Category Archives: Surveying

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Who Is a Professional Land Surveyor?

This entry is part 11 of 11 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...

Right-sized? Taking the Surveying Profession to the Future

This entry is part 7 of 3 in the series December 2016Verb -Gerund or present participle: right-sizing. As in reducing the size of (a company or organization) by eliminating staff positions, specifically when business conditions necessitate such a reduction Editor’s note: We asked esteemed Nevada surveyor and editor of the Nevada Traverse (journal of land...

Methods of Analyzing Data, Part 2: Blunders!

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series November 2016Elementary Statistical Procedures  In this article, I assume that a least squares adjustment has been performed. Unfortunately, many novices believe that their work is done because they now have a solution to the unknown station coordinates. However, nothing is farther from the truth. It...

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NSPS Candidates 2016

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Field NotesThis year’s upcoming NSPS elections feature four eminently qualified candidates running for national vice president. To encourage participation by surveyors in both the NSPS and the election of national officers, xyHt reached out to all candidates and offered space in this month’s Field Notes...

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The Essential Carlson

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series November 2016A new pair of reference and self-study books gives the self-starter everything you need to know to get up to speed in Carlson software.  Even if you’re not a current Carlson user, you’re probably familiar with the name and company. Founded by Bruce Carlson,...

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Cross-Pacific Ties and A Disturbed Monument

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series November 2016Above: The surveyor who set the original stake in Hyu-ga, Japan shows the spot in the Zenrin map book of the Miyazaki Prefecture. Located 28,280,841 feet +/- from original location.  Editorуs note: A chance discovery by an Oregon beachcomber has forged cross-Pacific ties between...