The Attorney and the Coordinates

March 25, 2009
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Posted By Kent McMillan on 3/24/2009 at 9:07 PM

I took a map by the office of an attorney today. The map showed the results of a survey that I'd made in connection with a lawsuit about easement rights.

We sat down and I walked the attorney through the map and the findings represented on it. I started off by just turning him loose on it, saying, "Have a look without the guided tour. If I've presented things well enough, you'll be able to understand them without any additional explanation."

He then proceeded to basically describe what the map showed, hitting the high points in the proper order. So I was glad to hear it. I noticed that after we'd discussed the main findings, he was studying the coordinate list that gave the coordinates of all boundary markers and corners shown on the drawing expressed in the Texas Plane Coordinate System of 1983.

We'd worked together before, so it wasn't new to him when I told him that they could be easily converted to exact latitudes and longitudes and so represented "the exact addresses" of the boundary markers in relation to the world.

I explained to him that I put the list on the drawing so that if the opposing parties wanted to hire a surveyor, that person would have the data. I also explained that we would be able to check the other surveyor's work because if he or she came up with significantly different coordinates for the boundary markers shown, it meant that they'd made a mistake.

He smiled and said he found it all fascinating. I had to agree.

Best regards,
Kent McMillan, RPLS Austin TX

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