The Future of Land Surveying

January 6, 2023
3 min read
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Happy New Year! As we begin a new year, it’s exciting to think about the advances and technologies that will shape the field of land surveying in Pennsylvania in the coming years. One major development we can expect to see is the increasing use of drones for surveying. These unmanned aircraft are capable of capturing high-resolution images and data from the air, enabling land surveyors to cover large areas quickly and accurately. Drones can also access difficult-to-reach areas, such as forests or rough terrain, making them a valuable tool for various types of surveying projects.

Another significant change we can anticipate is the growing role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in land surveying. In fact, this article was created using an AI language model that was trained to produce text. With just a few simple prompts, like “Write me a two-minute article about the future of Land Surveying in Pennsylvania in 2023,” the AI model can analyze a vast amount of language data from the internet and generate a human-like response in seconds.

AI is likely to have a significant impact on land surveying in the United States, including improved data collection and analysis, increased accuracy and precision, increased productivity, and enhanced safety. However, there are several ways in which AI will not be able to fully replace humans in this field:

  1. Legal and regulatory issues: There may be legal and regulatory barriers to the use of AI in land surveying. For example, in the United States, land surveys must be performed by licensed professional land surveyors.
  2. Complex and changing environments: Land surveying often takes place in complex and changing environments, such as construction sites or disaster areas. In these situations, human judgment and adaptability is necessary to accurately survey the land.
  3. Ethical considerations: Some people may have ethical concerns about using AI to make decisions that affect land use and ownership.
  4. Interpersonal skills: Land surveying requires strong interpersonal skills, as surveyors may need to communicate and work with a variety of people, including property owners, government officials, and other professionals. AI may not have the ability to effectively interact with people in these situations.
  5. Creativity and problem-solving: Land surveying requires creative problem-solving and out-of-the-box thinking to find solutions to complex challenges. AI may not be able to replicate these human traits.

At Howell, we are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest technology and using it to create a high-quality survey deliverable in the most accurate and efficient way possible. Whether it’s using AI to create a newsletter article or adopting cutting-edge technology to enhance the safety of our technicians, we are dedicated to continually advancing our craft.

Here is how the AI model concluded the article and we at Howell completely agree…

Overall, the future of land surveying in Pennsylvania looks bright and we are excited to see what the next year brings. We hope you’ll join us in exploring all that this field has to offer. Best wishes for a happy and successful 2023!


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