Surveying History

In Pacific Paradise, Volunteers Survey Kosrae's Culture

KnowledgeWell volunteers preserve history, create sustainable future in Micronesia
By Wigner Joe
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 KOSRAE, Federated States of Micronesia − Since 2005 I have been involved with KnowledgeWell projects and training in Guam, Kosrae, Pohnpei (“Clearing the Air,” POB, Nov. 2009), Palau and North Carolina. KnowledgeWell always has the best and most prepared professionals I have ever met. 

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Charles Mason Receives Memorial Stone at Burial Site

Surveyors Rendezvous pays tribute to famous surveyor and 250th anniversary of Mason-Dixon Line.
By John Hetzler
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Ceremony highlights surveyor’s legacy and 250th anniversary of Mason-Dixon Line.

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Surveyors Commemorate the Mason-Dixon Line

Surveyors Rendezvous helps dedicate official Pennsylvania state historical marker at southernmost point of Philadelphia.
By John Hetzler
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Attendees at the Surveyors Rendezvous in Philadelphia continued to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Mason-Dixon survey.

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Surveyors Rendezvous Set to Celebrate Mason-Dixon Line

Group will dedicate memorial at Charles Mason’s burial site at annual event in Philadelphia
By John Hetzler
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History weighs on Chas Langelan.

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Examining Adverse Possession in the United States

By Kristopher M. Kline PLS
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 The doctrine of adverse possession has a particular fascination for me, but interest in this topic goes far beyond the surveying profession. Attorneys, employees of government agencies and the general public all become enthusiastic when squatters’ rights or trespass are mentioned.  

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The Man Who Changed the History of Ohio

A look behind the mystery setting the state's northern border.
By Charles Coutellier P.S.
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The mystery surrounding the establishment of Ohio's northern border.

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Traversing the Law

How Boundary Lines are Established

Boundaries defined by property owners are as old as property itself; property lines are dependent on the actions (or inactions) of landowners.
By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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How do boundary lines become established? This is a critical question for the land surveyor who is interested in surveying property.

 What I mean by surveying property is rendering a well-reasoned opinion on the limits of ownership, not simply staking out geometry from a deed or rendering a new mathematical breakdown of a section.  

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The History of Writing the History of Surveying in Ohio

By Charles Coutellier P.S.
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In the 1960s, the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers’ magazine, “Ohio Engineer,” published several articles about surveying in Ohio by J. Merrill Weed, a prominent engineer and writer. 

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Baselines and Meridians in the Virginia Military District

By Charles Coutellier P.S.
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This is a story about a map that was, in its day, the most important Ohio state map ever compiled.

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Immersed in Versailles

Laser scanning and 3D modeling with SketchUp brings the Palace of Versailles to life in video and imagery
By Andrea Berlin
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Few monuments enjoy the international recognition of Versailles, the French royal chateau located 12 miles southwest of Paris.

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HxGN Live

More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.

9/30/14 2:00 pm EDT

Technical Workflows on the Job Site Using 3D Laser Scanning

The purpose of this webinar is to dig into different laser scanning workflows and techniques.


POB September 2014

2014 September

In this September 2014 issue of POB, we take a look at a book that reveals how a rare-map dealer made millions stealing ancient maps. Also, discover the secrets of a 21st-century surveyor and how technology enables small surveying businesses to ease growing pains and maximize their potential.

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