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A Silver Survey in My Golden Years

This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series Field NotesThis summer I had the joy of experiencing the best boundary retracement “job” of my 40-year surveying career, and it came about quite by accident. For most of my life I’ve had the privilege of visiting a cabin on the eastern side of the...

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Passive Survey Marks Get a “Stay” under the NSRS

This entry is part 22 of 23 in the series Field NotesMy first order of business is to thank Dr. Dru Smith and the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) for their response to my “Are HARNs on Death Row?” article. When I wrote the piece, my objective was to increase awareness and incite action among the...

Destiny: I Was Meant to Be a Surveyor

This entry is part 21 of 23 in the series Field NotesEven though I didn’t realize it at the time, I had two experiences in my youth with direct links to me becoming a surveyor. Were they omens or simply coincidences? There’s no way of knowing, but I like to think they were part of...

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Are HARNs on Death Row?

This entry is part 1 of 23 in the series Field NotesIn the late 1980s, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) launched a program, in cooperation with State partners, to establish a High Accuracy Reference Network (HARN) across the United States. HARN’s History With the rapidly increasing availability and use of GPS equipment, NGS recognized the...

Whisky Pass Colorado, 1935. Credit: NOAA National Geodetic Survey

Trial by Fire: First Party Chief Experience

This entry is part 2 of 23 in the series Field NotesAs we ponder the many challenges presented by the rapid transformation of the land surveying profession, the topic of mentoring often comes up. I have written about that topic a couple of times in past editions of Field Notes. (The image above is Whisky...

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The Young Surveyors on the Young Surveyors Network

This entry is part 19 of 23 in the series Field NotesNote from Editor Scott P. Martin: As I read and absorbed the Young Surveyors Network response (below) to last month’s Field Notes, I realized that I have been ignorant of the perception and perspective young surveyors have of our profession and the old guard....