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We know that land surveying is the best career no one ever heard of…

Monday, June 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Yilia Vega-Claudio
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In spring and fall semesters, a Fairfax County Land Survey Crew visits Flint Hill School to talk about the profession of Land Surveying. Gary Smilowitz is the teacher in charge of the class Discovering Engineering offered to students from 9th to 12th grade.  Our demonstration includes time in the class room and time in the field. This was our fourth time visiting the school.

In the classroom, Vickie Anglin described what a Land Surveyor does, how it is defined by the law, the requirements for taking the Land Survey in Training Exam (LSIT) and the Professional Survey Exam (LS). Also, she explained the services we offer here in the Land Survey Branch such as Survey for Real Estate Transactions, Construction Stakeout, As-builts for active and project close out, GIS Analysis among others. My part was to talk about Geographic Information System (GIS) and how this wonderful tool helps me to create exhibits, index the completed projects and much more. Gregg Housley explained and presented the Survey Analyst work including plats, as-builts, and ALTA surveys.

When it was field time, Ben Neal and Dennis Vázquez were ready for the students to demonstrate the use of the surveying equipment that the field crews use every day. They presented an R-10 Integrated GNSS System and an S7 Robotic Total Station, both instruments are advanced technology to capture and process land survey data. The students had the opportunity to participate hands on a stakeout exercise, they got very excited to use the tools.

Although it was a short period of time, I hope the students will have the inclination/curiosity to explore the profession of Land Survey in their future.


Yilia Vega-Claudio

GIS Analyst, DPWES-Capital Facilities