A Decade of Research in Surveying and Mapping

by Morris M. Thompson, (F.ASCE), Chf.; Office of Research and Technical Standards, Topographic Div., U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Surveying and Mapping Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 1, Pg. 1-10

Document Type: Journal Paper


In l965, the Research and Development Committee of the ASCE Surveying and Mapping Division prepared and later published an overall program for research in surveying and mapping over the decade l966-l975. Now, 10 years later, this paper measures what has been done against the tasks that were set. Three of the original goals are considered for each of the six basic categories of the research program: Land surveys, engineering surveys, geodetic surveys, cartographic surveys, aerial survey services, and cartography. For each of the goals, an appraisal is made of the status of that objective today. The conclusion is drawn that most of the research goals set 10 yr ago have been attained or are in progress of being attained.

Subject Headings: Land surveys | Aerial surveys | Geomatic surveys | Mapping | Research and development | Engineering education | Geodetic surveys

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