ohh man you missed out then.
I do remember chains and plum bobs, but we mainly went with a top-con gts 5186 i think it was, Nice piece of work, i shot over 6800 feet with it once on a sunny day, i basically aimed and hoped for the best with all the heat monkeys flowing off the ground.
The sub design's and things i did were basically " Here, run these chords in, run in this field data, draw the boundary, tie it in, and then give me ...as close to 500 lots as you can, the smallest can be no lower then 15,000 sq feet. 100 foot between curves on the road, and a min 25' radius on all r.o.w. curves. " ...ahh...those were the days..
i think i might move back to my old home town and see if my boss will put me back to work someday..
i loved the outdoors part because i got to see shit that i woudl never see any other way, towering waterfalls, mountains, rivers, cliffs, caves...a lot of nice nature. i actually have a lot of high rez pics on a disk that i took surveying so i could use them for either textures, or matte plates.