I know many SITs and Texas RPLSs that have used this book, and prior editions, to pass their exams. (Other knowledge and material is required for PLS or RPLS exams)! Find me on Linked in (Darrell Ellis)! (Posted on 9/16/2015)
Wow! There is a lot more to surveying than I had ever thought! This book really gives you the low down on all things related to surveying. The math alone that is involved in surveying is quite extensive. If you ever thought about going into the field of surveying, this book is a great book to help you get started. From mathematics to computer programming, this book pretty much covers it all. But mostly it's math, math, and more math, with a little field study mixed in. There is even a chapter about the early history of property law, the Feudal system, homesteading rights, etc.
As much as I like to learn about anything I can learn about, because I love to know how things work, I have to admit that this book is overwhelming to me. There is so much information to process. But for someone who is going into the field, this book is chock full of information to help you prepare for the FS exam, with over 220 practice problems to build your problem-solving skills, and hundreds of equations, figures, and tables, this book will give you a great start. Once you pass your exam, this book can serve as a great reference book to go back to throughout your surveying career for a quick reference. The layout of the book is easy to navigate and it is easy to find just the information you are looking for quickly. (Posted on 3/19/2015)
You buy Surveyor Reference Manual for the purpose of preparing for the FS (Fundamentals of Surveying) and PS (Principles and Practice of Surveying) exams conducted by NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying), and the book can also serve as a comprehensive reference after you pass the exams and become a surveyor by profession.
The Manual contains 44 chapters covering all fundamental surveying terminology and nomenclature. The first ten chapters are related to the mathematics of surveying: Algebra, Basic and Analytical Geometry, and Trigonometry, System of units, Dimensional Equations, Perimeter and Circumference, Area and Volume, and Rectangular Coordinate System. Chapters 11 through 22 discuss surveying concepts of measurements. Chapters 23 through 39 relate to history and development of land ownership. And Chapters 40 through 44 discuss the use of computers in surveying, economic analysis, and ethics.
The Manual describes in great detail the types of questions a test taker will encounter and offers many practice questions throughout the book.
(Posted on 2/19/2015)