Land Surveying Research Needs: The Next Decade

by Roscoe B. Snedeker, (M.ASCE), Asst. Director; Geometronics Service Center, United States Dept. of Agr., Forest Service, Salt Lake City, Utah,

Serial Information: Journal of the Surveying and Mapping Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 1, Pg. 85-91

Document Type: Journal Paper


The Land Surveying Committee of ASCE contributed to the attempts to identify land surveying research needs for the next decade. Areas covered included: (1)Land identification systems; (2)monumentation and legal aspects; (3)land surveying methods and survey control; (4)instrumentation: and (5)education and professional registration. Only exceptionally high or below normal progress items are highlighted. Implementation of a universal land identification system is lagging and is singled out as the most significant problem needing attention and research for the next decade. Land survey monuments will be protected and more state laws will be proliferated in all phases of the survey profession. Systems are available that will become economical and greatly change surveying procedures. Surveying instruments will continue to become smaller, lighter, less expensive, with greater capability. The education and professional registration of the land surveyor will be greatly upgraded.

Subject Headings: Land surveys | Licensure and certification | Engineering education | Control surveys | Monuments | Laws | Economic factors | Surveying instruments

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