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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

Surveying and COVID-19: A lesson in essential services Posted on 06 May 2020 in the COVID-19 & Opinions & Survey categories.

Open space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the professional surveyor and their crew. Their mission: to explore and survey strange new lands. To retrace old boundaries and... Read more»

Product review: Rugged tablet tackles survey tasks Posted on 31 Mar 2020 in the Latest News & Opinions & Survey categories.

Technology continues to develop and put more capability, data storage and ease of use into many professional’s hands, and surveyors are no different in their needs. Spatial data collection has... Read more»

On the cusp of 2020: From Y2K to today’s technology Posted on 04 Mar 2020 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

As we close the book on 2019 and head into the next decade, much has changed during the 2010s and the 21st century. This article will focus on the technological... Read more»

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»