What is the size of your typical survey field crew?
- 2 People (1-1/2 workers and one useful eye) (54%, 34 Votes)
- 1 Person (production of 2 workers, talks to itself a lot) (30%, 19 Votes)
- 3 People (2 workers and one useful eye) (14%, 9 Votes)
- 4 People (a small village) (2%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 63
I'm only half kidding with the comments I placed within the parenthesis in the survey above. The one useful eye bit refers to the person running the transit; although if I had room I would also have added the usefulness of fingers, too.
Don't get me wrong, the person running the transit does a very important job. It's just so labor intensive for the given results. With GPS and Robotic Total Stations, pointing the instrument, reading angles and distances (or just standing by the instrument to hit enter on the data collector), manually setting zero, just seams very outdated and old fashioned now.
Technological advances have allowed for the reduction of in-the-field workers over the years, yet I see many field crews still with three, and sometimes four, people in them. Recently I was speaking with a colleague at a Rhode Island Society of Professional Land Surveyors (RISPLS) meeting who was trying to expedite a large survey by assigning four field workers to the project.
I am unconvinced that the work of four is that much more productive, if at all, than if he'd assigned two people, with the right technology and equipment.
What do you think?
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