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What online tools do you use to locate benchmarks? I know of the one at https://www.ngs.noaa.gov/NGSDataExplorer; it's clumsy but it does function. For a long time I've used the very nice viewer at http://benchmarks.scaredycatfilms.com/index.php but it's broken again; the state selection drop down box stops at North Dakota (unfortunate, as I live in Oklahoma) and I can find no way to contact them. So what else is out there? What online resources do you use for benchmarking?

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Scaredycatfilms' benchmark viewer is back online. 

 

David E., who maintains this terrific resource, wrote to me that " I recently performed a migration to a new server, and despite the claims that it would be easy, it was of course, less than easy."

 

Sad to say, this is a common story....

 

But I'm glad the benchmark viewer is back. 

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Hi folks, just to follow up on what Art said, I do still maintain the benchmark viewer site.  I recently renewed my domain for another 5 years and as part of that renewal I had to migrate my websites to a new server.  It was not a simple process, but it should have been.  They allowed me to export my old database, but then the new import only took a max file size of 1MB, way too small.  It looked like everything imported, but it must have stopped at New York.  I think I have everything up and running, except for email, but if anything looks wrong, or missing, don't hesitate to let me know.  I do try and pop into the forums once a month, but I usually just lurk these days.

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I use BenchMap 2.0.09 for android to "shop" for marks, dsworld to find coordinates of RMs, and Google Earth as the killer app for finding Azimuth marks: put a thumbtack at the station mark coordinates, extend a ruler line at the proper heading, and see where it crosses a road at the approximate distance reported on the datasheet. (AZ marks, in my experience, are usually next to roads.)

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