All posts by Jeff Thoreson

Breaking Old Ground

Hunting dinosaur fossils in South Dakota with modern GIS and geospatial technologies Years from now, paleontologists all over the world may have Tom Hebert’s 8-year-old daughter to thank for advancing knowledge and the speed with which data about dinosaurs discoveries and the ancient world can be processed and understood.  “One summer I asked her if she wanted...

Stepping Down

Surveyors sorry to see NSPS executive director Curt Sumner retire As word filters throughout the surveying community that National Society of Professional Surveyors executive director Curt Sumner is stepping down, accolades for the job he’s done over more than two decades in the position come pouring in. “Curt has been a friend and colleague for...

NSPS, Geospatial Firms and Others Support IIJA

In a letter to U.S. senators, the National Society of Professional Surveyors, geospatial firms, AEC firms, and transportation entities urged all senators to support the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), saying it will “provide meaningful economic and quality of life enhancements to communities across the country.”  In all, 76 firms urged passage of the...

Teaching the Future

A small university on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is educating the next generation of surveyors and geospatial engineers

Big Man Boone

Daniel Boone was a man. Yes a big man. With an eye like an eagle and as tall as a mountain was he. Daniel Boone was a man. Yes a big man. He was brave, he was fearless and as tough as a mighty oak tree. From the coonskin cap on the top of ol’...

In Alaska, There’s Tough and There’s Survey Tough

On a survey job, Seth Kiester might find himself staying in a remote five-star hunting lodge. On the next job, he and the crew might be pitching tents hundreds of miles from civilization, encircling their makeshift camp with electrified wire to keep bears out.