Celebrated annually since 1984, National Surveyors Week is dedicated to recognizing and promoting the importance of surveyors and the surveying profession. We are excited to take this week to highlight our dedicated survey team that support our engineering and planning groups and the work we do at MJ. In honor of this week, and the impact our survey group has played in our firm’s overall success, we have reached out to members of our staff to learn more about the profession and how they became interested in the industry. Make sure to tune in to our social media accounts this week as we continue to recognize the contributions of professional surveyors!
“I really enjoy the independence and problem-solving aspects of land surveying. Every site and project are unique. No matter how long you've been doing it, you've never seen it all.” – Severin Grant, Survey Party Chief
“Technology in our industry is evolving at warp speed. With the innovations of UAV’s (drones), mobile mapping, LiDAR, 3D scanning, among other emerging technologies, it can get overwhelming trying to keep up. As a traditional land surveyor, it is good to remind oneself that these tools have been developed to help our industry, not take away from it. These tech options can greatly improve the time and effort involved in larger scale survey projects. The understanding of how and when to implement, utilize, and control these complex tools will still need input and insight from professional land surveyors.” - Corey Reid, PLS, Project Manager
“In college, I studied civil engineering with an emphasis in architecture. During that time, I took an introduction to land surveying course. I found the class interesting. I moved to Arizona in 1988 to further pursue architecture but was soon losing interest in the field. I decided to move back to New York. Two weeks after being home, I saw an ad for a rod person and decided to apply for the position. I like being outdoors and thought it was the fit was perfect. I was learning a new career and quickly moved into the crew chief role and was gaining more responsibility on projects. From there, I continued to grow into the role of MJ’s senior CAD technician. I feel that my work ethics and commitment to my profession are greatly appreciated. Looking back on my life’s story, I am genuinely grateful in my career choice.” – Michael Frisbee, Senior CAD Technician