Table of Contents – The American Surveyor – Vol.12, No.4 2015

Guest Editorial:
We Have Met the Enemy…
By Michael J. Pallamary, PS
Angle Points: A Question of Ethics
Young surveyors are eager to learn about morality and ethics from older experienced surveyors.
By Michael J. Pallamary, PS
Vantage Point: Public Benefit
Ongoing local controversies provide a wealth of opportunities to second guess the governing bodies.
By Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM
When Bench Marks & Section Corners Collide
Confusion was caused when many USGS surveyors doing leveling work placed bench marks ‘near’ township corners.
By Jerry Penry, PS
Forks of the Road to the Wilderness—The Indiana Buffalo Traces
While surveying, the author detects evidence of ancient animal pathways, some of which are used by humans to this day.
By D.J. Ruckman, PS
The Initial Point of the 5th Principal Meridian
A celebration this year marks the 200th anniversary of the IP that is the basis for more land in this country than any other IP.
By Dr. Richard L. Elgin, PS, PE
Product Review: Traverse PC—To Think Like a Surveyor
The software is particularly adept at dealing with GLO information and the BLM’s GCDB coordinates.
By Tony Cavell, PS, CFedS
Vision to Design—Completing the Lake Wobegon Trail
Named after the fictional lake of Prairie Home Companion fame, this trail has benefitted from technology.
By Matt Pike
Recent Activities at the National Geodetic Survey—Part 4 of 4
In this installment, several aspects of what NGS is doing to benefit surveyors and society are discussed.
By Smith, Graham, Fancher, Little, Gallagher, Imahori, and Bilich
HP35s Calculator, a Field Surveyor’s Companion: Part 7—Adjustment
Compass Rule can be an aid in recovery of evidence when a consistent difference is noted between plat and observed.
By Jason E. Foose, PS
What prompted me to write to you was your excellent editorial in this issue "The Fire Alarm,"
By Various
A Technique for Precision Point Setting
Instructions for setting a tribrach over an unknown—but previously calculated—point with maximum precision.
By Terrance Mish, PS