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Antique Surveying Equipment: The Collector’s Guide

ollecting antique surveying instruments, books and memorabilia can be a lot of fun if you follow a few simple guidelines. Start out slow with smaller, less expensive items that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Your “significant other” will appreciate these collectables more if they don’t cost too much or take up a lot of room in the house. Remember that condition is everything when it comes to putting value on any antiques, so the amounts quoted here assume that the items are complete and have nothing seriously wrong with them or have anything missing from them. Also, some Read more
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The Different Types of Land Surveys

Specializations of surveying may be classed differently according to the local professional organization or regulatory body, but may be broadly grouped as follows. As-built survey: a survey carried out during or immediately after a construction project for record, completion evaluation and payment purposes. An as-built survey is also known as a ‘works as executed survey’ and documents the location of the recently constructed elements that are subject to completion evaluation. As built surveys are often presented in red or redline and overlaid over existing design plans for direct comparison with design information. Cadastral or Boundary surveying: a survey that establishes Read more
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What is Land Surveying?

Surveying and land surveying is the measurement and mapping of our surrounding environment using mathematics, specialised technology and equipment. Surveyors measure just about anything on the land, in the sky or on the ocean bed. They even measure polar ice-caps. WHAT DO SURVEYORS DO? Land surveyors work in the office and in the field – from suits to boots. Out in the field, they use the latest technology such as high order GPS, Robotic Total Stations (Theodolites), and aerial and terrestrial scanners to map an area, making computations and taking photos as evidence. In the office, Surveyors then use sophisticated Read more
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Learn About The NSPS Young Surveyors Network

We would like to introduce the NSPS Young Surveyors Network to you! The NSPS Young Surveyors Network is just getting its feet on the ground and we appreciate the fact that you are interested in helping, supporting and just being a part of it. We are excited to see what we can accomplish together and the benefits we will bring to the surveying profession and our future. The NSPS Young Surveyors Network is modeled after the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Young Surveyors Network. Our aim is to establish a national network of Young Surveyors within NSPS and its affiliate Read more
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Surveying Equipment: Then and Now

These two images depict two different tools of the trade. The left-hand image is a hand-drawn sketch showing a double repeating circle, a surveying instrument used to measure angles, owned by Coast Survey Superintendent Ferdinand Hassler. The photograph on the right shows a much different piece of equipment, an antenna used with the Global Positioning System (GPS) to receive signals broadcast from GPS satellites orbiting overhead. assler’s repeating circles (left) were delivered from Edward Troughton of London in 1815. The antenna enhancing Alaska scenery (left) is part of a Novatel DL4 GPS system.   That Was Then… Mary Caroline Hassler, Read more
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The Precision Art of Land Surveying

Surveying or land surveying is the technique, profession, and science of accurately determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them, commonly practiced by surveyors, and members of various engineering professions. These points are usually on the surface of the Earth, and they are often used to establish land maps and boundaries for ownership, locations like building corners or the surface location of subsurface features, or other purposes required by government or civil law, such as property sales. Surveyors use elements of mathematics (geometry and trigonometry), physics, engineering and the law. Surveying equipment includes total stations, robotic total stations, GPS receivers, prisms, 3D scanners, radios, handheld tablets, digital levels, and surveying Read more