Category Archives: Professional Surveyor Archives

Educational Partnerships

Two unique surveying programs develop partnerships with professional associations and industry, for the benefit of all. “We need to prepare students for their future, not our past.” —Ian Jukes, educator and futurist   PSM has had the pleasure of profiling many fine surveying programs and schools over the years. Every time we explore an aspect of...

Pulling It All Together

A Forest Service surveyor reconciles a complex collection of geospatial data—survey, archaeology, geology, environmental, plus a labyrinth of underwater caves below—for Silver Glen Springs in Florida.  In the past three years since I’ve worked for the National Forests in Florida, many mapping exercises have been cumbersome and have involved duplication of effort because results were...

The Oregon Lidar Consortium

A statewide, airborne, lidar-collection effort achieves wide area coverage and high data quality on a low budget. Images courtesy of Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries and created by Daniel E. Coe In less than six years since it was formed, the Oregon Lidar Consortium (OLC) has collected 16 million acres of high-resolution data, which is...

Publisher’s Desk: Evolution to xyHt

by Neil Sandler The decision to change an established three-decade-old brand into something new is one of the most difficult of my 40+ year working career. While I introduced the idea to my inner circle almost four years ago, ironically I was the final person who needed convincing it was the right thing to do....

Aerial Perspective: How NOT to Procure Professional Geospatial Services

By Mike Tully Editor’s Note: This advice is directed at companies writing RFPs for your services; its language is humorous, but the tips are serious and worth sharing with your prospective clients in your own manner. I love Amazon.com. Knocking off my shopping list by finding the cheapest price for all is glorious. Reading real...