Category Archives: Surveying

A Correctly Weighted Least Squares Adjustment, Part 3

This entry is part of 12 in the series xyHt in print, April 2016Estimating Standard Errors in Angular Observations In the previous articles (January and February 2016) I discuss the unreliability of standard deviations when they are computed from a small sample of observations, as well as how to estimate errors in centering an instrument...

Forum on the Future of Surveying

Multiple Choices

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series xyHt in print, April 2016Forum on the Future of Surveying enters its initial feedback phase. This new column provides monthly coverage of the Forum on the Future of Surveying (FFOS)—a national initiative with representatives from 15 key surveying-related associations—to examine paths forward for the profession....

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Fill out the Future of Surveying Questionnaire

Invest some time in the future of the profession – fill out the questionnaire! A monthly column in xyHt continues provide coverage of the Forum on the Future or Surveying (FFOS); a national initiative with representatives from 15 key surveying related associations to examine paths forward for the profession. See the first installment in our...

Book Review of Journeys

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Field NotesBook Review Journeys: One Individual’s Excursions into the Surveying and Mapping Professions by Dr. Herbert Stoughton I have the honor and a pleasure to review the book referenced above, which I am going to call Journeys, and which was authored (at the request of...

Tide Gauge. Source: NOAA

Did You Know?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Field NotesI recently was consulted about the use of the term “Sea Level Datum of 1929” on plans and in engineering reports dating from the 1940-60s. The inquirer was concerned that this possibly meant that the work was based on something other than the National...

Becca Rogers 
(assistant executive director of the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors), Cynthia Hidde (secretary of the board of MSPS), Connie Villari (immediate past-president of MSPS), Paula Dijkstra, Thalia Nikolaidou, and the author.

Where The Future Is Now

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series xyHt in print, April 2016Notes from the second FIG Young Surveyors North America Meeting We came from six countries and 23 states because we were told that we are the future. We traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota in frigid February to meet each other and figure...