What's in your wallet? (Lawton Blog)

Posted By Deral at Home on 6/10/2009 at 5:49 PM

Another lovely day in the field in Lawton. A bit humid and it rained for the later portion of the day. In fact, I'm hearing thunder now and I've had two CODE RED calls on my cell phone that specify severe weather. Everything is in the garage so the vehicles are safe. It's going to to be bumpy because the cats are swarming around my feet like sharks. Animal ALWAYS know when the weather is going to be bad. But back to todays work.

We have a little bit of proposed right of way stakeout just south of town for a new intercepter sewer line. A great area that is rural, quiet and the land owners have all been great. About 3.5 miles of line in total.

Today we did not start the stake out but just dropped in control and set some points where we crossed section line roads.

Here is Michael taking a check shot on a point that we had set.


We set all our control with static but set many of the line points with RTK using about 3-5 minutes of shots taken twice during the day then tossed into our LS project for the final check.

I already wrote the legals based on the section corners previously done and our plans but now all I will add is the what. To a Survey Marker with Shiner or whatever was appropriate.

So if you cogo in my legal then go out to the points you might find a hundreth hear or there but if you find the point then that is what is important. Many don't understand this. It is not sloppy work but just the practical application of our technology.

A shot of a set 60d with shiner at a crossing. My legals on a photo for visual reference, my legal, my 'baby hammer' (see previous post of construction staking) and the set point.


It is so nice to have all our geodetic monuments all over town. Thank you Bear. We thank you every day for your placement of these monuments. Bear is one of my mentors and the previous city surveyor.

Here is a shot of one of them. You've seen many of them on the Lawton Blogs.


I asked "What's in your wallet?" This saying just seemed appropriate when we were setting some points today and pulled out the drawers in the back of the van to set some of these. We have a pretty good assortment of things that we can set. Sometimes you have failed ones (see the two bent 60'd nails in the one drawer) and have to resort to other sorts of materials.


I don't have a big point to make today but it was another good day out in the field.

Got back in and got mobbed by our 911 folks. I guess Michael and I are rock stars with them now. They took our latest files and did the beta test on them today with the 911 calls.

They said the improvement of locations on the calls were about 90%. I'll check that tomorrow and I'm sure they were optimistic but we did improve the address ranges 3 or 4 fold.

We still have some work to do on the common place names but there are so many aliases that people use that this will be a continous update process.

Amazingly enough, just a few short months ago some of the dispatchers did not consider the mapping to be all that important.

Today when they saw all the units (fire, ambulance, police) on the screen with all the information available at a click as to what each was responding to and the location of each response, they just went nuts.

Field of Dreams is our motto for Michael and I. Build it and they will come.

Just a pretty typical day in Lawton.



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