TerraneTerrane, previously known as GeoDimensions, is a surveying company in Bellevue, Washington, claiming that they are redefining land surveying processes. After successfully completing a 5-year strategic plan, writing their own software, and surviving the “Great Recession”, they’ve grown to over 8 times their previous size.

?his could be your first day and we could immediately have a job assigned to you?/em> — Jun Tay, Terrane’s Director of Information Systems

They have put a lot of effort into building a great software platform that helps them manage proposals and projects.Although proprietary, they do provide some insight as to why the new software has helped them become a much more efficient company. You can read the full article at the Daily Journal of Commerce website.

Photo courtesy of Terrane.

Wendell Harness, PLS

Wendell was a Land Surveyor for 26 years, then moved on to building websites for his second career. But he never lost sight of the surveying community and the other disciplines related to surveying. He’s purposely stayed involved in the surveying industry because he has always been β€” and will continue to be β€” a Land Surveyor at heart.

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12 comments on “Seattle Company Says New System Redefines Surveying

  1. How can a single proprietary software that only one company is using and isn't even available for purchase, redefine a profession?

    Hyperbolic press-releases like this do not belong on the front page. Good for them, they're growing.. but IMHO patting yourself on the back with zero specifics isn't very useful to the users of this forum.

  2. I agree geo.  They must have invented a time machine.  You can't redefine following the footsteps.

  3. There is no doubt that effective personnel and data management, which a majority of survey companies lack, can improve efficiency. There is also no doubt that the Seattle market is en fuego right now. But redefine surveying? Not so much.

  4. I recall a company in my region that rode that kind of growth curve out of a recession.  Everything went great until the next downturn, upon which the company disintegrated.  In the intervening years, the demand for fast turnaround and low cost produced huge volumes of incompetent surveys along with a near-total absence of legally-required public filings.

    I'm not saying the same pertains in the Seattle case, I'm just noting the similarities.

  5. "…streamlines delivery times to provide commercial brokers, architects, financial institutions and developers proposals within hours versus days and deliver ALTA surveys of commercial land for title insurance in days versus weeks."

    Well, duh. Isn't that what solo operators have been doing ever since we left the large inefficient firms and saw a great business opportunity.

  6. I've been watching these folks and several others (another here in WA) and around the country that have applied tight workflows, tightly coupled hardware-software (not mix-n-match), getting highly skilled energetic people into the mix (that are not carrying around a lot of legacy baggage) and as much as I was prepared to be skeptical about results; they and the others are performing very well. I am not seeing corner cutting or sloppy work. Granted this model works great as things are heating up; but I remember some firms that went to a similar model during the recession to stay competitive and had a head start when things picked up. Past the hype there is something to be gained from challenging legacy models.

  7. Applying modern tools and work flows does not equate to cutting corners. A good Surveyor will put good product out the door more efficiently and a crap Surveyor will churn out crap faster.

  8. He may have redefined his business plan, but he certainly didn't redefine surveying.

    Kudos to him for paying close close attention to the often neglected business aspect of surveying.

  9. I know this company. They were a competitor of my former employer and we're well known for low quality (but low cost) surveys.

    They now focus on individual homeowners whose only concern is transferring their property or building that new deck.

    Kudos to them for tapping a niche market.

  10. I saw him just yesterday along I-5, I thought ODOT might have leaped into the 23rd century πŸ™‚ folks, that is a Berger 180 level, when calibrated correctly you can actually achieve .05' in about 30' I would not use one to level my back yard, but some contractors and rental yards still use them… amazing. I can't speak for the instrument guy, he is scary

  11. If you want to impress me w/articles write some about surveyors in rural farming type markets making it big, THAT would get my head turned.

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