As a professor at George Mason University (GMU), I have learned about some changes afoot in the education requirements for professional engineers, some of which I think should be addressed for the surveying profession.
In September I was honored to speak at the California Land Surveyors Association (CLSA) Los Angeles chapter meeting and dinner on the topic of 3D data preparation and 3D machine control as it relates to surveyors.
A strikingly important phenomenon in the field of surveying is currently sweeping the nation. Some states are now requiring that a licensed engineer or surveyor be in responsible charge of “digital stakeouts” or 3D data models created for use in 3D machine control systems.
Can you believe that it has been a year since I first wrote about my experiences with dowsing? I received more responses from readers on the topic of dowsing than any other topic I have written about in seven years.
In addition to selling software to the civil engineering market, Carlson Software of Maysville, Ky., has long filled a niche in the surveying and construction markets with its Autodesk-based SurvCADD software.
Civil 3D 2007 is the third release of Autodesk's popular civil engineering software. Now, with the addition of a strong set of survey tools, Autodesk is reaching out to all surveyors. Written in a modern, object-oriented programming language, Civil 3D continues to rapidly evolve and address industry needs.