In February, two bills altering the licensing requirements for surveying in rural areas were introduced in the Alabama Legislature. In a news story on the bills, the following rationale was given: “PVC pipe made everyone a plumber. The wire welder made everybody a welder. GPS made everyone a surveyor.”1 This perception of the profession should be of great concern to the surveying community.
The use of GIS in local government is a reality that can no longer be denied. Parcel-based information systems are being compiled and stored in GIS formats for many in-house and public uses. The development of GIS benefits local government most when agencies get the best professional help.
In the April 2017 issue of POB, find out how 3D tools played a role in the renovation of the Institute of Civil Engineers headquarters in London. Also, POB releases the results of its 2017 3D Surveying Trends Study.