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Find Surveying Jobs on Facebook

You may not know this, but in addition to the jobs feeds pages and our dedicated surveying jobs board, there is another helpful resource for finding available jobs in land surveying- namely, the Surveying Jobs page on Facebook!

If you are currently in search of work, the first guy you need to talk to is the Surveying Jobber, your fellow member on Land Surveyors United.  He runs the Surveying Jobs page on facebook.  Drop a comment on his wall and tell him where you are searching and keep an eye on his page for streaming jobs from the areas you are searching in.  Good Luck Surveyors!

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US Surveying State Boards Quick Links


Below you will find some quick and easy links to the various state boards in each US state for professional land surveyors. Remember that we also have dedicated support groups for all 50 states on Land Surveyors United so you might like to join the group for your particular state and connect with other surveyors near you.

Surveying State Boards for United States Quick Links

 

State No.StateName of Survey Association
1AlabamaAlabama State Board of Professsional Engineers and Land Surveyors
2AlaskaBoard of Registration for Architects, Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
3ArizonaArizona Board of Technical Registration for Land Surveyors
4ArkansasBoard of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
5CaliforniaBoard of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
6ColoradoColorada Board of Registration for Engineers and Land Surveyors
7ConnecticutState Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
8DelawareBoard of Registration for Land Surveyors
9FloridaFlorida Board of Professional Surveyors & Mappers
10GeorgiaGeorgia Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
11HawaiiHawaii State Board of Professional Registration for Land Surveyors
12IdahoIdaho Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors
13IllinoisDepartment of Professional Regulation Land Surveyors Board
14IndianaState Board of Registration for Professional Land Surveyors
15IowaThe Iowa Board of Engineering and Land Surveying
16KansasKansas State Board of Technical Professions
17KentuckyKentucky State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
18LouisianaLouisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
19MaineState Board of Licensure for Professional Land Surveyors
20MarylandState Board for Professional Land Surveyors
21MassachusettsBoard of Registration for Engineers and Surveyors
22MichiganMichigan State Board of Professional Surveyors
23MinnesotaState of Minnesota Board of Land Surveying
24MississippiState Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
25MissouriMissouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
26MontanaMontanta Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors
27NebraskaNebraska Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors
28NevadaState Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
29New HampshireNew Hampshire Board of Licensure for Land Surveyors
30New JerseyNew Jersey Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
31New MexicoNew Mexico State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Surveyors
32New YorkNew York State Board for Land Surveying
33North CarolinaNorth Carolina Board of Registration for Engineers & Land Surveyors
34North DakotaState Board Of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
35OhioOhio Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
36OklahomaState Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
37OregonOregon Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying
38PennsylvaniaState Board of Registration for Professional Land Surveyors
39Rhode IslandBoard of Registration for Professional Land Surveyors
40South CarolinaSouth Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
41South DakotaSouth Dakota State Commission of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
42TennesseeTennessee State Board of Professional Land Surveyors
43TexasTexas Board of Professional Land Surveying
44UtahUtah Land Surveyor Board
45VermontBoard of Land Surveyors
46VirginiaVirginia APELSCIDLA Board
47WashingtonThe Washington State Board of Engineering and Land Surveying
48West VirginiaWest Virginia Board of Professional Surveyors
49WisconsinWisconsin State Board of Professional Land Surveyors
50WyomingBoard of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors

 

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New Google Chrome Theme: Land Surveyors University

New Google Chrome Theme for Land Surveyors University

Back in February of 2011, I created some customized Google Chrome Themes to enhance your browser, but have become dissatisfied and bored with way they look. I imagine many of you have as well, so I made newer, cleaner looking theme for you to switch out if you like. You can get the theme for free here on the official Chrome App Store.

Download, Install and Preview Land Surveyors University Theme Here

or simply skip the preview and install the newer, cleaner theme here:

 

How to Add this Theme to Your Chrome Browser

Themes change the skin of Google Chrome, to give the browser more style and flair.  More third-party themes are available in the Chrome Web Store. Once you find a theme you like, install it to try it out.

Note:Currently, the Chrome Web Store is available to people using the latest version of Chrome or Chrome OS in the U.S

 

Its free!  Enjoy!   Be sure to tell your other land surveying buddies to give it a whirl...i may create a few more color combinations in the future and when I do, ill post them in the comments below for more options

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Now Search LSU Network With Your Voice

A few months back, we added an EXPLORE page to the network to make it easier to find what you are looking for on Land Surveyors United. Today, Justin has rolled out a new improvement to site-wide search, allowing you to now search with your voice!

Search Land Surveyors United Network with Your Voice!

Anywhere you see a search box (for example on Base Page or Explore Page) which looks like this, you can simply search with Speech Input.  In other words, this is an alternate form of input where you can just simply click the microphone icon, speak into the microphone attached to your computer or phone instead of typing.  Pretty Cool huh!



Use this in the field!  We are one step closer to having the entire network accessible from anywhere, on any device.


Coming Soon!

Soon you will be able to comment on discussions, blogs, photos and videos using your voice.  Stay tuned for this update!

NOTE: Currently, only Google Chrome supports the HTML speech input API and thus, the microphone icon will only be visible to users who are accessing your site through Chrome. If they are using a different browser, they’ll see the standard search box.

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surveyor support groups guideGroup forums are for in depth discussions about a particular surveying topic, type of equipment or geographical location. Search for and join group forums based on your location and topics which interest you and get quick feedback from your fellow members who share the same interests when you start a new discussion. Our general interest network forum can be found here.

USA Forums and Hubs

 

Quickly Find a Surveying Support Group Based On Your Interests

Below you will find a quick way to navigate between Land Surveyors United Support Groups based on Location, Equipment Manufacturer or by Theme and/or Topic:


For a more in depth look at what we are hoping to accomplish with Groups, take a look at this page which explains the idea behind using groups for category focus in our community.

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In Part 1 of the Surveyors Handbook, we gave you a HUGE list of surveying links and resources.  For Part 2, lets look at surveying terms, surveyors' slang and abbreviations,units of measure, water descriptions, and tree related terms for land surveyors.  UPDATE:  We now have a handy Mobile Land Surveying Dictionary and Glossary that you can add to your phone for quick reference from anywhere in the world, anytime.  
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LSU Mobile App for iPhone Ready for Download

The new Land Surveyors United app for iPhone is finally ready for download for free on the iTunes App Store. Enjoy mobile support for land surveying from anywhere using the new and improved interface, connecting you with groups, forums, latest activity, photos and videos. Download Now
NOTE: We will soon be releasing the Android version of LSU Mobile within the next few weeks.  We will continue to always support the original Land Surveyors United Mobile in the meantime.

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LSU Forums and Blogs Now Available on Kindle

Update for all of our hard working surveyors out there who might use Kindle devices in their spare time.  Justin has now enabled an all new Kindle version or the network blogs and forums, which can be downloaded from the following pages on Amazon.

Subscribe to the Forum on your Kindle Here

Subscribe to the Network Blog on your Kindle Here

If you are looking to buy a Kindle, you can pick one up in our Quick Shop

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UPDATE: Web Support In The Field with QR Codes

Take a Surveying Support Page With you To The Field!

If you look in the right sidebar of any page on Land Surveyors United, you will see a QR (Quick Response) bar code which can be scanned with any smartphone and taken with you into the field.  To give it a try, take out your phone and scan the following code with your camera.

QR Code

 

How To Use QR Codes for Support

If you find a discussion or tutorial to be especially helpful, simply scan your mobile phone camera over the QR Code in the sidebar and the URL of that exact webpage will automatically be made portable for you and transfer to your phone.  Not only that, it will automatically translate the page into your native language (if other than English).

 

Download QR Code Readers

As well, there are many sources for free QR Code Readers for your smart phone.

How To Scan a QR Code

More Reading on QR Codes:

QR Codes: Paper-Based Hyperlinks May Change Surveying One Day Soon

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Job Security Poetry

there once was a surveyor with nothing to say
he thought that his methods were the only way
and then one day he clapped and the industry collapsed
then he realized that surveying was not here to stay

then another surveyor came along and sang him a song
he recognized that his methods and practices were all wrong
if only he'd met other professionals and compared notes
he might not be out of a job for so long

both of these guys had the same exact job
but the second guy saw the first guy's work to be slob
"we can help each other" he said "or we'll all end up dead"
there's no use in remaining a bump on a log

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How to Easily Edit Your Content on LSU

This is a quick tip for editing your existing content shared on Land Surveyors United.  Let's say for example that you have a video that you uploaded or embedded from youtube, but you forgot to add tags or a geolocation.  After publishing the item it has been given a URL something like this:

http://landsurveyorsunited.com/video/promark-3-initial-setup-by-ashtech

Now if you simply attach  /edit to the end of this URL you will be taken to the page where you can edit all of the information including description, title, geolocation,subject tags, etc.  The URL would look like this:

http://landsurveyorsunited.com/video/promark-3-initial-setup-by-ashtech/edit

Remember that you can only edit the content that you add yourself to the network and that subject tags are very important!   This quick tip can be used on ANY TYPE of content you add to Land Surveyors United, including photos, forum posts, blog posts, etc.  So let's all do our best to make our content that we share both helpful and findable by our fellow surveyors on the network, by editing our content to be very descriptive and topic oriented.

A Few Related Tips:

Update: Search Surveying Articles by Tag

Surveying Video Tagging Made Easy

Surveying How-to and Tutorial Quick Links

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Cool Things You Can Do With Your LSU Profile

Changing the Game and How You Can Play

Land Surveyors United is a HUGE repository of information and discussion and at times it may be hard to see ourselves within this ocean of information.  But I'm here to tell you that without you, there would be no waves.  I'm gonna show you how to surf this network. What I am about to tell you will change the ways you communicate online, as a professional land surveyor.

 

Here is What I've Discovered

This is my network as much as it is yours and other who share our mind frame and skillsets.  As far as I can tell, this website will not be going away anytime in my lifetime.  It is here to stay and build upon. Your Land Surveyors United profile is a gateway to both a more pleasurable workday both online and in the field -but more importantly it serves as a living resume for your career as a professional land surveyor.  I'm starting to see all of the different ways that a surveyor can use their profile to document past/present experiences, learn new techniques while teaching others and pretty much become an all around better surveyor.  I want to point out a few things that I've discovered about my profile that you might have overlooked or may just haven't fully realized yet.Briefly, you can do the following:

  • Share documents with other surveyors or between the field and the office
  • Showcase your projects and document progress
  • Handle ALL of your social media networking simultaneously from one single place
  • Carry on meaningful relationships with other surveyors with your exact same interests
  • Demonstrate and even promote what those interests are using groups
  • Add your own personal style to your professional career as a land surveyor..

the list goes on..

 

Status Updates Make the World Turn

On facebook and twitter, you might see your status update as just a fun (or stupid) way to inform your friends about your latest "ureka" but on LSU, status updates mean business, literallyUpdating your status from LSU home page or right from inside your profile is easy.  You get 140 characters to express exactly what you want (I hear that in near future this limit will be lifted).  What you want to do here is  say something short and sweet like "Just got finished cutting 3 miles of line for shopping mall a project in Tulsa Oklahoma"  or " calibrating my old Topcon GPT-3000 and preparing for a hard days work in Florida swamp."  By checking the boxes for twitter and/or facebook, you can update all three at the same time.....but here's the real value: You're saying something meaningful about yourself as a surveyor and about your company.  Twitter and Facebook are real time, guys!  This means if you are trying to promote your services as a surveyor and get more business, mentioning your company and location will a) instantly (as with Google real time search) put you at the top of search engines in real-time search and b) over time help you or your company rise to the top of search engines in your area.  If you're not interested in promoting yourself that's ok too!  Let the network know the types of work you do and/or the types of equipment you use...there are other surveyors in our GLOBAL network who may just need a little advice from you.  Chances are, you may need advice in the future and when you run a search, you'll be glad that your fellow surveyor updated his status with your keywords, once upon a time.

 

 

Customize Your Profile...Don't be Afraid.

Many of you in the past may have customized your profile using the old clunky editor on LSU.  That was before my time on the network.  However, Justin recently (like yesterday) rolled out the whole new design editor for your profile which allows infinite customizations and an easy to use, slick interface.  You can make your profile match your branding if you own a surveying company or you can simply use your favorite colors and a photo from the field.

 

Do you have a Blog or Website Which Features Updated Content?

If you have a blog and public calender or say, a newsletter which is updated regularly, chances are it can be or is syndicated using RSS.  Now, on the left hand side of your profile there is a module for you to import your latest updates, simply by placing the RSS feed URL into that field.  Simply go to your site, rightclick on the RSS feed icon, "copy link url" and paste it in there.  Set it and forget it!  From that point forward, updating your website will also update your latest news on your LSU profile.  It won't delete anything from your site, of course, it is simply free traffic for you.  Updating your status regularly helps with getting traffic to your profile so that visitors can see your feed and check out your website.  Many online directories charge upwards of $40-95 dollars per month for this....but thanks to Land Surveyors United, this is a free service for land surveyors.  Take advantage of it.

Wanna learn more about RSS, join the group i started!

Groups Might Have Once Seemed Stupid, But Now They're Changing EVERYTHING

I have to admit it, I once thought the whole support groups idea was somewhat pointless until just yesterday. And I have to hand it to LSU Justin...there has always been a method to his madness and what I'm about to tell you may change your mind too. 

So, we've all joined a group or two (or twenty) on LSU and we know that starting a discussion in that group will provide a more focused set of responses, but did you know that you can now also create whole pages related to that group? At first you might think to yourself "Big Deal" but I'm here to tell you that it is in fact a big deal!  Imagine this: You're a land surveyor with a whole bunch of tutorial type videos documenting your expertise with Sokkia total stations, which you have uploaded or still have on your harddrive but have no idea what to do with them.  Well, why not add a page to the Sokkia Support Group or Surveying How-to Group and group those videos together into a "Everything you need to know when working with a Sokkia Total Station" and make that THE authority page on your subject, like someone has done here.  Or, say you are part of the Oklahoma Land Surveyors group and you have some advise and tips for students who plan to take the licensing exam in OK.  Simply make a new page in that group and discuss it at length.  You can use pages for just about anything, provided they are somehow relevant to the group you post them in. 

And speaking of relevance....

 

Tagging Makes You Relevant

When you upload a photo or video (or embed a video) to the network, put special attention in the "tags" that you use to describe that media content.  Why?  because now there is something else very impressive happening with groups, tagged media on the network automatically becomes imported into the related group, provided it is tagged correctly.  Take for example the Sokkia group again.  Now when you look on the group page you will see that all of the videos from our library which have the tag "sokkia" will automatically show up in the middle portion of that group.  For members who are seeking help or looking to offer advise on a Sokkia related subject, this is a HUGE help, because in the event that they are looking for something not discussed in that group's forum, they have the option of watching a video or tutorial on the subject.  Although all of the groups have yet to be converted i've been told that by the end of next week all groups on LSU will have native Land Surveyors United media running through them. When I say native, I mean you, no matter where you are.  Add your photos and videos and TAG,TAG,TAG!  With a little practice you'll be able to upload one video and tag is with such relevance that it shows up in a whole bunch of groups! Basically, keep this in mind:

  • Every tag you add to anything on LSU creates a RSS feed for that tag (even if you misspell it!)
  • A feed for a given tag can be syndicated anywhere, both internally and outside of LSU
  • Tagging your content that you add carefully insures that your content will be correctly grouped and categorized with other similar content, thus making it easier to find.
  • Clicking on any tag will take you to a new page with all of the content tagged with same word or phrase
  • Groups have been built in order for the conceptual aspects of land surveying to have a place to be discussed at length in a categorical and hierarchical fashion

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this note.  I am excited for all of the new features and i'm hoping that the surveying community at large will see the value in these gifts which have been given to us to use.  We truly can become a more United and cohesive group of professionals if we learn to use these tools together and make our voices heard.  Feel free to reach out and tell me about yourself and ask me any questions which you have.  I'm just like you....learning how to get by and Land Surveyors United has certainly breathed new life into the surveyor that I once was...

 

Into the future we go...

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