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Editor's Points: Some of My Favorites

June 1, 2013
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Christine Grahl

If you haven’t been to lately, you should check it out. We recently overhauled the website and launched a new design that makes it easier for you to find your favorite POB content. For example, a single click on “Columns” now takes you directly to popular collections of articles by Jeff Lucas, Kris Kline, Larry Phipps, Milton Denny, Michael Binge and other illustrious contributors. If you’re looking for articles on legal issues, safety or surveying basics, you can find these and other practical themes grouped under “Topics.” Want to know what everyone else is reading, sharing and discussing? Select the “Most Popular” tab on the top right and join the conversation.


In the process of transitioning to the new site, I spent some time reviewing articles from some of our back issues. It brought back some great memories. Since I joined POB in July 2008, I’ve had the honor of working closely with a number of distinguished surveying and mapping professionals to craft and fine-tune stories for the magazine and website.


Here are just a few of my favorites:


•          Marking a Turning Point. In 2009, the Utah Council of Land Surveyors (UCLS) set out to rehabilitate the initial point of the Uintah Special Meridian in eastern Utah. John B. Stahl, PLS, CFedS, artfully weaves the distinctive history of the region into this first-person account of the surveyors’ quest.

•          Merging into the Fast Lane. If you’ve ever met Bobby Tuck, PE, RLS, CP, you know he thrives on challenges. This project for the Texas Department of Transportation is no exception.

•          Seven Myths About Laser Scanning. Do you still think laser scanning isn’t relevant to your business? Fred Bermudez, PSM, and Allen Nobles, PS, tackle this topic and provide guidance on making laser scanners pay off.

•          Control on the Edge. The only thing better than writing about this project for the city of Akutan in the eastern Aleutian Islands of Alaska would have been getting a firsthand look at the remote wilderness region surveyed by the adventurous team from USKH Inc. I didn’t have that opportunity, but this story of the survey crew’s expedition is worth another read.

•          A Model of Efficiency. With demand for building information modeling (BIM) on the rise, it’s crucial to understand the need for transparency and teamwork. This article details how close collaboration led by Architectural Resource Consultants resulted in a successful BIM project for the GSA.


This review is bittersweet; after this issue of POB, I will be moving on. Serving as the editor of POB, and more recently, the editor of, has been a high point of my career as a writer and editor.

Getting to know and work with so many of you has been one of my favorite experiences so far. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you over the last five years.

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