While the profession of surveying is one with a long history, there have been rapid changes to the industry over the last decade, bringing about myriad new tools designed to increase efficiency, accuracy or access. Despite this, there are several fundamental and core things that surveyors need to understand when working. In this session, presenters will take on three of these key core areas. 1) Why it is important to look at accuracy and utilize survey ground control appropriately; 2) how and why to choose and navigate different datum and projections, and 3) evaluating what tools are the right match for which project. Following the presentations focused on best practices and considerations in these areas, a broader Q&A will focus on audience questions and provide contextual expertise from leaders in the surveying industry.