Articles by Robert W. Foster, PE, PLS
October 27, 2011
In a Major League baseball game in 2010, Armando Galarraga, a Detroit Tigers pitcher, was one out away from throwing a perfect game. With two outs in the ninth inning, the first base umpire, Jim Joyce, called a ground ball hitter safe at first base. It was one of those bang-bang plays in which the umpire must see two things happening almost simultaneously: the ball in the glove as the foot hits the base.
April 27, 2011
In 1997, IBM defeated Grand Master Gary Kasparov, the world chess champion, with its computer Deep Blue. It was one giant leap for computerkind in the development of artificial intelligence. The work continues at places like MIT, Cal Tech and IBM in the attempt to create a machine that can think the way we do.
December 17, 2010
joint meeting of FIG Commissions 3 and 7 in Sophia, Bulgaria, in November
delivered value consistent with its theme, “Information and Land Management A
Decade After the Millennium.” In particular, two issues were of interest. One
is a situation familiar to us here in the U.S., while the other involves a
condition foreign to most American surveyors.Read More
August 1, 2010
has been much discussion in the last few months about the move by the NSPS, a
member organization (MO) of the ACSM, to establish a committee to study the
financial and membership impacts of separation from ACSM. Read More
June 1, 2010
to Black’s, “Title is the means whereby the owner of lands has the just
possession of his property. The union of all the elements which constitute
ownership.”1 These elements may be described as proof and quality of claim,
which is the attorney’s area of expertise, and location and quantity of claim,
the surveyor’s area of expertise. Read More
November 1, 2009
In 1999, the FIG General Assembly voted that the FIG Working Week 2003 would be held in Israel, but the tragic events of 2001 caused us to change those plans. First, the World Trade Center in New York was destroyed by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, sparking a new round of violence in the Middle East, and then anthrax began showing up in people’s mailboxes. ...
August 1, 2009
In my many years of writing and speaking on the subject of contracting for professional surveying services, I have often emphasized that surveyors should use written contracts for all projects.
April 1, 2009
When a surveyor performs a retracement survey, who owns the results--the surveyor or the client?
December 1, 2008
My European friends in the surveying/engineering field often ask me about the American cadastral system and are always surprised to learn that we don’t actually have such a system in our country. How can that be?
November 1, 2008
in private practice need to be aware of ways to mitigate the risk of lawsuits
For those who carry professional liability coverage, participation in an
insurance provider’s risk-mitigation credit program may not only decrease the
chance of being sued--it can reward proactive surveyors with a significant
deductible credit when a claim is made.Read More