Without accurate maps, plots and records, we’d all be lost and confused. Thank a surveyor for the order of our land, along with our water and airspace. It’s an occupation with many traditions, but one that changes regularly as technology advances. When Curtis Sumner, licensed surveyor and executive director of the National Society of Professional Surveyors in Frederick, Md., began working in the field, he used “the same equipment they were using 100 years before,” he says. “Now, it changes almost yearly, and we’re getting signals from satellites.” Those signals help survey crews and the surveyors who analyze the data prepare plots, maps and reports for construction and drilling projects, legal documents, urban planning and mining.
Surveyors work in the field and in the office. “The surveyor goes to the job site from time to time to look at an issue,” says Smith. Surveyors also travel to clients’ offices and attend meetings.
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