1 I believe that Prof. David Wahlstrom had the first survey oriented BBS answering modem calls.
2 1987 - I had a BBS online with FidoNet.
3 Paul Durgin came online with FidoNet BBS Leased_Squares and started an EchoMail conference. There were only two of us sharing that.
4 1992 George Fergusson gave up on installing Opus for FidoNet, and launched SurveyNet BBS and QWK email network.
5 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
6 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
7 1995 spearheaded by Michael MacInnis, the newsgroup sci.engr.surveying was created by 486 affirmative votes, of which only half were from the US.
8 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.
9 1996 - Dave Wahlstrom started a surveying oriented Majordomo mailing list.
10 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.
11 Kelly Bellis brings back SurveyNet on the WWW using UBB
12 1 Jan 1999 - LSO goes off line
13 This document intends to include events only prior to 1999.