As the dedicated administrator of this site, I get a LOT of emails from surveyors who are desperately in need of solutions to problems which are MUCH larger than how to fix a piece of equipment. Surveyors are having serious life problems related to their relationships with a state board and are losing not only everything they own in the material world, but more devastating they are losing who they are, who they thought they were and who they had always hoped to be. Quite a few of you wonder (and have asked) how and why I continue doing this (network building) when they know I do not get paid for it. It's quite simple really....because no one else seems to want or care for a down-and-out land surveyor. The state boards are put in place to help and they are funded to do so. They have a reason for being there, but many surveyors are left wondering why they are there at all! Is it to set and monitor regulations or is it to control an invisible bottom line? Is it to regulate licensure or is it to make sure that only certain "types" of surveyors get the assistance they need to succeed? Is it to make sure that their board members and the professionals in that state have a job and a place to find one or is it to make sure that a certain number of surveyors lose their jobs so that another certain portion get new licenses? A lot of these questions cross my mind daily. I worry about you guys.
Just this morning I received an unsettling email from one of my original die-hard members (who will remain anonymous) which is becoming so typical in my inbox that I asked if I could share it. Imagine what you are about to read could have been written by any 10 of your closest associates from the field.
Hi Justin,Got up this morning and wrote this down to see if you could use it somehow after I got a newsletter from [insert lawyers name here]. I can see it from a different perspective with all that I have been through due to the corrupt process by the "State Board." I need to get back to doing whatever I can now to survive so I will not necessarily be following up on this. I need to use my time to figure out how to feed my family and pay the basic bills including my internet connection. I am just getting this off my chest in hopes that someone like you will be aware of the impact of what is happening and can help me seek positive changes while still alive.
Are State Boards for control of the registration of Land Surveyors and the practice of Land Surveying using Cannibalism to “eat the competition” and make decisions?
Is this system of Cannibalism leading to the corruption and eventual destruction of these “Boards” (self-destruction)?
Witnesses to this behavior confirm that the “system” created by these “Boards” are killing the profession and allowing outsiders to control and erode the system that would otherwise allow the public access to reasonable land surveys and costs for such surveys.
Are experienced and competent surveyors are being eliminated by a process that is overwhelmingly corrupt and without reason except for the control by those controlling the “Boards” for their own personal and collective gain?
With the lack of surveyors and the evidence they provide, will there me more lawsuits and confusion due to "lack of evidence" that surveyors provide and a contribution to economic collapse of the profession?
On a similar note, I got an email newsletter from a well known Land Surveyor and Attorney, [insert lawyers name here]. I am seeking his permission to send a copy of the email to LSU. I see that he has referred to the LSU site in his newsletter with a link to an article. The subject is regarding State funding of these Boards. The funding is now in question and there are already States that are cutting off the funding to Boards.
Texas Governor Rick Perry wants to suspend funding for the Texas Board of Land Surveyors. See the link below. This may be a trend to cut State costs. It may also be the result of wasteful spending to “regulate” surveyors and subject them to the frivolous and vivacious formal complaints by the public to avoid payment. This has harmed hard working and competent surveyors who do not have the funds to defend themselves due the “Board” processes. Now it seems that the process has backfired leading to self-funding or self-destruction.
also see this:
Gov. Perry: We Must Reform, Streamline State Government
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
Below is a post at LandSurveyorUnited:
NOTE: The surveyor above is not based in Texas. The links which he is referring to are indicative of a national problem and as best I can tell from my inbox, pretty much all US states on one level or another.
What Do You Think Surveyors?
Your fellow member is asking quite a few relevant questions which one would expect a surveyor with 30+ years in the field would already have answers to. I would like to allow any of you who are facing similar problems to rant below in the comments or speculate regarding possible answers to these questions. If you feel that it may in some way effect your career to do so, simply send it to me in the form of an email (landsurveyorsunited-at-gmail) and I will post it anonymously on your behalf.
This Content Originally Published by a land surveyor to Land Surveyors United Network