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The objective of this course is to provide an overview of preparing land descriptions that are free from ambiguity and need no interpretation.
This course will cover the physical and legal issues involved in
locating the limits of various property rights associated with lands
that have coastal water boundaries.
This course will focus on the code of Ethics for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.
This course will cover the origins of real property title, real property
ownership, deeds and legal descriptions, as well as conflicts of title.
Surveyors often find there is more than one opinion as to the location of interests and boundary lines between adjoiners. This course addresses such disagreements and some of their legally prescribed resolutions, including adverse possession, quiet title actions, estoppel, boundary line commissions, and boundary line agreements.
This course will focus on issues of liability which Land Surveyors may face, with an emphasis on. minimizing liability through documentation, understanding the work, and contracts. In addition, the course will provide a summary of the rules of evidence.
Forensic surveying is the topic of this course and it provides knowledge
in the areas of law of evidence, civil lawsuits, trial processes, and
This course is designed to fulfill professional development requirements for land surveyors and will focus on large floods, the most costly natural hazard in the United States.
Boundary Control Fundamentals is designed to introduce the surveyor into
the world of property law and boundary principles. It will assist in
preparing the surveyor for professional licensure and, once that goal is
achieved, to understand how best to serve clients’ needs. Although
there are no formal pre-requisites for this course, it is desirable that
the student have a basic knowledge of survey measurements,
instrumentation and mathematics prior to attempting it.
This course integrates both technical and legal aspects of mapping, to provide an understanding of the technical and regulatory basis for appropriate mapping and map change application approvals.
This course will cover the applications of the Public Land Survey
System. Calculations regarding the subdivision of regular, closing and
fractional sections will be discussed in detail in this course.
This course will cover the basics of a Public Land Survey System (PLSS)
from the general plan to the historic title of public domain to the
origins of PLSS and Original surveys.
Land Surveyors are at risk for stress and burnout. A survey conducted to explore the experience of burnout among land surveyors found there was a widespread belief that the rewards enjoyed by surveyors as a result of their professional endeavors were not commensurate with their level of skill and responsibility.
This course is designed to provide an overview of how easements are used and how they affect the land surveyor.
The word “utility” implies usefulness to the public, but surveyors may find that what is considered a “utility” in one place is not always a utility in another jurisdiction. The distinction between regulated and unregulated utilities defines the legal rights and protections these utilities may have, or the restrictions to which they may be subject. The distinction also affects how surveyors access or interpret information about the location of utilities. The statutes and case law included in this class are intended to help those who plan or stake out new or relocated utility facilities, or recover existing utility locations in the field.
This course will provide the student with a comprehensive overview of the applications of GIS by using case studies of companies across the U.S.