Ten-Year Research Program in Surveying and Mapping

by Morris M. Thompson,

Serial Information: Journal of the Surveying and Mapping Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 2, Pg. 9-14

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper discusses the philosophy of the long-range research program drafted by the Surveying and Mapping Division's Research and Development Committee. The author demonstrates the need for the program and the vital interest of ASCE in its implementation. The proposed research could be carried out in a coordinated program by using three separate kinds of research facilities: universities, private firms, and government agencies. Funding of the program would be a major problem. Potential sources of funds include: private surveying and mapping firms, equipment manufacturers, public and private foundations, government mapping agencies, and research-industry organizations. The program would require strong backing by influential representatives of professional societies, industry, education and government. ASCE could expedite the program by serving as a clearing house and catalytic agent in getting the research done in a systematic manner.

Subject Headings: Geomatic surveys | Mapping | Private sector | Government | Research and development | Colleges and universities | Government buildings | Financing

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