I just read a column, Editor's Points: Rights of Access for Surveyors by Perry Trunick in Point of Beginning magazine, a magazine for surveyors. The column talks about how surveyors need to get access to people's property so that the surveyor's project can be completed in a thorough and accurate way. And that there are measures being discussed that would require people to stay out of the way of the surveyor while they are just collecting information. These are some of my thoughts and responses to the column and, generally, the idea of Right of Access for Surveyor.
I thought I would try to fill out my content with a series of related posts, which hopefully will give me more practice writing and will improve my style in the process. Though it may be hoping for too much. I think a good place to start is to analyze and review cases from the book "ND Land Surveyors Guide to the Supreme Court" by Brian Portwood, which will also help me in my knowledge.
On the surface it seems licensing is meant to protect people from shady people, shoddy worksmanship, fraud, or just incompetence, but this is just a surface understanding. What it really does is provide an endorsement. It is an endorsement by the state stating the licensed individual has been trained, vetted and will do good work. The same as all certifications do.
When the state gets involved in regulating something they always drive the price higher. And while I am a student of Austrian Economic theory I had never thought about it in quite that way before. I thought I would describe how that affects the field of land surveying here on the Border between North Dakota and Minnesota.
I have some major gaps in my knowledge. So much so that I did not even know there were some jobs and professions, one of which was the one I have now: Land Surveying. Up till recently I had spent so little time in any one place that becoming comfortable in a location and seeing regular activities was a luxury.