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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

What the mind’s eye sees: The surveyor and spatial intelligence Posted on 03 Nov 2021 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

If we introduce children who have an interest in visualization of puzzles, art and mathematics to the appropriate training methods, we can help train future STEM students that could turn... Read more»

The surveyor and augmented reality – ready for the future Posted on 01 Sep 2021 in the Featured Stories & Opinions & Survey categories.

The surveying profession has experienced a plethora of advancing technology over the past two decades and it does not look like there will be a slowdown any time soon. Read more»

Surveying and the future: Where is technology going? Posted on 07 Jul 2021 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

Earlier this year, we looked back at 2020 and reviewed how surveying has dealt with the worldwide pandemic while adapting to the new tools and technology being created. We discovered... Read more»

Surveyors, not the tools, define the profession Posted on 05 May 2021 in the Featured Stories & Opinions & Survey & UAV/UGV categories.

Many have debated how the surveying profession has morphed into something less than what our predecessors would have called surveying. In earlier times, the surveyor was an honored figure in... Read more»

Surveyors and their global role as humanitarians Posted on 02 Mar 2021 in the Featured Stories & Opinions & Survey categories.

Every year, surveying associations worldwide celebrate Global Surveyor’s Day during the third week of March. This year is no different (even during a pandemic) and will be recognized on Tuesday,... Read more»

The year 2020 and the surveyor: What we learned Posted on 06 Jan 2021 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

If there were ever a time to sit back and reflect on things that have happened in the last calendar year, the year 2020 will be the poster child for... Read more»

The surveyor and the mapper — sharing the same stage Posted on 04 Nov 2020 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

The world of mathematics has always been a mysterious one. It is universally loved by those who enjoy STEM-related fields and occupations, while being generally loathed by those who prefer... Read more»

30 years of GNSS and the surveyor Posted on 11 Sep 2020 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

Depending on your age, 30 years represents a varying opinion of time. For some, it may seem like forever; for others, it may be a blink of an eye. In... Read more»