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Editor's Points-Making history.

June 1, 2007
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Every day is a chance to make history. You may make history in your work, as a part of your family or while engaging in a hobby.

Surveyors are especially enmeshed with history. Most of you retrieve historical deeds and records and walk in past surveyors’ footsteps in the course of a project. You also make history by adding notes to the history books with new or updated surveys, thereby setting the foundation for future development. History affects you, and you affect tomorrow’s history.

Much of your work will be revisited in the future. In this issue, we’ve revisited two BLM subjects: the year-old Certified Federal Surveyor program (page 30) and the rewriting of the Manual of Instructions (page 58). Both subjects are “history worth repeating”--or rather, revisiting. Both of these subjects have the potential to greatly influence surveying’s history and we’re happy to bring you these updates.

We’re also revisiting the voter’s choice for the Symbol of Surveying on our website at www.pobonline.com . Our goal with the creation of the symbol years ago was to initiate a visual representation for the profession that could be used--and in time, recognized--publicly. An insignia to go down in history as an emblem for the profession. In this day of reality television and programs involving a national voting system, it seems that most everyone likes to vote. So tell us: is the Symbol of Surveying still a good representation of the profession? Our online quick poll will be up for the month of June; place your vote today.

For editors of the POB staff, voting came recently in the form of judging our third annual Highlights in Surveying Project Contest, a national competition that recognizes the talents of surveyors, mappers and other geomatics professionals. The contest offers those who enter a modest way to promote their firms for the recognition they deserve. Our contenders had little self-promoting to include in their submittals; they just stated the facts of a project and how their diligence and dedication to the profession helped them achieve quality products and satisfied clients. The hard part was for our staff to choose three top winners. Read about the grand prize winner beginning on page 20. The staff of Albuquerque’s Precision Surveys Inc. contributed to their local history books by completing a massive ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey of the Town of Atrisco Land Grant.

Whether you step back into the past during your job or personal life, or contribute to history, it still has an effect. As our revisited topics and contestants’ projects have proven, every day is a chance to make history.

P.S. One last note: our April quick poll revealed that none (that’s 0%, folks!) of the respondents have authored a published article or book for continuing education credit. Working with the POB editors is a cinch, so if you’d like to publish an article for credit, just write to one of us!

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