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

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»

Data is the crop: GNSS used by surveyors and farmers Posted on 06 Jan 2016 in the Featured Stories & Opinions & Survey categories.

As technology continues to march forward, and storage and data evaluation use grows, the surveyor and the farmer will begin to use each other’s skillsets to increase their own productivity. So how do we get there? First, we must establish how each side uses their prospective GPS tools. Read more»

Technology adoption slow in small towns Posted on 04 Nov 2015 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

I was born in a small town and I live in a small town. I’ll probably die in a small town, but only if you want to call a blue-collar... Read more»