“I used to be a surveyor”
I have observed a number of persons, who have either told me directly “I used to be a surveyor”, or they told someone else that “I used to be a surveyor”.
I usually inquire, and discover that they held the rod, for a grade shot, or elevation. Or, they looked through a telescope a few times. Now a days, we have a number of automobiles, associated with surveyors. Chevy Traverse, and Forest River, makes an RV, called “Surveyor”. And, we have a Ford Transit. (OF course, this last one could be associated with Transit, as in other meanings, in the traveling arena.)
Most of the wanna be surveyors, want to impress us with their bit of mud on their boots, and via that mud, get a free ticket to the table. It is my experience that many things in surveyors life are earned blood, sweat, and tears. This includes the skill to use a 200′ tape and plumb bobs, along with the use of a 66′ Gunter’s chain. Most steps in development, were earned step by step. Even the research. Not all “Surveyors”, know about the practical use of ____________. We are all still in development. So, I posit that one of the patterns of a good surveyor is to continue to DEVELOP This same is related to various software, and how they work, and how they don’t work.
So, I generally must say that to be a “SURVEYOR”, is to remain in a state of “DEVELOPMENT”. Not just before you get your license, but ESPECIALLY afterwords.
Learning a new software. Or, a new GPS system. Or to understand projections, or such.
We should all stay in development. That’s the follow through of being a surveyor. When you get licensed, it is just a MINIMUM Proficiency ticket. It is up to you and me to CONTINUE to develop it. Or, we can be guilty of pointing at the bit of mud on our boot, and saying we are a surveyor, but it is not as true as it could be.
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