Future of Surveying Forum

On January 22, 2016,  the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) kicked off a national initiative to examine the future of the surveying profession in a face-to-face forum with representatives from 18 key surveying associations, educational institutions, and practitioner constituencies. As one of the media outlets invited (to help with outreach), xyHt will be providing regular content covering the progress of this initiative. Be sure to read our  summary of this first meeting (held in San Diego) in the March print issue of xyHt and subsequent regular progress reports.


A facilitator kept the forum focused and on schedule during an intensive first meeting of the team

The NCEES, as sponsor of this forum, issued the following in a press release:

NCEES hosts forum to strengthen future of surveying profession

January 29, 2016

The NCEES Future of Surveying Forum, held January 22 in San Diego, California, brought together representatives from 18 surveying-related organizations to identify key elements and strategies to strengthen the future of the surveying profession. This is the first time organizations with varying perspectives on the profession have come together to discuss its challenges and collaborate on increasing the number of professional surveyors.

A significant element identified during the forum is improving the image of the profession. Participants believe boosting the profession’s image and increasing public awareness will help keep surveying relevant in the future. Other important elements include addressing changes in technology and the varying definitions of the practice of surveying.

Some of the strategies identified to address these elements include rebranding the profession to promote an updated image and increase public understanding of surveying and developing a consistent message to support the new image.

“Collaboration within the profession is crucial to reversing the declining number of professional surveyors,” explained NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter. “Working together to create a consistent message for everyone to use will provide a more effective approach to addressing this issue. The full forum report will provide recommendations on how professional organizations can continue what we started with this meeting.”


Representatives from 18 surveying associations and practitioner constituencies met in San Diego on January 22nd, 2016

Representatives from the following organizations participated in the forum: 

  • ACEC Council of Professional Surveyors
  • American Association for Geodetic Surveying
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • ASCE Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute
  • American Surveyor magazine
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Colonial States Boards of Surveyor Registration
  • International Federation of Surveyors
  • National Association of County Surveyors
  • National Geodetic Survey
  • National Society of Professional Surveyors
  • Point of Beginning magazine
  • NCEES Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group
  • Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Western Federation of Professional Surveyors
  • xyHt magazine

Stay tuned – xyHt will be adding updates in print and online.

Future of Surveying Forum” Comments

  1. Thanks to xyHt and good job Gavin for a content well writen.
    I agree with the NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter
    ” Collaboration within the profession is crucial to reversing the declining number of professional surveyors ”
    I think having a forum to enhance this collaboration is a good idea.

  2. I would like to know can a subdivided correct a bad survey done 25years after subdivision was done he says my 1992 survey correct a surveyor neighbor hired does not agree I hired another surveyor did not agree 1992 surveyor retired subdivided says his survey can b certified at100percent trying to get back land confiscated by neighbor recorder of deeds Berks says is mine too been getting no answers from legal or surveying professionals how to get my land back

    • Gavin Schrock

      Hi Dusty,
      While it would not be appropriate for us (or any licensed surveyor) to comment on the specifics of you situation (that would require extensive research into chain of tile, and any surveys and land records applicable), we can reiterate that specifics of bona-fide rights to any property can vary a lot depending on what kind of tile and under which applicable state laws and statutes they were gained or altered. Ultimately such matters can only be solved by a judge, unless the respective parties can come to some kind of agreement. If all parties agree, there are options in all jurisdictions to correct land records and title. Sorry that this might not be the answer you were looking for, but there is a sating among surveyors when taking a first look at any boundary conundrum: “It’s complicated”. Best wishes on your situation. Consulting multiple surveyors can sometimes be a necessity.

  3. Thanks to xyHt and good job Gavin for a content well writen.
    I agree with the NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter

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