When We Are All Dead...will Surveying be with us?
When we are all long gone from this earthly plain, there will still be droves of ambitious new surveyors entering the industry, many without even the slightest clue about the origin of ideas, reasoning behind practice or history of method. Those surveyors will most likely find themselves Googling their questions and concerns only to find your brilliant solution on our network, having been answered years before by some dead guy who really knew what he was talking about. Having seen and admired your post he'll read more about you and your contribution to surveying and become inspired. He may ask to add you as a friend, but he can't because you are dead. All he has to learn more from is what you took the time to share before you left. Your explanations and detailed descriptions of life challenges as a surveyor inspire him to take his practice more seriously,sharpen his axe a little finer and find a tighter close in future loops. He'll know that land surveying isn't just a bunch of construction workers on the side of the road playing with lasers (as my girlfriend would say). It will start to become apparent that without the art of surveying, there would have never been anything that could be called a surveying science. Without some sort of personal theory regarding the importance of what we are doing, we're just turning angles and crunching numbers. Our responsibilities begin much earlier in the morning than the first H.I. of the day. It is our job to gather clues and combine them with clues found by those who came before us, pursue a path to greater precision, produce tangible data which in the end is only as accurate as those clues we chose to work with. What will the surveyors in the future have to work with or work off of? Precisely what we give them....and not much more.
Sure, you can replace a 5 man crew with a $35k robot, but how would robots feel if we went about this in reverse?Oh,that's easy. Who cares? Robots can't feel anything (yet). They can't get frustrated when they realize that for the past 25 years they gave every ounce of passion, energy, soul and time to 'job' that required at least that much from them, paying less than half of what the work and time is worth, all the while archiving them along with the current tools they use. Robots have no passions to spend time and energy on or a soul to store the data Its probably a good thing that robots cant realize they're being used. They probably would become too human. We'd have to replace them too.
Speaking of replacing tradition...check out this thing i came up with
A One Page Surveying Newspaperless Wall
In another experiment, I made a one page LSU News Wall, which dynamically displays the latest activity in all categories all in one place. I made this out of a plain free google sites template! Attached to this page is a simple introduction mini-site which explains many of the various aspects, goals and features on our network. Feel free to pass it on or even send me suggestions on things that you think should be added to it. Like I said, its an experiment. One day i'll be a robot.