"[It is vital] for the surveying profession to be the ones leading the GIS/technology charge. It is the expertise, accuracy, and standards of surveyors that can make the partnership between surveying and GIS so powerful."
I just read your Editor’s Points column, “A Tale of Two
Professions,” and I wanted to share our success with GIS.
Surveying Tyler LLC hired me two years ago. I had been teaching an Introduction
to GIS class in the Tyler Junior College Surveying and Mapping Department
part-time, and Stanger Surveying was looking to implement GIS in their
business. Originally, I worked three days a week, and my primary
responsibilities were to organize their in-house data into a GIS and provide
GIS deliverables to clients when requested.
Our evolution as
a surveying company has been that we are now not just a service provider; we
are a solution provider. We recognize that there is a need to take static data
and create dynamic data and our goal is to be the one of the leaders in front
of that call. It should be the surveyors dictating how spatial information is
Your column specifically references the evolution
and trends currently taking hold of the surveying profession. There is a quote
by Alvin Toffler that says, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be
those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and
re-learn.” I believe that this is where we, as a profession, find ourselves to
be. I’d say we are at a crossroads, but really that gives the illusion that we
can choose to advance or not. There is no choice, really. Either your business
evolves into the solution provider, implementing different forms of technology
and leveraging existing technology to provide the best-fit service for your
client, or you get left behind.
Coming from a non-surveying
background and looking in on the surveying profession, I am humbled and
consider it an honor to have been fortunate enough to have built relationships
with surveyors across the state of Texas. The ethical responsibilities and the
moral code of the profession as a whole is one to tout. I bring all of that up
to stress how vital it is for the surveying profession to be the ones leading
the GIS/technology charge. It is the expertise, accuracy, and standards of
surveyors that can make the partnership between surveying and GIS so powerful.
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