Solving a Puzzle, Drawing a Picture…
I set the goal to be a surveyor about the age of 12, when I watched surveyors in my front yard doing a survey for a new road. I did not realize I was preparing myself for this career by taking the math that would be required to succeed in surveying. Being that age, I guess maybe the machetes and brush axes intrigued me more. My brother-in-law about that time, also started working with surveying firm that performed surveys in seven different states. He would tell us about his adventures which confirmed my desires even more.
One week after my High School graduation in 1964 I was employed for John Weiler and Assoc. in Horseheads, New York, who personally flew me in his private plane to northern Vermont to work with a crew surveying an Interstate Highway. I started as a front chain man on a three man survey crew where my future formed.
I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of working with math, boundary law, searching boundary history, resolving boundary problems, helping clients to realize their visions for placement of a new home, planning and designing minor subdivisions, and taking on all of the various aspects which property owners are faced with. I relate surveying to two things: 1) Puzzles – we have all completed at least one in our lifetime, so surveying is like putting a puzzle together and completing the picture it makes (hopefully without pieces missing). 2) Dot to Dot- we have all competed a picture being made up dots with numbers in sequence. Starting at one and tracing to the last number we all drew a picture. I do that everyday in surveying. A survey completes a puzzle and drawing that everyone can recognize.