US of AZ Monthly eNewsletter

July Issue Highlights
July Meeting Info
Branco Presents: TAZNet
BLM Article
AutoCAD 3D User Meet-up Groups
APLS Golf Tournament
2017 Memberships
Membership & Sponsorship Opportunities
Active (voting) Membership: $120/yr
Student (non-voting) Membership: $100y/yr
Supporting (non-voting) Membership: $100/yr
*Corporate Sponsorships: $600/yr
*Includes 3 Active Memberships and more promotional  o pportunities than ever.

Monthly USofAZ Meeting
Our next General Membership meeting will be August 18th at the BPG offices from 11:30am until 1:00pm. 
Their address is 7307 S Harl Ave #1, Tempe, AZ 85283


A big THANK YOU  to all who
joined us at last month's Arizona Diamondbacks game! 
Everyone had a great time.  Watch for info on our next Social Event! 



TAZNet (Topcon Arizona Network) is a full GNSS network capable of sending GPS correction to any GPS receiver in all available message formats.
How does it work?
TAZNet provides correction for the user that requires extremely precise positions.  The correction is made possible by the Topcon GPS reference stations that are positioned throughout the state.  These station are linked together by an internet connection and fed to a central server.  The server processes this data and provides correction to the filed via the internet.  These corrections can be single base line (correction to one station) or a modeled solution that accounts for the atmospheric conditions at all of the stations and uses that data to create a model.

BLM To Dramatically Speed Up Completion of Alaska Statehood Land Transfer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Bureau of Land Management today took the first steps toward dramatically accelerating the rate at which it transfers Federal lands to the State of Alaska.  The agency will now use satellite-based navigation—a more advanced form of the technology that drives many smartphone applications—to help mark, define, and establish the boundaries of State lands.  This innovation will fulfill the promise of the Alaska Statehood Act in half the time, save $60 million or more for the American taxpayer, and bring major new economic development opportunities to the state.  

When it became a state in 1959, Alaska was guaranteed more than 100 million acres of land within the state’s boundaries.  After nearly 60 years since statehood, roughly 40 percent of the land transfer remains unfinished.  Completing the job using traditional methods, which have been largely unchanged since 1963, is projected to take at least two decades and cost taxpayers more than $120 million.  

“Fulfilling the obligations of the Alaska Statehood Act is a priority for me and for the Bureau,” said Director Neil Kornze.  “I asked the BLM team in Alaska if we could come up with a more efficient way to complete the land transfers that are owed to the state.  The innovations the team brought forward—that we’re implementing today—ensure that the BLM is surveying land in ways that are faster, more accurate, and more cost-effective.  

The BLM expects to cut the time and cost of the program in half.  Using this updated approach will allow the BLM to complete the remaining land surveys in 10 years or less, provide the state with higher quality information, and save taxpayers $60 million or more, and it will give the State of Alaska major new economic opportunities in the process.

Using GPS-technology, the BLM expects to cut the time and cost of the program in half.

"This is the kind of smart innovation people expect and deserve from their government agencies.”

Free Live Event:

First Look at the BLK360

August 9, 2017

from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Hosted at the U.S. CAD Scottsdale office

Register Online Now


The reality capture process is about to become revolutionized with the new BLK360 scanner. Attend this free seminar to learn what the introduction of the BLK360 scanner to your workflow can help you do. During the seminar, you will:

·         See the game-changing scanner in action

·         Be one of the first to see how the BLK360 scanner can revolutionize our business

·         See first-hand the workflow for ReCap Mobile and Cyclone

·         Review the data quality of the lightest, smallest, and most low-cost scanner on the market

Join your local AutoCAD
Civil 3D 
User Groups

Did you know there are Civil 3D users groups in the Phoenix and Tucson areas?

Local Civil 3D users meet quarterly to network, hear from guest speakers, and discuss Autodesk Civil 3D and other infrastructure products in a casual “non-salesy” environment.

We meet from 11:30 to 1:30 over a free pizza and salad lunch. If you are interested, please visit the two MeetUp Group links below to join. There is no cost to join!!  

Next date for Phoenix has not yet been set,
but the next Tucson UG is next week on July 26th!
When you sign up, you will be notified of meeting dates and agendas. Join today!!

   USofAZ would like thank all of our sponsors
 and recognize the following organizations for being our Strategic Partners!
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