The bearing taken by Philip Adams in recent columns conveys his opinion that the biggest threat to the land surveying profession in decades is a trickle of highly educated but technically inept four-year graduates that thrive in calculus and physics, but could not find an iron pipe to save their lives.
Both Harold Baldwin (“Guest Column: Less Education Is Not Surveying’s Solution,” Oct. 2015) and Philip E. Adams (“Guest Column: Why Licensure Requirements Need to be Revamped,” Oct. 2015) have useful comments, but fail to hit the target in the center.
It’s no secret the geospatial profession is making leaps and bounds both commercially and philanthropically. From the use of GPS to operate cars without a driver, to the use of drones to assess forest fires, to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map what help is needed where in the aftermath of earthquakes, professionals in the field are constantly developing extremely useful new applications for existing technology.
It has been four months since my last missive. I since had some good comments sent directly to me, but don’t know about any issues and comments that may have also appeared on the various discussion boards and social media outlets.
Although the Montana city of Bozeman’s stormwater system has been silently producing front-page news for decades, it has typically only flowed into the spotlight because of an incident or an emergency.