March 2013 Archives

Tracking Signs to Success

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This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series March 2013

A decades-old law requires U.S. states to regulate billboards along the nation’s highways. An Illinois engineering consulting firm recognized the challenge as an opportunity to use GIS and mobile mapping to create added business.  The great American road trip begins in Illinois. The nation’s most famous highway, Route 66, originates in Chicago and travels southwest, […]

NAVCEN

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This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series March 2013

Take a tour of the real-time resource for civilian GPS. “Semper Paratus” (“Always Ready”) —United States Coast Guard Motto If you use GPS for surveying, you might have heard of NAVCEN. If not, then I highly recommend getting to know this valuable resource.  As a land surveyor, you are accustomed to having a fair amount of […]

Guest Essay: History, Law, Science, and Technology

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This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series March 2013

While pursuing a B.A. in journalism, Shaheed A. Smith was introduced to surveying when he was working part-time as a rodman. This new calling led Shaheed to attend the New Jersey Institute of Technology for survey engineering technology, and he is now a registered land surveyor in both Pennsylvania and Delaware and is the incoming […]

Guest Essay: Cadastral Matters

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This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series March 2013

A senior in the Geomatics Engineering Program at Fresno State, Claudia Barrueta sees a future in land surveying where a solid foundation in cadastral and professional excellence must be maintained while keeping technological advances in perspective. Already deeply committed to the surveying profession and community, Claudia has served as president, NSPS – Fresno State chapter […]

Guest Essay: The Work Itself Is Different

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This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series March 2013

Early scientists in the fields of physics, astronomy, and surveying were also widely viewed as philosophers. With education ranging from architecture to political science to English, Jim Fleming, through his various writings (including a stint as editor of this magazine), has added a touch of philosophical musings to his primary endeavor, that of a respected […]

Guest Essay: I Cannot Wait to Be Part of the Future

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This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series March 2013

“As a surveyor in my forties, I must be ready for any future change,” says James Shaw Jr., president-elect of the Maryland Society of Surveyors and their Surveyor of the Year for 2012. James represents the new wave of leadership in the surveying profession: he’s experienced in core disciplines of cadastral, geodetic, and development surveying […]