Resources
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UPDATED:  You can now find the Surveyors Handbook Here in Resources

This is PART TWO in the Surveying Resources and Links Series [part 1 here], which is all about online land surveying publications, links and industry blogs. There is a chance that something on this list could become extremely helpful to you some day so feel free to bookmark and/or share this list with your land surveying buddies. If there is something you'd like to add or a link that I missed, feel free to drop it below with a

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help with Civil 3D and importing Lat and Long points

I need help. Can any one guide me on importing points collected from a GPS unit.What format should my Excel file be in or should I use a .txt file? Right now my Excel file is a .CSV and it only has 3 columns: point number, latitude, longitude looks like: 2 45.33353745 -122.7635515Also how to set up the import Point File format in Civil 3D?What should the drawing settings be as far as the zone and available coordinate system?Thanks
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I just ran across an article on Mashable about the first astronauts to send a twitter update from outer space and it got me to thinking more about our Field Support Group here on LSU. I've come to the conclusion that If Astronauts Can Tweet from Space, Surveyors Can Tweet from the Woods! If you are interested in becoming part of this experimental group which I have been masterminding, which will enable networked land surveyors to use Twitter and Google Wave to assist one another with real-time t
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This is part One of a series of blog posts regarding land surveying resources and links for our LSU members-this one is all about land surveying schools and certifications. If you have a resource or link that I missed, please feel free to drop it in the comments below the post so that everyone may benefit from this resource. LAND SURVEYING SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND TRAINING Cincinnati State Technical & Community College - Engineering Technologies
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Below you will find a few pieces of software that I've run across and thought could be helpful to our land surveying members. They're all free! Comment if you have any questions whatsoever.mapinfo.JPGMapInfo Professional 10 FULLMapinfo Professional 10 Full | Mirror MediafireMapInfo Professional is a powerful Microsoft Windows-based mapping and geographic analysis application from the experts in location intelligence. Designed to easily visualize the relationships between data and geography, MapInfo Profess
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A Couple of GPS Hacks via Software

Here are a couple of GPS hacks that I ran across via and thought might be useful if not just interesting to the group. The first is a location based browser plug-in called Geode, by Mozilla. Geode will let users to take advantage of location data embedded within a web page. Geode’s uses Skyhook’s Loki technology, which determines position base on what WiFi access points it sees just like the Eye-Fi.


Download & Try It OutYou can download Geode here.The second comes from Hackaday as well. Its calle
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Popular Mechanics has a detailed how-to on diy ruggedization of common portable electronics such as laptops, cameras, and cellphones. There is video of a laptop surviving an eight foot fall due to the tennis balls, pipe insulation, and weather stripping they’ve added. Its not just shock resistant, they’ve used a two-part compound marketed for making custom molded earplugs to make the laptop water resistant.

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Annoying zoom extents?

In AutoCAD 2000i LDD when double clicking the mouse too quickly the drawing does a zoom extents. For example I have a three-button mouse, the center button (the mouse wheel) being the culprit, it controls the zooming and panning. Well I will be flying around in the drawing, zoomed in to some degree and then it happens; zoom extents!I think I found a fix to this problem by typing in at the command prompt: "viewres" and hit enter, you are then prompted with the question "Do you want fast zooms?" b
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Greetings Surveyors,Today I introduce to you our newest member of the LSU Network, Land Surveyor United (Admin), Justin Farrow. Justin is the creator and founder of LSU and has decided to make his profile the exclusive go-to for any questions, concerns, suggestions etc. regarding the network. I ask that ALL MEMBERS please go to this new LSU (Admin) profile and click on the "Add as Friend" link under his profile image.There are a lot of exciting changes about to occur with LSU, including an offic
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