Category Archives: Surveying

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The Certified Theoretical Monument

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series xyHt in print May 2016Igor Kidinsky, aka Eager (The Kid), estimated that both monuments—for the same property corner—were to be found nearby. Glenny Dale, aka Glutton (The Old Man), turned on the metal detector, but both surveyors soon spotted the old, grayed stakes in the...

A Correctly Weighted Least Squares Adjustment, Part 4

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series xyHt in print May 2016Correct Weights In previous articles (January, February, and April 2016) I discuss the unreliability of standard deviations when they are computed from a small sample of observations and their use in developing the stochastic (weight) model for a least squares adjustment....

Ten Minutes

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series xyHt in print May 2016Invest time in the future of the profession—fill out the questionnaire! Editor’s note: This column continues to provide monthly coverage of the Forum on the Future of Surveying (FFOS): a national initiative with representatives from 15 key surveying-related associations to examine...

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Survey Grade?

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series xyHt in print May 2016Only if you’re a Surveyor® Editor’s note: You can do plumbing without being a plumber, but not surgery without being a surgeon. Terms have meaning; surveying as a licensed profession is (but should not be) a term that is loosely applied....

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It’s Unstoppable and Headed Your Way

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series PangaeaFrom time to time I like to stop and think about the mission of Pangaea and explain that mission to you. My task is exposing you to new, emerging geospatial technologies. But why bother? Here’s a little analogy I thought of to help explain why...