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The Nature of the Weather in Surveying

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lalith Senanayake Oct 15, 2014. 1 Reply

When does the weather bring you back to the office?  When it's snowing?  When there's lightning?  When is it too hot, cold, windy, or otherwise not worth your effort for the day?   When do you call…Read more →

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Lady with a Gun

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott D. Warner, PLS Aug 7, 2014. 1 Reply

I am very thankful today that a police officer came out of the woods where I was surveying and asked me if I had seen an elderly lady with a big hat, "like the ones that they wear at the Kentucky…Read more →

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Good Surveyor vs Cheap Surveyor

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I have experienced this profession from many angles and levels. In the beginning of my career I was the new guy straight out of college as an assistant survey technician. Then I became a survey crew chief. I later earned my license to practice Land Surveying. I served on the board of directors for a chapter of a Professional Society of Land Surveyors. I have been employed by several private engineering / surveying companies and have managed several survey crews and have managed countless projects and have worked in several States in the USA.
Jewell Associates Engineers.
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Wisconsin Professional Land Surveyor S-2524
I have experience with the following
GPS, cadastral, topographic, boundary surveys, construction staking, topographic surveys, control network surveys, teaching, Survey Office, Other
How many years have you been surveying?
24 years
Most comfortable with the following types of instrumentation
Total Stations, GPS, Surveying Software, Robotics, Automatic Levels, GNSS, Other), Old school surveying, theodolite

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Public Confusion Fueled By American Blog

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 10:00pm 3 Comments

I was reading the Blog entitled "New Article:  Why Public Records Matter:  The Hidden Value of Land Registry Systems"  and realized why many people may not understand land surveyors.  

It is because people are being misled as to the role and importance of the surveyor by people and companies that stand to make…

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Happy 4,000 LSU!

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 9:00pm 5 Comments

I would like to extend a personal and heartfelt THANK YOU to all the members of Land Surveyors United who have been a part of this community for many years and who have joined today.  


There are many things I have learned about our profession since I became a member, myself.  …

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How wide is a property line?

Posted on August 26, 2012 at 6:00pm 20 Comments

property line width How wide is a property line?  You may be asking yourself "Did he say that out loud"?  Well, Yes I did.  And here are the potential reasons why; see which one you can identify most with, then think about your own reason and add to the list.  I will list the first three (3) and you provide the rest.  First…

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At 3:15pm on March 4, 2016, DAVID C. GARCELON said…


Noticed you comment re: "Rocking the Rod:"  Back in the 1960's when we were doing level runs with extension rods we would always remind the rodman to "Lock the Rod" and then "Rock the Rod". More than once we would have a "busted' level run because the rodman didn't get one section of the rod properly locked in place.

On a more humorous side. We would often use the words "smidge","hair", "mite". "sliver", "tap", etc. when doing layout and other surveying work.  For example "Just a smidge right"  or "a hair left" or "down a tap", etc.  We would have fun with a a beginner by suggesting these terms were for specific distances, by calling out "I told you a hair, not a smidge!"

David C. Garcelon

At 10:35pm on November 7, 2014, Gavin Schrock said…

Yo Scott... I had gotten too busy and kept putting off jumping on board here.. .glad to finally get connected. A number of overseas folks had mentioned they found SU to be cool and helpful...

Ditto; Shaheed is bright youngster and am pleased to work with him; he has formal writing experience... I have to make up grammar rules as I go ;)

At 2:48am on September 25, 2014, Nel W. Bacz said…

thanks scott it is a 9mm glock 17


At 4:14pm on August 28, 2014, Rowan Laver said…

Yes I was.

Have you been there?

At 7:24am on May 17, 2014, J W Veatch said…

Professional Land Surveyors have been kept alive by things subsurface.  Not minerals or oil or stuff like that but 1/2” iron rods set just below the surface so Joe Homeowner will not sue the guy who put it there because Joe Homeowner won’t hit it with a lawnmower.  That said there is a residual value to this type of subsurface surveying to all the PLS’s of the world who deal in real property surveys. The fact is these iron rods or pipe represent Property Rights above and subsurface when are used to mark the corners of real estate. Because they are invisible to all of this hi-tech Lidar and other new field data collecting devices that, at 1000 XYZ coordinates a second, are keeping field data collecting PLS’s setting at their desk wondering what the hell has happen.  And this is the very reason the  airborne drowns, cars, trucks and all manor of mechanized field data collection systems will not (for now) replace “feet on the ground”.


As GIS becomes more user friendly the applications will surely follow.  This is not good news for land surveyors.  To be sure computer technology has made the tedious simple and the digital revolution has made the storage and retrieval of a universe of information a mouse chick away.  Even so when it comes to Digital Mapping in the USA what you think you see may not necessarily be what you get.  This is particularly true of property lines drawn on public and private online image maps.  I am referring here to the proliferation of geographic information systems in every burg and hamlet in the USA.  In a misguided attempt to show property lines on government & private systems the locale GIS managers have resorted to all kinds of low tech approaches.  The result has been the dissemination of misinformation that the uninformed would justifiably assume to represent the actual legal delineation of property lines. 


What appears to be missing in any discussions regarding Digital Mapping is the recognition of the fact that lines on a map, or in our new virtual world, do not necessarily represent those same lines in the real world.  Even if the person or persons creating these lines uses real world coordinates and connects the dots they create, unless those coordinates & connecting lines were created as a result of a real world professional land surveyor’s standard of care the lines connecting those dots cannot possible represent legal property lines.  


Maybe GIS really does mean “Get It Surveyed”


Historically parcel level geographic information has been the realm of the professional land surveyor.  Yet because of the utility of GIS, amateurs have taken over the process of deciding just what and how land parcel data will be represented on the internet.  Even now it is very late in the game for surveyors to attempt to put a stake in the ground (pardon the pun) and claim what is legally and should rightfully be theirs.  So how do we get back in the game?  My suggestion would be to gather the resources and build a “Real Property GIS” using the new Lidar Mapping Headset I am developing. We are about to once again redesign the land surveying profession however this time we have a specific purpose that that will take thousands of property owners out of a FEMA flood zone and save them a billion or 2 in insurance payments and my Lidar device is the key to the process.  So if you or your company would be interested in becoming one of my strategic partners; join me I know the perfect place to start. 


You can call me in my Florida USA office my direct line is 1-239 282 9170

At 9:33am on January 8, 2014, Mike Goebel said…

Hi Scott,

Yes I'll be at the institute and look forward to listening to your presentation.

Hope you have stayed warm in this cold blast.


At 12:35am on April 13, 2013, Felix Olufemi Iyiola said…

Yes, it is Nigeria

At 8:53am on March 5, 2013, Carl Smith said…

Hello Scott,

Good to know that there are other Seabees out there that pursued acareer in Land Surveying. Stationed in Dong Ha, Quang Tri and Cua Viet attached to the 3rd Marines 1968-1970. Discharged in Aug 1970. Thanks to the Navy for creating a Land Surveyor.

At 6:44am on February 22, 2013, DAVID C. GARCELON said…


In the " Btief Synopsis of the History of Position Fixing"  the 7th paragraph has an error..I wrote "The survey has taken on the task of establishing..". I should have written.."The survey has never taken on the task of establishing..."


At 7:59pm on December 3, 2012, Paul Quagge said…

Hello Scott,

Thanks for the association, I look forward to talking with you. Its a great site!


See You, Paul



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