About Amerisurv| Contact    
Magazine | Newsletter    
Flickr Photos | Advertise    
HomeNewsNewsletterAmerisurv DirectoryJobsStoreAuthorsHistoryArchivesBlogVideosEvents
 
advertisement


Subscriptions
Software Reviews
Sponsored By

Continuing Series
     RTN
An RTN expert provides everything you need to know about network-corrected real-time GNSS observations.
Click Here to begin the series,
or view the Article PDF's Here
76-PageFlip Compilation
of the entire series
Test Yourself

Got Answers?
Test your knowledge with NCEES-level questions.
  Start HERE
Meet the Authors
Check out our fine lineup of writers. Each an expert in his or her field.
Wow Factor
Sponsored By


Product Reviews
Partner Sites

machinecontrolonline 


lbszone.com

GISuser.com

GeoJobs.biz

GeoLearn

 

Spatial Media LLC properties

Associates

ASPRS

newsnow 

Home arrow Archives   The American Surveyor     

REVISED Society Committees Adopt Draft of New 2011 ALTA/ACSM Survey Standards Print E-mail
Written by Gary Kent   
Friday, 27 August 2010

Note: These Standards are subject to approval by ALTA and NSPS this fall, and will not be effective until February 23, 2011.

A 118Kb Word doc of the standards can be downloaded HERE

The final draft of the proposed 2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey Standards was approved by a joint committee of the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) which met in Chicago on August 11, 2010. The document will now go up for a vote by the membership of ALTA in October and the NSPS Board of Governors and Board of Directors in November. Assuming both organizations approve the new document, it will become effective on February 23, 2011.

The proposed 2011 Standard is a major revision—the first significant rewrite of the Standards since they were first adopted by ACSM and the American Title Association (now ALTA) in 1962. The revised Standards represent the culmination of over two years of concentrated work by a large NSPS committee and a select group of title attorneys with ALTA.

Several hundred suggestions and comments from dozens of interested surveyors and attorneys across the country were reviewed over the course of two years during this effort, and many of them were incorporated into the new draft. A number of suggestions were otherwise good, but were, for whatever reason, rejected by the committee. A few represented a lack of understanding of the purpose of a Land Title Survey and the need for a collaborative title industry/surveying profession effort.

Other suggestions represented comments from persons who simple do not have the benefit of understanding the challenges of writing a national standard. For example, there are differences across state lines and in state standards or practices as related to the name of the final product (called a ‘plat’ in most states, but a ‘map’ in some), mandatory monumentation (issues related to Records of Survey in western states), and when a new description should be prepared (a regular practice in some states, but not in most).

Notwithstanding the complete reformatting and reorganization represented by the 2011 Standards, following are some of the primary highlights of the changes in the standards from 2005 to 2011.

An effort was made to standardize wording with regard to the property being surveyed, which has, in the past, been referred to as the “premises,” the “property,” the “parcel,” and the “tract.” The 2011 Standards use the term “the surveyed property,” except where it is not appropriate.

Also made more consistent was the use of varying terms such as “visible,” “observed,” “observable,” and “physical” in earlier versions. The 2011 Standards use the term “observed in the process of conducting the survey” wherever possible and appropriate.

With regard to the boundary, other significant additions include a sentence that defines what constitutes an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey, guidance on Land Title Surveys of non-standard types of properties (such as marinas, trailer parks and campgrounds), a recognition of the existence of the normal standard of care, and a section that addresses need for the application of proper boundary law principles in the resolution of boundaries. The issue of junior/senior rights has also been addressed. Where there is a water boundary, there is now a requirement that the feature located on the survey (e.g. bank, edge of water, low water line, etc.) should bear some relationship to how that boundary is described in the writings.

The measurement standards have been fully incorporated into the Standards for the first time since 1986, rather than being a separate attachment. In addition, the term Relative Positional Accuracy has been changed to Relative Positional Precision (RPP) to properly reflect what the term actually represents. The definition of RPP (formerly RPA) has also been clarified and the points involved in the analysis are now limited to the actual corners of the property surveyed. To assist in the understanding and application of RPP, the committee is working with volunteers to develop a document that will not be part of the Standards per se, but that will be a reference for surveyors with respect to the measurement standards.

Other changes include several sub-sections and a new Table A item that clarify the surveying and depiction of easements – both on-site and off-site. Other new Table A items include one related to wetlands locations and one which requires the surveyor to have professional liability insurance. A new section on deliverables gives a nod to digital copies.

Finally, the section on the certification now includes wording requiring that “the plat or map shall bear only the following certification, unaltered …” (emphasis added), except as may be required by jurisdictional requirements (some states require additional specific wording).

Comments on the final draft have been very positive and the committee looks forward to its adoption. Again, the draft is subject to approval by ALTA and NSPS, so readers are encouraged to “stay tuned.”

Gary Kent, PLS, Chair of both the ALTA Liaison Committee and of the NSPS ALTA/ACSM Standards Subcommittee would like to thank the many persons who contributed to this effort. In particular, special thanks to those involved in the joint committee: Craig Amey, PLS (MI), Richard Bales, Esq. (IL), Patrick Beehler, PLS (WA), Daneece Berge, Esq. (TX), Paul Burn, PLS (NV), Paul McNamara, Esq. (MA), Kelly Romeo (ALTA, Washington, D.C.), and Curt Sumner, PLS (VA). 

Note: These Standards are subject to approval by ALTA and NSPS this fall, and will not be effective until February 23, 2011.

A 118Kb Word doc of the standards can be downloaded HERE
 
< Prev   Next >

 American Surveyor Recent Articles
Editorial 
Thought Leader: The Incredible 5000 Mile Odyssey of a Survey Marker
One evening in early 2013 with nothing else to do I was browsing the Internet idly searching surveying-related stories. I discovered a TV news story broadcast by KIRO-TV in Seattle, Washington about a charter boat captain, who on March 31, 2012, found an unusual looking plastic stake, with ....
Read the Article
Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: The Longer (Wetter) View
Every dam, levee, berm, sea wall, or other structure intended to restrain or divert water from its natural course has an inherent risk of failure, whether due to aging, improper construction, inadequate design, or unexpected volumes of water overcoming even the strongest and newest ....
Read the Article
Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Challenging Future for the Land Surveyor
The purpose of any registration act is to protect the public from the unqualified. It is certainly not a means of granting to a few an easy means of earning a living to the exclusion of others. As a condition of licensing, the public has a right to expect that those who are licensed are qualified ....
Read the Article
Mary Jo Wagner 
20,000 Feet - A Challenge of Mountainous Proportions
Centuries ago, Alaska Natives first christened America's highest mountain with the indigenous Athabasacan name of Denali, meaning "The Great One." And it is indeed great in both height and stature. From as far back as 1897, the mountain was ....
Read the Article
Evan Page, PS 
Conflict? Surveyors, Not the Supreme Court, Create Confusion
After reading Mike Pallamary's The Supreme Court Introduces Confusion and Conflict in Boundary Law (March 2015 TAS), feedback over the past few months, and Chuck Karayan's counterpoint, U.S. Supreme Court Reduces Confusion and Conflict in Boundary Law (June 2015 TAS), I feel the ....
Read the Article
Larry Trojak 
From Snow's Sting to Solar King
If there is still any doubt in anyone's mind that the renaissance taking place in Buffalo, N.Y. is real, they need look no further than the project unfolding at the site of the former Republic Steel plant in South Buffalo. There, local construction mainstay ....
Read the Article
Eric Stahlke, PS 
The Final Voyage - Part 4
Fellow surveyors Alvin and Peter, our cook Jeff and yours truly were taking the Seloohge to the village of Hughes. After surviving an eventful passage down the Tanana and Yukon Rivers, we now found ourselves on the Koyukuk, going upriver. The rest of our group had split off in Tanana and were ....
Read the Article
Jason E. Foose, PS 
The HP 35s Calculator - A Field Surveyor's Companion: Part 12 - Resection
Most of the programming work we've experienced thus far is no more than reliable math being indisputable as to its singular solution. This multiple point Resection should offer a good solution but not an exact solution in ....
Read the Article
Feedback 
FeedBack
It is unfortunate that Mr. Leininger wrote an entire column that completely misled his readers with a patently false proposition and a flagrant misrepresentation of the 2011 ALTA/ACSM Standards. The very first sentence of his column states "Did you realize that the 2011 ALTA/ ACSM ....
Read the Article
Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself: Stationing a Curve
What are the stations of the PC and the PT if stationing increases left to right? RB=334.260', AC=234.567'. PI STATION=10+00. For a sketch and the the solution to this problem (and much more), please visit our website at: www.amerisurv.com. Good luck! ....
Read the Article
Gary Kent, PS 
Reconnaissance: Professional Surveyors: Where and Who Art Thou?
As I have traveled the country this year, several interrelated themes keep coming up. One is something I have not heard in a while: "Where can I find good people?" Back in ancient times (pre-2007), I heard that question constantly, then for about 7 years, not at all. But now it's back ....
Read the Article

deliciousrssnewsletterlinkedinfacebooktwitter

Amerisurv Exclusive Online-only Article ticker
Featured Amerisurv Events
List Your Event Here
please
contact Amerisurv


Google
 
AMERISURV TOP NEWS

Educator Dave
Gibson Passes

GOT NEWS? Send To
press [at] amerisurv.com
Online Internet Content

Sponsor


News Feeds

 
Subscribe to Amerisurv news & updates via RSS or get our Feedburn
xml feed

Need Help? See this RSS Tutorial

Historic Maps
Careers

post a job
Reach our audience of Professional land surveyors and Geo-Technology professionals with your GeoJobs career ad. Feel free to contact us if you need additional information.

 

Social Bookmarks

Amerisurv on Facebook 

Amerisurv LinkedIn Group 

Amerisurv Flickr Photos 

Amerisurv videos on YouTube 

twitter

 




The American Surveyor © All rights reserved / Privacy Statement
Spatial Media LLC
905 W 7th St #331
Frederick MD 21701
301-620-0784
301-695-1538 - fax