George Cole

Adjunct Professor


George M. Cole is a professional surveyor, engineer, and geographer with a career including service with the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey (now NOAA); as the State Cadastral Surveyor for Florida; as a private consultant directing private surveying and mapping operations in both the United States and Latin America; as a visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico; and as an adjunct professor at Florida State University. In addition, he has served as technical advisor to several states on boundary issues; and has provided expert testimony to a number of local, state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He also has made significant contributions to professional literature and is the author of several surveying textbooks (with notable examples being Water Boundaries, John Wiley & Sons, 1996 and Surveyor Reference Manual, Professional Publications, 2009), law review articles, and research papers in professional journals.


Ph.D. Geography, Florida State University, 2007
M.S. Geography, Florida State University, 1996
B.S. Mathematics, Tulane University, 1961

Research Interests

Land survey, GIS

Selected Publications

The beginnings of satellite geodesy. 2010. Professional Surveyor Magazine, January & March

Evidence of water boundaries. 2001. Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location (Editors: Brown, Robillard & Wilson), John Wiley & Sons, 2001

Water Boundaries. 1997. John Wiley & Sons

Professional Experience

Private consultant on boundary and geospatial issues; and volunteer service as chairman of the Jefferson County Planning Commission.
Visiting professor of surveying and mapping, University of Puerto Rico in Mayag├╝ez, Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying.
State cadastral surveyor, Department of Natural Resources, Florida.

Courses Taught

GIS5073 GIS Land Survey Methods

Professional Organizations

American Association of State Surveyors, (Service as President)
American Congress of Survey and Mapping, (Fellow Member)
Florida Engineering Society
Florida Society of Professional Land Surveyors, (Recognized as Surveyor of the Year)
National Society of Professional Engineers