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JD00
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What percentage of your time is spent in the field measuring, researching deeds, and plating the finding? What percentage of these require a second or more people? Is there a way to conduct surveys without a rodman or additional manpower? 

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Topic starter Posted : May 9, 2022 10:22 am
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Norman Oklahoma
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Posted by: @jd00

Is there a way to conduct surveys without a rodman or additional manpower? 

Absolutely. Robotic instruments have made one-person field crews common.

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Posted : May 9, 2022 10:31 am
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MightyMoe
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Almost never need a 2 man crew. Usually if I do it's either a hiking steep job or I use two one man crews and the rare times for construction. I can't see having one two man crew on a site when a base could be set up and two rovers could be working. 

If you're staking construction a two man crew is usable, one to work the rod and one to pound stakes. 

But I avoid construction so it's a rare event. 

As far as percentages. GPS/Robots have made the field so effective that more time is spent in the office, but I'm not going to work out percentages. 

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Posted : May 9, 2022 10:56 am

Kevin Hines
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Safety considerations, training, and the previously stated construction staking projects are the main reasons I put 2 men on the same crew.  Aside from that, its a one-man crew with a robotic total station and Trimble R-8 GNSS.

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Posted : May 9, 2022 11:03 am
JD00
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This definitely makes this career more appealing. I would like to one day own my own small survey business where I don't have to manage an employees. 

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Topic starter Posted : May 9, 2022 11:48 am
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Kevin Hines
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@jd00

Sometimes, managing a single person operation is more difficult than management of a five person operation.  At least with a multi-person operation, you can delegate duties & responsibilities. As a one-man operation, you work at your own pace, answer only to your creditors, but have to do everything yourself. Some one-man operators on this forum are highly motivated and do very well for themselves and their families.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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Posted : May 9, 2022 12:32 pm

Brad Ott
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1/3 office production

1/3 office admin (proposals, taxes, etc.)

1/3 field production

one man show here.

I grab a helper here and there as needed.

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Posted : May 9, 2022 3:17 pm
J. Holt
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Posted by: @norman-oklahoma

Absolutely. Robotic instruments have made one-person field crews common.

Which will be one factor that leads to the death of the profession.

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Posted : May 9, 2022 9:31 pm
Brad Ott
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Posted by: @norman-oklahoma

Absolutely. Robotic instruments have made one-person field crews common.

@j-holt says:

Which will be one factor that leads to the death of the profession.

No.  I have been allowing a fine young lady (high school junior) tag along and shadow and lend a helping hand several times this year.  I don’t want to jinx it by saying this out loud here, but let’s just say I haven’t scared her away yet.

edit ~ I just realized you were prolly being sarcastic.  Sorry.  Carry on.

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Posted : May 10, 2022 5:54 am

chris mills
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Posted by: @brad-ott

1/3 office production

1/3 office admin (proposals, taxes, etc.)

1/3 field production

one man show here.

I grab a helper here and there as needed.

Don't you mean

1/3 office production

1/3 office admin

1/3 field production

1/3 changing it all when the client remembers what he really wanted

Whoops, that doesn't add up!

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Posted : May 10, 2022 7:02 am
WA-ID Surveyor
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1 man crews by design - with the occasional 2 man crew

As I advance in my career I do much less actual surveying and more general management. Probably 2/3 management and 1/3 surveying.

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Posted : May 10, 2022 7:28 am
Norman Oklahoma
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Posted by: @j-holt

Which will be one factor that leads to the death of the profession.

Certainly the nature of professional oversight and mentoring has to change. 

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Posted : May 10, 2022 8:03 am

Jitterboogie
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@norman-oklahoma 

We're hoping so..(all of the career Changing, in the pipeline, up and coming, and genuinely Interested in the profession as it was and is evolving too people)

 

 

 

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Posted : May 10, 2022 8:09 am
Jitterboogie
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@chris-mills 

You know.

4/3 of most people have trouble with fractions.... 😎 🤣 

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Posted : May 10, 2022 8:10 am
Andy J
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Are you doing some kind of study or a report for something??

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Posted : May 10, 2022 8:36 am

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