New Bill being introduced in Montana
Interesting...surprised to see that instead of just adding topographic surveying and construction staking under the authority of licensed engineers, this proposed language actually removes that authority from the land surveyor. That seems anti-public interest.
And yes, the monumenting of property boundaries being removed is not in the public's best interest.
Be interesting to follow and see how this actually pans out...
The posts highlights the issues we are facing as an industry and profession.
Topographic maps are being created left and right by people that are neither engineers nor surveyors. This is happening across the globe and the information is being used for feasibility, preliminary design, and even final design. This will not become less common, but more common.
This is part of the reason why we DO NOT NEED MORE PLS's, we need to let the market work it out. We do need a better way to produce qualified PLS's.
Trying to stem the flow of topographic mapping by non-engineers and non-surveyors is like standing at the top of Niagara with a bucket.
We need to focus on the core of what we offer, and essentially making widgets (topo maps) is part of it right now, but that product isn't what makes us different. What makes us different are the notes and the checks and all the things that we do as professionals.
The need for our profession IS NOT CREATED BY A LAW. If it is, let it die.
The bill has been withdrawn by the sponsor.
Well that's certainly good news. You have to be pretty ignorant to support something like that.
Money drives too much of the effort to open up others into a registered professional field that requires special training and experience. As we all have seen, GIS has attempted the same thing--successfully in many areas. I have also seen a legislator try to change wording in registration so that a friend of his could get registered without meeting the same threshold that we all had to meet. This stuff will never stop. NSPS, state boards and state societies need to stay on top of all of this mess. My experience with NSPE is that that are a DO NOTHING organization.