Celebrating National Surveyors Week, March 19-25

Happy National Surveyors Week! We’re celebrating all week long by highlighting a few of our surveying experts and the unique services they provide. Binkley & Barfield’s surveying subsidiary, Baseline Corporation, employs numerous registered professional land surveyors, survey crews, technicians, and support staff to support their daily operations. Their project experience is diverse and covers transportation, public infrastructure, oil and gas, land development, and beyond. Thanks for all you do!

See below, and check back every day this week for a new Q&A or project update!

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Today we are featuring Stacey Lyle, PhD, RPLS, Sr. Project Manager / Chief Scientist at Joe Orr, a Baseline Corporation Company.

Q: What do you think will be the most valuable surveying instrument in the future?

A: The most valuable surveying instrument will be the “omniscient data access point” to Geospatial Data Science Centers. Having all known information about the land, tract, building, facility, infrastructure, subdivision, etc., in real-time, geographically organized and geodetically accurate, will be the most advanced technological instrument used by Professional Land Surveyors in the future.

Drones, new GPS satellites, new LiDAR, centimeter accurate radio/cellular positioning, and unmanned robots will only reduce workload and produce more data; however, decisions by humans must still be made to ensure safety and reduction of our impact to the Earth. As Professional Land Surveyors, we are able to provide humans in the future with sustainable, energy-efficient habitats using the “omniscient data access point” to Geospatial Data Science Centers globally.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Surveyor Spotlight: Andrew Galindo, RPLS, Project Manager in the Baseline Corporation – Houston office.

Q: What are some of the biggest challenges you face with your daily responsibilities?

A: I’d say the biggest challenge with this profession is managing several jobs and/or tasks and staying on track with each of them. That is easily accomplished on days when there are no interruptions and when all the circumstances go your way, but those days are few and far between. It is important to prioritize tasks and complete them in order, but also just as important to persevere and keep at it, especially at times when the train keeps running off the tracks.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Surveyor Spotlight: Bruce Rucker, RPLS, Director of Surveying at the Baseline Corporation – Richardson office

Q: How do you think surveying will change in the future?

A: Surveying is an integral part of our society and most people are not even aware of it. Why? Because surveyors work behind the scenes and yet deal with one of the most important aspects of our lives, our land where our home or business is located.

With the changes in technology, GPS, UAV’s (drones), Google Earth and more, we become more and more aware of what the world looks like from a “birds eye view.” But who is going to sort through all of the data and determine where everything is actually located or who owns what? That is the land surveyor – it is our responsibility to tell the client what they own, where it is, and what it looks like in relation to the rest of the world around them.

So, how will surveyors change the future? By ensuring that when an individual buys a home or property, they get what they pay for. Everyone wants the American Dream of owning a home, and surveyors will be there to make sure that the home or property they buy is where it legally is intended to be.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Surveyor Spotlight: Henry Mayo, RPLS, Regional Vice President of Joe Orr in College Station

Q: What do you like most about the surveying profession?

A: Besides drafting street and utility plans, surveying is all I have ever done. I really enjoy solving problems, and almost every survey has some new twist that sets it apart from previous projects.  Each boundary survey is literally like a treasure hunt, using location clues and metal detectors to find property corner markers often not uncovered in half a century. It is very rewarding to find old corner markers, which are called for in the deeds. Also, surveying is one of the few careers that lets a person work indoors and outdoors almost equally, and also in a great variety of locations.

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