Harry Ward is a registered professional engineer and a state licensed contractor and is certified in machine control. He is president of Harken-Reidar, an infrastructure solutions company. He has been a member of the engineering faculty at George Mason University since 1997 and was awarded "Outstanding Adjunct Faculty member" by GMU in 2010. He is considered one of the most prominent people in civil engineering.
Investment seems to be a bad word these days, whether it's in relation to infrastructure, technology or personal finances. But now is the time for investing—while costs are lower, the motivation to sell and serve are higher, and the potential return is tremendous.
For weeks now, news reports have been showing the Mississippi flooded, dams intentionally breached by the USACE, and farms and towns completely flooded out. Do our news networks not understand that that it is our failed infrastructure that cannot convey and manage the cresting water levels?
I think a process should be developed where the survey license is augmented by an educated and skilled level of survey personnel who will specialize in model building. The surveying community is a natural choice for this since it is simply digital stakeout.
Traditional surveying with a total station (reflectorless or not) is coming to an end. OK, I said it. Based on several conversations I have recently had with surveyors, this is becoming more true every day.
Because a surveyor’s role is labor intensive, this function is often thought of as one that can be automated further. Yet some of the best productivity still comes from the manual effort of people who are motivated, highly skilled and highly experienced.
Building information modeling (BIM) is here and coming up strong. Architects are asking for BIM models from engineering and surveying firms. Engineers are usually happy if we can deliver a clean 3D data file, so it falls into the realm of the surveyor to fulfill this task.
In the September 2019 issue of POB, find out how a surveying team overcame the challenge of mapping a mountain rail route with absolute accuracy. Also with this issue, GeoDataPoint's latest blog highlights the USGS' initiative to update the National Elevation Dataset.