For many years now I’be been abandoning the position of instrument person at my business. I’ve instead looked toward the future of surveying and gone robotic. My tendencies towards the future have inadvertantly eliminated a vital teaching tool for young instrument men trying to take the next step in their career. The title of instrument person used to mean something. It was the sophmoric learning years of everyone’s natural gravitation towards becoming the party chief. It seems ironic that technolgy replaced one of the greatest teaching positions for budding instrument men to move up and become accustomed to using the tools that make us masters of measurement. Which brings me to my point….. How do you train the chainman who’s life has been relegated to pounding hubs and writing on lathe for a living?? Also, how do we do this is in a cost effective mannor? It used to be do or die..Keep up or get out! If you couldn’t handle the data collections operations, keep tidy cut sheets and keep the instrument pointed at your boss you simply didn’t last. Is there really a light at the end of the tunnel? Or are all of us who embrace technology rapidly working ourselves out of a viable profession?