I have been involved with surveying for more than 45 years. I hold both professional engineer and land surveyor licenses. The reason for bringing this up is that I am attending an ASCE committee meeting in Oregon that is going to focus on a re-write of the Engineering Surveying Manual. This has not been done since 1985.
During the ride from Portland to Corvallis the issue of survey licensure came up with a couple of industry veterans. To make a long story short, my position is that we need to establish the concept of a professional surveyor similar in concept to the professional engineer who specializes in a certain aspect of surveying. It could be boundary, geodetic, engineering and more.
The current system of licensing “land surveyors” is broken. It needs to be fixed. What do you think?