Ethics Question - Hiring RPLS to Sign Reports
I'm hoping to receive some input from all of you experienced surveyors out there. My background is in geophysics/geology, but have worked as an independent contractor for licensed land surveyors providing ground control points for lidar/photogrammetry.
I am branching out and starting my own consulting operation in Colorado. I want to offer survey-grade geophysical mapping and drone services including GCPs, etc. (<2cm). I am not licensed and have no easy path that I'm aware of to become licensed, however I intend to hire a RPLS in time.
I have worked quite extensively on large-scale Federal projects with strict survey-grade deliverables (sub-centimeter) and am quite capable of performing the simple survey-related services mentioned above. I am considering the option of hiring a RPLS as needed to review my work and sign any necessary reports.
I'm using the Trimble ecosystem - TBC, Access, UASmaster, RTK Networks
Is this a bad idea? Or something that RPLS would even consider?
If this isn't such a bad idea, what would an acceptable payment rate be for such an arrangement?
Thank you for reading my post and I look forward to reading your responses!
In Idaho you could be charged with unlicensed practice, and the surveyor with aiding and abetting. You could contract with a surveyor to do the control work with no issue.
Keep in mind that's Idaho ymmv...
hahaha, well, if you need a guy who won't ask many questions (strangely, as he's way active in raising hell with various state boards) and who'll stamp just about any piece of paper you put in front of him, lemme know. i know of a guy in the denver area who fits the bill.
Even a 10' pole won't help
I'm licensed in CO and the company I work for has an office in Denver. You can just sub the work to me? Or just have a local surveyor near your projects do it. Only real option is to hire a PLS full time of just sub it out.