Category Archives: Surveying

Surveyors: Loyalties and Points in Between

Above image: Sarah Glaves (1980-2016) runs differential levels at Takatz Lake on Baranof Island, SE Alaska, to support lakebed mapping and water depth/volume calculations for a possible hydroelectric power plant. Credit: Karl D. Woods, RPLS, Terrasond – Alaska. I faked the need for a bathroom break just to walk through the casino with my chaining...

Surveying & Safety

Above image: A surveying job made comfortable: Measuring a steep terrain from a safe ground location in the treacherous mountains of beautiful northern British Columbia, Canada. The importance of protecting our lifestyle. In this article, for the sake of brevity the concepts of occupational health and safety are referred to by the word “safety.” The...

A Millennial’s View of Land Surveying

Introduction by Field Notes editor, Scott Martin. Thank you, Anthony, for stating what we all need to hear. From mentoring, to degree requirements, to continuing education, to understanding the fundamental principles of technology, you hit all the major elements of what is needed—or not needed—to “save” our noble profession. We, being licensed professionals, NCEES, NSPS, state associations,...

Siotasia Malalo

Graduate Surveyor, Ministry of Lands Survey & Natural Resources Nuku‘alofa, Tonga In April of 2018, Tonga’s Prime Minister launched the world’s first regional strategy for surveying and geospatial capacity development. A regional consortium of Pacific maritime countries and territories including Tonga, Samoa, Vanatu, and many more face common challenges in geodetic issues; surveying, mapping, land...

María Elena Osorio Tai, PhD

Professor, The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Mexico City, Mexico María Tai’s nominators characterize her as modest as she walks from her research office at the Atmospheric Sciences Institute to the engineering department at UNAM (to teach GIS, numerical and mathematical modeling, and geodesy), but they say that behind her demeanor is a great...

Christopher F. Jordan, PLS

Project Surveyor & UAS Pilot, McGill Associates, P.A. & Geomatics Adjunct Instructor, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College North Carolina, USA Chris Jordan is a pioneer in drone technology and has honed his skills over the past decade to catapult his company to being a leader in the surveying industry in his area. Jordan is licensed in...