I had the pleasure of attending the last day of the 2016 Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon (PLSO) Conference, which was held at the downtown Hilton in Eugene, Oregon. I was there to catch-up with a few friends and, coincidentally, teach a couple of classes. Because of my experience with computers and the fact that … Read moreAnother Terrific PLSO Conference
I’ve found a few original stones in my time as a surveyor, but I can’t say I’ve ever found a stone squid fossil as a monument. Here’s a guy in Spring Valley, Minnesota, who discovered a stone squid fossil that was set as property corner. Yes, that’s right — a squid fossil. According to Richard … Read moreHouston Surveyor Finds Stone Fossil Monument
On January 22, 2016, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) collaborated with 18 surveying-related organizations to brainstorm ideas on how to improve and strengthen the surveying profession into the future. The kick-off meeting, called theNCEES Future of Surveying Forum, was held in San Diego, California and marks the first time that … Read moreNCEES Hopes to Strengthen the Surveying Profession
If you live in Arizona, you might already have heard about the United Surveyors of Arizona (USOFAZ), who just recently launched their new membership association. Having lived in Arizona for 5 years at the beginning of the 21st century as a surveyor, I know a little bit about the drama that goes on around there … Read moreThird Time’s The Charm For Arizona Surveyors?
On January 6, 2016, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a memorandum stating that Elevation Certificates (FEMA Form 086-0-33) and Floodproofing Certificates for Non-Residential Structures (FEMA Form 086-0-34)had been updated. According to the memorandum: “The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the collection of information under OMB Number 1660-0008, which includes the … Read moreFEMA Elevation Certificates Updated
Hot off the heels of Creed, a successful Hollywood movie that has grossed over $116 million worldwide so far, rising star Tessa Thompson is set to join top actresses in a new movie featuring a surveyor character.If you’ve not heard of Tessa Thompson, you’d do well to go see Creed, which is basically Rocky VII. … Read moreFemale Surveyor Character to Appear in High-Profile Movie
Yes, you read that right. Take my money. Now. Ford has put a $100,000 bounty on the head of thesystem that will create a real-time link between a DJI drone, a smartphone and an F-150 pickup truck. The system would use either the Open XC platform or Ford’s SYNC AppLink to bring everything together. The … Read moreFord Wants to Develop Drone-to-Vehicle Surveying System for F-150 Trucks
By now, most of us have probably watched the YouTube video featuring fake surveyors fooling passersby. It’s entertaining and downright funny. But what about the criminals who are usingour profession to fool and deceive others? It’s true that most people don’t truly understand what a surveyor really does, but they do understand that we must … Read moreAre Criminal Posers Damaging the Surveying Profession?
It’s always nice to see surveyors getting noticed by folks outside of our own field. While scouring the interwebz for nuggets to share here at RPLS Today, I stumbled upon a recent article at LifeHacker that features a land surveyor from Canada. The article features Mark Mason, a professional surveyor that works for Browne Johnson … Read moreLifeHacker Features Surveyor in Career Spotlight
Whether you call them “drones” or “UAV” (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or just consider them toys, they are still a new technology that is causing a stir throughout the world. They can be called a lot of things but are they reasonably capable of collecting survey-grade data? That still seems to be up in the air. … Read moreTo Drone Or Not To Drone
The 2016 Minimum Standard Details Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys document has been approved. While we don’t have an official report on the exact date they were approved, they are now posted on the NSPS website. The document itself shows the last edited date as October 19, 2015. The effective date for these new … Read more2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards Have Been Approved
In the latest round of back-and-forth between two counties in Georgia, the State Supreme Court ruled in favor of Bibb County over Monroe County. The dispute has reportedly been going on since the 1940s, but it seems it might finally be coming to a conclusion. Or not. The Georgia Supreme Court ruling overturns a previous … Read moreBibb County Defeats Monroe County in Boundary Dispute
The Bulletin, a news provider for Central Oregon, has written an article about the recovery and preservation of survey monuments in Deschutes County following a large fire. The article features Mike Berry, the current Deschutes County Surveyor and a long-standing friend of the SurveyorConnect community. The Two Bulls Fire burned approximately 7,000 acres just west … Read moreOregon County Recovers 143-Year-Old Survey Monuments
A land surveying company is being sued by the developers of an affordable housing project in the Algiers community of New Orleans, Louisiana, for providing a poorly performed services. The developers, Maumas Partners, SA Affordable Housing and Sunamerica Housing Fund 1534, allege negligence and breach of contract in the suit brought againstRichmond W. Krebs and … Read moreLouisiana Surveyors Accused of Negligence