The theme for this year’s National Surveyors Week (March 21-27, 2021) is communication. If you have received my
emails, then we have been successful. If not, then this is an example of something which needs to be
addressed by our organization. Communication is a two-way street and when executed well creates a
level of understanding between parties. We have all taken those contract seminars which talk about a
meeting of the minds, and this is precisely the nature of our focus this year.
A few years ago, then vice-president Cavell placed National Surveyors Week under the charge of
the publicity committee, understanding then that the purpose of NSW is to get the word out. That the
land surveying profession is vital to a stable democracy where land ownership is the basis for most
family wealth accumulation. He never directed how it should be done, only that it become a part of the
bigger picture of how the National Society of Surveyors engage with our constituents and the public.
There are many ways to address surveyors in general and the public and we have continued in
those tried and true veins. The National Society has emailed every state director, every state society
executive director or managing agent, and every state society president whose email addresses could be
obtained. If you have not received that email, please let us know. Please also check with your society
president and executive director to see whether they have received those emails and how they have
followed up. The need to directly reach the surveyors in your state is vital to the overall health and
wellbeing of NSPS. We ask this only as a follow up exercise as there has been little feedback from the
various states to the National Society about what they are doing locally.
NSPS is again working with NOAA and the National Geodetic Survey on how to improve the
geoid models for elevation so we can move towards better elevations from our instruments and migrate
our data, both vertical and horizontal in 2022. This is a call for more GPS on Benchmark observations.
We have done this for years but it is still an important educational tool for surveyors and the public.
Many of you are already alerting the public and political entities in our regions through displays, news
articles and proclamations. But there is more work to be done.
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