One of the first promises Donald Trump made after his inauguration was to invest in infrastructure. This can be great news for geospatial professionals because those infrastructure projects will require plenty of survey work, imaging, as-built, and other services they provide.
Unless you have worked as part of a three- or four-person crew, you will miss much of the fun in land surveying. I have to think that those old GLO survey teams of 20 or more must have had some hairy adventures that provided great entertainment as the stories were told around the evening campfire.
In my previous column, in the August issue, we went into a detailed discussion on how to know that you have rendered a well-reasoned opinion on the location of the property lines that are the subject of your survey — a litmus test, if you will.
As you may recall, one of the key elements of the test is the application of the appropriate boundary law principles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the May 2020 issue of POB, find out how mobile spatial imaging technology helped an international construction company to redefine the business of road and railway projects, discover new applications for mobile mapping and steadily drive them toward new opportunities.