Lucas & Company, LLC

Relevancy in the 21st Century

Relevancy in the 21st Century: Half Day or Full Day (Nominally 4.0 or 8.0 Contact Hours)
Will surveying, as we know it, remain relevant in the 21st century, or are land surveyors destined to become the buggy-whip manufacturers of our time? Today, anyone with a smart-phone or a drone has the ability to be an expert measurer. If expert measuring ability is all that the land surveying profession has to offer, then the land surveying profession has nothing unique to bring to the table moving forward. In addition, GIS mapping is getting to the point where it is being perceived by stake-holders as just as good as a survey. In today’s politically charged environment, it is clear that perception is the new reality. No matter what side of the isle one may be on, no one really cares about the truth anymore. All that matters is one’s perception of the truth. When it is perceived that a GIS map is as good as a survey then it will be; when the perception is that a measurement made with a smart-phone or a drone is as good as a survey, then it will be. What the surveying profession needs (in pop-culture vernacular) is a “make-over,” and surprisingly, the past may offer solutions for the future. This program will study the exclusive niche that the land surveying profession enjoys and how to exploit that niche. Power Point presentation.
OBJECTIVES: To enhance professional competency and improve practitioner’s knowledge of the law as it relates to the practice of land surveying.