Articles

Introduction

On this page you'll find articles written by Landon Blake. The articles focus on topics of technology, GIS, land surveying and business. (There might be a couple on computer programming too.)

All of these articles are released under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Article List By Category

Business

  • Don't Let Your New Project Manager Fail On A Complex Project (Because You Withhold Support)
  • Make Sure That Prospective Client Is A Good Fit For Your Land Surveying Organization (It Only Takes A 3 Minute Phone Call)
  • Don't Become A Talent Farm For Your Civil Engineering Competitors

Land Surveying and Civil Engineering

  • Recognize Good Work By Engineers And Land Surveyors In Public Service

Community Design and Land Use Planning

  • What The Wine Country Fires Of 2017 Teach Us About Community Design

Don't Become A Talent Farm For Your Civil Engineering Competition

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At a recent chapter meeting of my state's land surveying association, every single public and private organization in attendance was looking to hire skilled land surveyors. This is one of many current signs, that in land surveying, we are in an extremely tight labor market. My goal for this article is to share a lesson I’ve learned from my employment at multiple civil engineering firms. I’d like to start with a couple of short stories that highlight the topic for this message: how to avoid becoming a talent farm for your competitors.

Don't Let A New Project Manager Fail On A Complex Project

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In this article, I share lessons from a personal experience I had. The experience came when I was a new project manager and a brand new licensed surveyor. The company I worked for at the time was not in the land development business. Despite this, it decided to take on a massive land subdivision project for a partnership that included a long-time client.

Make Sure That Prospective Client Is A Good Fit For Your Land Surveying Organization

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I got a couple of phones calls last month from prospective clients. (I suspect as the economy has picked up pace that your phone has been ringing more frequently as well.) Both of these calls stood out to me as examples of how we need to make sure the clients we pursue and engage are a good fit for our land surveying organizations. (In this message I refer to land surveying organizations, but the principles apply to many engineering organizations as well.) Let me tell you a bit about both phone calls. Then consider if the potential clients on the phone would have been good fits for your organization.

What Do The Wine Country Fires Of 2017 Teach Us About Community Design

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Fires in the Wine Country of California recently took the lives of over 40 people. Many are still missing and the death toll will grow. This tragic disaster took place shortly after 2 devastating storms. (Hurricane Harvey flooded huge parts of Houston. Hurricane Irma destroyed a swath up the West Coast of Florida.)

What do these recent natural disasters teach us about the design of resilient communities in California?

Recognize The Good Work By Engineers And Land Surveyors In Public Service

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You often hear engineering and land surveying consultants complain about their public agency clients. Why does this happen? What is the danger of lumping all public agencies into the same stereotypical group? Why is it important to recognize engineers and land surveyors who are working hard in public service?

This article answers those questions.