Pamela Nobles, PSM, PLS, SP, is president of Diversified Design & Drafting Services Inc. (3DS), a full-service land survey firm based in Tallahassee, Fla., that takes on projects mostly for design engineers working for state and local governments.
Today, there is a disconnect between the reality of educational instruction, required competencies, workplace activities, and many state licensing laws in surveying; however, we are headed in the right direction to produce qualified geospatial professionals with up-to-date skills and expertise.
The innovations that impact the geospatial profession don’t just raise questions about tool relevance; they raise questions about people relevance. Photogrammetry is just one example of a geospatial specialty that is becoming simplified due to automation in hardware and software.
Small surveying shops or in-the-field companies in industries like construction often operate with skeleton crews at their home offices. They ask office managers to load software and take care of the computers and the Internet, and they often operate without a trained IT person on staff.