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Copyright: 2014
Page Count: 556
Format(s): Paperback, PDF
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11
  • George Cole, PhD, PE, PLS

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    George M. Cole, PhD, PE, PLS, is a practicing surveyor. He is currently vice president of Applied Geodetic Services, Inc. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Tulane University and a master of science degree from Florida State University. Among his numerous publications are the Fundamentals of Surveying Sample Examination (PPI) and Water Boundaries (John Wiley).


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    Surveyor Reference Manual, 6th Edition

    Surveyor Reference Manual for the FS and PS Exam

    George Cole's Surveyor Reference Manual (SVRM6) offers complete review for the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam. This book is part of a comprehensive learning management system designed to help you pass the FS exam the first time.

    Surveyor Reference Manual (SVRM6) features include:

    • 44 chapters provide an in-depth review of FS exam topics, and introduce many subjects covered on the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam

    • 10 appendices containing essential support material

    • Over 220 practice problems to build your problem-solving skills

    • Over 120 common surveying terms defined in an easy-to-use glossary

    • Hundreds of equations, figures, and tables

    • Industry-standard terminology and nomenclature

    • Example problems that demonstrate how to apply the concepts presented 

    Topics Covered

    • Aerial Mapping

    • Algebra and Trigonometry

    • Basic Sciences

    • Boundary Law, Cadastral Law, and Administration

    • Business Law

    • Computer Operations and Programming

    • Data Adjustment

    • Economics

    • Field Data Acquisition and Reduction

    • Finance

    • Geodesy

    • Geodetic Survey Calculation

    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    • Graphical Communication, Mapping

    • Higher Math

    • Land Development Principles

    • Laser Scanning

    • Management

    • Measurement Analysis

    • Photo/Image Data Acquisition and Reduction

    • Plane Survey Calculation

    • Probability and Statistics

    • Survey Astronomy

    • Survey Planning Process and Procedures

    • Written Communication 

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    Customer Reviews (View All - 12)

    Comprehensive and Valuable for the FS Exam Review by Customer
    Anyone thinking of taking the Fundamental Survey Exam (FS) is going to find a lot of value in this reference guide as it is comprehensive, detailed, and very easy to read even for this non-surveying guy. I did some survey work back in the day so I had to brush up on my trig a little but, otherwise, found this guide to be very easy to read even for beginners. The information also seems fairly universal given not all survey work is the same.

    Despite the hefty price, I would highly recommend this guide to anyone studying for the FS or wanted to see what's involved with being a surveyor. (Posted on 3/19/2015)

    Very thorough reference book for anyone wanting to go into the field of surveying. Review by Customer
    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)

    Indispensable Review by Customer
    This is the most up-to-date version of this text. For instance, the section on aerial mapping has been expanding from the earlier editions. Therefore, if you have one of those earlier editions, it may be well worth the investment to upgrade to this newest version. (This is especially true for university libraries updating their reference section and for professors using this text as a supplement to their classes).

    While seemingly a hefty price, this text is invaluable to those preparing for the Fundamental (FS) Surveying Exam. This massive text is, by all means, comprehensive. Now, this is also suitable for those studying for the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam. Still, the author does caution that "it may not be suitable as a stand-alone guide for all portions of the PS" (intro). So, if this is your current situation, be certain to supplement your studies with other texts also.

    What I like about the text is that it not only prepares one for the exam itself, but demystifies the process (which can radically diminish the anxiety that accompanies these exams). If you have not spoken with others who have taken this exam, try to invest time in the introduction. You will learn that your exam will be unique to you (i.e. the test-taker next to you will NOT have the same exam that you have), that you are permitted to review problems BUT not permitted to jump ahead to specific problems, and the interface contains a pop-up scientific calculator. By reading this section, there will be fewer surprises. You will, most assuredly, feel more confident in entering the exam. (Still, as a professor, I have had to take many such exams ... and, I know for a fact that it will also help to speak with some folks who have already been through the process. So, if possible, try to do that. Getting honest feedback from several people is optimal.)

    This immaculately edited, intensely researched text can help you polish areas in which you feel slightly deficient and, equally as valuable, it will confirm the areas in which you excel. In sum, it will be a boon to you.

    If you are taking the FS exam, invest in this text. You will not regret it. (Posted on 2/19/2015)