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If you regularly search for deals and special pricing on Land Surveying Equipment like Total Stations, GPS/GNSS Equipment, Surveying supplies, etc, simply add this apps shortcut to your phone to have deals come to your app every hour. Simply open the app to see the latest deals.
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A Land Surveyor's best technical support is another land surveyor who has familiarity with same equipment. Use this app to find targeted advice from other land surveyors who may have experienced similar troubles by asking your questions inside the right Hub and forum. Share tips and tricks that you think other surveyors may have experienced or will experience.
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Guide to Member Categories and Badges

The last time you browsed our members directory page , you may have noticed a sub-navigation which takes you to categories based on different member types.  If you are somewhat new to the network, you answered a question in your profile which allowed you to place yourself inside a category which describes your role in the geospatial industry.    That subnavigation looks like this:

 

Our goal and mission is to create an environment online which represents your roles in the real world as closely as possible.  Our other purpose for this categorization is to provide as much transparency in relation to the members on our network as possible so that its is not difficult to associate yourself with trustworthy professionals online.  We hope to recognize and celebrate real world authority and classify our members according to their hard earned experience.

Guide to Member Category Badges

Network
Administrator

Moderators and network administrators who you can go to for advice or
feedback
Energy
Surveyor

Surveyors working in energy efficiency and renewable energies
Government
Professional

True to life government professionals involved in geospatial sciences
Surveying
Guru

Members who have demonstrated knowledge and expertise time and time
again on the network. These guys know what they are doing!
Surveying
Jobs Director

Responsible for keeping track of available surveying jobs and helping
those in need of employment find available positions
Machine
Control Professional

Members who are primarily experienced with Machine Control technology
Maps Administrator
Responsible for placement of members on our Global Member map and
continued development of better and more precise network mapping.
Military Surveyor
Members who work primarily with the military and are trained by
military in geospatial sciences
Professional Relations
Director

Similar to an administrator, these members have clout and continue to
help us make decisions regarding the professional relations of Land
Surveyors United Global
Professor or Instructor of
Geospatial Sciences or Surveying

Can also include published authors of academic texts for the surveying
sciences
Surveying Publications Rep
Members who work or consult for industry publications
Regional Administrator
Leaders and moderators for specific location-based group forums on Land
Surveyors United
Seeking Employment
Hire these professionals if you have a surveying position available.
Take a look at their profiles for qualifications and skills they'll
bring to your company
Software Pro
Members who either work in software development or represent a
surveying software manufacturer
State Leader
True to life state board representatives for states societies in the
surveying industry. These members have earned their position!
Student Surveyor
Members who are currently surveying or geospatial science students.
Teach these guys the correct way to survey and learn something in
return
Surveying Equipment Pro
(aka Vendor)
When it comes to surveying equipment, these guys know their stuff!
When having emergency trouble, it would be wise to have these members
in your personal network
Transportation Surveyor
Members who work primarily in DOT or transportation related surveying,
such as road and bridge construction, for example.
no badge Just a Surveyor
(basic member)
Members who are just here to teach and learn and do not fall into a
specific category.



Some of these categories are selected only by administrators, but the majority of them can be easily changed inside your profile by selecting your "Member Status" when editing your profile.  If you find that you have been mis-categorized or would like to possibly be considered for one of the categories not available in your profile options, feel free to send us a note and we'll make the adjustments accordingly.

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20+ Conversation Starters To Get Surveyors Talking

Are you looking get involved with Land Surveyors United but have no idea about what to discuss?  Well, the one thing you can be certain of is that we all have a shared interest on this network.  And whether you are pondering adding a story or a discussion, the fact remains that if you keep your subject related to surveying, you will get some feedback, make some friends and build your personal network.

20+ Conversation Starters To Get Your Fellow Surveyors Talking

  1. What is your favorite ………. ? Asking your fellow surveyors about their favorite anything might stimulate a response. Try it.
  2. What is your average day of surveying like? Most people like to talk about themselves. Surveyors on the other hand (as a whole) are a tough bunch to get talking.  Ask your fellow members what their average day of surveying is like and chances are they’ll tell you. They’ll also compare it with anyone else that answers.
  3. What do you think about ……….? Giving opinions is human nature. When you ask for opinions you’ll get a lot.  The surveying industry is undergoing a lot of changes so let's discuss them.
  4. What advice would you give to the person above you? Careful about these. Can stimulate a lot of activity, but can also get way out of hand. Useful for a light-hearted touch to your community efforts.
  5. Can anyone recommend ……….? Most people like to be helpful and show off knowledge. Again, land surveyors seem to need a bit of inspiration to get talking about what they recommend. Nevertheless, asking for recommendations will solicit knowledge and engagement from other surveyors..
  6. What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you whilst ……… ? Self explanatory. Entice your fellow members share their stories. It’ll almost certainly boost your presence on the network and build you some clout.  The goal here is to inspire members to slowly get to know and like each other. 
  7. Can anyone fix ………. ? Present a difficult problem, let your fellow surveyors try to suggest ways to fix it.
  8. What is the best/worst ………. ? Opinions, opinions, opinions. Begin this type of discussion in as many different ways as possible. Pick a sub-category and ask people for their best/worst suggestions.
  9. Who do you most admire? Pick someone in your surveying life you most admire and tell others why.  You never know... some of us might admire the same mentors.
  10.  Is {x} really better than {y}? Feel free to make it controversial, if you like. Pick an issue other surveyors will be split on – but not divisively so. Ask questions about it. Let your fellow members take sides.
  11. If you weren’t ……… would you ………. ? Create a hypothetical situation in which all surveyors can give their opinion on something radical.
  12. Who/What are your top 5 ………. ? Ranking can be addictive. Ask your fellow surveyors to rank their top 5 anything and then we'll try to create an overall ranking based upon the community. This could be a fun community event.
  13. How would you handle {topical issue}? If you were THE BOSS in charge, how would you handle a topical issue in your sector?
  14. What ………. do you use? , ask people to compare what relevant products/services they use. Companies love this information too. This type of topic is relevant in almost all online communities
  15. Does anyone know how to …… ? Does anyone know provokes interest, the how to can be broad or specific. People are likely to participate.
  16. Has anyone tried……….? Again, has anyone is all-encompassing and people are likely to share their experiences.
  17. Is ………. right about ………. ? Take someone’s stance on a topical issue and throw it open to comment by the entire community.  Again, there are many daunting subjects to discuss among your fellow surveyors.  Simply pull one out of your hat and ask!
  18. What would you do if ………. ? Create a hypothetical situation, perhaps a problem lots of other surveyors face, and ask your fellow members what they would do. Life problems work well here, not just surveying.
  19. What should every newcomer know about ……….? Well, what should every newcomer know about something relevant in the land surveying industry? It’s great advice – perfect for making a few friends across borders.
  20. Share your pictures/top tips here. Sharing advice and pictures can be an easy win for stimulating engagement and building your personal/professional network online. Try it. I suspect you will find it easy to gain lots of valuable insights.

 
Add a Discussion

Do you have a question or something pressing on your mind? Share it in a community forum post and get feedback from your fellow professionals. "Groups" all have their own dedicated forum for discussions which are specifically related to a topic, type of equipment or location.   There are approximately 300 group forums for finding a topic and getting targeted advice.  Is your question or problem, surveying equipment related?Post it in the relevant Group forum based on your equipment manufacturer.   Get targeted feedback from your fellow members who are using the same equipment that you are.

Add a Surveying Story
That snake you saw today would make an excellent photo submission, but an even better surveying story! Tell us how you got away! Do you have an interesting client story or a peculiar survey you'd like to share? Post it as a story and pull in photos and videos from around the network to give your story that extra punch! You can include documents, maps, quotes and more to give us the BIG picture! You can become more legitimate and respected as a surveyor when you can say to your friends that they should check out your story or video on Land Surveyors United.  We are all here to learn about the similarities and differences in surveying practices in every part of the globe. Show us how you survey where you live!

New! Post surveying stories to LSU using 3rd Party blogging Apps

Add an Event

When is the next surveying conference in your area? Add it here and increase exposure and attendance by promoting it with both the network and the social media world. You can also embed Google+ hangouts, live streaming video from your meetings and even embed live commenting, voting and social engagement features. With this approach, there should be no reason for lack of attendance to your meetings any longer. Stream it live so that those who aren't able to physically attend, can participate. If you need assistance or directions on how to make this happen, send us a note and we'll help you make it come to life!

 ?  Find a Member

 

Using the link above you will be able to search members on the network based on location, types of equipment, level of experience, and the type of surveying they are involved with. Likewise, there are other methods for finding reputable support from your colleagues. You can use our Explore page and search the various sections of our network for topics, members, media etc. You might also try our Locals page, which allows you to search by location with a single click or simply visit our ever-growing Global Member Map. With a little persistence, you will surely find someone to discuss your particular topic with.

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Your Reputation as a Surveyor is Two-Faced

reputation onlineAs a professional surveyor, building your reputation and putting yourself out there for hire is a constant task.  You've probably spent years cultivating a brand for yourself or your company and I am proud of you.  But the fact of the matter is, your reputation as a surveyor is two-faced.  You may think that you have built a bulletproof reputation in the real world and do not need an online reputation, but you are dead-wrong.  Your reputation online is just as important (if not more important) than your offline reputation, if you are planning to stay in business.

Consider Yourself Warned

If you do not step up and say your name online, someone else will.  And when that happens, your reputation online is no longer under your control. 

surveyors online reputation

The only way to ensure that internet searchers find you and your company in a positive light is to build a solid reputation online through helping others, sharing your experiences and being a positive citizen of the interweb.  Build a well rounded online presence using twitter, facebook, and Land Surveyors United. Connect those accounts to your profile on the network and share share share.  You should be in control of your online reputation and to do this, simply make it a point to attach respectable and compelling content to your profile a couple of times per week.  You may feel like it is a waste of your time to socialize your business, but when you consider the amount of time that it can take to recover from a bad review online, you'll be glad that I reminded you.

 Why a Unified Body of Professionals Is Better for You in the Long Run

better reputation online geospatialIt takes just a little bit of your time every week to maintain your reputation online.  However, if someone criticizes your company online and you do not have a buffer of positive content, it will take you 3 times as long to push those search results down and recover from a negative blow.  I built Land Surveyors United so that all geospatial professionals can easily build their reputation online, simply through sharing what they have learned in their experiences.  A united body of professionals who respect the challenges of each others' daily tasks and provide each other with positive feedback is the ONLY way that the everyday land surveyor can stay on top of their reputation without spending a ton of money every month.  Take this seriously and engage with others on the network.  I assure you that your reputation will climb and you will GET MORE BUSINESS!

We have an entire group forum for discussing Reputation Management! Ask Questions!

bad reputation online Why do I care? I realized the direction that this industry was headed a few years ago and began building LSU because there is simply no one else in this industry who would take the time to teach you guys the power of social media.  No one else had the knowledge and ability to help you build your future-oriented online reputation.  Connect your company's online account to your profile on LSU and passively build your reputation before someone actively destroys it for you. 

 

If you found this note because you are facing the wrath of a displeased customer or have an unjustifiable bad reputation online, contact me and I'll do what I can to help.  Just take a look at what Land Surveyors United has done for your fellow surveyors around the world. Enough said.

 

 

Further Reading:

The Conversation Prism - A Missing Link?

Member Profile Checklist!

How to Get More Clients as a Land Surveyor

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Status Updates Get Their Own Page!

What is a Status Update, anyway?

Status updates on Land Surveyors United can be an important method to employ when building your reputation online. While you can sync your profile to Twitter and Facebook and simultaneously update your status, you can also use this feature to keep track of where you have been, where you're working and the types of surveying you are performing.  Status updates on Land Surveyors United appear in the latest activity feed and show up on your LSU profile.  They can be updated either from your profile page, on our network's main page and now on the new mobile LSU interface.   I realized a while back that surveyors would have little use for this feature until there was a way to archive them and revisit them years later.  That time has come!

 

So What's New With Status?

Since my initial revamp of the network Activity Feed (main page), we've been steadily improving it and adding more based on surveyor requests on the network. One of the biggest requests on networks for other industries has revolved around status updates. For a long time, when someone would post a status update directly in the Activity Feed, it would exist only as long as it remained in the Activity Feed. Once it dropped out of the bottom of the feed, it was nowhere to be found. The reason: the status update had nowhere to "live" — it existed as a temporary item with no place to call home in our network.

 

This is no longer the case! We're happy to report that each status update now has its own individual page.

Notice in this screenshot above that this page has its own dedicated URL (click the image and you'll see that you can comment and share a status now). This is where this particular status update lives — along with all of the replies that have since followed the status update.

What's visually different with this release?

Now that status updates have been beefed up, you'll notice a link in the Activity Feed whenever you see a Status Update, like so:

This link will lead to your associate's status update page. On that page, you can edit or delete a status post. You can also edit or delete comments on a status post.

As you might expect, commenting on a status post will be reflected in the second location. Comment on someone's status update, and your comment will also show up in the Activity Feed. Comment on someone's status update in the Activity Feed, and your comment will also show up on the individual status update page.

 

 

Why Should a Surveyor Care About Status?

If anyone in the world should be focused on their status update, it is a surveyorWhy?  Because you're not telling people what you ate for lunch or the fact that you've lost your keys, you are creating a timeline of your work history.  You can simply log on to the network or your mobile phone and simply type what type of work you are doing and where and then go about your business.  This simple 140 character or less update now lasts forever (on it's own page) and you can go back to it anytime in the future and make remarks.  Whether you believe me or not, this type of activity WILL help your reputation online, as long as your updates are positive and eye-catching.  Now that you have the ability to comment on status updates, your network will increase and your brand will have more exposure.  As long as you sync your social accounts with your profile, your social media work has been cut in half!

I have engineered every aspect of Land Surveyors United in such a way that your social networking activity with your fellow surveyors doubles as marketing for your skills and experience.  Using the network to build your reputation online is using it correctly.   I hope you enjoy these improvements and create a more enjoyable surveying life for yourself, both on and offline.

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How will YOU Use Land Surveyors United in 2013?

A network of this size comprised entirely of professional land surveyors and geospatial professionals naturally attracts LOADS of search engine traffic when anyone searches for land surveying services. For this reason, I monitor new member signups VERY closely, so as to maintain exclusivity for the industry.   It is like a library of surveying information, which serves a dual purpose.  It is helpful for surveyors to find support and offer support through sharing of knowledge and experience, but it is also equally, if not more effective for attracting business from those searching for surveying businesses to perform work.  I know this for a fact because I built it to perform in this manner.  Of course, the ways in which you utilize this to your advantage are entirely up to you, but if you are not using it with this in mind, you are simply missing the boat.  With that said, here are a few ways that you can use LSU in the future to make your life and business online simpler, more effective and to your advantage. 

 

Getting The Word Out About Your Services

Your niche market is your location and what you do better than any other company in your area.  Hundreds, if not thousands, of queries for 'land surveyors' in your geographic region are being made every single day.  How do you compare to those who show up first in search engines for your area.  Cover all the surveying news for your town or community, an industry event, or on any topic that you are interested in–large or small on Land Surveyors United, inside the group forum for your location. Investing a small amount of time into creating buzz around your company and the services you provide will shoot you strait to the top of search.

Related Topic: How To Get More Business as a Land Surveyor

Content Marketing

Content marketing is an umbrella term encompassing all marketing formats that involve the creation and sharing of content in order to attract, acquire and engage clearly defined and understood current and potential consumer bases with the objective of driving profitable customer action. With this in mind, you may or may not know that you can easily publish relevant, curated content to engage your your fellow surveyors and your community, attract new visitors to your profile, and help convert leads into customers.  Those looking for a land surveyor in your area will be pleased to have found someone with such vast knowledge of surveying practices.  Your credibility is yours to claim and build.  If you do not believe me, take a look at our member testimonials or for a first person account, just ask Deward Karl Bowles of Texas how much the network has improved his business.

 

 Related Topic:  Your Reputation as a Land Surveyor is Two-Faced

Monitoring and Build Your Web Reputation

Syncing your social media profiles to your account on Land Surveyors United not only makes it super-simple to update multiple profiles simultaneously, it builds your reputation online.  You can show the world that you are not only knowledgeable and credible, but you are also approachable and easy to work with.  I have personally spent hundreds of hours making this possible for you and you can even share while on the go using the mobile rover.

Related Topic:  Build Your Reputation Online Through Sharing

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Complete Mobile Rover Features Overview

Explore the Land Surveyors United Network's Mobile Rover and all of the tools and features that you can use, while on the go, from any mobile device. View this full screen here.

Surveyors Mobile Rover Overview

Mobile Support and Collaboration from the Field!

The moment we've all been waiting for is finally here! Please allow me to introduce the all new Land Surveyors United Mobile Version of the Network (in Beta)! You can access the mobile version from any and all mobile devices here:

http://landsurveyorsunited.com/m

 

ANY Device, ANYwhere. ANYtime

This new mobile version has many unique features not available in previous version or even the Iphone version. Let's take a look at some of these new features and learn how they are used.

Quick Links to Pages and Features on Mobile Rover

For Your Convenience here are links to the primary landing pages on the new Surveyors Mobile Network:
Your Profile on Mobile: Will take you to your profile on the network
What You Missed: The latest network activity and discussions since you last visited
Stories: Quick access to the network blog and your mobile blog for sharing surveying stories or anything longer than a forum discussion.
Mobile Group Forums: Allows you to search and find group forums based on location, types of equipment, topical and type
Mobile Network Forum: Allows you to take the network forum with you anywhere you go. Search, respond and discuss virtually anything related to land surveying and geospatial industry.
Surveying Photos: Surveyor submitted photos from all over the world. Upload photos from the field and never lose a marker again!
Member Map Mobile: Our global member map is under constant state of development. Here you will be able to see and interact with the mobile version.
Network Members: Find and connect with other geospatial industry professionals by searching.
Mobile Videos: The latest and most popular surveying videos to date. Take them with you and learn while on the go.
Change Language of your Interface: Go here to change the language of your mobile network
Network Notes: Quick access to the latest network updates and guides
Geospatial events Mobile: View and add land surveyor and geospatial events to the network calendar
Network Search: Search for solutions and across the network for topics and content from anywhere on your mobile device.
Surveyors Rover: A page dedicated to quick links to all areas of the mobile interface.

New Features for Mobile Network

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Surveyor Group Forums Go Mobile!!

Stay Connected Locally and Survey Globally

I just spent the past couple of hours playing around with the newest release to our mobile network- mobile group forums.  I must say that I believe this feature could be a HUGE game changer for mobile communications between professional surveyors in the field.

 

Network With Your Local Group Members

We are all part of a dynamic group or society of professionals based on the geographic location of our homes.  By searching the new mobile groups, you can join a group forum based on your location and share experiences right from the field.  This will give us all a better understanding of what it is like to be a surveyor in your area.  Tell us about the challenges you face such as environmental hurdles, wildlife safety, weather conditions, etc.  In our pursuit of a more global understanding of how surveyors operate around the world, we can better equip ourselves for the challenges found within the industry through creation of awareness.

Share Important Announcements in Your Area

State Boards, Professional Associations and Societies can all benefit from the ability to keep everyone on the same page by making your most important announcements known by sharing them in the local group forum based on a location.  This will also make it simpler to notify everyone of changes in a calendar or having local chapters RSVP for important events.

Fix Your Broken Equipment

Ever had something break in the field?  Sure we all have.  By searching for the manufacturer of the equipment and asking a question inside the correct group forum, you are effectively targeting your question towards other members who are familiar with that type of equipment.  You could, for example, ask if some other surveyor out there might have a user guide for the type of equipment you are using.  Now with Mobile Group Forums all of this can be possible without having to pack up and head back to the office.

Troubleshoot Errors and Issues While IN the Field

Errors can destroy a productive day of surveying.  Nevertheless, many errors can be resolved quickly by asking a fellow surveyors who have dealt with and over come those errors.  Many errors for equipment simply have never been documented and therefore you may never find the solution without asking a fellow experienced surveyor. Use the Mobile Group Forums feature as your Get Out of Jail Free Card and contribute solutions to common problems so that other surveyors can benefit from your experience, while on the go!

 

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Build Your Reputation Through Sharing

FYI: The Internet Can Kill Your Business


Don't let the search results online control the success of your business in the real world. Especially when you can be passively proactive about building your reputation through sharing what you already know and create a buffer of positive results, using this network!

What Goes Down Only Sometimes Comes Back Up

It takes a very long time to build positive reputation and image for a business using traditional methods, but alas it can be demolished by a single negative post or feedback easily in just few minutes by anyone and that anyone can also be your competitor. Review websites are promoted by the search engines though for a good cause of helping people identify the right products, companies and service providers, it has now become one of the most severely abused platforms. Reputation of several good companies have been damaged by unscrupulous competitors through these review websites by posting false comments and feedback. Though legal action is possible, it is a time consuming and expensive process and meanwhile you can lose a lot of business. If timely action is not taken, you could easily lose customers and um... millions of dollars.

 

Your reputation is also at stake every time you post a negative comment or reply on industry forums toward your fellow surveyors. In the 90's and early 00's you couldn't even find a surveying forum that you didn't have to sift through endless pages discussing the latest major sports event or surveyors bashing other surveyors simply for asking a question. This is one of the many reasons why Land Surveyors United is intolerant of negative, off topic and abusive commenting. The goal is to help each other build more positive reputations through sharing what we know and constructive criticism.This is the only way to improve the image of the surveying industry in the public eye and improve the findability of surveying companies amongst all of the garbage online.

An Exercise in Findability

Go ahead and search for your name or company on google in another window (I'll wait). Now imagine if that entire first page of results was filled with awesome surveying photos from your area, helpful tutorials in surveying and links to thank yous and appreciative comments from your associates and customers. That is what I am talking about. You tell the search engines how you want to be portrayed when people search for you. This is how you build reputation online.

Chances are, you initially found Land Surveyors United by googling something related to surveying. This is because our network is highly search engine optimized, thanks to thousands of hours of work since 2007. What would make you think that your content is any different?

Be a Mentor

In today's world, your company name and brand are dependent upon how you are found on the internet. Your reputation depends on how you show up in search results when someone googles your name. Do you really want a negative review or an abandoned profile to be the first thing a potential customer sees? This is why we have created simple methods for building and maintaining your social media presence online through sharing useful knowledge with your fellow surveyors. By sharing something positive from your surveying experiences, you are placing positive and helpful information for others to find when searching for the services you offer.

Today, a professional land surveyor must learn new channels of communication and ways to market their business online. Newsflash: Online reputation is driven by social media action.  Since 2007, Land Surveyors United has been committed to not only simplifying and teaching methods for accomplishing this knowledge, we have streamlined the process for you. On this network you will be able to simply and effectively maintain your social media presence right from your profile. Have a twitter or facebook account? Sync it with your profile and with one single click you can update all of your profile statuses at once.

Using the power of social media combined with social support of your associates, you can create not only a credible image for your brand, you are building a legacy. On Land Surveyors United, we are building a living library of surveying history, for the future. You may be an experienced surveying veteran or a geospatial student, a professor of geospatial sciences or a rodman in the field- we all have something to learn. Through teaching what you know, you are documenting your life as a professional land surveyor and ensuring that the future for the industry is not simply robotic. Our network is a venue for mashing up the old tried-and-true traditional surveying methods with the new and exotic. All land surveyors have a voice on Land Surveyors United. Use yours to change history!

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New! Add Surveying Stories and Blogs Using Scribefire

Share Your Surveying Stories from the Field in a New Way!

Actually, i should have said that you can now add blog posts (aka Stories) to Land Surveyors United using several compatible 3rd party apps and browser add-ons, when off of the network.  First, I will show you a few apps that will work and then I will explain how to set up Scribefire inside your browser so that you can publish storiesto the network with ease.

 

3rd Party Apps Compatible with Land Surveyors United

We're extremely excited to announce our support for the MetaWeblog API  for Land Surveyors United Network. This new enhancement will allow members of LSU to compose and edit blog posts using popular 3rd-party applications.
 
Here are a few suggested applications across multiple platforms:
 
Browser Extension: ScribeFire
Alternate Browser: Flock

 

How to Set Up Scribefire for Google Chrome


Much of the process I am going to show you will be similar on any of the third party apps listed above, as long as it supports the Metaweblog API.

Install Scribefire

Google Chrome users, download ScribeFire 4 for Google Chrome here.

Safari users, download ScribeFire 4 for Safari here.

Firefox users, you can download ScribeFire 4 for Firefox here.

Opera users, you can download ScribeFire 4 for Opera here.

Configure Scribefire

Getting started is easy. When the application prompts you to set up your blog, simply enter your blog's name (you can enter whatever you'd like) and the following for the URL: http://landsurveyorsunited.com/profiles/blog/list. Once prompted, log in with your e-mail address and password for that network. That's it! In fact you can now enjoy using Scribefire to post blog posts to any type of blogging platform that you choose, such as wordpress, blogger,tumblr, ect.

 

A quick video Introduction to Scribefire

 

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Surveying as a Community in Real Life

You may or may not have heard about our recent partnership with Surveying.org  Today, if you visit http://surveying.org and click on LSU Member Map in the right hand sidebar, you will see our member map appear.  This is a static version of our member map.  Soon, this will be converted into a dynamic surveyors map which updates every time you update your status on Land Surveyors United.  So, for example, if you are surveying in Cape Town South Africa and you update your status, say from your mobile device (http://landsurveyorsunited.com/m) you will be able to see it show up in Africa.  It will be like the entire community is 'surveying together'.   The same will go for photos and videos uploaded to the network, so please pay special attention to geolocating your uploaded media.  If you already have photos uploaded to the network, you can simply go back and edit them to include geolocation and detailed descriptions.

 

I don't believe that I need to tell you that this is yet another first-of-its-kind breakthrough for the surveying industry.  And it will become a valuable feature as Land Surveyors University progresses.

 

If you haven't yet began experimenting with the all new Land Surveyors United "Mobile Rover", i encourage you to give it a try.  Our mobile version works on all devices and makes it incredibly simple to interact with your location based group forums and share information right from the field.

 

Tips for Ensuring Your Information on the Member Map is Correct:

~Head over to your profile settings and make sure your location is correct.  It should either be in Lat/Long (which you can get from our Geopicker) or City/State/Country

~Be sure to tell the other surveyors a bit about yourself so that your place marker isn't blank

~Post status updates from your mobile device often and when you upload photos, tell us as much information as you can regarding the subject and location of the photo.

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Surveyor Chat Comes to Mobile Rover

Happy Holidays Land Surveyors!  This is just a quick note to let you all know that we now have the Chat feature and Surveyor Sky Lounge on the Surveyor's Mobile Rover (http://landsurveyorsunited.com/m)  You can find it by heading over to this link or find it inside the navigation on the mobile interface.  This should work on any and every mobile device including tablets.  What better way to stay connected with the network during your time off?

If you have still yet to explore the mobile version of Land Surveyors United, take a look at the Complete Mobile Rover Features Overview

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New Rules for Level Mission Completion:

In our beta phase of Land Surveyors University, we had a dedicated form for members to fill out once they completed a mission. We will no longer be using this form as we have come to the conclusion that it creates needless confusion for some and it is difficult to navigate from our mobile interface. Now the rules have changed and this will remain the format for submitting levels through the year. I am going to attempt to be as clear and concise as possible so that this translates into other languages with clarity.

 

1)To submit evidence of a completed level, you must Start a New Discussionwithin the group forum of the level you are completing.

                             For example: For Level One, you must start a new discussion here.  For Level Two, you would start a new discussion here. And so on, through all ten levels.

 

2)Your photos and videos accompanying your submission must be found within your post, with the descriptions of how you accomplished the mission written inside along with your media.

                             For example: If you took photos or video of your development project for Level One Mission, you would Start a new post, Give it a good title, Describe the site, plan of action and then upload the photos and videos inside the post. Be sure to note the location and any sorts of obstacles such as environmental challenges that you anticipate with surveying this hypothetical site. Simple right?

 

3)Finally, you must provide the subject tag for the particular level you are submitting.

                            For Example:If you are submitting evidence for Level One of Land Surveyors University, tag your post with 'levelone' without the ''. For Level Two, you will tag your post with 'leveltwo' without the ''.  All tags are comma separated.

 

This will be the format for all Ten Levels of Land Surveyors University. It will ensure that you have as much room as needed to describe your mission and evidence and it will prevent anything from being lost in a form submission.

What's the Point of Land Surveyors University?

In brief, we are building a framework for Ten Levels of Experience, a body of knowledge, that a Professional Land Surveyors or Geospatial Professional involved with surveying should have in order to consider themselves to be a Level Ten land surveyor.  In order to look at this process accurately, we must have submissions from every area on earth, as surveyors in different parts of the world are more or less experienced with certain aspects than others. Submitting evidence places your completion of each level up for review by your fellow members.  The number of views, shares and likes that you receive will translate to points.  Your points are cumulative and add up through the various levels. You must complete each level to receive invitation to the next level.  Those with the most points at each level along the way are awarded prizes from our sponsors based on points and performance.  The winner will be the member who completes Level Ten with the most points. That winner will receive a new GPS unit to use on Survey Earth in a Day 2.0 on June 21st (solstice 2013).  All of your submissions will become material from which other surveyors can learn from until the end of time. I hope you all will participate and become better at what you do, through helping your fellow land surveyors learn more.

 Do it for yourself

 Do it for your industry

 Do it for the future

 Do it for the future of your industry

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please write me. Good luck Surveyors!

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Hello Surveyors,

1198839102?profile=originalWe could really benefit from your help. As our community continues to grow at a rapid rate (currently over 15,600 members globally) and we discuss all kinds of topics related to land surveying, we are starting to need some help with moderation in the location based group forums. While Land Surveyors United forums want to encourage free speech and thought provoking ideas, occasionally abusive people can interrupt our conversations with unnecessary language, bitterness or personal vendettas. Land Surveyors United is seeking out several great moderators. These moderators should be active members of the forums who can view topics and discussion from an unbiased perspective.

 

The most important part of being a group moderator is to build a small community within your group which keeps everyone in your locality up to speed on Surveying laws, protect others from cyber bullying and keep the conversation in action without unnecessary abuse or name calling. Although we have very little of this occurring on the network it is still good practice to have someone in place.

Apply to Become a Local Leader

Moderation involves the following tasks and can be accomplished easily in your spare time:

  • Reporting Surveying News for your area inside your group discussions
  • Inviting your local surveyors to the group and building a micro-community
  • Sharing useful links with your fellow surveyors in your area
  • Adding local surveyor events and projects to your group

Things You Can Do To Your Group as Moderator

  • Stream live Events using Video
  • Add Pages with Resources, Links, Projects and Products
  • Change the Icon and Background For Your Group
  • Promote Companies and Associations Which Your Value Locally
  • Be the first to know about new features coming to Land Surveyors United
  • much much more...

 

Benefits Are Growing Daily! For starters you will have access to this exclusive group for Local Leaders of Surveying and you will get your own @landsurveyorsunited.org email address, 7GB of free space on Skydrive and have your name placed inside our Organization Structure . In the future we hope to award continuing education credits to Local Leaders in the network.

 

Apply to Become a Local Leader

If you are already a real-life local leader for your area such as an Association President or Board Leader, please let us know so that we can promote your status through the group. If you have any questions, please send Justin a message. Thank you for your time and interest in helping to make Land Surveyors United even stronger!

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Don't get lost in the shuffle

In a global network with thousands of surveyors from all over the world, its easy to feel lost, but even easier to stand out!  This is a quick tip for making yourself standout from the crowd and tell other surveyors in the network a bit about your background and what you do.  This should take less than five minutes.

 

Learn a bit of HTML While Introducing Yourself

The following template is a simple cut and replace, copy and paste HTML snippet for you to use for an easy introduce yourself post in the forums and it can double as the text you can insert into the Text Box on your profile page.  Simply copy and paste the following code into a notepad txt document or download it and edit to your liking.  When you're finished editing, simply paste it into a forum post to introduce yourself to the network or/and add it to your empty text box found within your profile. Replace the links in red with your own links.  For best results, leave the HTML tags like <h3> in tact but feel free to delete or add to this in anyway that you wish.

 

<p><strong>Hi I'm <a
href="http://landsurveyorsunited.com/profiles/youraddress">Joe
Surveyor</a>!</strong> I have been
a professional land surveyor for 120 years and work at a small company
in Florida called <a href="http://www.yourcompanyurl.com"><span
style="text-decoration: underline;">Big Daddy Surveyors</span></a>
I joined Land
Surveyors United in order to find other surveyors around the world and
build my personal network. &nbsp;I also hope to build my reputation
online by showing others who may be interested how to perform route
surveys.</p>
<p>I have some of my professional work to show you and a few
photos showing the types of environments that I work in in Florida</p>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://yourcompanyurl.com/services">Services
We Offer at my Company</a></li>
<li><a href="http://yourcompanyurl.com/as-built">As-Built
Surveys</a></li>
<li><a href="http://yourcompanyurl.com/construction">Construction
Staking</a></li>
</ul>
<p>I've also got a little surveying blog with great <a
href="http://www.yourblog.com/blog/">tips</a>
at the site!</p>
<p><em><br>
</em></p>
<h3>Where to Find Me</h3>
<p>I'd love to get to know you better. Connect with me online
here:</p>
<p>Blog: <a href="http://www.landsurveyorsunited.com">My
Surveying Blog</a><br>
Facebook: <a href="http://facebook.com/landsurveyorsunited">Facebook.com/Surveyor</a><br>
Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/landsurveyorsu">Twitter.com/YouonTwitter</a><br>
</p>

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Put Your Game Face On for Survey Earth in a Day

Put On Your Game Face

With Survey Earth in a Day (June 20th), International Surveyors Week (17th-23rd) and Land Surveyors University relaunching on 21st, your profile and placement on the global members mapwill be on display for the world and this will be a great time to build and increase your geospatial network!

 

Your Profile Questions Become Your Map Marker

Answers to the profile questions found inside the backend of your profilecreate the information inside your marker on the member map. Also, the placement of your icon relates to the accuracy of your profile's location field. So this is the time to update your profile and tighten up your professional credentials.

 

To edit answers to your profile questions:

Head to Settings> Edit Profile Information

Add your Social Profiles for Quick Status Updates in LSU Mobile:

Head to Settings> Connections

 

Adding Yourself to a Member Category

Justin has added the ability to tell the network which member category you care to be classified in, such as Student, Publications Rep, Vendor, ect. Simply answer this (Membership Status) question inside your profile to be correctly grouped. This will allow you to quickly be found inside the Member Categories Subnavigation on the site.

 

Use the Geopicker to Add Your Lat/Long Geolocation

Add your geolocation to the final question in your profile answers so that your member profile shows up in the correct location on the member map. At the very least, please do this so that our Maps Administrator (G. Breisch) can easily map you correctly.

 

Land Surveyors United is the largest geospatial network on the planet. Your profile should be considered a professional resume, as it is your standing representation of your experience and passions as a geospatial professional. On June 19th, we will be making an all inclusive update to the Global Mamber Map before Survey Earth in a Day, so please take 5 minutes and update this information and we'll do the rest.

 

Stay tuned for an update of requirements and instructions for Survey Earth in a Day on Friday! If you have not done so, please log in with any device to the Land Surveyors United Mobile at some point this week and familiarize yourself with the navigation and try posting a status update from the field to see how it all works.

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