All posts by Scott Martin

From Stories of Indiana, by Maurice Thompson

Your Local Knowledge Is King

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Field Notes Although the adage, “Your local knowledge is king,” could apply to other professions or even trades, I think it is especially true in our profession. When a surveyor practices in a given area or region, or possibly an entire state, knowledge is gained and...

Mt Rushmore

Surveying States: Different, Yet the Same

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series Field NotesWith the President’s Day holiday recently behind us, a day I refer to as Surveyor’s Day (think Mt. Rushmore) and National Surveyors Week starting on March 18, 2017, I can’t help but think about surveyors across the United States as a whole. Although my entire...

Geospatial data aligned with Geodetic control toothpicks

GIS Technology: Get It Surveyed

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series Field NotesAs I approach my 30th anniversary of being a licensed professional land surveyor in California, I can’t help but think about how things have changed over those years. One word: Technology. It has changed everything. For me, it started with EDMs, then total stations....

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Who Is a Professional Land Surveyor?

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series Field NotesA few months ago I wrote a  piece titled,  “What is a Professional Land Surveyor?” Now I will take a crack at “Who is a professional land surveyor?” I started in this business when I was 17, not even graduated high school yet. I...

Meades Ranch monument

Coordinates: The Rodney Dangerfield of Boundary Surveying

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series Field NotesAlthough my entire surveying career has been in California, I believe that the following is true in almost every, if not every, state. With regards to the Priority of Evidence Rules (Rule of Construction), when conflicting elements exist when determining boundary location, coordinates are...

From NOAA Historic Coast & Geodetic Survey (C&GS) Collection, C&GS Season's Report 1914, Seran.

Geodesy around the Campfire

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series Field NotesAlthough I thoroughly enjoy what I do for a living as a land surveyor specializing in geodetic control work, I often tell people it makes for really lousy dinner conversation. Rarely does it take more than a sentence or two to generate blank stares,...