A three-year lawsuit to enforce California's Public Record Act (PRA) finally concluded in late August with Santa Clara County substantially reducing the price it charges for its digital parcel basemap. While some surveyors may still argue that their private stash of control monuments is their source of revenue, most today acknowledge that compiling this information in a supervised manner and sharing it benefits everyone a lot more.
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Like it or not, the horizontal and vertical position of parcels that can be determined from the local government GIS is well along its way to becoming a reality. We must take our heads out of the sand and begin to expand our markets.
Building information modeling (BIM) is here and coming up strong. Architects are asking for BIM models from engineering and surveying firms. The engineers don’t add much to this task since we are usually happy if we can deliver a clean 3D data file. So it falls into the realm of the surveyor to provide this service.
Investing in yourself through education increases your knowledge of current technologies and will allow you to hit the ground running in a new position. What’s more, it shows flexibility and an ability to take on new challenges.
We change daily as we grow, as we gain new experiences, and as we develop as humans. The software and hardware that we work with also change continuously. Synchronizing the two--people and technology--becomes a tug–of-war with each side demanding superiority and our fully focused attention.
Surveyors traditionally define the boundaries and shape of the land. However, we need to rethink the role of surveying licensees as being the lead professionals for issues dealing with the other uses of the land. As such, we would control the flow of work and fees.
After each recession in the past two decades, we were doomed to a pitiful stagnation-or, at best, a slow-growth economy-until a major catalyst kicked in and unprecedented levels of prosperity resulted. Clearly, what we need is another major catalyst, and I think I know exactly what it will be.
Does the sharing of data come down to socialism? Is the stigma of technological egalitarianism preventing the growth of GIS by politically stifling the sharing of data on a federal, state and/or local plane?