Point of Beginning


October 31, 2006

On Licensure

September 2006
I have a simple solution to NCEES' calculator problem: write a test that doesn't require the use of calculators. Or is that too simple?

Picking a certain brand and type of calculator will be very time-consuming for NCEES as the computer manufacturers are constantly revising their offerings. Just like college textbooks, [they have to] keep revising [the calculators] to keep the money coming in.

[Supplying calculators to test takers at exam sites] will also add an additional testing fee, as I am sure NCEES will pass on the cost, probably with considerable markup. Also, those who are not intimately familar with that brand/model of calculator will be at a distinct disadvantage. As an example, try using your left hand to win a nailing contest sometime. Since I was weaned on HP RPL, I have been known to send TIs through the air. (There's no reason to have to hit the equals sign all the time.)

Walter T. Foster, PLS
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Traversing the Law

August 2006
When I receive the latest issue of POB, I always turn to Jeff Lucas' column first, and enjoy each commentary. I applaud him for saying what needs to be said about the two camps of land surveyors: the problem finders and the problem solvers. Kudos to Jeff!

I have felt for many years that the land surveyor who simply goes about uncovering a problem and reports it with no initiative to propose a solution or provide options for resolution--and, worse yet, passes it along for others to deal with--is doing a disservice to the profession and, more importantly, to the public.

Terry W. McHenry, PLS