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surveying is the closest thing to flying
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an airplane 500 miles an hour but
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surveying is much more precise well when
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you're flying you're going over the
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earth and you're navigating you're using
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Asmus you must be aware of where you are
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and the math that one uses to navigate
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much of it is base 60 well all of the
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math and surveying is dependent upon
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base 60 math when I graduated high
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school I knew that I I knew that I
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enjoyed math and I knew that I enjoyed
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being outside and I found a program and
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a degree that incorporated both of them
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I fell in love with the career with the
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teaching with being outside and learning
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to use all the new equipment and
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learning to use my mathematics skills in
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different ways that I hadn't thought of
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before
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nature and being outside is one of the
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places I can feel the most calm and so
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being able to include that in my work
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helps be a little bit more efficient
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with my work and I just you know it's
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different every day just that I get to
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experience different places every day
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it's a whole different environment like
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every day what I love best about my job
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is using really neat technology that is
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fun to work with it also provides
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detailed and accurate information to our
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surveyors and planners so it's not just
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a cool way of gathering technology it's
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a way that's benefiting us keeping less
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boots on the ground so it's a safer
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environment like today out here there's
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a lot of demolition going on behind this
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so instead of having to be in and around
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this heavy machinery and kind of causing
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a possible harm for our men on the
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ground we can gather that data remotely
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cool factor about geomatics is our use
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of mobile devices and tablets kids are
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using those when they first came to
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kindergarten now some of the first
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things they pick up so their kids their
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mom's smart phones start playing games
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on and we use those every day I would
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say our mapping program we use ArcGIS
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and that is my favorite that's the
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reason I'm in this
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so it allows us to bring in data for
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different information streams parcels
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survey data that our field crews are
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collecting and making maps that impact
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people's lives if somebody wants to be a
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surveyor they need to like to read
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there's a lot of research I would ask
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someone if they wanted to be a survey or
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do they like to solve puzzles because
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every survey is a puzzle do you also
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have basic math skills when I grew up I
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thought surveying was mostly a
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mathematical profession math to a
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surveyor is only a tool it's it's more
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research more reading and more law on my
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favorite class at the geomatics
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department is the survey law survey law
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was something that you do not learn out
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in the field that's something that you
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have to learn in the office or in a
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class and just knowing how to protect
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yourself is that information is paradise
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this program at Wake Tech in two years
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you can earn an associate of Applied
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Science geomatics with that degree after
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being in the workforce for a number of
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years less than ten one can earn their
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professional licensure as a land
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surveyor in North Carolina
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there is a career path that lets you get
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two year degree training and then a
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number of years experience to become a
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surveyor a professional licensed
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surveyor you can be a surveyor your
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whole life and not get license so there
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is a career path for non licensed
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professionals and there are lots of
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opportunities for where to go with that
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the industry involves the equipment
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evolves we're now flying surveys instead
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of all everything being land-based but
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the principles remain the same you still
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need to know basic boundary law how to
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control your surveys how to tie in your
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survey points all the things we do a
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surveying has not changed since Thomas
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Jefferson and George Washington we're
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surveying you know way back then the
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equipment makes things easier you go
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about getting our results a little bit
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differently but the principles are the
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same

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