The 2012 Four Corners Surveying Seminar, being held June 15-16, at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., will have a special guest speaker this year. Jeffery N. Lucas, JD, PLS, will present an eight-hour session on “The Pincushion Effect.”
Based on Lucas’s
latest book by the
same name, the session will address the phenomena
of multiple boundary monuments being set by land surveyors when only one
boundary corner exists under legal contemplation. Property law and the law of
boundaries demand that an existing monument that has already been placed to
represent a property corner be honored by all following land surveyors. In this
way a land surveyor is either an original surveyor establishing boundary lines
and corners for the very first time, or the land surveyor is a following
surveyor whose only duty is to “follow in the footsteps” of those who went before.
Nevertheless, surveyors routinely ignore this core principle, and the
pincushion corner is a direct result.
Lucas says many surveyors do not see the
pincushion corner as a problem. They see multiple monuments at a corner as just
a difference of opinion. However, the pincushion corner has not gone unnoticed
by the legal profession, real estate professionals and the landowning general
public. It is now common knowledge in these circles that no two land surveyors
can agree on the location of any given property corner. The pincushion corner
is physical proof of that notion. Not only is the pincushion corner becoming a
public relations disaster for the land surveying profession, it is causing
those who might otherwise consider commissioning a survey of property to decide
otherwise. And herein lies the dilemma: No one wants to hire the surveyor
because of the way land surveying is practiced, the pincushion being emblematic
of that practice.
The session will delve into the effect of the
pincushion corner by exploring how the phenomena started, why it exists, and
what remedies would end the practices that allow the pincushion corner to exist
The two-day Four Corners seminar will also
include four-hour sessions on minimum standards for Colorado plats, writing
legal descriptions, boundary law and GPS field to office, as well as an
eight-hour session on railroad surveying.
For more information or to register, visit the Southwest Chapter
of the PLSC 2012 Survey Seminar
Four Corners Surveying Seminar to Address "The Pincushion Effect'
May 2, 2012