Sunday, January 13, 2008

The American Surveyor - January 2008

Editorial: The Surveying Pulse

Happy New Year! Although it hardly seems possible, this issue marks the beginning of our fifth year in publication. Our heartfelt thanks go out to you, our faithful readers, and to our advertisers for all of your continued support. It is deeply appreciated. In my discussions with ....Read the Article

Point to Point: Compromising Positions
Twice recently the idea of surveyors "splitting the difference" on a dispute between them has come across my desk. And twice I have cringed. Those who know me know that I am not usually one to walk away from an argument (to which I plead guilty), but....Read the Article

Rendezvous 2007
His life story simmers in the stew of fable, history, scholarship and legend. At any one point during his life, George Washington was a militarist, diplomat, distiller of spirits, statesman, innovative farmer, legislator, but most importantly to our mutual interests, a surveyor of...Read the Article

The Stray
I step into a tunnel of parched woods, dry and still from the absence of rain or dew, and find what I was looking for, an old fence line. In the early light of morning the horizontal line of rusted barbed wire meanders with the weight of fallen trees across its top strand, and...Read the Article

Conference Review: 2007 Leica Geosystems HDS
It wasn't that long ago, maybe six years, that I was looking at a peculiar little ad for something called a `scanner'. It was about the size of a dorm room refrigerator, and if I was reading it right, the device promised to be the next big revolution in land surveying. Well....Read the Article

Reconnaissance: When to Write a New Metes and Bounds Description
Surveyors all over the country frequently receive requests from the lenders on ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys to write metes and bounds descriptions of surveyed tracts even though the record descriptions are perfectly adequate.
For example, the...Read the Article

Vantage Point: Terms of Endearment (and Other Interests)
Earlier this year, newspapers carried headlines about a lawsuit initiated by the father of a young man who did not survive the 9/11 collapse of the World Trade Center, in an attempt to claim a share of the $29 million "relatives of victims" fund. What made his suit noteworthy was...Read the Article

Software Review: Topocad 9 from Chaos Systems
Topocad from Chaos System comes to us from Sweden. In this day and age more and more municipalities are requesting some form of surveying and engineering work that can be incorporated into their local GIS, so having a program that...Read the Article

Surveying `Da Situation: When Dad Got Heated Up
I was with a group of my buddies not too long ago and it usually doesn't take much time before the conversation turns to some of the not so brilliant things we may have done in our youth. I really enjoy those stories and even contribute a few of...Read the Article

Product Review: Nomad by Tripod Data Systems
The Nomad is the newest handheld computer from Tripod Data Systems (TDS). It shares a strong resemblance to its predecessor, the Recon, which was first introduced based on a couple of relatively new approaches to field data collection and...Read the Article

GLO Surveying: Fractional Sections and the Relationship of Chains to Acres
One of the interesting aspects of the U.S. Public Land Survey System (USPLSS) is the unique relationship between chains and acres. For those who work with the USPLSS, and the records of same, often the Township Plats contain...Read the Article

Feed Back
Leininger's Point to Point column "Of Agnew, Surveyors and Kickbacks" [Oct 2007] was a refreshing change of topic not usually found in any of our professional journals. And it is no small irony that we consider ourselves above the political fray. If this...Read the Article

Surveyors Report: Georgia's Water Shortage and a Surveyor's Miscalculations
Because of typographical errors in a book of mathematical tabulations and poorly constructed equipment, the nearly infinite supply of water in the Tennessee River is not available to the citizens of the State of Georgia. Residents of Atlanta and...Read the Article