The U.S. Survey Foot Has Outlived Its Usefulness – RIP

photo of surveyors The U.S. Survey Foot is Retired

The U.S. Survey Foot is Retired

Thanks to Michael Dennis and others at NIST and NGS for taking the action to deprecate (in metrology – a decision to discontinue the use of a specific measurement unit) the U.S. Survey foot. There is no benefit to having two definitions for the foot here in the U.S. and there are lots of liabilities. Is that Michael from a previous life in the photo? I wonder if he was behind this idea all along.

AGENCY:
The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION:
Notice; request for comment.

SUMMARY:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are taking collaborative action to provide national uniformity in the measurement of length. This notice announces a decision to deprecate the use of the “U.S. survey foot” on December 31, 2022. After that date, the “U.S. survey foot” will be superseded by the “foot” (formerly known as the “international foot”), which is already in use throughout the U.S. This notice describes the plan, resources, training, and other activities of NIST and NOAA that will assist those affected by this transition, and invites comments and other information from land surveyors, engineers, Federal, State and local government officials, businesses, and any other member of the public engaged in or affected by surveying and mapping operations.

DATES:
Comments and other information must be received by December 2, 2019.

ADDRESSES:
NIST and NOAA are using the https://www.regulations.gov system for the submission and posting of public comments in this proceeding. All comments in response to this notice are therefore to be submitted electronically through https://www.regulations.gov, via the web form accessed by following the “Submit a Formal Comment” link near the top right of the Federal Register web page for this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
U.S. survey foot deprecation resources: https://www.nist.gov/​pml/​us-surveyfoot.

Information on standards development and maintenance: Elizabeth Gentry, 301-975-3690, Elizabeth.Gentry@nist.gov.

Technical and historical information on usage of the foot: Michael Dennis, 240-533-9611, Michael.Dennis@noaa.gov.

For more information click here.

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