About Tim Burch

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Tim Burch, GPS World’s co-contributing editor for survey, is director of Surveying at SPACECO Inc. in Rosemont, Illinois. He has been working as a professional land surveyor since 1985, and is the secretary, Board of Directors, National Society of Professional Surveyors.

Posts by Tim Burch

Surveyors’ coordinate systems for 2022 and beyond Posted on 03 May 2017 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

Time. Ask anyone what time means to them, and they will give you a different answer. Benjamin Franklin famously stated that “time is money.” Time for the surveyor can mean... Read more»

GNSS and the Surveyor: Take Me to School Posted on 01 Mar 2017 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

The adaptation of GPS for civilian use is the single greatest step taken by  the land surveyor, more specifically the advance to  real-time kinematic networks. Now unmanned aerial vehicles enable... Read more»

Geolocation and the surveyor: Looking back to the future Posted on 05 Jan 2017 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

The surveyor has been known throughout history for many things: part expert measurer, part historian, part lawyer and part geographer. These attributes have led the surveyor to become a trusted... Read more»

Data collection of WGS 84 information — or is it? Posted on 02 Nov 2016 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

Location, location, location. It’s not just the tagline for real estate and sales; it’s about all of us, all of the time. Thanks to technology, everything revolves around location these... Read more»

GNSS coordinates as survey evidence — friend or foe? Posted on 07 Sep 2016 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

In my last column in July, I shared the situation with U.S. federal lands in Alaska being surveyed with GNSS and subdivided by coordinates, instead of subdivided by traditional methods of setting monuments.... Read more»

BLM’s new GNSS protocols may set undesirable precedent Posted on 08 Jul 2016 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

Alaska. “The Last Frontier” is a fitting slogan for this great land. The rugged terrain and harsh winters make an environment that only the bravest inhabitants can stand. Here, one... Read more»

GNSS and the real-time network: The surveyor’s best friend Posted on 04 May 2016 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

A lot of talk is being made about UAVs these days and how this technology is going to revolutionize many industries, with surveying being one of the biggest users. I... Read more»

Unlicensed UAV services threaten survey profession Posted on 02 Mar 2016 in the Opinions & Survey & UAV/UGV categories.

Unless one has lived under a rock for the past few years, it is hard to miss the influx of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), otherwise known as drones. Once considered... Read more»