Tasks and Duties
- Adjust and operate surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, and electronic distance-measuring equipment.
- Record survey measurements and descriptive data, using notes, sketches, inked tracings and database information.
- Perform calculations to determine earth curvature corrections, atmospheric impacts on measurements, traverse closures and adjustments, azimuths, level runs, and placement of markers.
- Conduct surveys to ascertain the locations of natural features and human-made structures on the Earth's surface, underground, and underwater, using electronic distance-measuring equipment and other surveying instruments.
- Operate and manage land-information computer systems, performing tasks such as storing data, making inquiries, and producing plots and reports.
- Direct and supervise work of subordinate members of surveying parties.
- Lay out grids, and determine horizontal and vertical controls.
- Compare survey computations with applicable standards in order to determine adequacy of data.
- Collect information needed to carry out new surveys, using source maps, previous survey data, photographs, computer records, and other relevant information.
- Prepare topographic and contour maps, including site features and other relevant information such as charts, drawings, and survey notes.
- Maintain equipment used by surveying crews.
- Provide assistance in the development of methods and procedures for conducting field surveys.
- Conduct pre-cruise logistics and survey planning
This project is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation.