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Debating the Boundary between Geospatial Technology and Licensed Land Surveying

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The boundary between geospatial technology and licensed land surveying has become increasingly blurred. This article presents the differences in the ways states define the practice of land surveying, and the extent to which they have included tasks related to geospatial technology. While most land surveyors view geospatial technology as complementary to their profession, a vocal minority has successfully lobbied state legislatures to expand their role to include any mapping activity, regardless of purpose. An analysis of statutes governing the profession of land surveying reveals that several states specifically exclude mapping tasks beyond the establishment of legal property boundaries.
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Keywords: GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY; LAND SURVEYING; PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2008

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