This series of columns started with a discussion of basic factors to consider when setting up and operating a deformation monitoring network, including epochs, network adjustment versus deformation analysis, and why we need to think carefully about adjustment procedures.
Anthony Novotny Jr., PLS, may not have had a revolutionary idea when he combined selling real estate and land surveying (Solo Notes, POB, July 2016), but he found a way to scale his skills and his business into larger markets.
Unless you have worked as part of a three- or four-person crew, you will miss much of the fun in land surveying. I have to think that those old GLO survey teams of 20 or more must have had some hairy adventures that provided great entertainment as the stories were told around the evening campfire.
More than 45 years ago, Scott McClintock, PLS, started surveying as a teenager in Arizona. Now, he works in Alaska, doing everything from small lot retracements and subdivisions to environmental reclamation projects and topographic surveys for engineering.
It’s no secret the geospatial profession is making leaps and bounds both commercially and philanthropically. From the use of GPS to operate cars without a driver, to the use of drones to assess forest fires, to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map what help is needed where in the aftermath of earthquakes, professionals in the field are constantly developing extremely useful new applications for existing technology.
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.