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.
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.
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.
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.
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.