Our technical standards, as they exist today, simply provide cover for bad practitioners who are able to break the law, damage property rights and adversely affect the well-being of our citizens—with impunity. No other profession allows similar activity to go unpunished, and we wonder why we get no respect.
There are at least 50 jurisdictions that regulate the practice of land surveying. I can’t spend 50 columns going over the problems associated with the technical standards that have been promulgated in each of these jurisdictions. POB wouldn’t publish them and you wouldn’t read them. So, we are going to pick one bad apple, and you can extrapolate the affect of your own state’s technical standards from there. And don’t be fooled by the cover of the book. My own state’s technical standards are called “Standards of Practice for Surveying in the State of Alabama.” You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.