I have been doing a lot of thinking here recently about the many problems facing the land surveying profession. If you haven’t noticed, most of my columns over the past several years have focused on some of these problems, and I have also brought possible solutions to the table.
Practical location is one member of a nebulous pantheon of principles (also including acquiescence, agreement, adverse possession and estoppel) by which the courts attempt to fix disputed boundaries on the ground. The original dispute might have been caused by overlapping (or nonexistent) surveys and deeds, or by the inevitable loss of original monumentation over time.
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.