I’ve picked on Florida, I’ve picked on Missouri, I’ve picked on Alabama and I’ve picked on a few other states in this column relative to the way land surveying is practiced, and especially with reference to the minimum technical standards (sometimes referred to as standards of practice) and how they allow for bad practice to go unabated and even touted as exemplary. This month we are going to Washington state for a number of reasons.
The first is that the case I want to discuss is a Washington Court of Appeals case. I am also familiar with the way surveying is practiced in Washington. I’m not licensed there but I have presented seminars there, I have been involved in a project that studied surveying practice there and I have been involved in a board disciplinary hearing where the subject matter was proper survey practice. I have also heard from a great number of surveyors in Washington, some of whom have assailed me as a blasphemer and others who have sent me real-life examples to back up what I am saying. I will also say that I read Jerry Broadus’ book, “Washington State Common Law of Surveys and Property Boundaries,”1 prior to going to Washington last winter. By the way, it’s a great read and I highly recommend it.