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Odd or Funny Stories about Land Surveying

Do you have a surveying story from the field that is slightly odd or funny? share it with us here...

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Reply by Peter Alexander Maxwell on August 6, 2010 at 11:05am
This one is'nt funny but it was strange. I was working near a railroad track and saw the hindquarters of a dog angled down in the middle of the track such that it looked like it had dug a hole there. The dog had been hit by a train and cut clean in half.
Reply by omar lozada on August 18, 2010 at 1:18pm
One story that I have happened a few years back. I was surveying near an old swamp area for future development. It was almost lunch time when I got my Dodge Ram 4x4 stuck, the mud was literally covering the entire wheels. It took a drilling truck (which was taking soil samples nearby) to get my crew unstuck from the mud and it took like 2 hrs. When we were done with my 4x4 struggling for 2 hrs, the drilling truck became stuck. To get the truck out we needed a caterpillar and 3 and a half hrs. We got out at 6 or 7 pm that day. Long day at the field, I never forget it.
Reply by Donald E Best on September 6, 2010 at 11:31am
Surveyors have been using the two-way radios for years and playing tricks on each other with them. This one was pulled on me. I was up in the Matazal Mountains in Arizona laying out a 11 mile highway segment and the pee pain hit, so told my associate I was headed for some boulders to hide behind
and dropped the radio in my left front pants pocket. I was busy
trying to unzip my fly when this voice came out of my pants "don't touch me".
Reply by Donald E Best on September 6, 2010 at 11:52am
One of my surveying crew was telling about another survey crew setting iron pins around over a farm and how friendly and helpful the farmer had been and had said to the farmer "to save our points--we will be back in a few weeks". So when they came back, the farmer greeted them as they drove in and said he had "saved all their points-----they are all stacked aganst the barn for them", HA!
Reply by Randall R.Schaff PLS on September 10, 2010 at 4:30am
Ahhh...Farm surveys...I remember playing the electric fence-steel tape game back in the old days. The new guy always cought hell !!!!
Reply by GES on October 16, 2010 at 7:28am
Me and 2 others were putting in concrete control stations on bleak Walney Island on a darkening British winters evening. The youngest was stood over a station while me and another went about 250m away to build the last one. By the time we finished it darkness had fallen and there was no moon.
As we walked back towards the young lad we saw a glowing light which lasted about 30 seconds. It turned out that he had taken off a glove and set fire to it. He said it was to aid us finding him. I think he got scared!
The next day we traversed the control. I named that one BG1 ("Burning Glove 1").
About a week later I had my Survey drawings and was walking the site with a Client rep. who quizzed why all the control was named PEC1, PEC2 etc. except for BG1. I explained and he roared with laughter.
Reply by Timothy N. Ross on October 27, 2010 at 7:42am
I was doing a farm survey, the adjoiner walked up and asked what those nails with numbers were. We tried to explain that we used those for our traverse points, he said he had his property surveyed recently and saw those nails, he thought somebody was sticking those in deer scrapes with numbers, he handed about 20 of them to me, in case I needed them. I contacted the surveyor to tell him the bad news about his traverse points, he had not set the corners yet!
Reply by Anguyo Jonathan Gift on November 3, 2010 at 3:13am
what an experience i had when i got stung by over a hundred bees during some small field work in the country. we had gone to survey some plot, we traversed well to the plot, picked three corners of the plot without any problem, reaching the fourth corner, it was like i had been convicted of murder and was serving my sentence ....... DEATH
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Reply by Timothy Lemay Blackmon, PSM on December 27, 2010 at 2:52pm

I started spending all my summers about age 8 (yes 8 years old) working with Dad's survey crews in Central North Carolina, USA. I loved it! I remember vivdly my first day "in the field". We were on an asphalt road somewhere between Smithfield and Clayton, NC and I just carried stuff, but we measured down a road, set a point and started cutting line. I asked what we were doing and Dad said "we are going to build a road". Now I thought this was almost as cool as the new TV show, "Lost in Space", so here we went thru the woods.

 

ANyway, later in the day, we crossed some railroad tracks a few hundred feet from a small crossing, and the bell went off and the crossing gate lowered and I started freaking out and yelling for them to hurry and pull the chain (remember those?) across because a train was coming. Now the old helper, Felton told me "timmie, you ain't got to worry.....when you lay any chain across them tracks close to a crossing, the gates will come down....."

 

Well that old man shouldn't NEVER told me that........because I was cheap labor and loved to help the crews, I had carte blanche access to the workshop where the old chains were kept for repairs......so I nabbed me a section about 6 feet long and tied a good cord to it and me and my best friend Jimmy got on our bikes and rode to the edge of town next Saturday morning. It was real convenient my grandma lived right by the tracks at 1 of the 2 crossings in our little town of 900 people............... we hid in the ditch a few hundred feet from the busiest one and anytime somebody would come by, I'd pull it with the cord until the lights and bell would go off and lower that crossing gate.....I'd mak'em wait FOREVER..until they got mad and started going around...THEN I'd pull it on across and the gate would go up.....was the funniest thing as we naturally did it at LEAST 20 times........then I saw my great uncle (the constable) coming and he stopped and parked his car.....we ran/crawled/clambered thru that muddy ditch like Marines for a couple of hundred yards and took off thru some woods before doubling back for the bikes............one of the few times I ever got away with anything..........well...this is a surveying inspired story anyway

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