Three Questions A New Guy Should Ask

April 21, 2008
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

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)
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

Recent Articles by half bubble

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

HxGN Live

More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.

9/30/14 2:00 pm EDT

Technical Workflows on the Job Site Using 3D Laser Scanning

The purpose of this webinar is to dig into different laser scanning workflows and techniques.


POB September 2014

2014 September

In this September 2014 issue of POB, we take a look at a book that reveals how a rare-map dealer made millions stealing ancient maps. Also, discover the secrets of a 21st-century surveyor and how technology enables small surveying businesses to ease growing pains and maximize their potential.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Surveying Career

Would you recommend surveying as a career to a current college student?
View Results Poll Archive

Point of Beginning Store

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\POB\epubsite\Statues-pic-large.gif
Surveyor Statues

The perfect gift or award for any special occasion.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Geo Locator

Buyers Guide

The #1 buyers' guide for land surveyors and geomatics professionals. Search listings for software and equipment manufacturers, equipment dealers and professional services. CLICK HERE to view GeoLocator.


Facebook logo Twitter logo  LinkedIn logo  YouTube logoRPLS small logo

Google +