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NGS to restructure Geodetic Advisor Program/creates 2 new positions

Thursday, July 3, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Burk Cornelius
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Over the years, NGS and partnering host state agencies have jointly supported a State Geodetic Advisor Program, enabling full-time NGS employees to serve as in-state geodetic survey advisors to state and local professionals and stakeholders. NGS has studied the current structure and effectiveness of the State Advisor Program and will be restructuring the advisor program to improve its effectiveness and coverage. This will be accomplished through a phased shift from a "state" advisor approach to a "regional" advisor focus to ensure that every state will be represented with a Regional Geodetic Advisor by 2017. A pilot study, which created a Southwest Regional Advisor has been very successful and NGS is now adding support for two new regions (https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/373948300) covering Alaska and California/Nevada. Understanding and addressing the needs of partners in the surveying community continues to be of utmost importance to the NGS. The Regional Advisor provides guidance and assistance with managing the geodetic component of geospatial activities tied to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS).

NGS has long benefitted from contributions by the nation's surveyors to the NSRS, making it one of the world's most reliable and accessible reference systems. Continuing this relationship with the surveying community by providing training with NGS' geodetic tools and preparing users for National Datums Modernization are major objectives for the Regional Advisor program. This year's efforts by the members of NSPS on the "GPS on Bench Marks" campaign, for example, provided valuable data for improving geoid models. "Sellout" enrollment in OPUS Projects Manager's Training, a new web-based tool for surveyors, is indicative of the strong interest by surveyors to efficiently tie their project control to the NSRS. The Regional Geodetic Advisor is your point of contact at NGS, and will be there to help make the NSRS work for you.

Information on the State Geodetic Advisor program, including a current list of State and Regional Advisors is available at: http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/ADVISORS/AdvisorsIndex.shtml

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