In the Brush

By , March 30, 2011
Adam Yerdon

One thing I’ve noticed during this internship is that every day is something new. In college, one of the courses I had to take toward my degree was a Surveying class. Basically we learn to go out and map out the topography, and find key points on a property. Little did I know that I would have an opportunity to put on some crumby cloths and go out into the wilderness with a tripod and a total station.

The goal for the day was to determine the edge of the property based on one known point, and a few old plot descriptions. The whole project would have been fairly simple other than the fact that this particular plot of land is heavily wooded and full of underbrush. Some of the obstacles could not be cut down or moved, so we had to shoot around them and use some trigonometry. Ideally, when using a total station, you set up at one or two points and shoot the whole area, but when you are dealing with the woods, it’s a whole other¬†story.

It just goes to show, you never know when a certain set of skill may come in handy.


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