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History of Surveyors OnLine prior to 1999
this draft document created as recalled by Maynard Riley in March 2001

View comments on this itemAdd your comment on this item1 I believe that Prof. David Wahlstrom had the first survey oriented BBS answering modem calls.

Add your comment on this item2 1987 - I had a BBS online with FidoNet.

View comments on this itemAdd your comment on this item3 Paul Durgin came online with FidoNet BBS Leased_Squares and started an EchoMail conference. There were only two of us sharing that.

View comments on this itemAdd your comment on this item4 1992 George Fergusson gave up on installing Opus for FidoNet, and launched SurveyNet BBS and QWK email network.

View comments on this itemAdd your comment on this item5 1995 there were about 17 systems in the SurveyNet network when George pulled the plug, including
Bill Thoen's GISnet BBS in CO,
Jerry Wahl's Cadastral Survey BBS in VA,
Marc Cheves running Professional Surveyor BBS in MD,
Randy Orvis's Total Station BBS in NH,
Maynard Riley's Terrapin Station BBS in IL,
John Fisher in ME, and Jeff Austin in WI.
Loren Gibson and Kelly Bellis and Knud Hermansen were active

View comments on this itemAdd your comment on this item6 1995 saw folks populating the Internet:
my site at homepage.interaccess.com/~maynard
Stan Thompson's LSRP.com
Mark Deal's RPLS.com
Jerry Wahl's Cadastral.com

View comments on this itemAdd your comment on this item7 1995 spearheaded by Michael MacInnis, the newsgroup sci.engr.surveying was created by 486 affirmative votes, of which only half were from the US.

Add your comment on this item8 1996 Land Surveyors Online started as a commercial venture, hosting: Professional Surveyor Magazine, under Marc Cheeves then as now, Editor; and ACSM, under Robert Simanski.

Add your comment on this item9 1996 - Dave Wahlstrom started a surveying oriented Majordomo mailing list.

Add your comment on this item10 1997 - early summer, there were 22 US State and Canadian Province surveyors Association sites online, of which only 4 were using their own domain name.

View comments on this itemAdd your comment on this item11 Kelly Bellis brings back SurveyNet on the WWW using UBB

View comments on this itemAdd your comment on this item12 1 Jan 1999 - LSO goes off line

Add your comment on this item13 This document intends to include events only prior to 1999.