What exactly does it take to be a Land Surveyor?

Do you like to work outside and inside with computers?

Are you good at math, especially algebra, geometry and trigonometry?

Do you like solving mysteries and puzzles?

Do you like to collect your own spatial data and make maps?

If you answered yes to the above questions, consider that a career in Surveying is for you!

 

High school students interested in surveying should take courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, drafting, computer aided drafting (CAD), geography and computer science.  In general, people who like surveying also like math—primarily geometry and trigonometry. The field attracts people with geology, forestry, history, engineering, computer science, and astronomy backgrounds, too. Surveyors get started in their career through many paths. It could be through a summer job, through a class about surveying, or from a family member who knows or who is a surveyor. Many surveyors suggest spending a summer working on a survey crew and asking questions. You don’t have to have a degree or experience to help on a crew as a summer job. It can provide a chance to see what surveying is all about.

Land Surveying is crucial to responsible land development. Land Surveyors work with engineers, architects and builders to produce precise descriptions (surveys and maps) of surface features of the Earth. Land Surveyors perform a variety of vital tasks such as boundary surveys, topographic mapping and construction staking.

There are jobs in this profession. It will never die away as there will always be the need.   The variety of work is unlike that in most other professions as there are many different disciplines of surveying.  It  is not impossible to do whatever you want in this profession.  You can spend your entire career working for somebody else, the government, owning a one man shop, or owning a multi-state business. The foundation is very important. Start out on a solid foundation and you can build whatever you dream.

Several Disciplines of Surveying that might interest you:

Photogrammetry

Construction

Forensic

Hydrography

Geodesy

GIS Analyst

Boundary

Technician

Topography

 

 

 

2018 Annual Conference

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2018 PLSO Annual Conference!

The event will be February 21 – 24, 2018 at the Sharonville Convention Center in Sharonville, OH (north Cincinnati).

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONFERENCE PAGE

NGS Releases Blueprint for NATRF 2022

NGS has posted a document detailing the plans for NATRF 2022 project.

CLICK HERE to view the information.

NCEES seeks input from surveyors

NCEES has extended the online survey for the Principles and Practice of Surveying exam content review to March 31, and has requested assistance from NSPS to find additional volunteers for this important study by sharing this news with NSPS members.

The information is posted online at http://ncees.org/ncees-seeks-professional-surveyors-expertise-advice/. A PDF of the news release is also available for download on this page. The survey will be used to update the specifications for the PS exam.

New Ohio Surveying News

CLICK HERE for the current issue of Ohio Surveying News

ODOT enables L2C

The ODOT CORS/VRS team has enabled the L2C signal on their CORS stations. This signal is now available to the ODOT VRS users to enhance their network corrections. Users who wish to use L2C may experience improved connectivity near tree canopy. As always, we ask that before you enable changes to your controller configurations you conduct tests to insure the results you are getting meet your accuracy expectations.

For feedback or questions, please contact Ray Foos, P.S. or David Beiter, P.E. at the ODOT Office of CADD and Mapping Services.

New Scholarship Fund at University of Akron honors Besch

A scholarship fund for military veterans has been established in honor of T. Michael Besch.  Veterans who enroll in the Surveying, Mapping and GIS program will be eligible to apply for the scholarship.  The award, honoring Besch’s commitment to the Surveying profession and his long standing military career, was unveiled at the Western Reserve Chapter’s annual dinner on Saturday, January 23, 2016.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP AND HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE

State Board Issues ALTA Advisory

The State Board recently issued an important advisory opinion for Ohio surveyors on the preparation of ALTA Surveys.  To read the document in its entirety CLICK HERE

 

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