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Spotlight: Bill Bower

Wednesday, October 24, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Khea Adams
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1.       When did you start surveying?

I started my surveying career in 1998 for Madison J. Bunting in Worcester County & Ocean City.

2.       Why did you get into surveying?

At the time, I was working for a developer, but things were a little slow.  Jim needed help, and offered me a job.

3.       Describe one of your best experiences while surveying?

The best experience has to be the people I’ve gotten to know in the surveying profession; they are some of the best, brightest, and most genuine people you’ll ever meet.

4.       Describe one of your worst experiences while surveying?

The worst experience would have to be either the time I stepped on a nest of ground bees, or the times I got chiggers.  I’m not sure which is worse.

5.       What type of surveying makes up most of your work?

I work primarily in the engineering department at CPJA.  I design sites and procure permits.  Most of my work is done in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area.


6.       Who are some of the surveyors that influenced your knowledge in the profession (in school or on the job)?

Early in my career Jim Bunting, Russ Hammond, and Greg Wilkins taught me what I know about land surveying field work, and the fundamentals of land surveying.  Once I moved from the beach to Annapolis, I learned the office work from Glenn Sutphin, and Dan Fowler.

7.       What was special about what you learned from them?

While I strive to continually learn new things and evolve as a professional, I find myself utilizing the lessons I learned early in my career.


8.       What advice would you give to new surveyors?

Learn something new every day.  “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

9.       When you are not surveying, what do you like to do?

I have a lot of family at the beach.  I spend time there, and fishing offshore.

10.      How has surveying changed since you started?

Obviously, the technology has changed.  I started as a Rear Chairman. That position doesn’t even really exist anymore.

11.      What question did you expect us to ask that we didn't ask? What is the answer?

Something about where I see the surveying profession in the future.  Certainly I see surveying being more automated, as most professions are becoming.  Doctors rely on robots to perform more medical procedures every day.  Additionally, since there is only a finite amount of land on the Earth, eventually all of the land will be surveyed.  In the near future, I could see bathymetric mapping of the oceans and mapping of the polar caps being in-demand, especially as more natural resources are discovered there.  Far into the future, hopefully we’ll be surveying other planets.  Who knows what the future holds?

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