Surveyors Week March 18-24, 2018 GPS on BM
I would like to throw out an idea to the roughly 7900 members on this forum...This year for Surveyors Week how about we all do our part and participate in the GPS on a BM promotion. Not only will the data collected help out the NGS, it would be a great way for all of us to post a picture of us doing what we do. We can share the info and let NGS know the data was collected by a RPLSToday.com member...What do you think?
This is a great idea. I would love to see the participation and the photos, not to mention the contribution it would make to the surveying profession as a whole.
I ran a photo contest years ago for folks doing GPS-on-Benchmarks. Nearly all of the entries were from Pennsylvania; the PSLS was very proactive in getting folks from chapters out to do those.
This year the stakes are pretty high; the NGS really wants on a wish list they have created done before August to help improve the next geoid.
There is a webinar on the subject this Thursday the 15th: https://geodesy.noaa.gov/web/science_edu/webinar_series/gps-on-benchmarks-models-tools.shtml
This is a prime opportunity for we surveyors to make a significant contribution to our geodetic future.
I've just created a Facebook event to help promote this. Thank you for getting this rolling!
I've been going over the priority list in the areas I frequent. There are a lot of marks on it that haven't been reported in decades, or even that have NF reports. So the ones that CAN be found and measured are very important. I see that six of them are probably on the list because they are ones I have submitted a session on, and they want a second confirming session. Those were carefully chosen in or near the red areas of the Geoid12b map and there were hardly any other suitable ones around.
I'm wondering if this one would be suitable for GPS before the leaves come out. It seems marginal at best. It's on the base of the stone monument, and I expect the stone column would attenuate the signals somewhat, but probably not cause serious reflections because it is non-conductive. Anyone with applicable experience?