The current public perception of surveyors is that of the field crew members they see along side of the road. More often than not, those aren’t surveyors, just employees. I am of the mind that a surveyor is closer to a lawyer than an engineer. Yes, we do math. Yes, we measure stuff. Yes, we design developments. But, with the advancements in technology, what sets us apart from the average button pusher is our skills as forensic detectives.
We spend a lot of time researching the land we are surveying. We spend even more attempting to retrace the movements and actions of our predecessors, sometimes centuries after the fact. We attempt to determine the intent in what has transpired, usually long after all responsible parties have passed. We work as mediators between feuding land owners. When all else fails, we stand in court as experts in all things land.
What is a surveyor? That is a very good question.