All posts by Scott Martin

Wildfires: A Case for Coordinates

One of the ongoing campaigns within our profession focuses on the protection or perpetuation of survey monuments, from primary control to property corners. Many states have statutes in place addressing this problem, albeit the level of compliance and enforcement are certainly not all they could be. More leverage can be asserted on public works projects...

Remote Sensing – It’s About the Safety

If you follow trends in industry that serve our profession, it is impossible to not see articles and advertisements about the use of remote sensing technology. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS/drones) tend to be the leaders of the pack for many reasons. However, there are several others, from stationary and mobile terrestrial lidar scanners and cameras,...

The Pressure Cooker – Interviews

Other than public speaking, perhaps the most anxiety-filled experience of life is the process of taking a job interview. The anxiety starts building from the moment you have been notified of the date and time. It borders on torture, sometimes for a week or more. It is often said that the best time to look...

These Boots Were Made for Walking …

It sure seems like there is a lot of talk about feet these days. United States Survey Feet, International Feet, and 6 feet, but nobody is talking about the most important feet. As surveyors, we like to talk about our equipment and tools. Whether it be the old school steel tapes and top mount EDMs...

You Can Take the Surveyor Out of the Field, but….

I would speculate that very few individuals who have made a career out of land surveying started the path by saying “I really want to be a surveyor and sit at a drafting table or behind a computer all day.” Even if we started in the office, as I did on a drafting board, we...

A Lost Year? Maybe Not

As we pass the one-year mark of being thrown into a life of facemasks, homeschooling, toilet paper shortages, and isolation from family, friends, and coworkers, it is almost difficult to remember what pre-COVID “normal” was. We have all been impacted on some level, some much more than others, including the loss of loved ones. If...