Attending the inaugural ASCE UESI 2018 Surveying & Geomatics Conference today was “one small step” in the right direction. ASCE has not held a surveying conference for over 25 years, yet not a single construction project around the world could have been completed without someone acting in the capacity of a surveying engineer, whether the person called themselves that or not.
As I am celebrating 50 years in the surveying engineering profession this year maybe I was lucky to have started on a highway construction project. I have done a lot of boundary surveying, but setting a property corner doesn’t compare to being a key part of a team that is building something which in some cases push the limits of 3D horizontal and vertical control to the point where new hardware must be developed to go to the next level.
That’s why I am hopeful that the efforts of the ASCE UESI will eventually lead to the recognition of the critical role of the surveying engineer. In exactly the same way as there are structural engineers and geotechnical engineers and earthquake engineers there should be a surveying engineer as a recognized specialty group of civil engineering.
Today the only way to be licensed as a surveyor is to be a boundary surveyor. That needs to change. There needs to be a specialty category for the surveying engineer under civil engineering. I have been fighting this battle for the past 40 years. It looks like we might be finally heading in the right direction.
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