Category Archives: Surveying

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Peer Review: Professional Standards in the Surveyor’s Field

This entry is part of 7 in the series May 2017Let’s rethink how we license the land surveyor. By Daniel R. Muth, PLS, CFedS            I had the benefit of starting my surveying career at a very early age. It began when my father, a licensed land surveyor, needed cheap labor....

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“Next Big Thing” in Surveying Winners: Cyberpunk Dreams

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series May 2017When publisher Neil Sandler initiated the “Next Big Thing” essay contest in January, we were pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of entries. Because we hadn’t specified if the essays were to examine what the next big thing “will be,” “could be,” or “should be,”...

Color coding in this image of Mars represents differences in elevation, measured by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor. While surface liquid water is rare and ephermal on modern Mars.

Straight on to Mars (and Beyond)

This entry is part 23 of 24 in the series PangaeaIn the last issue we raised the question of whether mankind should go back to the Moon as a way to fuel future space exploration. While that article states the many salient reasons to take this path, many people feel we should aim higher and...

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The Contrarian on The Young Surveyors Network

This entry is part 1 of 16 in the series Field NotesThe Young Surveyors Network: Is This the Right Approach? Point-Counterpoint Editor’s note (Scott P. Martin): One of the biggest concerns and discussions our profession has these days is regarding the diminishing numbers of young people discovering and pursuing our profession. Combine that with the...

Retracement in the Land of the Free

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series April 2017Art of Retracement By Warren D. Ward, PLS “I have to walk like a moose through this stuff!” claimed Glenny Dale, known on this crew as Glutton, The Old Man, because of his old legs. He had found a game trail that gave him about...

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Part 1: Foundations for Computing Error Ellipses

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series April 2017Standard Error Rectangle and Error Ellipse What is an error ellipse? One of the advantages of a least-squares adjustment over other methods is that a byproduct of the adjustment is not only the most probable values for the unknown coordinates but also standard deviations...