The ACSM definition of land surveying is the science and art of making all essential measurements to determine the relative position of points and/or physical and cultural details above, on, or beneath the surface of the Earth, and to depict them in a usable form, or to establish the position of points and/or details.
I’ve been in the land surveying profession for many years, and the only thing I believe I do is measure. I use tools to do this measurement, and these have changed from time to time, but their purpose is still to measure. That will never change no matter what some will say. When the time comes to prove what was done, our records of how we measured will be the prima fascia evidence.
I’ve written a couple of pieces for POB over the years. The most recent was titled “Surveyors in Turmoil” [Web Exclusive, Aug. 26, 2003]. I took a look into the future and saw the surveyor getting away from measuring. We, the surveyors, have allowed too many situations pass by us. As your editorial pointed out, will we be ready for the ‘e-revolution’? Are we truly getting away from measuring?
--Jessie Hummel, PhD, PSM Florida
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