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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

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

The surveyor and the cadastre: Why can’t we be friends? Posted on 02 Sep 2020 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

Our ongoing battle with COVID-19 has shown we can adapt to radical changes. A big, but worthwhile, change would be to convert our existing land databases to a cadastre system.... Read more»

Surveying and geospatial data: the perfect couple Posted on 01 Jul 2020 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

Everywhere we look, data is being collected, reviewed, analyzed and stored. It used to be that data was a static piece of information, like a piece of paper in a... Read more»

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»