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How to Add Google Authorship To Your Posts

As you probably know by now, Land Surveyors United Network has as one of its primary goals to help professional land surveyors maintain and build bulletproof reputations online.  With that said, it is high time for you to claim ownership of all of your wonderful stories and articles here on the network. On way to do this is to tell Google that you wrote what you wrote.  Here is how to do just this.

Google now routinely highlights author information in search results. For instance, if you are looking for gadget reviews on Google and one of the search results is pointing to a column by David Pogue, you might also see a thumbnail image of Pogue – picked from Google Profile – next to the snippet. Google may also display the circle authorityin case that author has a presence on Google Plus.


Here’s an illustrated tutorialon how you may display your own profile picture in Google search results next to articles that you may have written on your website or on someone else’s website. You need to create a Google+ profile and then link it your website using the rel=”author” markup.


It takes some effort to implement the authorship markup and the other big hurdle is that it requires you to edit the HTML code of your website. Some authors may find it too technical while others, think guest contributors, may not have access to the site template at all. Fortunately, there’s now a simpler optionas well.



You can Setup Google Authorship using Work Email

Instead of modifying HTML templates, you can just include your name and email address on a web page (using the mailto syntax) and Google will automatically connect it to your Google Profile. Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to your Google Profile, page, click the Edit Profilebutton and then add a Work email. Make sure that the visibility of this email address is set to “Anyone on the web.”

Step 2: Click Verify to verify your email address. You’ll then see a little “tick mark” next to your email address in Google Plus – see example.

Step 3:Next open any of your web articles that you would like to “claim” in Google Search and add either of these two lines in your article:


Option 1: Use both email address and name together <a href="mailto:[email protected]">LSU Justin</a>

Option 2: Link the author's name to his Google+ page Send <a href="">LSU Justin</a> an email at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>

The important point is that all web pages, that you have authored, should include your name and your “work” email address that you previously verified in Google Plus. That is the only signal Google can use to verify your content ownership.

You may also like to include one or the other inside your TEXT box on your Land Surveyors United Profile

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How To Accept Your Credly Digital Awards

You may have already received an email with a new digital badge acknowledging that you are a member of the network and opening up the possibility and your ability to receive digital rewards from Land Surveyors United for participation and help of your fellow surveyors around the world.  This post will show you how to accept these awards through Credly and how to set up your account.

That First Badge Looks Like This:

Why Should You Care?

Over the next couple of weeks leading up to International Surveyors Week 2015 and Survey Earth in a Day 4D, we will be awarding digital badges to those surveyors who participate in the celebrations.  These digital badges will become very important when we move to our new community platform and will save you money on products and instruments that you purchase in the future.  

New Badges to Earn and Claim

Upload your PSA to Receive the PSA Excellence Award [Post]

Participate in Survey Earth in a Day 4D [Post on SEIAD]

Check your email

Check your email

You will receive an email notification that you have received a digital badge.

Open Credly badge

Open Credly badge

Click on Save & Share to open Credly badge.

Login to Credly

Login to Credly

Once on the Credly site, click on "Login to Save & Share".

Create a Credly account

Create a Credly account

Click on the Sign up link to create a Credly account.

Enter account details

Enter account details

Enter your account details and click Sign Up Now.

Confirm your email address

Confirm your email address

You will be prompted to return to your email account to confirm the Credly account you just created.

Confirm Credly account

Confirm Credly account

Click on the link in the confirmation email to confirm your Credly account.

Open Credly Account Settings

Open Credly Account Settings

Before managing your Credly badge. Click on Account Settings in the upper right-hand corner.

Add services to your Credly Account

Add services to your Credly Account

Add social settings to your account. This will make it easy for you to share your digital badge with others on your favorite social networks.

Open My Credit

Open My Credit

Select My Credit from the dropdown menu in the upper right-hand corner.

View Earned Badge

View Earned Badge

You will see your Level 1 CAT badge under the "Earned" tab.

Manage Badge

Manage Badge

Mouse over the badge and click on Manage to view the badge.

View Badge Details

View Badge Details

In the expanded view of the badge, you will be able to Make Instructure a Trusted Issuer [1]. Please do this! Click on the share icon [2] to share your badge with others.

Select Social Network

Select Social Network

Select one of the social networks you have already connected to with your Credly account.

Manage Categories

Manage Categories

Click on the Categories tab.

Add New Category

Add New Category

Click Add Category to create a new category for your badge. You might call it "Education Technology","Training", or "eLearning"

Add Badge to Category

Add Badge to Category

Return to the expanded view of your badge. Now you will be able to add the badge to one of your categories.

Copy Embed Code for a Category of Badges

Copy Embed Code for a Category of Badges

Return to the Categories tab in My Credit. Click on the </> link. Select the number of badges you would like to display, a tile pattern, and click "Get Embed Code". Copy this embed code into any page that accepts HTML iframes to display the badges you have earned.

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What's New in LSU?

We move pretty fast around here at Land Surveyors United!  Below  you will find some of our newest additions and links to news about the group.  Stay up to date and let us know if there's something we should have noticed.





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Surveyors in the United States might like to check out and join their group forum for their state.  We've got all 50 state groups with members already in them and ready to discuss any and all aspects of land surveying in each state.  Considering the chaos with the ACSM and NSPS, it's time to show the state boards that the National voice they are looking for is already here!  Please support this national voice for land surveyors and tell your state board what they are missing..namely, integrated social media, events for states, deep group discussion, broadcast messaging for all group members, customized pages for promotion, integrated Facebook news channels from their pages, the list goes on and on. Group forums even carry the possibility of group stores with online checkout.  Creating a unified surveying and geospatial community for the nation cannot happen effectively through the use of 50 different URLs all pointing back to the same place.  That is trickery.  It must happen all in one place under the same address- a place where all surveyors can go to find local surveying discussions for all 50 states with a single click.  That place is right here: Land Surveyors United

Land Surveyors United has had these groups for each state for over a year and a half [see blog post], so each group is already ranking HIGH in the search engines.  Best of all, they are all under one roof-Land Surveyors United.  You won't need to visit a bunch of silly URLs which take you back to the same old blah website. Each group is completely customized (and customizable) to fit the needs of surveyors in that state.  Tell your local board of directors that the place for a national voice to occur is on Land Surveyors United and we are here to stay!

Surveying Group Forums for US State Boards and Associations



















MontanaNebraskaNevadaNew Hampshire

New Jersey


New Mexico

New YorkNorth CarolinaNorth Dakota




PennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth Dakota





West Virginia




In the works!

Countries in Europe, AfricaAsia and South America

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Surveying Network Updates April 2011

I was planning on waiting until sunday to release this broadcast message, but just couldn't wait to tell you about these new updates on Land Surveyors United! So here we go...

With these new upgrades, you'll be able to organize all your favorite footage, pics, and discussions into one simple area, customize your web presence and fine tune the look and feel of your place in the world of surveying..

The New "iLike" button: About a month ago, we introduced a new LSU 'iLike' button along with a Facebook 'like' button. These two features together made Land Surveyors United a million times better, however, they were only available for certain areas of the site. But not anymore! Now you can 'like' content no matter you are on the website. This includes videos, photos, discussions, and even profile pages. Also, you can now keep track of each item you 'like' on your personal "My Likes" page in a much more organized way.When your on the site, look for your own personal 'likes' page in the navigation under 'My Page.' Pretty cool, right?It even tells you what you liked by month...your likes

New Design Studio for Your Profile You can now customize the appearance of your profile page! Just head over to your profile and click on "Customize My Page" right underneath your profile photo. You'll be able to edit colors, font, background images, and even add custom CSS coding for any of you nerds out there! This is also a huge upgrade to the network and will give your profile a much more personal feel. It will also give you more flexibility for customizing your profile to match the branding of your surveying company or simply express yourself artistically. Go wild or keep it simple..the sky is the limit!

find your friendsInstantly Find Surveyors Who Are Already Your Friends in One Click: There have been some great changes to the Recruit Page on the network, now providing you with the ability to instantly search your email address for contacts already on the network. Simply pick the type of email you use, sign in (we do not store your info) and it automagically scans your contacts for surveyors who are already on the network and connects you as friends. Who knows, there may be 30 other surveyors you know in real life that are on the network and you didn't even know. This is how things get interesting. We're the only network made by surveyors for surveyors that allows you to upload and consolidate all of your surveying knowledge, interests and colleagues into one easy location. Thanks for your support, participation and contributions to the future of land surveying.

Surveying Directory: I want to help your businesses and projects grow and this is finally directorycoming together. I hope to finally finish the surveying directory over the weekend so stay tuned for a HUGE update on this early next week. This has been an interesting task which has taken longer than I had anticipated, but you can follow the progress on that page (which will be the first of several pages I am assembling). Donations to Land Surveyors United in any amount are always welcome, encouraged and much appreciated.

And that wraps up this week's message broadcast. Thanks for reading and we hope you appreciate all the hard work put into Land Surveyors United. I hope you have a terrific holiday weekend, surveyors!

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Surveying How-to and Tutorial Quick Links

land survey how-to links

Surveying How-to and Tutorial Quick Links

Search Land Surveyors United Photo Archive for "How-to" and Tutorials in Photos

Surveying "How-to" Photos

Surveying Tutorial Photos

Search Land Surveyors United Video Library for "How-to" and Tutorial Videos

Surveying "How-to" Videos 

Surveying "Tutorial Videos

Search Land Surveyors United Discussion Forum for "How-to" and Tutorial Discussions

Land Surveying "How-to" Discussion Topics

Land Surveying "Tutorial" Discussion Topics

Search Land Surveyors United Articles Feed for "How-to" and Tutorial Articles

All Surveying Articles Tagged "How-to"
All Surveying Articles Tageed "Tutorial"



Don't forget the Surveying How-to Support Group!

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How to Set up a Wild T-16 Theodolite


1. Set instrument over point by securing one leg of the Tripod in the ground and holding the
other two legs, sight through the Optical Plummet and move cross hairs over point.
2. Loosening the locking screw under Tripod, sight through the Optical Plummet and moving
cross hairs directly over the point, tighten locking screw.” i
3. Level the Bullseye Bubble by moving Tripod legs up and down.
4. Reset instrument over point (Step 2) if necessary.
5. Level instrument using Leveling Screws and Level Vial. Place Level Vial parallel to two of
the three Leveling Screws and level instrument by turning screws in opposite directions
simultaneously. Rotate instrument 90° (or perpendicular to the two leveling screws) and level
instrument using third Leveling Screw only. Repeat as necessary until instrument is level.
6. Reset instrument over point (Step 2) if necessary.
7. Zero the instrument by sighting through the Reading Microscope, rotate the instrument with
the Toggle up until 0° shows on the yellow AZ scale. Lock the Horizontal Motion Lock and
fine tune with the Horizontal Motion Screw until the 0° mark lines up with the 0 on the lower
portion of the yellow AZ scale (arrow pointing to the right). Flip Toggle down.
8. BACKSIGHTINGZ With the Toggle down. Sight the backsight target by releasing the
Horizontal Motion Lock, turn the instrument, place the cross hairs on the target, lock the
Horizontal Motion Lock and fine tune using the Horizontal Motion Screw.
9. TURNING A HORIZONTAL ANGLE RIGHT: Flip Toggle up. Release the Horizontal Motion
Lock, turn the instrument to the foresight target, lock the Horizontal Motion Lock and fine
tune the cross hairs onto the target with the Horizontal Motion Screw.
10. Sight through the Reading Microscope. Read the Degrees, minutes and seconds on the
lower scale of the yellow AZ scale corresponding to the black line.

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How to Get More Clients as a Land Surveyor

If I were someone else, I would start this post off by telling you that I am going to tell you something that you do not already know, surveyors.  But the truth of the matter is you do already know the secret I am about to layout for you. Namely, photos and videos on the web are your friends.

Think about it. Why do people hire you? They hire you because they have EGOS. Lets face it – EGOS SELL. If I want my property to look better than the property down the road, I hire the best surveyor to make sure everything is in order. That’s YOU.


How to Promote Your Land Surveying Business for FREE and get More Clients

The progress of social media may seem like bullshit to many of you, but there are a couple of simple ways to take advantage of this situation. Let's just pretend that it isn't bullshit for a second. Ok, so now you're in a different camp, away from your fellow surveyors who all still believe that social media is snake oil and lemons.  So now, Mr. Open minded let's look at this situation for a second in a different light.  So maybe it isn't about social media at all....its about promoting your business using social channels.  


Want to use social media to GET MORE CLIENTS and make more money? Do what many of your competitors will never do, because social media is bullshit right? First, go out and buy a good digital camera/video camera then use it and love it. Then learn to use it, and shoot  projects that you’ve done in the past!  Even better, put those new photos with images of the property before you started working on it (if you have them) and demonstrate some before and after results.  


So many land surveyors out there have NOTHING to back up what they’ve done because they have nothing to show for it – YOU DO!  You, the social media savvy surveyor that you are have your clients and your work!  Not only is there no way for that to be taken from you, but if you document it and spread it around through your channels, it can only make you more money and solidify your authority at being the best in your area at what you do.


It's a three step process.

1) Capture your work.

2) Upload your photos or video to a reputable network which search engines know is strictly land surveying related.

3) Title, detailed descriptions including location and most importantly, subject tags (such as your town, state, region, etc.).


Did you layout that shopping mall you shop at on Saturdays? Shoot it!   Stake out the first stages (or all stages) of a subdivision in your town? Video it! Post it on Land Surveyors United, and let people see it! Let the search engines find it and shove it to the top of search engines when "land surveyor" is searched for in your local area.    Add tags for your state, country or town and they automagically show up in your local state group on the network.  When potential clients are searching for surveyors who do amazing work in your area, guess who's photos are at the top of search???  Yours.   That’s REAL WORLD social media because you’ve done it and are sharing it!  That’s truth. Go forth and spread it, most awesome land surveyor!


IT’S NOT ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA, IT’S ABOUT SHOWING THINGS YOU’VE DONE THAT WILL BRING NEW PAYING CLIENTS.  This network is your network. Use it to make your surveying life more productive and by all means, promote your hard work and make more money.  Nothing is holding you back but yourself.  


Need Proof That Social Media Isn't Bullshit?

Many of you may know of a site similar in MANY MANY respects to this network, which I will not link to at this time, as who it is remains beside the point.  Said site was completely constructed under the professed notion that social media is bad, aiming to capture the attention of all of those other guys who think its BS.   However, in recent times, this site has completely changed its stance on the issue, by going (what many web designers and search engine gurus might consider) overboard, trying to wire each and every aspect of the site so as to tap into social media powers.  In all actuality, said site's owner was merely trying to grab the demographic of land surveyors out there who are intimidated by social media, only to throw it back in their faces.  Don't believe the media is here to stay for at least the rest of the time any of us are left on earth.  Land Surveyors United has always been about teaching ways to use this to your advantage and improving your business and life as a land surveyor.  Let the nah-sayers continue to claim that social media is bullshit- you should agree with them.  And then go out and use it to become richer and build a stellar reputation using it.


The Best Part About the Bullshit

The best part about all of this is this: Land Surveyors United does most of the work for you.  Once you've uploaded and properly optimized the descriptions of your work, with the click of a button, it can instantly be sent out to the most important social media channels for you such as facebook, twitter, email etc.  There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be the first land surveyor that someone finds when they are searching for surveying businesses in your area.

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Surveying Software Company | Microsurvey


Company Website | Training

Company Information:

Land surveyors, construction professionals and civil engineers using total stations, GPS, and data collectors use our desktop and handheld software to increase efficiency and productivity.

Our Products
  • PointCloud CAD 2010
  • MicroSurvey® CAD and inCAD
  • MicroSurvey FieldGenius 2010
  • MicroSurvey STAR*NET


Visit the Social Support Group for Microsurvey and share your experiences with other surveyors around the globe.

Other Resources from this Company:

MicroSurvey sells the industries most powerful, rugged and reliable data collectors. When battery life and functionality are paramount, we choose only the best data collectors available. Choose from the Nautiz X7 by Handheld or Juniper Systems Archer and Allegro.

The MapScenes® System, developed by MicroSurvey, is the premiere software solution for law enforcement professionals doing crime and accident reconstruction and animation.

OfficeSync® is an easy to use service that enables field crews to transmit files directly to the office without leaving the job site. It works in both ways. The office can send stakeout jobs, or any other files, directly to their field crews with the click of a button.

More Product Info Here

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Update: Search Surveying Articles by Tag

Have you ever wanted to quickly find an article on the network based on its subject tag (for example, surveying equipment)?  Well now you can with the click of a button.  The next time you are browsing the Articles section of Land Surveyors United, look for a nifty new drop-down feature placed right beside the search box. This feature will allow you to find all posts tagged with a handful of the more popular topics on the network.

If you would like for your submitted articles to show up within one of these tags, be sure to add it to the subject tags section of your post before submitting it to the network.

Surveying Articles by Category

Soon to come with this functionality:

More tags and Subject Categories

Same functionality for Forums and Groups

UPDATE UPDATE:  Now You Can Search for Surveying Videos by Tag Too!

Surveying Videos by Category

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE:  Now With Support for Lowercase Tags for Videos and Articles


Enjoy Surveyors!

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Surveyors Link Book-Part 1 Education

Education and Where to Go for More Information
Take these valuable land surveying and geospatial related links to work with you.

Cincinnati State Technical & Community College - Engineering Technologies
East Tennessee State University - Surveying and Mapping Science Program
Michigan Technology University - Surveying Program
New Jersey Institute of Technology - Surveying Engineering and Technology Program
The Ohio State University - Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Geodetic Science
Oregon Institute of Technology - Surveying Program
Penn State Wilkes-Barre - College of Engineering and Surveying Program
Purdue University - School of Civil Engineering
Suny - ESF Ranger School
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi - Dept. of Computers & Mathematics
University of Wyoming - Civil and Architectural Engineering



Education in Surveying: Why Go to College?
In the formal surveying area, it is important to have core mathematical skills such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.
This article appeared in the November 2004 issue of Professional Surveyor.

Land Surveying Scholarships Available 

Colleges and Universities Offering Land Surveying Programs 

ABET Accredited Surveying/Geomatics Programs


Auburn University

Cincinnati State Technical & Community College - Engineering Technologies
East Tennessee State University - Surveying and Mapping Science Program
Michigan Technology University - Surveying Program
New Jersey Institute of Technology - Surveying Engineering and Technology Program
The Ohio State University - Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Geodetic Science
Oregon Institute of Technology - Surveying Program
Penn State Wilkes-Barre - College of Engineering and Surveying Program
Purdue University - School of Civil Engineering
Suny - ESF Ranger School
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi - Dept. of Computers & Mathematics
University of Wyoming - Civil and Architectural Engineering
University of Folorida - Geomatica Student Association


Virtual Museum of Surveying Virtual Archive of Wild Heerbrugg
The Compleat Surveyor Tesseract - Antique Scientific Instruments
Cadastral,com World Boundaries - Walter J. Robillard
Smithsonian Institute The Gemmary Whipple Museum
Rittenhouse Journal Ohio History Central - Thomas Hutchins
Mount Diablo Surveyors Historical Society  


Vermont Statutes

VT Supreme Court Opinions Reports 161-169)

US Supreme Court Opinions to Present)

Cornell Law Library

Self Help Law

Self Help Law

VT Bar Association

VT Law School


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  • Acre - The (English) acre is a unit of area equal to 43,560 square feet, or 10 square chains, or 160 square poles. It derives from a plowing area that is 4 poles wide and a furlong (40 poles) long. A square mile is 640 acres. The Scottish acre is 1.27 English acres. The Irish acre is 1.6 English acres.
  • Arpent - Unit of length and area used in France, Louisiana, and Canada. As a unit of length, approximately 191.8 feet (180 old French 'pied', or foot). The (square) arpent is a unit of area, approximately .845 acres, or 36,802 square feet.
  • Chain - Unit of length usually understood to be Gunter's chain, but possibly variant by locale. See also Rathbone's chain. The name comes from the heavy metal chain of 100 links that was used by surveyors to measure property bounds.
  • Colpa - Old Irish measure of land equal to that which can support a horse or cow for a year. Approximately an Irish acre of good land.
  • Compass - One toise.
  • Engineer's Chain - A 100 foot chaincontaining 100 links of one foot apiece.
  • Furlong - Unit of length equal to 40 poles (220 yards). Its name derives from "furrow long", the length of a furrow that oxen can plow before they are rested and turned. See Gunter's chain.
  • Ground - A unit of area equal to 2400 sq. ft., or 220 sq. meters, used in India.
  • Gunter's Chain - Unit of length equal to 66 feet, or 4 poles. Developed by English polymath Edmund Gunter early in the 1600's, the standard measuring chain revolutionized surveying. Gunter's chain was 22 yards long, one tenth of a furlong, a common unit of length in the old days. An area one chain wide by ten chains long was exactly an acre. In 1595 Queen Elizabeth I had the mile redefined from the old Roman value of 5000 feet to 5280 feet in order for it to be an even number of furlongs. A mile is 80 chains.
  • Hectare - Metric unit of area equal to 10,000 square meters, or 2.471 acres, or 107,639 square feet.
  • Hide - A very old English unit of area, a hide was of variable size depending on locale and the quality of the land. It was the amount of land to support a family, and ranged from 60 to 180 acres. After the Norman conquest in 1066 it became standardized at around 120 acres.
  • Hundred - An adminstrative area larger than a village and smaller than a county. In England it was 100 hides in size, and the term was used for early settlements in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.
  • Labor - The labor is a unit of area used in Mexico and Texas. In Texas it equals 177.14 acres (or 1 million square varas).
  • League (legua) - Unit of area used in the southwest U.S., equal to 25 labors, or 4428 acres (Texas), or 4439 acres (California). Also, a unit of length-- approximately three miles.
  • Link - Unit of length equal to 1/100 chain (7.92 inches).
  • Morgen - Unit of area equal to about .6309 acres. It was used in Germany, Holland and South Africa, and was derived from the German word Morgen ("morning"). It represented the amount of land that could be plowed in a morning.
  • Out - An 'out' was ten chains. When counting out long lines, the chain carriers would put a stake at the end of a chain, move the chain and put a stake at the end, and so on until they ran "out" of ten stakes.
  • Perch - See pole .
  • Point - A point of the compass. There are four cardinal points (North, South, East, West), and 28 others yielding 32 points of 11.25 degrees each. A survey line's direction could be described as a compass point, as in "NNE" (north northeast). To improve precision, the points would be further subdivided into halves or quarters as necessary, for example, "NE by North, one quarter point North". In some areas, "and by" meant one half point, as in "NE and by North".
  • Pole - Unit of length and area. Also known as a perch or rod. As a unit of length, equal to 16.5 feet. A mile is 320 poles. As a unit of area, equal to a square with sides one pole long. An acre is 160 square poles. It was common to see an area referred to as "87 acres, 112 poles", meaning 87 and 112/160 acres.
  • Pueblo - A Spanish grant of less than 1000 acres.
  • Rancho - A Spanish grant of more than 1000 acres.
  • Rathbone's Chain - A measuring chain two poles, or 33 feet, in length.
  • Rod - See pole
  • Rood - Unit of area usually equal to 1/4 acre.
  • Toise - Traditional French unit of length equal to 6 old French 'pieds' or feet, or 6.4 English feet.
  • Vara - Unit of length (the "Spanish yard") used in the U.S. southwest. The vara is used throughout the Spanish speaking world and has values around 33 inches, depending on locale. The legal value in Texas was set to 33 1/3 inches early in the 1900's.
  • Virgate - An old English unit of area, equal to one quarter of a hide. The amount of land needed to support a person.


  • Balls - Slang for numeric .00, as in 4-balls (4.00)
  • Beep - Verb. To use a magnetic detector to look for iron pipe, etc.
  • Boot - To raise the levels rod some number of inches so as to be visible to the instrument man, e.g. "Boot 6!" means "raise it 6 inches."
  • Blue topping - In road or grading work the surveyor sets stakes and paints their tops blue to represent the required elevation. Graders then work to just cover the blue tops of the stakes.
  • Bug - To use a magnetic locator to search for an iron pipe.
  • Bullseye - Zero degrees of inclination.
  • Burn - See shoot
  • Burn one - Measure from the one foot mark on the tape rather than from the end of the tape in order to increase the accuracy of the measurement.
  • Cut line - To clear vegetation for a line of sight between two survey control points.
  • Double nickel - Slang for .
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Surveying Video Tagging Made Easy

Now Add Subject Tags with Click of a Mouse

subject tags on videosThis week, Justin made it even easier to add subject tags to your videos when you upload them or embed them from Youtube.  The next time you share a video on Land Surveyors United, you will see a dropdown feature under the tags field.  Simply select one of the pre-installed tags from the drop-down list and it will be added automagically to your video and thus making the video more optimized for searches from other surveyors on the network.  More tags will be added over time for your convenience.  This new way to easily add tags to your video content on the network should be really helpful when submitting your evidence in Land Surveyors University in the upcoming week.


Further Reading on Tagging:

Surveyors' Guide to Content Tagging

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Surveyor Cyber Monday Madness on New Quick Shop

Surveyor-Centric Shopping

Cyber Monday is all about savings online and getting those holiday gifts early.  On the new Land Surveyors United Quick Shop you will find some amazing deals on just about anything a land surveyor might want in his/her life. Shop for anything from insect repellent to laptops and web-cams on this custom affiliate store filled with hand-picked items from all categories.  All items on the store have been selected specifically with surveyors in mind. You'll discover both new and used items for sale through the Amazon cart and enjoy 1-Click checkout.  

A Few Items That Caught Our Eye

Electronics- Gadgets built for surveyors on the go










Knives and Axes- Must haves for clearing the rough










Surveyor Stuff- Random items for surveyors who appreciate humor and love their job










Webcams- Go live and broadcast to the industry with these handy gadgets










Work Truck- Stuff for the surveyor's work truck






Take advantage of these terrific deals on items you'll be purchasing for the holidays anyway and help out the network at the same time!  All proceeds from the store will go right back into developement and maintenance costs on Land Surveyors United Network.  If you'd rather make a donation to the network and help with the costs of running the greatest surveyors network in the world, we'd be much appreciative of that as well.

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How-To Add Geolocation To Your Profile


Add Your Geolocation To Your Profile
When you add your geolocation to your profile on Land Surveyors United, you will become added to our global member map of land surveyors.  Most land surveyors should be well aware of their approximate latitude/longitude, but if you are in need of these coordinates, simply visit MyGeoPosition and grab your coordinates and plug them into your profile.
How to look up your geolocation in the format for Land Surveyors United (LSU) using Google Earth:
If you have your lat/lon already in another format other than simple decimal degrees, then you can convert it by using the search box in Google Earth.  If you are already familiar with much of the lat/lon system, skip to step1 below.
It will accept several formats but you may find it a bid difficult to enter it with the degree symbol at first. You can copy that symbol by creating a Placemark and copying the symbol from the dialog box when it pops up in the process of creating a Placemark if you have your settings set to decimal degrees.
Use the format of latitude & longitude format ((+/-)(D.DDDDDD,(+/-)(D.DDDDDD)) without the parenthesis  the first D. can be from 0 to 360 degrees but if you use a + or - then it should be less than 90 degrees for latitudes and less than 180 degrees for longitude.  Of course you may recall or discover that longitude goes all around the earth so the circle it travels is 360 degrees as it makes a complete circle.
The latitude is the angle from the center of the earth to the equator as your reference base line then as you travel up  from the center of the earth the angle goes from 0 to 90 for the north hemisphere and 0 to -90 for the southern hemisphere.  You can turn on the grid in you Google Earth - View settings and see the grid labeled for you if you are new and getting used to the lat/lon system.
Note: Put a comma between latitude,longitude for your Geolocation when inserting it into your member profile of Land Surveyors United.
step1: Go to Google Earth and find your location on the map.
Note:Set or check your preferences to give you latitude,longitude in decimal degrees.
step2: Create a placemark at your location by zooming into your location, first preference is your home, second preference is your office, and third preference is your project site if you are on a long term assignment, etc.
step3: When the placemark dialog box is open the decimal degrees given for the lat,lon and copy/paste from the fields to the description area of the box in that format separated by a comma with no spaces or degree symbol.  Do not close the box yet.
step4: Copy that to a text document outside of Google Earth and save it in your personal files to add it to your address book for yourself and for others to find you.  Then you can close the Google Earth Placemark box.
step5: Copy that format to your profile at LSU and if you are updating your position send it to LSU via Gary Breisch ([email protected]) so that I can update your member files and map data for the next member map update.
More Notes: Even if you work for someone else, and you plan to stay where you live longer than the location of the company you work for or your business address, it is preferred you show where you are instead of you work place unless you own your business and want potential clients to find you at your business.
Final Notes:
Let me and other members know if you have any suggestions, corrections, or wording that will make it easier for us to use this procedure.Ultimately we hope to have an accurate account of our global distribution of members.
I have not taken the time to create screen shots to help you find the various settings and dialog boxes yet. So feel free to create them and send them for extra credit and help.
We can all improve this proceedure and tutorials related to the use of Google Earth or similar resouces.
Send contributions to me via LSU or directly to LSU or direct by email to me, Gary Breisch ([email protected]).
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Using Chat Feature on Mobile Devices

While Justin finishes putting the final touches on the Android App for the network, I wanted to share a discovery that I made yesterday.  You can easily stay connected with your fellow land surveyors on the network chat and Surveyor Sky lounge on ANY mobile device simply by signing into the network on your phone and going to this page on the network:

When you're in the field, connection to your fellow surveyors could be vital to sharing solutions to common problems. I'd advise logging in from your mobile device and choosing it to remember your password for quick access.  Bookmark the network chat page and stay connected all day from anywhere.  You never know when someone on the network might need your advise as well.

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Now Upload Media Through Status Update

Updates To LSU Status Bar 

The new status update feature on the Land Surveyors United home page (and top of your profile) is a huge improvement to the flow of the network.  This feature allows you to leave your status (of course), simultaneously send an update to twitter and facebook and watch your participation happen in real time!

Here are a couple of other things you can do with the new status update feature:

Comment Inline- When one of your fellow members makes a remark or starts a discussion forum, simply click on "Comment" or "favorite" right inside the status update module.  If you click comment, you'll be able to leave your reply right there without having to leave the page.

Share links- If you have a link you'd like to share with the network, simply paste the URL into the update will then ask you if you'd like to shorted the url.  If you click yes, it will shorten the URL so that you have all the room you need to continue explaining what that link is about.

Facebook/Twitter Sync- Who wants to waste time visiting all of the social media sites just to get the words out?  Not me!  I  sync my twitter account and facebook account with my status update so it goes everywhere at the same time.



Next week when the highly anticipated Android and Iphone versions of the network are released, this will make your life in the field as a surveyor a lot more fun and most importantly, you will be able to both find support and help other surveyors in real-time, from ANYWHERE!





You can now upload your surveying photos, videos, add events, start discussions and even submit articles right  through the status update interface on the home page.

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