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.
Pardon the pun, but geophysical surveys can be the bedrock of today’s environmental projects. Applications range from locating abandoned underground storage tanks and utilities, to complex mapping of geology in remedial investigations, to finding landfill boundaries and other buried unknown problems.
In the steep canyons of the Republic of Macedonia — a landlocked Balkan nation of mountains, lakes and ancient towns — international construction company AKTOR ADT is completing a major highway project for the national government. The highway will run 28.2 kilometers or 17.5 miles from the village of Demir Kapija to Smokvica, traversing a natural gorge and crossing the Vardar River.
Surveyors are intimately familiar with the frequent disagreements between private landowners over a disputed boundary line. However, the disagreements most likely to make headlines are those situations where adjoining states are unable to agree on the location of their common boundaries.
In a recent evidence-collecting adventure, I came across a plat of the property adjacent to the one I was surveying. I was amazed at the detail, precision of all measurements and the overall “look” of the plat.
I am trying to highlight an area of concern that relates every day to us as land surveyors across these United States. My intent with this article is to turn the scope to the subject of discrepancies and related mapping processes.
Competition is good … at least that’s what we’ve all been told by folks considered much more informed if not downright expert on the subject. And, with that in mind, we’re not about to argue otherwise.
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.