PLSS and Survey Recording

March 13, 2009
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

Posted By HOLE DIGGER on 3/12/2009 at 1:00 PM

Far below now a group of M&B surveyors are badmouthing the filing of surveys into the public record. It is a very different world in PLSSia.

Sections were created well over 100 years ago. In some cases, more like 200 years ago. Those section lines are sort of like State boundaries. Your land is either in one or the other, not one under a single description.

When a surveyor evaluates the monumentation, or lack thereof, at any section corner, quarter corner, center corner or aliquot part corner, most of the time a large number of properties are affected. Decisions on a center corner will impact only one section. Decisions on a quarter corner will impact two adjoining sections. Decisions on a section corner will impact the four adjoining sections and every property in those sections.

Any surveyor finding or setting a corner monument needs to document that information into the public record for all future use. Verifying that an existing monument is, in fact, still there as of a certain date is very helpful to surveyors evaluating evidence in the future. All descriptions in PLSSia are inherently tied to the section corners, including those inside subdivisions, as the subdivision exterior is dependent on the section's aliquot boundaries. Hence, the method of determining the value of each item of evidence in conducting a specific survey is vital to those who follow. Otherwise, you have the gigantic pincushion effect which is obviously detrimental to peaceable possession of the bundle of rights attached to a specific tract.

Now, I will grant you that any information relative to the number or location of improvements on the tract being surveyed is not of significant value to later survey decisions, in the general case. Encroachments of any kind are of concern to the client in the present. It may become the duty of a surveyor to identify encroachments at some later date. That work should be independent of the earier data. However, the boundary determination method and monumentation accepted, rejected or set it critical regardless of property value and use.

Some survey firms may work in every county in the State while others only service a specific community, county or region. It doesn't matter. The work of their surveying predecessors is absolutely critical to their current projects. Private warehousing of all survey information is detrimental to the public at large.

This is why you will find far more support for survey information recording in PLSS States.

To read the rest of this thread go to www.i-boards.com/bnp/pob/messages.asp?MsgID=1379544&ThreadID=130928&IsResponse=False#1379544

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to POB

Recent Articles by HOLE DIGGER

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

HxGN Live

More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.

POB

POB July 2014

2014 July

In the July 2014 issue, POB explores the growth of photovoltaic (PV) installations in the United States across residential, commercial and utilities markets. Also, read how an innovative system ensures the vertical alignment of Gerald Desmond Bridge.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Drones

How long until drones will be commonly used in business?
View Results Poll Archive

Point of Beginning Store

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\POB\epubsite\Statues-pic-large.gif
Surveyor Statues

The perfect gift or award for any special occasion.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Geo Locator

Buyers Guide

The #1 buyers' guide for land surveyors and geomatics professionals. Search listings for software and equipment manufacturers, equipment dealers and professional services. CLICK HERE to view GeoLocator.

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter logo  LinkedIn logo  YouTube logoRPLS small logo

Google +