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The DPPS Controversy

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This entry is part 6 of 28 in the series Field Notes

Why NALS should oppose the direct Point Positioning Survey (DPPS) policy outlined in the letter from NLM director Kornze to the governor of Alaska. (One Nevada surveyor’s opinion.) By Carl C. de Baca Some 86% of Nevada is comprised of Public Lands, and of that 60.8 million acres, according to the BLM’s own website, an […]

What Is a Professional Land Surveyor?

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This entry is part 7 of 28 in the series Field Notes

As I was recently completing the comprehensive NSPS questionnaire developed as a follow-up to the Forum on the Future of Surveying (see Multiple Choices by Gavin Schrock, PLS), I found myself contemplating the many descriptions of land surveyors included along the way. After completing the questionnaire and providing some personal feedback, I couldn’t help but […]

Technology: the Bane of Surveying Traditions?

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This entry is part 8 of 28 in the series Field Notes

I have been surveying going on 39 years now. It’s a darn good thing I have succeeded, or at least survived in this profession, because I never really learned how to do anything else. Never really wanted to. As I have watched our profession change drastically over that time, mostly driven by technology and the […]

“Sea Level Datum of 1929” — Did You Know?

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This entry is part 9 of 28 in the series Field Notes

I 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 Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29). As is often the […]

Book Review of Dr. Herbert Stoughton’s Journeys

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This entry is part 10 of 28 in the series Field Notes

Book 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 the Professional Land Surveyors of Wyoming West Chapter) by Herbert W. […]

Mentoring: A Two Way Street

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This entry is part 11 of 28 in the series Field Notes

As the tools of our profession have changed, it seems that the opportunities for mentoring those following in our professional footsteps have diminished dramatically. Mentoring, or the lack thereof and what to do about it, may be the most widely discussed topic in our profession these days, from discussion forums, to professional associations, to the […]