When it comes to land surveying and geomatics, I’m the new guy with a whole lot to learn. Accepting the position of editor at POB recently has invigorated my career, one that includes 25 years in journalism as a writer, print editor and digital editor.
I’ve learned about many subjects in my time working at newspapers and wire services: the scoring system for high school wrestling; shooting video at a governor’s press conference; how a professional sports franchise like the Detroit Red Wings operates; editing stories about trials without winding up in civil court; the best seats on a minor-league team’s bus that’s on a 12-hour overnight trek from one game to the next; the best ways to use social media to share a story; how to send remotely in the 1980s using what I thought was a paperweight, but what turned out to be a Tandy TRS-80 laptop; and how to write a weekly column on the gender gap without infuriating your wife. That last one wasn’t easy; the others were.
Telling stories, I know how to do. When it comes to land surveying and geomatics I’m a beginner. Which reminds me of something that a college instructor once told me about journalism: “You don’t have to know anything about the subject of the story. It’s your job to find out.” Making a career out of not knowing sounded good to the younger version of me.
POB is a good place to learn. It gives professionals several learning and communication avenues with components that include a monthly magazine, website (pobonline.com), a professional network called RPLS and eNewsletters.
There are POB readers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and American territories. There are many different careers represented among those who come to POB to learn: surveyors, civil engineers, consultants, construction workers, educators, GPS specialists, CAD technicians and managers.
So I’ll be the storyteller at the gathering place that is POB.
Please reach out with whatever questions or information you have for me. And please feel free to send me any story ideas from which you think the POB community might learn.
Correction: In the March issue, the article "Taking Flight" incorrectly said HNTB designed the Denver airport's Hotel and Transit Center project. The design for the project was done by Gensler and their local partner, AMD. HNTB was program manager with Parsons for the project. The article also should have said Woolpert, a civil engineering firm, performed extensive LiDAR scanning of the existing building, which HNTB used to create BIM models of the existing buildings.