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Our "Roaring Twenties"

Monday, November 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aaron Worley
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There are many perspectives about the policies that shaped the America of the 1920s, but the consensus is that the "Roaring Twenties" saw America break from the attachments of the past and usher in a modern era. An era of advancements in science and technology that brought Americans things like penicillin, the traffic signal, the bulldozer, the first nonstop transatlantic flight, and even the pop-up toaster (we had to wait 40 more years for the Pop-Tart!). The automobile became a fixture in everyday life and cities became connected by regularly scheduled commercial flights. Peoples' lives changed dramatically because of the advancements of the 1920s.


A century later and on the doorstep of the 2020s, the emergence of new technologies that could not even been imagined in the 1920s are upon us. Virtual Reality, Augmented Realty, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, and New Communications Infrastructure (e.g. 5G) are just a few of the technologies dramatically impacting our lives even now. Many of these exciting technologies are already integrated into the tools used by land surveyors today. If my dad heard someone utter these terms when he started his surveying career in the late 1950s, he would have thought they were reading from a sci-fi comic.


As exciting as these emerging technologies are, they also present challenges to the existing processes we use, procedures we follow, and even the laws we are subject to when practicing land surveying. In an effort to ensure that the tools and technologies we use in the practice of land surveying are not limited, MSS hopes to have legislation introduced for the 2021 Maryland legislative session which would amend the current language of the Land Surveyors Practice Act. A draft of these amendments will be presented to every Chapter during one of their regularly scheduled meetings over the next six months. Look for a meeting notice from your Chapter Chair and we encourage you to come out and provide feedback.


We need to continue to embrace these incredible advancements in technology and push for even greater innovation and integration of them in our profession.  This next decade is OUR Roaring Twenties and I cannot wait to see where it takes us!

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