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Focus on International Surveyors Week 2013

posted Jun 17, 2013, 3:08 PM by LSU Justin Farrow

As many of you know, Survey Earth in a Day 2.0 occurs on the Friday during International Surveyors Week 2013.
Read More about International Surveyors Week Here.


As anticipated, the second annual International Surveyors Week begins now, once again uniting professional land surveyors on a global scale. During this week you will be accomplishing two important issues for land surveyors:

1) Educating the public regarding the importance of professional land surveyors to society and...

2) Cultivating a real global community for land surveyors to grow and thrive within. International Surveyors Week 2013 is an event during which land surveyors throughout the world will get gain knowledge from each other, demonstrate land surveying skills, and challenge the public image of surveyors worldwide. For this reason, the days of this week have been deliniated as follows, allowing surveyors from all regions of the planet to contribute to the community with location in mind.


Survey Earth in a Day 2.0 [Website] [Facebook Page] [Event on Facebook] [Google Plus]

Please reserve as much time as you are willing to contribute on June 21, 2013, at Noon, to strengthen and demystify the surveying profession, industry among the professionals of the world, the manufacturers of the equipment that you use, and among the general public, who may have little understanding of your role in the development of the infrastructure, scientific breakthroughs and daily functionality of the way of life that you enjoy and want to improve through your involvement.

Tell Us Where You Will Be @ Noon

While the week progresses, please take a moment to tell us where you plan to be at noon on June 21st here. Note: On Thursday we will post the official form for submitting your GPS data on Friday.

Survey Earth in a Day 2.0 (2013) will be building upon the foundation of the success of last year's first-of-its-kind Survey Earth event. Once again, on the day of the solstice, June 21, 2013, professional land surveyors around the world and members of Land Surveyors United will be simultaneously recording survey-grade GPS observations from thousands of locations around the globe, in order to both educate the public regarding the importance of professional land surveyors to society and gain a more accurate understanding of the Earth's surface.

On your behalf, Land Surveyors United has set up a system of communication using many of the most utilized sources in social media to help you along the way.

Where will YOU be on Survey Earth in a Day 2.0

posted Jun 5, 2013, 11:46 AM by LSU Justin Farrow   [ updated Jun 5, 2013, 12:11 PM ]

Where will YOU Be on Survey Earth in a Day 2.0
We've been working hard preparing for June 21st and realize that everyone who is participating will be working from various types of locations such as jobsites, from home, at the office and in the field. In order to get better organized, we built this quick preliminary method for you to tell us where you will be setting up your GPS @noon to capture data.  Simply double-click the map to find your location, tell us a little bit about the place and Save to map.  It's that simple!

Tell Us Were YOU Will Be

Discuss Getting Involved

Surveyor Support by Location

Only Survey Grade GPS Will Be Accepted

posted May 29, 2013, 3:00 PM by LSU Justin Farrow

No Cellphone GPS Please
Just 23 Days until Survey Earth in a Day 2.0 so we should go over a few points regarding the requirements and types of GPS Data that will be accepted.

Cellphone GPS is only accurate to +/- 30 Meters. Survey grade GPS can be accurate to close to a centimeter or more. Therefore, only a professional land surveyor can improve the accuracy of web-based maps. Imagine how much land surveyors could change the state of web-mapping when we, as a community simultaneously measure the entire planet on the longest day of the year from thousands of locations around earth. We can show the public how truly important land surveyors are to society. Get Involved! It will only take 5-10 minutes of your time on June 21st at noon. 

Take a measurement at a known point, send in your RINEX data and let's redraw the world, together!

No Cellphone GPS Data Please

@ NOON: Simply take a GPS reading at Noon. This can be at your home, office or jobsite. The goal is to have as many points around the world from as many locations as possible.

All data submitted to Survey Earth in a Day should be in RINEX format. If we all use the same format, it will be easier to post-process the data.

LSU will soon begin Live Q&A sessions with video on the SEIAD Google + Community in preparation of the event.

This will all occur at 12 Noon in all locations across earth.

Survey Markers All Around the World

posted Apr 27, 2013, 11:53 AM by LSU Justin Farrow   [ updated Apr 27, 2013, 12:00 PM ]

Surveyor Markers and Benchmarks
Choosing a location to capture a simple GPS reading on June 21st should be easy for any professional land surveyor.  You could choose a location near your home or office, some known control point in your geographic area or even at the jobsite you happen to be working at noon.  There are millions of control points around planet earth to choose from.  Take a look at some of the terrific photos submitted by land surveyors to Land Surveyors United, showcasing benchmarks, markers and control points in virtually every place on the planet.  Here is an interesting album from the site which pulls hundreds of these submissions together into one place.

Survey Markers and Benchmarks Album

Instructions for Survey Earth in a Day 2.0

posted Mar 30, 2013, 12:36 PM by LSU Justin Farrow

Instructions for Survey Earth in a Day 2.0
With over 1500 registered surveyors already locked in to participate in Survey Earth in a Day 2.0, it's time to start discussing the process of recording and submitting GPS data for the event.

Next week, we will start live hangout sessions inside the Google+ Community to discuss strategies and requirements for the big day!

Instructions for Survey Earth in a Day 2.0

Where To Register

Facebook :
--->  Event Page
--->  FB Page
Land Surveyors United
---> Event
Google +
----> Community

Survey Earth in a Day 2.0 Press and Media Kit

posted Feb 16, 2013, 2:37 PM by LSU Justin Farrow

Survey Earth in a Day 2.0 Press and Media Kit

A Worldwide Celebration of the Land Surveying Profession

The big day is getting closer and closer and even though it is only February, we already have HUNDREDS of land surveyors around the world registered to participate in this year's event.  You can jump in and get involved in preparations and spreading the word in your area of the world on our Facebook Event, Facebook Page or Group, the official event on Land Surveyors United and the Google+ Community for the event. We have gone to great lengths to make this event as simple as possible for land surveyors in any part of the world to participate.  

Press and Media Kit

Please feel free to send this press and media kit for Survey Earth in a Day 2.0 to your State Board, local surveyors association and/or industry publications you have relationships with.

Survey Earth in a Day 2.0

Survey Earth in a Day on Google+ Communities

posted Dec 11, 2012, 2:38 PM by LSU Justin Farrow

Geo Hangouts Group Forum
Jump into the new Google Plus Community for Survey Earth in a Day and discuss the event ahead of time with your fellow land surveyors.  In this group, you can also schedule hangouts to share your thoughts live and on video.  

Hangouts for Land Surveyors

If you are new to Google Hangouts, you might like to join the new Geo-Hangouts Group Forum on Land Surveyors United and ask questions, learn the ins and outs and discuss the possibilities for using live hangouts to strengthen alliances within the land surveying industry.

Using the Geocoder to Log Your Point

posted Jun 4, 2012, 5:13 PM by LSU Justin Farrow

Use the Geocoder Tool to get your Latitude and Longitude

geocoder tool
We have added a new tool to the site to assist you when you log your point for Survey Earth in a Day.  You can find the Geocoder Tool Here.

Supporters of Survey Earth in a Day Thank You

posted May 25, 2012, 1:11 PM by LSU Justin Farrow

Survey Earth in a Day is Happening in a BIG Way

Survey Earth in a Day EventWe're excited to have the support of American Congress of Surveying and Mapping in its last days.  In the newest issue of the ACSM Bulletin, you will find a nice editorial about Survey Earth in a Day event, happening at NOON in all areas of the world on June 20th, the summer solstice.

What Makes this Event Special?

  • A geospatial event of this magnitude has never before been attempted, ever.
  • There has never been an event in history which geospatial professionals in any area of the world can participate
  • This event will be reoccurring every year on the same day- the longest day of the year and summer solstice in June.
  • Survey Earth in a Day gives surveyors in areas of the world with little representation the opportunity to put their societies on the map.
  • For the first time in the history of humanity, the surveyors of the world can unite to collaborate on a single project, for purposes of education and for the benefit of science.

ACSM Bulletin

Read the Survey Earth in a Day Article Here

 Other Publications and Traderags Where you can Find a Press Release:

American Surveyor Magazine

Professional Surveyor Magazine

Eric colburn PLS


Ning Creators Network

Digital Learning Blog

View Our Supporters Page

read more about this announcement on Land Surveyors United

Survey Earth in a Day Event

Offical Merch for Survey Earth Day Available Today!

posted Apr 25, 2012, 8:01 AM by LSU Justin Farrow

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