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What would you do if you hit the lottery? There’s a saying amongst surveyors: “If you want to make a million dollars in surveying, start with two million dollars…” Yeah, we can all giggle at that phrase, but, you know, there’s a lot of successful surveyors out there. And they didn’t have to win the lottery to get there.

Winning the lottery would give you a pretty nice start though, wouldn’t it? My wife and I don’t buy lottery tickets very often, but when you see those big jackpots on the news, it’s hard to resist buying a couple tickets. Because you just never know.

When we do buy tickets, we find ourselves dreaming about what we’d do with it. You know, the usual — buy a few houses, some fancy cars and donate a whole bunch to legitimate charities to help those in need. I’m sure there’d be some pretty epic vacations as well.

But what about work? Would you quit your job or close your business?

I don’t think I would. Sure, I might hire some people and only work on the stuff I truly enjoy. But I don’t think I could give up my network of work-related friends. That would suck.

I’d love to get your take on this, so I’ve started a new thread in the forum. Check it out!

Would you stop surveying if you won the lottery?

🔥 Inside the forums

Doublin’ up

Dave Karoly tells us about a 1967 surveyor that double proportioned distances from an 1855 survey using monuments set according to an 1875 survey but rejected monuments set in 1888.

Read: Double Proportion

Stoned in 1905

Mighty Moe found a center corner stone monument from a 1905 survey, and you can still read some of the scribe. Pic included.

Read: Center Corner

Not the most beautiful sunset

Are you ready for the upcoming sunset of 3G communications in favor of 4G or 5G?

Read: 3G Sunset to 4LTE/5G Solutions

Can’t see the forest for the trees

Skeeter 1996 shares a cool photo of a jobsite. We love it when you post pictures in our “Today’s Office” forum!

Read: Jobsite Today

Nailed it!

Have you ever heard of a prism pole attachment that can drive mag nails? Me either. But this thread has some pretty nifty ideas for alternate methods.

Read: Nail Driving Prism Pole

Seeking surveyor

FrankG is buying a house in Farmers Branch, Texas and looking to get it surveyed. Any takers?

Read: Texas RPLS

New version of HTDP

GeeOddMike reports that there’s a new version of NGS’ HTDP utility and provides details.

Read: New version of NGS utility HTDP

Oh, the irony

I couldn’t help but LOL at the irony of an insurance company that wants to have a survey done without a contract, yet if you buy an insurance policy, you have to sign 57 million pages of legal mumbo jumbo.

Read: Insurance Co. client without a contract

Must be nice

Have you ever surveyed property where you encountered cool or interesting things?

Read: That’s where we keep our helicopter

Encroaching on common sense

DDubya wonders how plans could be approved on a commercial project when there’s an obvious encroachment by the neighbor that’s been a known issue since the beginning.

Read: Legal Issues on Commercial Property

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📰 In other news

Benchmarks: Preserving the stone markings around Northern Ireland

Across Northern Ireland you may have seen marks chiseled into stone work consisting of a horizontal line and below it a carved arrow pointing upwards. They’re known as benchmarks, once used by the Ordnance Survey (OS) to record the height above sea level of a location.

However the marks – both from that era and more recently – are part of history and one academic is trying to preserve the marks in Northern Ireland.

Read the article at BBC News

Discuss this article at SurveyorConnect

The Myth of Mobility for Professional Land Surveyors

For a long time, I thought land surveyors enjoyed the same mobility as engineers and architects. After all, state licensing boards created NCEES in 1920 to draft model laws and rules that states could adopt to facilitate uniformity—and ultimately support mobility—for engineering and land surveying professionals. While serving as NCEES President in 2013, I had an epiphany—surveyors are required to reprove minimum competence in every state.

Read the article at The American Surveyor

Discuss this article at SurveyorConnect

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Happy traversing,

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