Does anyone have any good examples of using Python to automate or simplify common surveying tasks?
I'm teaching a Python/ArcPy lab this week for a GIS class. There are a number of surveying students in the class that think GIS is largely a waste of their time, and are only taking the course because it's required. I want to give them something to be excited about.
A little context: Most of the students will probably be working for forestry or title companies when they graduate, and we are in Arkansas, so almost everything around here is based on PLSS. So far, my thoughts are showing them the angular math functions and mentioning the couple of free Python-based CAD programs. I've also learned there is a project to write a plugin for AutoCAD that provides a Python interface. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Edit: I've already taught the class, and as expected, the surveyors weren't too thrilled. I'd still love to hear any good examples of using Python to facilitate surveying.