Posted By Wendell T. Harness, PLS on 5/20/2009 at 9:44 PM

So I have this client who hired me to perform a Boundary Line Adjustment. He and his neighbor got together and decided where they want their common line to be. It was approved and the survey has been submitted and checked by the County Surveyor's Office. The final mylar will be submitted tomorrow. Or will it?

Last week, I visited the project to set new monuments. In order to do so, I had to do some more traverse work (the job is on a steep mountainside) from the original traverse to get in the general vicinity of the new corners. I set new traverse points on the neighbor's property (the neighbor of the client who agreed to the BLA) and checked in to another original traverse point. All checked out great with some very minor adjustments. At both of the new points, I set painted lath marked "PLEASE SAVE!" with flagging. It was quite clear that I wanted them saved. The neighbor was having a garage built, so there was some construction activity on-site that we had to deal with. But we set the points out of danger (so we thought) and as far from the active area as possible. You probably know where I'm going with this by now.

I contacted the client, told him we set some points that needed to be saved and that we would return the following Wednesday (today). He said he would inform the neighbor.

Upon arrival at the site today, one of the traverse points was buried under a huge stack of concrete forms. Moving that stack wouldn't have been too terribly bad, except that now there was a spoil pile, a few vehicles and some other construction equipment in the way. I reassessed the situation and decided it would be easier to traverse again but from a different original traverse point.

So we ran a new traverse, set the new monuments, and called it a day.

Do I send a bill for last week's wasted day? For the record, I do have a contract, but I don't have any verbiage about destroyed control points (that may be the kicker).

I already have an opinion, but I'd sure like to hear some others.