Back in January, 2016, Loyal Olson described a consulting project that required raising a state plane so that ground distances were very close to grid distances and state plane grid azimuths were preserved. The purpose of this post is to share the results of the research that Loyal? post prompted me to do. Let? explore the relationships and mathematics that make it possible to raise a Lambert state plane projection to provide ground distances and grid azimuths over a limited area.
The state of the cadastre in this country is still at an all time high at D+. Surveyors see the world of GIS as the next isolated individual parcel that will need to be surveyed, or resurveyed. That decision on which parcel and why that parcel needs surveying is always made by anyone but the surveyor.
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Today, with survey grade GPS, measurements can be made to the nearest centimeters. Are today? advancements in technology improvements that we really need? Were the skills and accuracies of yesterday good enough for land measurements? Is GPS surveying just another way of challenging yesterdays’ skills?
An article at GPS World claims that the surveying profession is being threatened by the massive amounts of unlicensed UAVs (drones) flying around out there. This is giving me flashbacks to the days when people said that GPS was the doom of our industry. We’re still here, aren’t we? That’s not to say that technology … Read moreAre Unlicensed UAVs a Threat to the Surveying Profession?
Are you working on an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey today? If so, you might want to be aware that the approved Standards have been updated and officially take effect today, February 23, 2016. For your convenience, the full document has been embedded into this article, along with a download link.Scroll to the bottom of the … Read moreNew 2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards Effective TODAY
Abraham Lincoln wore many hats. According tosurveyhistory.org: “Abraham Lincoln held many jobs including lawyer, tavern keeper, rail splitter, storekeeper, postmaster and surveyor.” It seems to be pretty well-known to most Americans that he was a lawyer and, of course, the fact that he was our 16th President. He served in this position from March 4, … Read moreAbe Lincoln: Man of Many Hats, Including Land Surveyor
Senate Bill 614, which was intended to repeal Virginia’s right-of-entry law for natural gas companies (includingpipeline surveying), has died. There are many states with right-of-entry laws for surveyors. Many of them are relatively new while others have been established for many years. In Virginia’s case, it seems they have a right-of-entry law specific to natural … Read moreBill to Repeal Pipeline Surveying Law in Virginia Fails