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This marks the beginning of a surveying legacy for our new Land Surveyors United member, jeffrey s. almquist. Welcome jeffrey s. almquist Your legacy in surveying will forever be remembered starting here. If it weren't for this member, we may have never known surveying culture in their corner of earth.
I started green, as a rodman in Grand Junction, Colo. surveying 36" natural gas pipeline in 1978. I quickly advanced to insrumentman in 6 months. My first instrument was a Paragon A & E transit. We got our distance w a chain. (at that time we didn't have anything to "roll it up" w and learned to lay it out and collect in a loop and twist it into a smaller loop!)! That was great! Hell, it was snowing a ton! The first distance meter we got in 1979 was a Hewlitt Packard distance meter w about 10 knobs across it that each one had to be "fine tuned" for it to get the distance! The rodman had to hold it still a long time for a distance!! We advanced to a theotolite that was still read w a magnifying glass (the eye) like the Paragon!! Well, all for now.