What Is SurveyorConnect?
About Surveyor Connect
Since 2010, SurveyorConnect has provided free discussion forums to the Land Surveying community.
SurveyorConnect is a peer-to-peer platform providing community-based discussions and support for Land Surveyors and Geomatics Professionals all over the world. Our goal is to serve and support people that know and love Surveying and related topics, so they can keep up to date in their industry, while learning more, and getting more work done.
Discussion forums are not an option you’ll find at most other social networks. Forums keep discussions focused so you can easily find information you need or help others.
Connect with fellow professionals to collaborate, communicate and elaborate. Build a network of friends with similar professional backgrounds and interests.
If you need to hire employees or find a job, you can use our jobs forum in the Marketplace section. Post your openings to attract prospects or post your résumé.
Now that you’ve built a network of like-minded professionals, you’ll probably find reasons to contact them individually. Use our messaging system to privately converse with them.
You can use our Member Profiles to find other members and build your own for others to see. Your SurveyorConnect profile is only viewable by our registered members.
Advice & Support
Property owners and other non-surveyors often seek advice from professionals online. Our Ask A Surveyor forum provides them a place to ask questions and receive practical answers.
Oregon GNSS Users Group
We’re proud to be a member of The Oregon GNSS Users Group. OGUG was established in 1988 to promote the use and understanding of GNSS for surveying and mapping in the State of Oregon and also to cooperate in the establishment of the Oregon High Accuracy GNSS Reference Network.
National Society of Professional Surveyors
SurveyorConnect is a sustaining member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors. NSPS is the voice of the professional surveying community in the United States, communicating directly with lawmakers, agencies, and regulators at national and state levels.
SurveyorConnect was built because people needed help fixing a problem with the state of online surveying forums. “Build it and they will come,” said Kent McMillan, a surveyor and friend from Austin, Texas. He approached Wendell in 2010 with the backing of a handful of other surveyors hoping for something to replace POB’s failed attempt at modernizing rpls.com.
In only two days, we acquired beerleg.com and built a rudimentary discussion forum. We didn’t expect the project to go far because we figured everyone would simply digress and accept the new rpls.com. We were wrong.
People showed up, literally overnight, and began interacting with one another. Soon, they were asking for a way to donate “beer money” so the new site could survive in perpetuity.
Now look at us. We are a success because of the people.
June 28, 2010
Upset about POB Magazine’s decision to move rpls.com to a new format, several people contacted us about starting a new surveying forum. They weren’t happy that POB was ignoring their concerns and they knew that Wendell would be able to come up with something.
June 30, 2010
Just two days after the idea was proposed, the forum was soft-launched as “BeerLeg” at beerleg.com. The slogan? “We’re On Line.” The official hard launch was the very next day after working nearly 24 hours to fix bugs and tweak settings with the help of our beta users. We appreciate you.
September 15, 2010
Corporate firewalls force change
After less than 3 months, we changed the domain name to SurveyorConnect.com due to reports from our users that corporate firewalls were blocking beerleg.com. To this day, you can still reach SurveyorConnect by going to beerleg.com.
April 15, 2011
The 1st “BeerLegger”
For our first BeerLegger meet-up, we were in Portland, Oregon, where we met Grant and Kathy Brady. Jered McGrath, Mike Berry and a few other surveying legends joined us for a great time.
October 15, 2012
P&R Goes Bye-Bye
We tried. It was a valiant effort. Due to the abuse of our community forums by those who would aggressively push their political and religious ideals, we made the decision to shut down the P&R category. Not only did our forums become friendlier, but site traffic increased as previous members discovered a more serene environment.
May 17, 2016
10K Facebook Likes
While we aren’t super fond of social media in general (due to privacy concerns), we do share our publicly-available forum posts to our Facebook page to help people find us. It’s a great feeling when a community you are passionate about hits 10,000 likes.
June 20, 2016
Third time’s the charm?
It’s a long story. But essentially we needed to move to a new brand name for legal and personal reasons. So we came up with rplstoday.com and it stuck — for awhile.
February 5, 2019
100K unique visitors in one month
For the first time, our website tops 100,000 unique visitors in a 30-day period. Wow!
April 25, 2020
10K registered members
It took us awhile to reach 10,000 registered users, but certainly not due to lack of popularity. Our strong determination to stop spammers and other bogus users means that our population of members are high-quality and industry-specific. Numbers don’t mean anything if they aren’t accurate, legitimate numbers.
June 30, 2020
Ten amazing years
At this point in time, it had already been a trend to abandon forum websites and move to places like Facebook groups. Then there’s COVID-19 and the big nightly riots — yet Surveyor Connect continues to grow and prosper. Whattaya say we go another 10? Perhaps 20?
December 25, 2020
Back to SurveyorConnect
Happy holidays! Now that the dust has settled on some legal troubles that started in 2016, we were able to return to the SurveyorConnect brand name. We took this opportunity to update the logo and overall branding, too.
July 31, 2021
10 million pageviews in one month
For the month of July 2021, SurveyorConnect.com surpassed 10,420,000 pageviews in a single month. You can read more about it here.