TBPLS no more
The Sunset Commission has voted to abolish the Texas Board of Professional Surveying and has planned to be absorbed by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
yep- this topic caused a rather heated exchange at a seminar i attended last month.
put me in the crowd (for now) who still expects the sky to be blue for as long as i live, and who can't wait to get paid to clean up all the anticipated messes that may result. i reserve the right to change my mind at any point in the future.
I've struggled to understand why I should care, honestly. I don't have a great deal of confidence in the TBPLS to police the profession.
I'm not sure what messes you expect will need to be cleaned up that don't already exist in the current situation. The Board has (perhaps of necessity) disciplined surveyors for easy to prove, yet generally inert, infractions (such as leaving something off a plat), and neglected to discipline actual cardinal sins of surveying (like not setting corners). We probably all know of two or three surveyors that we cannot believe still have a license. The board is simply not a factor in my daily life until I have to do continuing education and pay my licensing fees for Firm Registration and RPLS.
The Board in each of the 3 states I'm licensed in governs both Engineers and Land Surveyors. Sometimes it's not perfect, but none of these states is actually on en fuego at this time.
It's always baffled me; that surveyors are lumped in with engineers. Boundary surveying has nothing to do with engineering. It seems to me that engineers want to keep a tight rein on who can and cannot do topo surveys, construction staking and monitoring.
In Europe, land surveying is governed by RICS, surveyors watching out for surveyors...