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

New developments coming with the NGS 2022 datum change Posted on 06 Nov 2019 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

A famous quote applies to almost everything in our lives: “There is nothing permanent except change.” This well-known saying is generally credited to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus (500 B.C.E.), although... Read more»

Survey advances on almost daily basis Posted on 30 Sep 2019 in the From the Magazine & Survey categories.

Real-time network availability grows in appeal, extent State of the GNSS Industry respondents who identified themselves as being from the survey sector constituted 28% of the total, roughly corresponding to... Read more»

Datums, feet and GNSS vectors: The 2022 NGS upgrade Posted on 04 Sep 2019 in the Latest News & Opinions & Survey categories.

In what seems like just yesterday, GPS World published my article in the May 2017 issue of Survey Scene on the upcoming datum change by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS)... Read more»

What Gen X means for the future of surveying Posted on 03 Jul 2019 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

The surveying profession has come to a crossroads, and is divided amongst itself to boot. A gap exists within the profession, and yes it is a generation gap, based on... Read more»

Surveying and BYOD: Yes, you can use your smartphone Posted on 16 May 2019 in the Featured Stories & From the Magazine & Survey categories.

BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD) is not just an industry buzzword. It can change the way professional surveyors work every day. The idea of using a smartphone or tablet instead... Read more»

Surveyors and smart cities — partners in technology Posted on 06 Mar 2019 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

Everywhere we turn today, the term “smart” is attached to an item or to a process. Smartphones, smart cars, smart electricity grids, smart home appliances; you name it, someone is... Read more»

Surveyors and GNSS in 2018 — A look ahead to 2019 Posted on 09 Jan 2019 in the Featured Stories & Opinions & Survey categories.

Calendar pages allows seem to fly by quickly, and 2018 was no different. While many of the items discussed in last year’s review continued to be topics of advancement, there... Read more»

Expanded GNSS and 5G: A gift for the surveyor Posted on 07 Nov 2018 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

Regular readers of GPS World are aware of many of the rapidly developing technologies and navigational systems being created around the world, but often the everyday surveyor shows up late... Read more»