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Hello friend!

I dunno about you, but I need to have a little laugh once in awhile. It keeps me sane. In my early days of surveying, my boss and co-workers kept me laughing all day long. We had fun, but we knew when to be serious and get work done.

By the early 2000’s, I was in the office and started drawing comics based upon my field experiences. My co-workers kept telling me to submit my work to POB Magazine to see if they’d publish them. And they did! As long as I sent in new comics, they’d publish them. Then in 2003, they hired me to create full-color comics to be sold as Christmas cards, which were a big hit.

Several years later, I decided to create a comic series called Your Other Left and received a lot of great feedback.

I hope to eventually create more comics, since I have a huge list of ideas ready to go. In the meantime, if you need to laugh a little, you can see all the Your Other Left comics, past POB comics (that I drew) and more here.

My favorite? Here you go. 🙂

🔥 Inside the forums

Turn up the volume

jmfleming wonders about measuring stockpile volumes from above, using a UAV. As usual, there’s myriad responses. Do you sub it out or do it yourself? Why? What kind of equipment do you need?

Read: Stockpile Volume Calcs with UAV

Coordinating efforts

Member cf.67 wonders if an azimuth can be computed between ECEF coordinates. He’s got the chord distance figured out. This topic is loaded with great responses and even the participants are pointing out how amazing it is.

Read: Determine Azimuth between two ECEF Coordinates

Buried in work

Jim Frame found a note on an 1897 plat that implies a corner was over 10 feet under a sidewalk. Some great feedback and photos are provided throughout the thread.

Read: 10′ 1″ Under Sidewalk

Murphy’s law

Member Murphy succinctly lays out a field scenario involving two GNSS points and lack of redundancy that he finds unacceptable. Do you have any input or advice for him?

Read: GNSS Baseline Boundary Surveying

Bearing witness

Thomas is studying to take the upcoming Texas RPLS exam and is trying to get a better understanding of witness trees and hoping for some expert opinions.

Read: 2021 Texas RPLS exam

Specific NW history

Need a refresher on surveying history as it pertains to Oregon and Washington? Member latahgps gives us a nice history lesson in regards to the Willamette Stone.

Read: OR & WA History you should know

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An affiliate of Peak Rock Capital (“Peak Rock”), a leading middle-market private investment firm, announced today that it has completed an acquisition of SAM Companies (“SAM” or the “Company”), a leading provider of geospatial services to utility, transportation, and broader infrastructure clients.

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👋 Before you go

Since 2010, SurveyorConnect has been providing a place for surveyors to connect, collaborate, share, assist and mentor one another. Through the past 11+ years, the format of the forums has changed to accommodate traffic, software and website trends.

One of the more controversial topics in regards to the actual functionality of the website has to do with how topic threads are displayed. That is, whether all new replies go to the very end of the thread, or whether replies can be made to other replies, creating a cascading collection of sub-threads within a single topic.

This issue has come up again recently, because of how new replies can occur at various points throughout a thread, making it difficult to keep up with them.

We want SurveyorConnect to be a place that ticks all the boxes mentioned above with a minimum of hassle. What are your thoughts on threaded discussions? Do you like the current format, or do you pine for a simpler format where all new replies go to the end of the thread?

Please let us know your thoughts! Log in to your SurveyorConnect account and give us your feedback by clicking here. Note: you need to be logged in to view and participate in this topic.

All the best,

Wendell T. Harness