Articles by Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.

Saving Surveying As We Know It Starts With A Simple Question

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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I have heard and seen a lot of things relative to surveying and the land surveying profession over these many years, but one thing I have heard constantly and one thing that I have not heard bother me the most.


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A Statute of Limitation on Boundaries

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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 Clarifications on property law’s built-in limitations periods


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A New Practice Model

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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When anybody can be an expert measurer, and the perception is that a GIS map is just as good as a survey, then the land surveying profession as we currently know it will cease to exist. 


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Professional Surveyors: Ensuring the American Dream

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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 If only this were the case. How different would the land surveying profession be if this were the general perception people had about land surveyors over the past several decades? How different could the land surveying profession be if we made this a reality in the very near future?   


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Professional Surveyors – Ensuring the American Dream

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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If only this were the case. How different would the land surveying profession be if this were the general perception people had about land surveyors over the past several decades? How different could the land surveying profession be if we made this a reality in the very near future?
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What's Wrong with the Land Surveying Profession

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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This isn’t a question. It’s a lead-in to another example of what is wrong with the land surveying profession, as if we need another example.
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Looking at Fraud in the Land Surveying Profession

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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I imagine most land surveyors don’t give the idea of committing fraud a second thought in their everyday practice. I know this because in my discussions with land surveyors over a 30-plus year career, and in traveling across the country and meeting surveyors at various conferences and other venues, I have yet to come across a surveyor who gave me the impression that they wanted to mislead their clients in any way. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of these surveyors seem to pride themselves in trying to do the right thing, even though as we know, the road to you-know-where is paved with good intentions.
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Land Surveyor as Equity Judge

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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 Many learned minds with a better understanding of the law or land surveying, or both, have expressed the idea that the land surveyor is both judge and jury when it comes to rendering a well-reasoned opinion on the location of property boundaries.  


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TRAVERSING THE LAW

Why Our Technical Standards Need to Go

Take away the crutch that allows bad practitioners to damage our citizens with impunity
By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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Our technical standards, as they exist today, simply provide cover for bad practitioners who are able to break the law, damage property rights and adversely affect the well-being of our citizens—with impunity. No other profession allows similar activity to go unpunished, and we wonder why we get no respect. 


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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.
By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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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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In this September 2014 issue of POB, we take a look at a book that reveals how a rare-map dealer made millions stealing ancient maps. Also, discover the secrets of a 21st-century surveyor and how technology enables small surveying businesses to ease growing pains and maximize their potential.

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