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Wendell
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According to Wikipedia, the definition of Surveying is:

Surveying or land surveying is the technique, profession, art, and science of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional positions of points and the distances and angles between them. A land surveying professional is called a land surveyor. These points are usually on the surface of the Earth, and they are often used to establish maps and boundaries for ownership, locations, such as the designed positions of structural components for construction or the surface location of subsurface features, or other purposes required by government or civil law, such as property sales.

Surveyors work with elements of geodesy, geometry, trigonometry, regression analysis, physics, engineering, metrology, programming languages, and the law. They use equipment, such as total stations, robotic total stations, theodolites, GNSS receivers, retroreflectors, 3D scanners, LiDAR sensors, radios, inclinometer, handheld tablets, optical and digital levels, subsurface locators, drones, GIS, and surveying software.

Surveying has been an element in the development of the human environment since the beginning of recorded history. The planning and execution of most forms of construction require it. It is also used in transport, communications, mapping, and the definition of legal boundaries for land ownership, and is an important tool for research in many other scientific disciplines.

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Please feel free to provide your insights, suggestions or other thoughts regarding this definition.

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Topic starter Posted : October 17, 2021 10:20 am
ashton
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Land surveyors, student land surveyors, and those in related fields, will probably be most concerned about how land surveying is defined in their states. They will be concerned about two different definitions

  1. The definition of land surveying which determines what activities can only be performed with a surveyor in responsible charge
  2. The definition of land surveying which determines what activities count toward the minimum experience needed to sit for the land surveying exam.

These "definitions" may not be explicitly stated as definitions in the laws and rules; they may emerge from a hodgepodge of laws and rules.

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Posted : October 17, 2021 11:46 am
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RADAR
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Posted by: @wendell

the definition of legal boundaries for land ownership

In the purest sense; this is what defines a Land Surveyor. It's my opinion, that we need different categories for licensure, like they do in other professions. But that's just my opinion...

If you think you need a license to hook a tape to a house corner, and measure how long it is; or measure every 8" (0.67') along a freshly poured footing, so someone can set rebar, to tie to, your going to get a lot of push back.

We could have licenses for construction surveyors, map makers, drone pilots, scanners, geodesists, and cadastral surveyors.

 

Don't survey outside of your expertise.

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Posted : October 17, 2021 12:08 pm
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Rover83
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Posted by: @dougie
Posted by: @wendell

the definition of legal boundaries for land ownership

In the purest sense; this is what defines a Land Surveyor. It's my opinion, that we need different categories for licensure, like they do in other professions. But that's just my opinion...

If you think you need a license to hook a tape to a house corner, and measure how long it is; or measure every 8" (0.67') along a freshly poured footing, so someone can set rebar, to tie to, your going to get a lot of push back.

We could have licenses for construction surveyors, map makers, drone pilots, scanners, geodesists, and cadastral surveyors.

 

Don't survey outside of your expertise.

Amen.

I think we're long overdue for an overhaul of license structure and professional titles, at least here in the U.S.A. "Land Surveyor" connotes a variety of knowledge, training, certification, legal authority and competence depending on who you ask.

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Posted : October 17, 2021 5:22 pm
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Norm Miller
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Maybe I'm mistaken but I believe every state has a definition in code. Here is Iowa. 

355.1 Definitions

4. “Land surveying” means surveying of land pursuant to chapter 542B

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/code//542B.pdf

particularly 542B.2 (10 ) - practice of surveying. 

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Posted : October 18, 2021 7:48 am
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WarrenWard
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I would prefer that generic measuring of lines on the ground be defined as "surveying" done by anyone with certain applicable skills, and that a "professional land surveyor" is one who is required by law to either establish and document new properties or retrace existing properties

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Posted : November 26, 2021 7:16 am

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