Secretary of Commerce Frederick B. Dent has announced a major program by the United States, Canada, and Mexico to modernize the geodetic network that provides the basis for all accurate horizontal surveying on the North American continent. Cost of the task, which was last performed almost a half century ago, is estimated at $16,000,000.
The United States portion of the program is being conducted by the National Geodetic Survey, an agency of the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Efforts of the three governments are coordinated by John D. Bossier, Scientific Advisor to the Director of the National Geodetic Survey; L.A. Gale, Chief of the Geodetic Survey of Canada in Ottawa; and Eng. J. Alberto Villasana, Secretary of the Office of the President in Mexico City. Mexican participation in the program is being handled by the National Territory Studies Commission. The Mexican horizontal network comprises approximately 2000 geodetic survey points, the Canadian horizontal network about 8000 points, and the American network an estimated 120,000 points.