Wesley G. Crawford RPLS

Wesley G. Crawford is a professor of building construction management at Purdue University.
Wesley Crawford is the author of the highly acclaimed book Construction Surveying and Layout, now in its third edition. For information, visit www.creativeconstruction.com or www.pobonline.com (click on POB Store).

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Back to Basics: Quick setup with a laser plummet.

By Wesley G. Crawford RPLS
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The radio crackles. “Hey, could you come over here right away and give me line on the wall forms?” a voice asks. “I’ve got 15 people waiting to pour concrete.”
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Back to Basics: Fieldwork tips.

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Is there a way to make measuring in the field easier and more accurate? Yes, numerous strategies are used by surveyors to simplify their fieldwork. This column describes a few successful procedures that I have used personally or have heard of others using.
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Back to Basics: Turning 50

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No, not my age … I passed that a few years ago. I’m referring to the number of articles I have written for POB over the years, including this one.
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Back to basics

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With a little research, I found that the expression "rule of thumb" has been historically recorded since the year 1692 and probably was used decades or even centuries before then. It meant then what it means now: some method or procedure that comes from practice or experience, or a rough and useful principle or method based on experience rather than precisely accurate measures.
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Back to Basics: String lines.

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Strings were essentially the only method used to maintain the control lines used to construct buildings, bridges, canals, tunnels or highways.
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Back to Basics: Intersecting line layout.

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This method of layout is quick and accurate and easily used by anyone who can set up an instrument over a point.
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Back to Basics

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Common-sense checks of construction layout.
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Back to Basics

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It's important to test angle-measuring instruments to make sure they will perform as expected in the field.
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Contributing Editor's Note

By Wesley G. Crawford RPLS
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One only needs to look back at some of the great American leaders who were surveyors to realize the significance and respect that their surveying skills and knowledge commanded in their lives.
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Back to Basics

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This is the first of a two or more part series on performing surveying measurements single-handedly.
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