Professional Land Surveyor Survey-Are You a Geographic Information Surveyor (GIS)?

PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR SURVEY

PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR SURVEY

In this week’s Professional Land Surveyor Survey, I’m asking:

Are You a Geographic Information Surveyor (GIS)?

Too often we micro-define and minimize what it is that we do by defining our profession by what our job tasks are, by what our tools are, by our business processes, or by cultural and historical definitions (some defined by others). Then as times change with new technologies emerging, and we perceive that our profession is under attack, we often react (or not) based upon those misunderstandings.

However, if we step back from the Surveyor / GIS wars and add some perspective, haven't surveyors been "doing" GIS all along?

Take the Professional Land Surveyor Survey:

Are You a Geographic Information Surveyor (GIS)?

  • Maybe, But I Never Thought of it That Way Before... (54%, 15 Votes)
  • Why, Yes I Am! (36%, 10 Votes)
  • No. (11%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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Geomatics, GeoSpatial and GIS - What does it matter?

Words - Geomatics, GeoSpatial and GIS - What does it matter? And more important, what do these words have to do with the average professional land surveyor? You probably already do everything that these words describe and more!

In the next Premium Post I'll share my opinions on land surveying and GIS, that we've been doing it all along, why we've not done it right, and how we can adopt GIS for better business and professional practices.

Eric D. Colburn, PLS, "The Geo-Business Innovator", helps geo-professionals improve through innovative solutions, mastery of marketing and business growth strategies, and coaching/training. Eric is a successful, serial entrepreneur, podcaster, industry writer, product development consultant, and RI licensed professional land surveyor.

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One comment on “Professional Land Surveyor Survey-Are You a Geographic Information Surveyor (GIS)?
  1. I’ve never considered what surveyors do as not being GIS. However, we need to do more to learn GiS tools and get more GIS work,