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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