Georgia is a tough market for firms that rely on land development. In some cases, companies that were 80 people deep last year are now at 40, and a rebound is not in sight. But as firms have cut back on their workforce, they have sought ways to increase productivity-largely through the improved use of existing equipment and software.
Users give a general idea of the type of solution they need. However, their responses, as anyone else’s, are based on their beliefs, experiences, areas of expertise and personal agendas. It is therefore important to direct user responses toward the data by asking the correct questions
Channeling data with a bird’s eye view of our organizations' strategies and processes as well as those of the wider community will lead us on a journey of new discoveries rather than down the beaten path of ownership resolution.
Like it or not, change is occurring in our profession. Are we embracing that change or, like the wagon wheel makers of a hundred years ago, hanging on to what we used to know until we are left hopelessly behind?
Many businesses in our society take a speculative approach, in which the originator actuates the effort, creates a result and then hopes to find a buyer. Why don’t surveyors take advantage of this business model?
Professional engineers and surveyors are much like attorneys. These professions all require significant education and (in many cases) licensing, and they all serve clients by performing needed services. However, when it comes to billing for those services, vast differences are evident.
I have one suggestion to help resolve the unemployment and under-employment issues facing our professions: The state boards of engineering and surveying should expand the work that requires a professional license by issuing new position statements.