Home » Three Questions A New Guy Should Ask Three Questions A New Guy Should Ask April 21, 2008 Reprints No Comments Posted By half bubble on 4/21/2008 at 2:41 AM So you're calling around looking for entry-level survey work. You've got the surveyor on the phone. Here are three questions I always ask now (that I wish I had known to ask when I started): 1) Do you use GPS ?2) Do you use least squares?3) Do you ever do ALTA surveys? Ideally, all three questions get a "yes". (it's ok if they use least squares but don't do ALTAs) Explanation: 1) without GPS you will be missing exposure to an important tool. Not entirely a deal killer, but a red flag. A summer without GPS won't kill you but be aware you will be missing out. 2) An outfit that doesn't use least squares is stuck in the dark ages. Not even worth further talk other than polite noises. 3) is a trick question. If they say NO to least squares and YES to ALTAs, RUN AWAY DO NOT WALK because this indicates a high level of ignorance about the current 2005 ALTA standard. Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to POB. Related Articles Three Acronyms You Should Know in Mobile Mapping Surveyor's Footsteps: Asking for Help from Other Surveyors The Questionable Future of GPS FAA Asks for Public Input on UAS Test Site Selection Related Products V03A - Standards of Practice for Surveying in Alabama (CD) Best Available Evidence III V00D - History of Surveying Instruments: Impact and Accuracy (CD) Brown's Boundary Control and Legal Principles, 7th Edition Related Directories New England Laser & Transit Co. New Mexico State Univ. Transit and Level Clinic Robinson Aerial Surveys Inc. You must login or register in order to post a comment. Report Abusive Comment Thank you for helping us to improve our forums. Is this comment offensive? Please tell us why.