Do you enjoy math, science and being outdoors? If these are three things you enjoy then you may want to look into a career in surveying, particularly land surveying. Surveyors are a major player in the development of construction sites. They help make available topographic site surveys, they stake out projects and once a project is complete they help to make certain that the boundaries were followed.
You can break a surveyors job into four sections they include field work, calculating, mapping and placement. I know that many people look at surveying as only field work. This misinformation most likely comes from the fact that we often see surveyors on the side of the road looking through a tripod instrument. Surveyors are brought in for many projects for many reasons. Let’s talk about each section of work a surveying job can be broken down into.
1) Field Work – We all know that this involves being outside taking actual measurements. Field work often involves very active, laborious work. Surveying requires long periods of time on your feet, climbing obstacles with heavy equipment. Weather conditions are often a challenge in the field. Surveyors work in hot, cold, windy and rainy weather.
2) Calculating – In order to calculate different objectives involved in surveying these professionals must use their detective skills. Surveyors look at data from history, the present and make educated predictions about the future to help in making calculations. In calculating it is also important that they decide the best use of technology to complete the field work from their calculations and data from land deeds and preceding surveys.
3) Plotting and Mapping – Surveying is an art that collects and plots out data on a map for lawyers, builders and architects. It is important that analysis is given to each and every detail to make sure it is accurate before a map is created. Any are of inconsistency is just not tolerated. Surveyors must have exact data for each project.
4) Setting – The last part of a surveyor’s job is to set out markers that map out the boundaries of the land and structures that will be placed on it. This is an especially important part of the job because several issues come up with land boundaries and as a surveyor you need to be absolute without doubt to prove that the boundaries you have set are in fact the legal boundaries of the property.
Issues have come about because of inaccurate boundary lines. Land surveying needs to be done in such a precise manner that problems do not arise later disputing land boundaries.