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Letters: A Surveyor By Any Other Name - February 2011

January 25, 2011

Surveying or geomatics--in all its forms, manifestations, usages, technologies, adaptations, locations, and applications--has survived for well over 30,000 years and has no doubt experienced thousands of name changes over the millennia [“Geomatics, Formerly Known as Surveying,” POB eNews Editor’s Note, Dec. 15, 2010]. I seriously doubt that another name change will affect the profession or the crucial work performed by geoscientists, professional land surveyors, and their technicians. Please stop sweating the small stuff, and let’s get on with the future of our profession--no matter what it’s named!

--Walter M. Cunningham, PLS, Geomatics (Surveying) Program Coordinator & Faculty Member, Salt Lake Community College, Utah