I’m in San Diego this week at the ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit and User Conference. According to Brent Jones, PE, PLS, Survey/Engineering Industry Manager for ESRI, 36 percent of the attendees are here for the first time. Attendees are looking for networking opportunities, business ideas, new technologies and, in some cases, simply confirmation that their firm is on the right track.
The National Museum of Surveying in Springfield, Ill., was originally set to open in February 2009. Then the opening was postponed. Some progress is being made, but much of the 10,000-square-foot space remains empty, still waiting for exhibits and displays. Where is all the surveyor support?
I’m at the Optech Innovative LiDAR Solutions Conference in Toronto, and I have to admit that I’m impressed with the turnout. Despite a serious recession, a global H1N1 flu pandemic and the near-simultaneous MAPPS 2009 Summer Conference, Optech’s debut event has drawn nearly 170 attendees based on preliminary estimates.
With so many companies still wielding the layoff knife, it’s understandable to want to do everything within our power to try to keep our jobs-even, perhaps, resorting to underhanded measures. But a far better strategy is to treat your co-workers as your clients.
One town tables a mapping project because the fees are too high while another is outraged that a local firm would use offshoring to reduce its costs. How can surveying and mapping firms win the price battle?
Is today’s education system adequately preparing the surveying and mapping professionals of the future? Here’s a look at what’s needed, where we’re falling short and why it matters to today’s professionals.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve taken part in several conversations in which someone has mentioned the need for a national license or certification for professional surveyors. This is not an entirely new concept, but the changes that are occurring in our profession might force the issue onto center stage.
On March 10, The Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 was introduced to Congress. This bill, also known as “card check,” would amend the National Labor Relations Act to make it easier for employees to “form, join or assist labor organizations,” according to the language in the bill. What would it mean for our professions?