All posts by Scott Martin

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...

The Incredible Journey

As 2021 begins, I am certain we all look back at 2020 as a year unlike any other in our lifetimes, likely not in a positive way. Even without the crushing pandemic, last year has been a stressful challenge on many fronts; heightened civil unrest, an extremely polarizing election, and the San Francisco 49ers losing...

The Forever Chainman

A friend and colleague recently used a phrase I hadn’t heard, but it caught my attention – Forever Chainman. My initial assumption was it was intended as a negative, but that didn’t seem consistent with his prolific positivity. He didn’t disappoint. He said he used it to describe a certain type of self-starting mentality that...

Safety Moments

Safety. It’s often at the top of an organization’s stated priorities and rightly so. It should be a top priority in every aspect of our lives. I know my own safety awareness has increased dramatically with age and experience. Whether running a chainsaw, climbing a ladder, or trout fishing a remote stream in the mountains,...

Geoid Schmeoid – Hybrid Geoid Height Models

In my area of surveying practice, perhaps the most frequent misunderstanding that I encounter involves the proper application of NGS produced hybrid geoid height models, or even what a hybrid geoid height model is. Because I was so frequently asked about this, I decided to prepare a paper on the topic that I could use...