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Discussion: Only in America

in: Orienteering; News

Aug 25, 2020 12:41 PM # 
With an international system of measurements well established, leave it to the USA to reduce confusion in surveying by... fixing a problem with the foot.
Aug 25, 2020 1:52 PM # 
Well, JJ, as you know the United States is inherently different from all the other nations...I guess we need to do more to teach American Exceptionalism
Aug 25, 2020 3:13 PM # 
Who knew a foot wasn't twelve inches? Bad enough that your pints are 20% short.
Will you ever switch to the metric or are you insisting on the meteric system. And who was this Eric anyway?
Aug 25, 2020 3:30 PM # 
Hey, c'mon, we have two pints, and one of them is only 3% short!
Aug 25, 2020 3:44 PM # 
I'm not sure I've met Eric.
Aug 25, 2020 6:18 PM # 
Their gallons are about 20% undersized. too. But the good news is that the ones filled with gasoline/ petrol are about 50% the price of ours.
Aug 26, 2020 4:58 AM # 
" American Exceptionalism" . Other words come to mind.
Aug 26, 2020 6:41 AM # 
So, feet, pints and gallons all undersized. What happened to MAGA?
Aug 26, 2020 7:28 AM # 
If the Yanks were to go metric, you can bet they would have their own metre, called a meter and 37.5 inches long.
Aug 26, 2020 7:37 AM # 
I think a slightly longer survey meter would be needed too for LiDAR needs.
Aug 26, 2020 8:38 AM # 
Way back in time when I worked as a geologist in England the the National Coal Board used decimal feet in the 1950's so never got to 11 inches, but they still called the decimals inches just to add to the confusion!

Also seems like Australia had a similar idea before they worked out the metric was a better idea!!
Aug 26, 2020 10:07 AM # 
"Surveyors and engineers, being virtually strangers to money...." :)
Aug 26, 2020 2:11 PM # 
I remember when I met Eric. It was in 1987, at the end of the US Champs in Rhode Island. He came up to me and said that he liked my Grateful Dead bumper sticker.
Aug 26, 2020 7:10 PM # 
OK, I'm willing to concede that between Mr Weyman and Mr Bone the metEric system hasn't been too bad for US orienteering.
Aug 26, 2020 7:15 PM # 
Don't forget Mr Smith!
Aug 26, 2020 11:01 PM # 
The word is MetRic. But at the moment you can't as the borders are closed.
Aug 27, 2020 12:07 AM # 
Actually, I face this issue every time, working with LIDAR files from different states.
each having their own zones for coordinates and measurements units.
For instance, NYS data is metric, quadrants are based on Imperial system, mostly 0.5 mile each side. Pennsylvania and New Jersey varies from county to county, sometimes surveyor's feet, sometimes a foot is 12". While for orienteering map it is not critical, the difference between two feet, but it is critical for georeferencing. Have to read metadata in each case.
Aug 27, 2020 3:30 AM # 
The unit of measurement used in orienteering race is equal to пять пядей

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