All posts by Scott Martin

It’s All About the Journey

I was recently looking at the archive of past Field Notes and was amazed how far back I had to go to get to my first one – March 2016. What began as a lone article submission on subsidence in California has resulted in a five-plus-year journey of writing this monthly piece— a journey I...

Policing Our Profession

Although my professional practice has been limited to California where we have a governing board of registration, I believe that model exists in every state. The mission and vision statements of the California Board of Registration for professional engineers, land surveyors, and geologists are quite succinct: Mission Statement: We protect the public’s safety and property...

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...