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New Seminar for 2019 presented by Donald A. Wilson, LLS, RPF
Since the “sole duty, function and power” of the retracement surveyor is to “follow the footsteps” of the original surveyor, it becomes of utmost importance to begin with the original survey. Finding the original survey, interpreting and locating it on the ground can all be unique challenges. Occasionally, there is no original survey as such, but the courts have ruled on how to deal with such an anomaly.
Often the practice by the modern “retracement” surveyor is to review the current descriptions, maps, plans and so-called surveys in the neighborhood, then search for any markers in the vicinity. Any that are found are often accepted at face value as long as they “look ok” and fit within reason with the documents collected. Those not found, need to be set in proper position, which is often done according to the measurements found in various documents. Relying on these measurements, some of which are mere estimates, results in something other than a real survey, and probably is no better than a “best guess”; it is not adhering to the rule of law to follow the original surveyor or the original survey. Consequently, it likely constitutes either a breach of contract or a violation of one or more laws.
This presentation will include 2 hours addressing the ethical considerations of the “sole duty, function and power" of the retracement land surveyor.
New Seminar for 2019 presented by Kristopher M. Kline, PLS
Making Tracks – Railroad Problems. Numerous lawsuits emphasize the problems facing the surveyor who attempts to determine the limits and nature of property rights associated with rail lines. This course focuses on Railroad easements and rights of way with a specific focus on understanding how the courts determine the location and ownership of a rail corridor. This class includes hands-on problems for the student.
Ethics, Professionalism and the Courts. This ethics course focuses on professional behavior from the perspective of court decisions. The class includes real-life examples where surveyor’s behavior has been analyzed and critiqued by judges across the country. It also includes relevant segments from local standards of practice and codes of ethics.
Note: All prices in US Dollars