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)
First off, this is a thorough and well laid out book. It's chocked full of math problems and examples and starts from the bare basics and quickly moves on to the complicated concepts in a well laid out methodical fashion. Let me tell you what I found in the hopes that it'll help you decide whether this book is for you. It's softbound (I received a softbound copy but that might be that's because its an evaluation copy -- the product page clearly reads hardbound) so to me it has has the feel of a study guide or even a textbook.
WHAT THIS IS (to me)
- It's a great test preparation book -- it covers all the concepts very well and is very up to date technologically
- It's a great "reference" if you're going to be sitting at home planning and preparing for a certain type of work
WHAT THIS IS NOT (to me)
- It's not really a field reference guide in my opinion (and in its defense, I don't think it's meant to be one) --- a field reference to me is a spiral bound, thick paged, tabbed book that has a lot of shortcuts and laid out in a fashion to really help you get your work done fast -- This book is not that, it feels like a workbook with lots of text and a lot of math problems ranging from simple to the standard math that surveyors use (the cover is full color but the inside is black and white) It is thorough and well laid out but its meant to be comprehensive and detailed and it has sample problems etc -- so its mean to help you prepare (for the test or for a real job but not so much in the field). You can use it as a reference but I wouldn't go out to the job site unprepared and expect this to help you quickly get things done with this thing....I'd study the night before, refer to it, and if I have a particular question on the field site, you know where to go can go and look it up - and in that sense it's a great reference manual.
I will say that I think the book's title is accurate -- It's a reference manual for surveyers (and it's also a test preparation guide). Just make sure you know what you're buying this for and you should be great.
SHOULD YOU GET THIS OR CHEAPER OLDER EDITION
- Technology in this field is changing quite rapidly so I wouldn't short change yourself a few bucks if you need a solid up to date reference manual. I'd get the new one. Many of the basic concepts are the same but as you move on to more advanced stuff there is some difference.
I thought it was a great and up to date manual. (Posted on 2/19/2015)