The 2012 Survey Summit and ACSM Annual Conference,
which took place July 21-24 in San Diego, drew an estimated 250 attendees. The
“Road Ahead” theme was an apt metaphor. For the first time in a long time,
there seems to be some doubt about the direction we are taking as a profession.
One thing we must accept is that change happens a lot
faster than it used to. The tools of the trade are evolving so rapidly it is
difficult to track them, let alone develop proficiency using them. That in
itself is not in any way unusual. Methods and tactics have historically lagged
behind development. And that is consistent with our inherent apprehension about
On March 19, 2011, surveyors across the United States
participated in Surveying USA. This momentous event was coordinated by NSPS and
overseen by NGS by way of its Online User Positioning Service (OPUS). Although
this was the first attempt at a truly national exercise, it was not the first
event of its kind; an earlier pioneering venture coordinated a large number of
GPS receivers over a large area to achieve a high accuracy network.
There is no hotter topic in the surveying community today than the change that is going on in our profession. Advances in technology have been the driving force behind most of it. Many modern tools have supplanted the need for skilled operators.
you, get on my cloud!” That seems to be a very popular buzz line these days,
especially in the corporate information technology community. The term cloud
computing uses the word “cloud” as a metaphor for the Internet--sort of.