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The articles within are geared to help new surveyors get a better understanding of what is expected of them and as such, will not be totally applicable to all areas of the world. We need to know if what is presented applies in your location. If not, please tell us the differences. Each of these articles were written from the point of view of Land Surveyors primarily in the United States. With that said, there will certainly be differences and other variables with the information in different areas of the world. We invite you to comment on any of the articles and encourage adding your suggestions for how the content relates to your local surveying environment.
Effective February 23, 2021, the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys are being replaced with the new 2021 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys (“2021 Standards”). The 2021 Standards include a variety of changes which seek to further limit surveyor’s liability and provide better clarity. Some of the more notable changes are as follows:
It is not easy to become a licensed land surveyor, and before being allowed to work independently as a licensed land surveyor you must first sit several examinations. To gain your land surveying qualifications you must sit both state and national examinations - the requirements vary depending on the state you live in. Land surveying is a very rewarding and exciting career path - with no two days exactly the same. Land surveyors get the best of both worlds sharing their working day between the outdoors and the office. In this article and guide we shall look at land surveying qualifications and how you can get them. 
January is Safety Month on Land Surveyors United - Safety First! No matter what career path you choose, the safety of you and your colleagues should always be your number one priority. Jobs that involve working outdoors and with heavy equipment are some of the most dangerous professions and thousands of people are injured every single year across the USA while on the job. In today's guide we shall look at land surveyor safety and how you can ensure that you stay safe.
Land surveyors are mainly involved with land features and water boundaries. Prior to a building or housing complex being built, the land must first be ruled acceptable for construction. The job outlook for ambitious land surveyors is promising, and the earnings can be considerable.

Summary: With the rapid advancement in the GIS field, land surveying has been easier in most aspects. Professional land surveyors provide data for the GIS and use the data to provide more accurate, and less expensive surveys. 

The advancement of GIS has resulted in a demand from clients of land survey firms to have all of their digital data delivered in a GIS format creating a need for many small and mid-sized firms to build and maintain a GIS department. Spatial data should be well documented so that it can be used for the application that is suited. 

Surveyors mine the GIS database of attributed geometry by following hyperlinks within the application environment. The GIS gathers information captured from previous surveys and projects to help users locate documentation and information quickly. Fast location and access saves time, reduces cost, and improves productivity. In the past 30 years, the pace of advancement for the computer-based software tools is so rapid that the surveyors can

It’s fortunate that the world is realizing that common problems can’t be solved unless intervention is made and intervention is impossible without visualization, and thus without maps. Mapping is a central function of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which provides a visual interpretation of data. This defines the power of “where”.  

To give you a brief idea, here’s what GIS enables:

  • Customer Service: Higher customer engagement and communication. 
  • Data Management: Collection, organization, and integration of data. 
  • Asset Management: Maintenance and management of infrastructure data. 
  • Field Mobility: Collection and assessment of data from the field. 
  • Operational Awareness: Data integration for operational readiness.
  • Planning and Analysis: Organization of data into actionable information. 

Map usage is becoming democratized with the creation and usage is not limited to the privileged few. As more and more people are realizing the importance of maps, in making the world a better place, more

If you use Trimble Sketchup online you probably already know that there are hundreds of great 3D models of surveying equipment and land surveyors to check out. Enjoy these brilliant examples of 3D surveying models!
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