Legal Issues

Geospatial Community Feels Pinch of Government Shutdown

Executive director of MAPPS issues statement urging resolution.

Executive director of MAPPS issues statement urging resolution.

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MAPPS Puts Focus on Drones

Policy Lunch Addresses Concerns Over UAS Privacy, Policy, Perception

MAPPS held a Washington Policy Lunch with group members and Congressional staffers in conjunction with the AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems conference.

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Examining Adverse Possession in the United States

 The doctrine of adverse possession has a particular fascination for me, but interest in this topic goes far beyond the surveying profession. Attorneys, employees of government agencies and the general public all become enthusiastic when squatters’ rights or trespass are mentioned.  

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Traversing the Law

How Boundary Lines are Established

Boundaries defined by property owners are as old as property itself; property lines are dependent on the actions (or inactions) of landowners.

How do boundary lines become established? This is a critical question for the land surveyor who is interested in surveying property.

 What I mean by surveying property is rendering a well-reasoned opinion on the limits of ownership, not simply staking out geometry from a deed or rendering a new mathematical breakdown of a section.  

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Unmistakable Marks

Go With the Flow

While major flooding is a staple for headlines on the national news, another common flooding problem is less spectacular but may be equally problematic for the property owner and the surveyor. Surface flow water has often been the source of disputes between adjoining property owners.

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What Does it Mean to Survey Property?

I recently posted this question on a message board and received more than a few responses. This was by no means a scientific study, but the resulting comments, many of which strayed way off topic, confirmed what I have already come to realize. The answer to this question lies largely in the eyes of the beholder.

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Down to the River

Surveyors have long applied the rules of construction in interpreting deeds, wills and express grants of easements. Monuments generally control over measurements, with area at the bottom of the list. However, there are many other rebuttable presumptions the court may apply when considering the intent of the parties to a conveyance.

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Liberated Beavers and Cavorting Catfish

A student recently asked if court opinions ever discussed beavers and their propensity for obstructing streams and ditches.
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Don't Give Up on Acquiescence

Acquiescence can have many meanings, depending on the court in which the word is spoken.
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Objective Uncertainty

Fundamental to a well-reasoned opinion on the location of property boundaries, also known as a survey of property, is being able to properly interpret a deed. Proper interpretation of a deed requires understanding uncertainty.
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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.


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2014 October

In this October 2014 issue of POB, we explore cities across Europe pursuing new sustainable energy policies. Also, read how 3D laser scanning produces a winning topographic survey for a high school football field and running track.

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