Professional land surveyor writes GPS-focused column in free e-newsletter

CLEVELAND – November 30, 2015 – GPS World magazine announces that professional land surveyor Tim Burch has become a regular contributor to the Survey Scene monthly e-mail newsletter. Survey Scene is available free to members of the surveying community. It covers a range of topics involving the use of GPS in survey, construction, mapping, and allied fields.

Burch’s first column for the newsletter was “Challenges for Small-Town Surveying,” and he plans future columns on topics such as surveyors’ roles in precision agriculture, updating monitoring methods to static and RTK GPS, reconnaissance and recovery of USCGS/USGS/NGS benchmarks, and legislation governing surveyors’ use of UAVs (drones).

With 30 years of professional land surveyor experience, Burch is now Survey Department Manager at Chastain & Associates in Decatur. Illinois. He also serves as Secretary, Board of Directors, National Society of Professional Surveyors.

Burch joins David Zilkoski as co-contributing editor of the Survey Scene e-newsletter. Zilkoski is in the midst of a five-part instructional series in the newsletter on “Establishing Orthometric Heights Using GPS.” Zilkoski is CEO of Geospatial Solutions by DBZ in Salisbury, North Carolina. He retired from his position as director of the National Geodetic Survey with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he worked for many years.

The Survey Scene e-newsletter appears on the first Wednesday of each month. It provides the latest news and views for surveyors and mappers using GPS and other satellite positioning systems. It has a circulation of 14,000+ from across the U.S. and around the world. Subscription is free, available at

Burch and Zilkoski also collaborated on an opinion poll, “What is the biggest challenge facing surveyors using GPS/GNSS in the field?” Results were published in the December issue of GPS World magazine and in the December Survey Scene e-newsletter.