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Field to Finish – The Career Continuum

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This entry is part of 38 in the series Field Notes

First, I would like to thank Anthony Whitlock for his excellent contribution to Field Notes last month. It was thought-provoking and stimulated much conversation. It even motivated me to start doing research, specifically on the impacts, or perceived impacts, of the implementation of degree requirements (which are complex in many cases) to sit for state-specific […]

State Plane Coordinates 2022

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This entry is part 1 of 38 in the series Field Notes

Ready or not, here they come. Considering all of the outreach that the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) has been doing for the last couple of years, hopefully most of you are well aware of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) Modernization Project. That project will result in the replacement of both the North American Datum […]

Land Surveyors: Our Place in History

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This entry is part 2 of 38 in the series Field Notes

Editor’s Note: Thank you to John S. Rogers, Arizona Surveying, Inc., Flagstaff, AZ, for his comprehensive thoughts on the prominent role our scientific profession has played throughout the ages. I suspect, or certainly hope, that all professional land surveyors across the country, and our counterparts across the world, have a good understanding of many of the […]

Being a Reference for Survey Exam Candidates

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This entry is part 3 of 38 in the series Field Notes

Why you should take the opportunity seriously. If you spend time reading almost anything regarding the state of our profession and the growing concerns regarding the viability thereof, you will often see several factors mentioned: the inability to attract young people despite our high-tech, three-dimensional suite of deliverables, the erosion/loss of traditional surveyor tasks, in […]

It’s an Inverse, Jim

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This entry is part 4 of 38 in the series Field Notes

When I first started working in the survey profession, many new activities I quickly learned and others took years to perfect. The two pieces of advice I heard most often in the beginning of my training were: dig the hole a little wider and deeper, and hold the dumb end of the chain. The L.S. […]

Surveying Scientists: The USGS Does It Right

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This entry is part 5 of 38 in the series Field Notes

As is often the case in our tightly networked profession, one thing leads to another. In early 2017 I was contacted by the US Geological Survey (USGS) hydrologist, Brenda Densmore, from the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center. Brenda had found me through the NGS State Geodetic Coordinator web page and reached out to me for […]