United Surveyors of Arizona, a non-profit organization established in 2016, is dedicated to enhancing the vocation, art, and science of surveying for the benefit of the profession and the public. On March 18th they will begin their 2nd annual Surveyor’s week celebrations.
Last year USofAZ offered a sunset hike to the Initial Point to kick off the week’s events. In surveying, the initial point is a datum (a specific point on the surface of the earth) that marks the beginning point for a cadastral survey. The initial point establishes a local geographic coordinate system for the surveys that refer to that point.
In addition to the hike this year they have taken on the task to assist 25 boy scouts to earn the Surveying Merit Badge. At 1:00 pm on Sunday March 18th at Estrella Park the scouts will convene with the group to earn their surveyor merit badge.
UsofAZ will set up two 5 sided lots for the kids to survey using equipment donated by several member’s companies. They will be required to correctly mark coordinates and write metes and bounds description of the lot.
In addition, the boys will need to describe what a surveyor does, explain the different types of surveying and mapping and how GPS functions and is changing the surveying profession.
See more about the United Surveyors of Arizona and their surveyor’s week activities at www.USofAZ.org