As a professional land surveyor here in Maine, I took offense to Mr. Lucas' latest column. He, as far as I can tell, is saying that standard boundary surveys are routinely being handed out for basically mortgage loan inspections. He claims, and I quote, "This very same conduct is not only tolerated in the surveying profession, it's actually condoned by a large segment (if not the majority) of the surveying community."
If this problem is as rampant as he seems to imply, then I hold Mr. Lucas to blame. We here in Maine are required to "police" our own. If we find a problem, we report it if it can not be taken care of otherwise. I am sure Mr. Lucas knows the majority of the surveying community, right? I am appalled that your editors let such generalizations against our profession go out like this. While it MAY happen, I would be inclined to think that it would be in the very small minority. We are heavily regulated in what our product can and cannot be. If someone is taking advantage of the general populace by giving them something that is different from what is in the contract, that "surveyor" should be taken out of the profession.
--Greg Carey, PLS, Maine
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