Category Archives: Surveying

A Profit Without Honor

While easements are often treated as the ‘poor relations’ of property rights, the ‘Profit a Prendre’ often seems a mere afterthought by courts. Yet these rights are common and can be the subject of property disputes. It is an interest in land; a ‘profit to take’ products from the soil. Variations can include the right...

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...

Expand Your Horizons, by Measuring Water Boundaries

If you are like the average Professional Land Surveyor, your practice area has been in a certain sub-specialty such as land boundaries, construction stakeout, or topographic mapping for years or decades. Water boundaries? Not so much. You are very good at what you do, enjoy it, and have built a profitable niche in your community....

Managing Tropical Storm Risk in Florida

Lidar Data Helps Flood-Prone Florida Communities Avoid Property Damage  By Al Karlin, Keith Patterson and Amar Nayegandhi  Low-lying Gulf Coast communities along the Anclote River in Pasco County, Florida, have a long history of summer flooding. In 2012, after Tropical Storm Debby brought more than 12 inches of rain in a 24-hour period to the Tampa Bay area,...

Safe ‘n Sound: Distancing in Construction

IoT technology is helping workers maintain social distancing on the job site during the pandemic and making contact tracing easier. And it all starts with a beep. Months into the pandemic, construction workers in the U.S. already know the drill by heart: don a hard hat, wear a mask, wash your hands and keep distancing from...

Running Interference

Is Ligado Networks’ proposed terrestrial nationwide network a threat to GPS or a boon to 5G? The Global Positioning System has always faced challenges inherent in its design (weak signal, orbital and clock errors, receiver noise, dilution of precision), as well as from natural phenomena (ionospheric and tropospheric delays, solar flares), local topography and the built environment...