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Lucas: Traversing the Law
Clarifications on property law’s built-in limitations periods
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.
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?
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.
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.