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Welcome back, land surveyors, to Day 3 of our AI exploration journey!

To truly master AI in our field, two crucial elements are needed: practice and skill. Today's lesson will focus on a valuable tool that can aid us in honing our AI abilities - the 'Custom Instructions' feature in ChatGPT. Just like any skill, practice is key. By taking small steps and making use of 'Custom Instructions,' we can achieve significant gains in using ChatGPT effectively. In this lesson, we'll delve into how 'Custom Instructions' allow us to control ChatGPT's responses, tailoring them to our specific needs and tasks. This customization empowers us to extract the most relevant information for land surveying applications. 

In this issue:

How to: Control ChatGPT's Responses with ‘Custom Instructions’

Read: Is it possible to use AI to accomplish specific land surveying tasks? Read the new 1st Edition of AI for Land Surveyors Handbook, exclusively for Land Surveyors United Members.

Surveyor Prompts to Try: Comprehensive table of AI prompts for surveyors, copy and paste into AI for unlocking ChatGPT’s “eyes,” Let's make the most of AI's capabilities and continue our journey of progress in the field of land surveying!

Today, we'll delve into the powerful realm of ChatGPT's custom instructions, which allows you to fine-tune the AI's responses to suit your specific needs.   If you are just joining in, here are the previous 2 days of AI goodness.

Day 1: AI For Surveyors - Getting Started with AI

Day 2: AI for Surveyors - Doing things with ChatGPT


For Day 3, we are going to try out a few new experimental features of ChatGPT.

To get started, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to the 'Settings and Beta' section in ChatGPT.
  2. Click on 'Beta Features' to access the experimental functionalities.
  3. Enable the 'Custom Instructions' option to unlock its potential.

Once you're in the Custom Instructions panel, you'll see two essential fields to fill:

  1. About Yourself: This is where you tell ChatGPT who you are or how you want it to perceive you. For example, you could identify yourself as a "land surveying expert" or "geospatial analyst."

  2. How You Want ChatGPT to Respond: Here, you can specify the parameters you want ChatGPT to consider while generating responses. Let's say you want it to focus on "precision and accuracy in survey measurements" or "techniques for handling challenging terrains."

Remember, the more specific you are, the better ChatGPT can tailor its responses to your requirements. Now, let's explore some pro tips to help you make the most of Custom Instructions:

  1. Use Strong Keywords: Include keywords relevant to your field of interest, such as "GIS analysis," "topographic mapping," or "boundary demarcation." This will guide ChatGPT in understanding your needs better.

  2. Be Concise: Keep your instructions clear and to the point. Avoid ambiguity to ensure accurate responses.

  3. Iterate and Experiment: Don't be afraid to refine your instructions. Experiment with different phrasings and observe how ChatGPT adapts its responses accordingly.

  4. Provide Examples: You can illustrate the type of responses you expect by giving sample queries or scenarios. This helps ChatGPT understand the context and fine-tune its outputs.

With Custom Instructions, you have the power to shape ChatGPT's responses to match your requirements perfectly. Let's take a look at some examples from other professions to see how they've leveraged this feature:

  1. The History Major: Requests GPT responses presented in a table format for better organization and analysis of historical data.

  2. The Activist: Asks ChatGPT to express advocacy and discuss causes they care deeply about, promoting social impact.

  3. The Teacher: Requests kid-friendly responses to engage young learners and make complex topics more accessible.

  4. The Startup Founder: Focuses on value proposition and revenue-related discussions to aid in business strategy and decision-making.

  5. The Comedy Writer: Specifies punch lines and dialogue style to craft humorous content.

ChatGPT Cheat Sheets - Get Specific!



Below are a list of highly specific prompts for Land Surveyors. 

Feel free to copy any of the prompts and try them yourself inside ChatGPT.

Title Specific Prompt Actual Prompt to Use Copy Prompt
Resection Method for Total Station Setup Explain step-by-step procedure for establishing a total station over a known control point using resection method. "ChatGPT, provide the step-by-step procedure to establish a total station over a known control point using a resection method."
High-Precision GPS Survey in Urban Area Key considerations and best practices for conducting high-precision GPS survey in dense urban environments. "How can I conduct a high-precision GPS survey in a dense urban environment with significant signal obstructions?"
Creating DTM from LiDAR Point Cloud Detailed process of creating a digital terrain model (DTM) from point cloud data obtained through LiDAR scanning. "Explain the process of creating a digital terrain model (DTM) from point cloud data obtained through LiDAR scanning."
Accurate Azimuth Determination Necessary equipment and techniques for accurately determining the azimuth of a property boundary line in cadastral surveys. "What equipment and techniques ensure accurate azimuth determination during cadastral surveys?"
Accounting for Magnetic Declination Methods to account for magnetic declination and ensure accurate compass measurements in land surveying. "How can I account for magnetic declination and ensure precise compass measurements during land surveying?"
Calculating Area of Irregular Parcels Various methods to calculate the area of irregularly shaped parcels and recommendations for wooded terrains. "What methods can I use to calculate irregular parcel areas, especially in wooded terrains?"
Establishing a Leveling Network Guidelines for establishing a leveling network to control vertical accuracies in large-scale engineering surveys. "Provide guidelines for establishing a leveling network to ensure vertical accuracy in large-scale engineering surveys."
Mitigating Errors in Angle Measurements Effective ways to mitigate errors caused by atmospheric refraction in angle measurements during geodetic surveys. "How can I mitigate errors caused by atmospheric refraction in geodetic angle measurements?"
Legal Procedures for Boundary Survey Information on legal procedures and documentation required for conducting a boundary survey in a specific jurisdiction. "Explain the legal procedures and required documentation for conducting a boundary survey in [specific jurisdiction]."
GNSS RTK vs. PPK Surveying Techniques Differences and advantages of GNSS RTK and PPK surveying techniques in remote and rugged terrains. "Compare GNSS RTK and PPK surveying techniques, highlighting their advantages in remote and rugged terrains."
Drone and Camera Specifications for Aerial Surveys Recommendations for ideal drone and camera specifications for aerial surveys of coastal regions for erosion monitoring. "What are the ideal drone and camera specifications for coastal erosion monitoring surveys?"
Ground-Based Targets in Photogrammetry Essential considerations when establishing control points using ground-based targets for photogrammetric mapping. "List the essential considerations when using ground-based targets for photogrammetric mapping control points."
Use of Ground-Penetrating Radar Applications of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) in land surveying, including utility mapping and archaeological investigations. "Discuss the applications of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) in land surveying, utility mapping, and archaeological investigations."
Comparative Analysis: Conventional vs. Drone Surveys Comparative analysis of conventional surveying methods and modern drone-based surveys in accuracy, cost, and efficiency. "Perform a comparative analysis of conventional surveying and drone-based surveys in terms of accuracy, cost, and efficiency."
Integrating GIS Data in Land Surveying Effective integration of GIS data in land surveying projects to enhance data analysis and decision-making. "How can I effectively integrate GIS data into land surveying projects for improved data analysis and decision-making?"

So, fellow land surveyors, go ahead and harness the potential of Custom Instructions. You can make ChatGPT a valuable ally in your professional pursuits without the need for repetitive prompts. Embrace the power of specificity and witness the remarkable results!

We have been putting together an all inclusive 80+ page AI Handbook for Land Surveyors which will be constantly evolving over here on this page, for download.  When you upgrade your membership to the community for less than $2 month, you'll get this book and over 30 custom AI tools for land surveyors with your subscription.

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