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May 2, 2006
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The two new books, Interpreting Land Records and Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location, Fifth Edition, are filled with essential instruction and information for not only research and measurement techniques, but also case studies and instruction.

The two new books, Interpreting Land Records and Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location, Fifth Edition, are filled with essential instruction and information for not only research and measurement techniques, but also case studies and instruction.

John Wiley & Sons, a leader in engineering references, is releasing two new titles that guide surveyors and land owners through the process of researching, retracing, and establishing boundaries. Readers will find both Interpreting Land Records and Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location, Fifth Edition filled with essential instruction and information for not only research and measurement techniques, but also case studies and instruction.

The difficult task of boundary retracement begins with three substantial steps: recovering land records, determining the significance of those records, and applying the findings to conditions on the ground. Interpreting Land Records thoroughly details everything surveyors need to know to formulate sound, defendable opinions, including how courts interpret ambiguous words and conflicts between documents, and between those words and items outside the documents.

Packed with illustrative case examples accompanied by descriptions of how a retracement was performed, what the problems were, and how the surveyor resolved them, Interpreting Land Records features:

  • Practical information on records research
  • Coverage of multiple surveying methods used in the United States including the English system, Napoleonic Code, Mexican and Spanish land grant systems, and more
  • Guidance for confirming a land record with physical evidence on-site
  • Advice on using historic maps, photographs, and written documents in establishing a boundary for which official records are lost or corrupted

The second title has been a vital reference for surveying practitioners since first published more than four decades ago. This thoroughly revised edition of Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location, Fifth Edition upholds the same superior presentation of boundary laws and evidence as its predecessors, while providing the latest uses of technology in surveying, and new insights into the use of measurements as evidence.

The first section of this book covers resurveys and retracements of former surveys based on land records. It deals with the methods used for locating corners, lines, and parcels of these surveys, while detailing all types of evidence, including maps & documents, measurements, monuments & trees, and digital data. The later chapters examine the creation of new parcels of land from a legal standpoint. This edition also includes new and expanded examinations of:

  • Technology as evidence
  • Professional liability
  • How to report evidence and use it in court
  • Court conduct, both as a defendant and as an expert witness
  • The origins of boundary evidence

Whether used in conjunction with Brown's Boundary Control and Legal Principles, Fifth Edition or on its own, Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location, Fifth Edition continues to stand as the fundamental reference for licensed practicing surveyors.

With their highly illustrated, helpful case studies, and clear descriptions, both titles are essential for any licensed practicing surveyor, lawyer, judge, professionals in the real estate field, and property owners. Both of these books are available for purchase at the AEC Bookstore at www.aecstore.com.



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