Solo surveying definitely has more pluses than minuses, according to Kate Anderson, PLS. She owns and operates Vara Land Surveying in San Francisco and, to her knowledge, is the only licensed female surveyor in the City by the Bay.
I would like to comment on Mr. Philip E. Adams’ guest editorial in the recent edition of POB magazine. I believe the sole reason the surveying profession is in the precarious position it now finds itself is due to lack of business sense to charge professional fees in proportion to the value we create for our clients.
More than 45 years ago, Scott McClintock, PLS, started surveying as a teenager in Arizona. Now, he works in Alaska, doing everything from small lot retracements and subdivisions to environmental reclamation projects and topographic surveys for engineering.
Buying or selling a survey or engineering firm for all practical purposes is the same. The truth is that in many cases they offer both survey and engineering services, or at least have an arrangement to offer both.
Since publication of my last article “Never Stepped Foot in the Field?” in the August 2015 issue of POB, there have been so many emails, phone calls and text messages — too many to count and reply to each one. They’ve been from almost every state in the U.S. and from all levels of the surveying profession, both newly registered and very senior surveyors, as well as students, field personnel, office technicians, Professional Engineers, GIS professionals and university professors.