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How to Set Up an Engineering Level

How to Set Up an Engineering Level
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A brief "How To" video on setting up a level and rod. Created at and for Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

How to Set Up Over a Point

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The second of two instructional Surveying videos from Building and Construction Sciences at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Land Surveying College

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Land Surveying is a program offered at Saint Paul College. Saint Paul College is a community and technical college located in St.

Handheld Algiz XRW rugged notebook computer

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The Algiz XRW from Handheld is a fully rugged laptop with a 10.1-inch widescreen featuring sunlight-readable MaxView™ screen technology, and a powerful 2 GHz Intel Atom processor…

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Google Maps Now with Vector Graphics

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Google's Andy Rubin recently demoed at the Dive Into Mobile conference the soon to be released new version of Google Maps for Android.
The biggest change in Google Maps 5.0 for Android is that Google are dropping map tiles for vector graphics.

WildTrig11: Applications of rational trig to surveying (I)

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Rational trigonometry can be used to solve surveying problems, usually more simply than the current way. This video gives three examples: finding the height of a mountain, Regio…

Zip Staker - Any Surveyor's New Best Friend - Introduction

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Overview; Two basic applications exist in the survey or measurement environment, namelythe setout of a predefined calculated position, or the mea…

Surveying - A Life Without Limits

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Surveying is the perfect profession. Mixed work, generous rewards and not enough graduates to go around.

Module 7 Lecture 1 Surveying

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Lecture Series on Surveying by Prof. Bharat Lohani, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur.For more details on NPTEL visit http://nptel.…

Beau Legeer, ITT @Geoint 2010 ENVI 4.8 + ENVI for ArcGIS

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A sit down at GeoInt 2010 with Beau Legeer, Director of Product MArketing for ITT. Beau discusses the latest from ENVI 4.8 and ENVI for ArcGIS Server

Historic Surveying Photographs on LSU

Surveyors On a Hill [LINK]
Over the past month, one of our Land Surveyors United members in particular has been gracious enough to share with us some of the most amazing historic surveying photographs that the world has ever set eyes on.  Luke Jackson, RPLS of Argyle, TX has dug deep into his personal collection and pulled out a huge stack of turn-of-the-century photographs depicting land surveyors of all walks of life and involved in all sorts of surveying activities.  In appreciation of Mr. Jackson's contribution to the network, I put this showcase together today so that these photographs can be seen by the world.  On Land Surveyors United, we believe that the newcomers to the surveying industry should have the resources for learning surveying history.  History is our guide for things to come and no one on earth knows this better than a weathered land surveyor.  Thank you for your time, efforts and sharing your collection with us Luke.  I look forward to seeing your new (old) photos everyday.

First, I will show you a few of my favorites added by Mr. Jackson, RPLS.  Then, when you have the time, you can check them all out on Land Surveyors United or in the new Picasa Slideshow (enlarge the slideshow at the bottom of this post).  Feel free to share these jewels of history with any surveyor you might have in your life.  Believe me....they will be appreciated.  And if you happen to be a land surveyor with photos to share, simply join LSU and upload them for all of us to view and comment on.
1889 Mine Surveying [LINK]

Surveyor Ft. Morgan [LINK]

Coal Mine Surveyors [LINK]

You Asked For it Surveyors! Now, Here it Is

All of the new additions to LSU in the past few days have been the product of fulfilling a requestaddressing a need or just being creative (as usual)..  Land Surveyors United will become whatever YOU want it to be...I am here to make that occur to the best of my ability.  That is my commitment to this community.  The value of social support is much greater than many of us realize,more important than finding a missing manual and more effective than most tech support.  The majority of us...perhaps all of us came to LSU because we needed something, some answer or some support on some issue that could be answerable from within the pages of this network.  For those of us who have little time to actually sit down and type, it is important to remember that the strength of this community depends on the amount of valuable content that is shared.  And with that said, simply sharing (tweeting, facebooking or suggesting) articles which you find valuable or interesting is just as important as creating the content yourself.  If you see something you like, please take 2 seconds and pass it on.  This will ensure that the most valuable content is always on the surface of the network for others to see. If you haven't connected your twitter or facebook accounts to your profile this is a perfect time to do so..the network is growing and moving faster than ever before. So without further ado, I give you some valuable features which I have added to your network for you to enjoy:

Surveying Jobs Board

Surveying Jobs
Surveying Jobs
Its no surprise that there are probably more out-of-work-surveyors in the industry today than ever before.  Therefore, LSU is doing everything possible to help surveyors find a job before having to sell all of their equipment and resort to other measures.  You can read the full introductory job board post here, but in short this is THE job board for the land surveying industry.  Cheaper than craigslist, those with jobs to offer can post them here for $7/30 days and target land surveyors who are in search of work directly.  If we all promote this job board, we may be able to collectively help a portion of our industry's job pool find work with little downtime.  I need your help doing this.  Send any job related questions to  Presently, this job board is geared for United States Land Surveying Jobs, however sometime next week I will be adding functionality for international job posts.  Please help this feature grow! Don't let your buddies sell their equipment.  You are all part of a Legacy which MUST be perpetuated.  Spread the word.
LSU member Birthdays


This addition to the network will make it easier for surveyors to connect on a friendly level.  Everyone has a birthday and now you can wish your friends and collegues a good day on their special day of the year.  It take less than 10 seconds to wish someone a happy birthday and it can go a long way.  Giving "gifts" is always optional.


Idea on Land Surveyors United
Ideas for Surveyors
I am very excited about this new feature called Ideas on LSU.   Simply type in an idea  or suggestion that you have for the network and add it to the idea pool.  Vote on ideas that you like or dislike by using the arrows beside each idea already posted.   This is where we begin to make history, surveyors!   Add anything on your mind to this section on the main page.

surveyor status update
Land Surveyors Status on Main Page

Status Update Returns to Front Page

A while back, I had figured out a way for everyone to update their status from the main page (Base), but it caused some loading issues and I removed it.  Now it is back and better than ever!   Simply tell the network where you are working and what you are working on in less than 140 characters and generate some traffic to your company or just update your friends on how everything is going.


What surveyor goes to work without music?  Seriously, I can't name one.  So, everyone now has their jukebox on their profile, which you can upload whatever songs you like and listen while you work (or play) on LSU.  The trick is to simply open one tab with your profile open and music on, then do your surfing in another tab.  This is free as usual so enjoy!

I hope you all enjoy all of the hard work I have put into making these features available to you. I am always trying to combat the load times and gradually making LSU faster and more useful.  My creativity my get in the way of that at times, but it is your suggestions and feedback which make it easier to zero in on issues and eliminate anything which may hinder your community experience.  On your end, all I ask is that you continue being exactly who you are.  I hope that you will share something valuable with the world to hopefully make some other surveyor's life a bit easier.  We are a troubled breed of worker and for many these days seem numbered.  We can change this together through sharing relevance.  I look forward to your feedback and seeing you all on LSU.

80,000 Views on Land Surveyors United Map!!!

I've been doing A LOT of work to the mapping aspect of Land Surveyors United over the past few days. And although there is still much to do, I just wanted to share my excitement with having over 80,000 views of our member map.  We are now completely dispersed across the globe with social support groups in every continent on earth, even Antarctica (which we hope to have some surveyor stories in the near future).

View Land Surveyors United Member Map (v.5) in a larger map

Solo Notes: Don’t Forget to Look Backward

Questioning long-held sacred principles and practice is considered by some surveyors to be a form of blasphemy.

Traversing the Law: Requiem for the First Surveyor Concept

Search for First Surveyor
Can you hear the mournful peal of the distant bell? For whom does the bell toll? It is the death knell of the first surveyor concept--an arbitrary rule of surveying too oft extolled.

Who was the first surveyor?  Share it on LSU!

Laser Technology Releases LaserGIS for ArcPad

Laser GIS
Laser Technology, Inc. announced today the release of LaserGIS for ArcPad. This new software extension maximizes field work productivity because it complements the current ArcPad platform and workflow, and significantly enhances its laser measurement capabilities, according to Laser Technology, which termed the software "an integration between lasers and GIS."

Hemisphere GPS Introduces Eclipse II Multi-GNSS Receiver Technology with Advanced ASIC Design

Today, Hemisphere GPS announced its next-generation Eclipse II GNSS receiver technology and the release of the Eclipse II OEM board. Based on new Hemisphere GPS firmware and ASIC designs, Eclipse II provides improved RTK performance, GPS, GLONASS, SBAS, and OmniSTAR support, and reduced power consumption, the company said.

Run Flash on your iPhone

Regardless of what you may think of either platform, it's fun to see what others will do to get what they want. In the accompanying video Taimur Asad from Redmond Pie demos an alpha version of Frash running on an iPhone 4. If you want to try this yourself, check out this how-to. [via Redmond Pie]

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Abrahamson Leaves Land Surveying Legacy

G. Abrahamson, PLS/MS, and Vice President, Surveying for Merrick & Company,
passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 28, 2010.

New Exhibitors at 3rd Carlson Software User Conference

Carlson’s User Conference this year will feature ongoing demonstrations and question-and-answer periods by nine different companies.

Why Land Surveyors LOVE LSU!

Enhance Your Work

Enhance Your Work

Populate Your Network Contacts from your LSU Profile and add new life to your work. Our members are willing and able to help make you a better surveyor!

Collaborate with Contacts

Collaborate on Projects

Collaborate on surveying projects anywhere in the world and enlist the support and contributions from land surveyors across the globe, all from LSU!

Explore Land Surveying

Explore Surveying

Learn more about who you know and make life-long contacts with other professional land surveyors.  See how other surveyors accomplish the same tasks in other parts of the world.

Organize your surveying life

Organize Your Network

Stay in constant communication with other land surveyors in every part of the world right from your LSU profile.  You no longer have language barriers.  Share what you know and learn from others

Connect with surveyors

Connect and Share

Strengthen your social support network by sharing what you know best.  Ensure a future for those new to the industry by sharing tricks and tips from the field.  Live forever as a surveyor on LSU!

Streamline Your Work

Streamline Your Work

Easily share documents and files with your coworkers and the office using LSU as a virtual hub for your surveying business.  Communicate in real time and use the  forum to troubleshoot problems from the field.

According to member feedback on Land Surveyors United, there are many reasons why land surveyors love LSU, but social support rates among the highest rated. Just 3 years ago there wasn't a land surveyor on this planet who could have dreamed that surveyors would one day be able to communicate with other surveyors in real time from anywhere on earth, from the field and in any language!  Join in on the discussions and make your presence known on planet earth surveyors!

Take LSU Global Social Support Network Anywhere You Go!

Surveyor Question ToolbarAs you can see by looking at the network, a lot of new improvements have been made over the past week. One of the exciting new additions is the Official Land Surveyors United Community Toolbar, which can be added to your browser by visiting this page on LSU. This toolbar sits at the top of your browser and will allow you to handle all sorts of tasks and keep up with discussions on the network without having to even visit the site! 

land surveyors toolbar

Ok...So What Does this Toolbar Do?
I've been thinking long and hard about the types of tools that land surveyors need when surfing the internet for answers and have come up with a few tools that seem virtually necessary across the board. The Official Land Surveyors Toolbar will allow you to track the latest forum discussions and blog posts, keep up with your messages and comments and search the entire LSU network including document libraries right from your toolbar, no matter what site you are on.

surveyors toolbar features

How can I Personalize My Toolbar?
At the present time, there are quite a few personalizations you can make to your toolbar, such as weather for your area, email retrieval, facebook and twitter login, etc. In the very near future, you will have access to all of your LSU inbox, friends, photos and settings right from the toolbar, even when you are not logged on the actual site. Here is how you do this:

personalizing your land surveyors toolbar

Where Do I get The Land Surveyors Toolbar?

Funny you should ask! There are two ways to download the Official Land Surveyors Toolbar.

First Method: Go to this page on the network and install it right from there.

Second Method: Go to and install it there

There's an App for That!

You'll notice that there are new buttons on various important pages around the network that look like the one below. That is an application which can be added to your toolbar at any time which allows you to take that information with you wherever you go.

LSU 2go

Just click on an App and off you go! Stay tuned for updates as we make this new addition the most useful tool in a surveyor's internet tool-belt (i mean, bar). Send me any suggestions you might like to see added to the bar and enjoy having the social support of the world's brightest professional land surveyors with you, every where you go!

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