Both Harold Baldwin (“Guest Column: Less Education Is Not Surveying’s Solution,” Oct. 2015) and Philip E. Adams (“Guest Column: Why Licensure Requirements Need to be Revamped,” Oct. 2015) have useful comments, but fail to hit the target in the center.
In a recent evidence-collecting adventure, I came across a plat of the property adjacent to the one I was surveying. I was amazed at the detail, precision of all measurements and the overall “look” of the plat.
I would like to comment on Mr. Philip E. Adams’ guest editorial in the recent edition of POB magazine. I believe the sole reason the surveying profession is in the precarious position it now finds itself is due to lack of business sense to charge professional fees in proportion to the value we create for our clients.
In my previous column, in the August issue, we went into a detailed discussion on how to know that you have rendered a well-reasoned opinion on the location of the property lines that are the subject of your survey — a litmus test, if you will.
As you may recall, one of the key elements of the test is the application of the appropriate boundary law principles.
Buying or selling a survey or engineering firm for all practical purposes is the same. The truth is that in many cases they offer both survey and engineering services, or at least have an arrangement to offer both.
Since publication of my last article “Never Stepped Foot in the Field?” in the August 2015 issue of POB, there have been so many emails, phone calls and text messages — too many to count and reply to each one. They’ve been from almost every state in the U.S. and from all levels of the surveying profession, both newly registered and very senior surveyors, as well as students, field personnel, office technicians, Professional Engineers, GIS professionals and university professors.
It has been four months since my last missive. I since had some good comments sent directly to me, but don’t know about any issues and comments that may have also appeared on the various discussion boards and social media outlets.
How easy any software package is to use has much to do with the ease of training required to learn it. Land surveying software typically used to gather field measurement data and produce a CAD drawing for a client is no different.