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The geometry of resections matters!

Following examples are calculated with BestTachySpot.


You may have experienced this before. You are defining a new station and all points with…

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Added by Urs Aebi on March 13, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Point of Beginning



The new point of beginning for land surveys is orbiting the earth at 5,000 miles an hour 12 ½ thousand miles up in the stratosphere.  That’s correct and I suppose I owe my fellow professional land surveyors an apology for my participation in the changes we have been going through the last 20 years (see the POB cover article attached).  The fact of the matter is the PLS’s of this country have had our exclusive provenances invaded by all manor of non-surveyor…

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Added by J W Veatch on March 12, 2014 at 1:28pm — 1 Comment

GIS & FEMA Mapping

There is a growing need for accurate land surveying data to be a fundamental requirement for government level geographic information systems. As an example for the USGS National flood inundation mapping science initiative a professional survey level data layer would be of great benefit to help determining exactly which structures in or out of the flood zones. Greetings my name is John W. Veatch. I am a land planner, a professional land development engineer, professional land surveyor,…

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Added by J W Veatch on March 12, 2014 at 1:23pm — Comment On This...

Analyse Traverse example

Why is "traverse 3" a good solution and "traverse 1" not? What is the difference in accuracy and  reliability?

Following examples are calculated with…

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Added by Urs Aebi on February 19, 2014 at 10:30pm — Comment On This...

Why I Love Surveying


i am a surveyor ,i love survey because so many many connections ...every day visiting new place,contacting new people,watching new culture..........etc....... ma ambition is improving my knowledge in diffrent type of  surveys and new technologies......i will do it frnds .i will do it.                           …

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Added by NIYAS NAZER on February 14, 2014 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

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Added by duncan on February 5, 2014 at 6:25am — 3 Comments

Cleaning Out The Closets! Survey Equipment Inventory Sale

In the spirit of welcoming the new year, we are liquidating many items from the store to make room for new stuff! My son  Justin has been helping me get the store in order and putting a fresh face on ePalmetto. As you can see in our recent post for January Survey equipment Liquidation, there are many items on sale that you might like to grab while you…

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Added by ePalmetto on January 15, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Hollywood Missing the boat with the Land Surveying Profession

Have you ever wondered why there are no movies about land surveying?

Think about it, we are constantly in the field, sometimes in unexplored areas, by definition we are the first ones in preparing the ground for everyone else, once the map of the area is ready.

We are constantly encountering…

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Added by Juan Plaza on December 22, 2013 at 9:44am — 5 Comments

There Should Be More Land Surveyor Action Figures and Toys

"There Should Be More Land Surveyor Action Figures and Toys", i thought to myself when my grandson asked me if I would get him a toy land surveyor for Christmas.It dawned on me that I had never actually seen a land surveyor toy in the wild.  I asked my son Justin to run a search and see what he could find and he dug up a stack of surveying related toys offered around the web that will truly amaze you. 

How about a Toy…

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Added by ePalmetto on December 20, 2013 at 6:18pm — 6 Comments

Geodetic network analysis with BestNetwork

Check your network design with BestNetwork.

Get BestNetwork on Google…

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Added by Urs Aebi on December 1, 2013 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

The Willingness to Change

The willingness to change and be educated is paramount. Staying humble enough to remember your knowledge has been shared by another, helps with the willingness and humility to give it away to a worthy hand.

Added by Jim on November 5, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Local Marketing for Land Surveyors

Yes, this article is kind of bragging. It's also trying to let those of you who are in the professional services business (like Engineers, Land Surveyors, Attorneys, Accountants,…

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Added by J Keith Maxwell on October 8, 2013 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Public Confusion Fueled By American Blog

I was reading the Blog entitled "New Article:  Why Public Records Matter:  The Hidden Value of Land Registry Systems"  and realized why many people may not understand land surveyors.  

It is because people are being misled as to the role and importance of the surveyor by people and companies that stand to make…

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Added by Scott D. Warner, R.L.S. on October 3, 2013 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Typical Surveyor's Report

Something Typical In Surveyor Reporting


I thought that some of you might gain some insight by examining a typical Surveyor's Report generated for a project I am working on.


I have altered the particulars so as to protect the innocent. This is a draft…

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Added by Deward Karl Bowles on September 19, 2013 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Thank you Fellow Surveyors!

Thank you for making "6 Miles With Courage" a success.

Sales are brisk and the reviews have been spectacular. One surveyor writes, "I wish my wife had read your book 10 years ago! Ever since she finished it she has had a whole new level of respect for my job." She gets up with me in the morning and packs my lunch…

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Added by Thomas G LaCorte on September 11, 2013 at 9:03pm — 4 Comments



“About Horses and Water”

Written by Penn Cheyning RPLS

(This story is completely fictional, any resemblance to actual events is purely a coincidence).

I received a phone call about a boundary dispute in an area of the city I know fairly well. I had not performed a survey in this particular…

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Added by Deward Karl Bowles on September 1, 2013 at 12:30pm — Comment On This...


It is human nature to choose a course and then stick with it. Tenacity and staunch conviction are qualities we all admire and traditionally seek in those who are leaders in our society. However, professional land surveying is as much of a science as it is an art. Evaluating evidence and forming opinions are vital aspects in executing a proper survey.

Forming an opinion before the facts are known is the definition of a biased opinion and is the death knell for a…

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Added by Deward Karl Bowles on August 5, 2013 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

When Do You Need a Survey?

As we all know, there are times when the public needs a survey but is not aware that they need a survey.  I was thinking it might be time to compile a list of examples for when its time to call a qualified professional land surveyor.

You may need a professional land surveyor when...

..a property is divided into parcels for sale or development

..a property is to be sold, purchased…

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Added by Surveying Jobber on July 30, 2013 at 3:42pm — 5 Comments

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