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“The Pincushion Effect” discusses the phenomena of multiple boundary monuments being set by land surveyors; however, property law and the law of boundaries demand that an existing monument that has already been placed to represent a property corner be honored by all following land surveyors. Surveyors who ignore this principle often fall victim to the pincushion effect, which can cause the surveyor’s ethics to be challenged. This book examines the full effect of the pincushion corner by exploring how the phenomena started and why it exists, and provides remedies to end the practices that allow the pincushion corner not only to exist, but to flourish.
“The multiple monument dilemma belongs to American land surveying and it should be resolved by the profession without any other entity needing to step in,” said Lucas. “But anyone interested in property law, property boundaries, land ownership, or land surveying will find something of interest in this book.”
Lucas runs a private practice in Birmingham, Ala., and has been in the surveying business since 1976. He is a licensed land surveyor registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Lucas is also a licensed attorney, has been a member of the Alabama State Bar since 2003 and a mediator registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster. Lucas specializes in land boundary issues and practices throughout the Southeast. He has been a seminar leader on surveying topics that include ALTA/ACSM standards, boundary law, law of easements, water boundaries, surveying evidence and procedures, expert witness testimony, business law, contract law, torts and liability. In addition to being a regular columnist for POB, Lucas has also authored “Alabama Boundary Law”.
Copies of “The Pincushion Effect” can be purchased at www.AECStore.com/pincushioneffect/.