In my August and October columns, my most recent, we discussed a litmus test for property boundary surveys (i.e., how to know when you have gotten it right) and what the appropriate boundary law principles are and how and when they apply — at least to the extent that can be done in a short column.
Surveyors are intimately familiar with the frequent disagreements between private landowners over a disputed boundary line. However, the disagreements most likely to make headlines are those situations where adjoining states are unable to agree on the location of their common boundaries.
I am trying to highlight an area of concern that relates every day to us as land surveyors across these United States. My intent with this article is to turn the scope to the subject of discrepancies and related mapping processes.
Unless you have worked as part of a three- or four-person crew, you will miss much of the fun in land surveying. I have to think that those old GLO survey teams of 20 or more must have had some hairy adventures that provided great entertainment as the stories were told around the evening campfire.
It’s no secret the geospatial profession is making leaps and bounds both commercially and philanthropically. From the use of GPS to operate cars without a driver, to the use of drones to assess forest fires, to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map what help is needed where in the aftermath of earthquakes, professionals in the field are constantly developing extremely useful new applications for existing technology.