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HARN

Are HARNs on Death Row?

This entry is part of 19 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 need...

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

Trial by Fire: First Party Chief Experience

This entry is part 1 of 19 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 18 of 19 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....

Your Local Knowledge Is King

This entry is part 17 of 19 in the series Field NotesAlthough 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 lessons...

Mt Rushmore

Surveying States: Different, Yet the Same

This entry is part 16 of 19 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 15 of 19 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....