Mike Maxwell is a vice president and principal of WilsonMiller and serves as a regional manager of the company's Survey and Mapping Corporate Business Unit. He has 26 years of experience as a surveyor and mapper and has been responsible for boundary, topographic and jurisdictional surveys, as well as construction stakeout for tens of thousand of acres of land in Southwest Florida.
Although it was almost unheard of 20 years ago, today survey equipment and instrument theft is a growing problem. And the cost--in terms of insurance premiums, replacement equipment and wasted hours of labor--is staggering. In my home state of Florida, and in other areas around the country, equipment theft is an emerging problem that surveying companies have been working hard to address.