All posts by Eric Gladhill

It’s Hard to Find Good Help

It seems that “Help Wanted” is posted everywhere these days; from billboards to hand-written signs and everywhere on websites seeking to help employers who are hiring. We hear it discussed at surveying society meetings, around the office, and in casual conversations on the street. Some people try to place blame on the government for handing...

What’s the Buzz?

While I was employed at Rettew Associates, Inc. in the late 1990s, I worked with a great survey technician by the name of Craig West. Craig and I got the opportunity to work together on a big boundary survey for the National Park Service along the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. The boss sent me because...

A Hard Day’s Work

I’m sure some surveyors love doing construction stakeout. Even with the advent of GPS machine control and the associated modeling that goes with that type of work, there are still a lot of stakes being driven into the ground. I am one who would be happy to never pound another stake. Some states require these...

Careful Where You Step

Any surveyor who has spent more than a few days in the field knows insects, reptiles, and other critters that exist in the wild can ruin your day. Yellowjackets and other stinging bees are some of the more common causes of pain for surveyors in the eastern United States, but venomous snakes are the critters we worry most about encountering.  I think...

Sometimes It’s Just Best to Walk Away

Surveyors are usually a tough bunch and don’t normally retreat from difficulties. When there are thorns, thistles, and briars on line, they usually reach for the machete and carve a path through.

Yost: The Host with the Most

When I was a young party chief with a firm in Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1982, we were contracted to survey a tract of mountain land for a man named Yost. He was convinced that he owned much more land than his deed specified. When my co-worker and I visited the site and met with the...