There are always ups and downs to the situations we find ourselves in. While surveying tools have greatly improved, these hard times have given large numbers of professionals the impetus to upgrade their components. Applying technological advances in our field means the work gets easier and the number of tools required is reduced as more and more measurements are made with combination devices that do a better job than the previous generation. As these machines become more capable, less effort is needed to produce superior results, and the value shifts from the field to the office. Scanners and 3D datasets make surveyors more like data managers than data collectors, and software reduces the proceeding work to something that is best done by the person working directly with a client...

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