Character Spotlight ‘Baseline Corporation’

Introducing our fantastic sponsors with Henry the Horned Toad!

  1. Company Name – Baseline Corporation
  2. Location – Texas (4 Regional Offices across the state)
  3. Why did you get involved in Get Kids into Survey? Baseline is active in local activities to promote land surveying and supporting GKiS is a natural progression. Land surveying is a great career choice but relatively unknown and not promoted to kids who are only ~10 years from their first jobs. GKiS does a great job of creating those educational opportunities and targeting the younger audiences. 
  4. What do you do? Baseline provides a variety of surveying needs for architects, engineers, government, and public clients. The projects may include conventional surveying such as control, topographic, boundary, right-of-way, easement, as-built surveys and staking to the use of emerging technologies like LiDAR scanning and drone flights. Baseline also proves speciality services such as tree surveys, hydrographic surveys, and has 2 Licensed State Land Surveyors (LSLS) the team. A LSLS is a surveyor licensed by the Board to survey land in which the state or the permanent school fund has an interest or perform other original surveys for the purpose of filing field notes in the General Land Office. 
  5. How long have you been in the Survey Industry? Baseline has corporate roots back almost 100 years and some staff members have over 40 years of surveying experience. 
  6. Funny Fact about you: Horned Toads can shoot blood from their eyes !
  7. Favourite piece of kit and why? The plumb bob is not needed as often now with electronic measuring instruments, but is still the simplest and most reliable tool for doing accurate measuring and line sighting. It is one of the oldest tools known to man. 
  8. Favourite Survey technique and why? Carrying a big stick, and not just as defence against aggressive critters! Seriously, we save a lot of time on topographic surveys in creeks and wooded areas by using a telescopic rod, up to 30 feet tall, to get our GPS receiver out of dense tree canopy.
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  10. How did you choose the character and what does he/she/it represent? Mean to you? What’s his/her name? Henry the Horned Toad is a very appropriate character to represent Texas surveyors. Besides having a name that rolls off the tongue well, two of our licensed surveyors are named Henry. The Texas Horned Lizard, or more-commonly referred to as a “horned toad” or “horntoad”, is an endangered species with an ancient history. Also like a Texas surveyor, it is a unique creature that can utilize its skills and abilities to survive and get the job done. Henry represents two hundred years of Texas surveying, with more than a decade as part of Mexico and another as an independent country before becoming the 28th state.