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• Experts  • Alaska!  • Easements  • Surveyor's Roles  • 1967 ACSM  • Curt Brown Chronicles  • Slip Sliding Away  • New Zealand  • Sewer Mapping  • FEMA  • The McShane Corner  • Measurement Experts
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Editorial: Measurement Experts
You might scratch your head at Jason Foose's article about using a smart phone to measure pavement roughness, but I was attracted to it because it's just another form of measurement. I also found it cool that the guy who wrote about the importance of evidence in boundary surveying in ....
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Survey Locales
Share the spirit of land surveying, of experiencing and mapping the lay of the land. Alex Shapiro piloting a Robinson 44 Helicopter in support of a BLM Cadastral contract survey in Alaska’s Kobuk Mountains. Surveyor Matt Brockamp directing him in ....
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By taking some liberties with the exact verbiage, the following portion of the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for an ALTA/ ACSM Land Title Survey (2011) require that the map or plat shall show: The width and recording information of all plottable rights of way, easements and servitudes ....
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Gary Kent, PS 
Reconnaissance: The Surveyor's Roles & Responsibilities Part 3
In the first two installments of this series, we looked at the background of the problem that boundary surveyors face and, more often than not, propagate. That misfortune is this: the irony of surveyors (1) ostensibly doing their job by retracing record descriptions and yet, in the process ....
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Curt  Brown 
The Curt Brown Chronicles:1967 ACSM Report
Many of The American Surveyor magazine's readers have contacted me to acknowledge the value of Curt's work and how, he was not only prescient, but also how many of his themes are applicable today. What I find most interesting is the growing number of younger surveyors who inquire ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Slip Sliding Away
On March 22, a deluge of wet mud covered most of a town in Washington, killing 41 people, injuring many more, and engulfing everything in its path. The steep slopes above the Steelhead Haven development just east of Oso held massive amounts of water from rain, and the additional weight ....
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Frances Mortimer 
A Sacred Mountain's True Height Revealed
Late in 2013, researchers from the Survey School at New Zealand's Otago University embarked on a physically demanding survey to validate the height of New Zealand's highest mountain, and confirm the accuracy of a photogrammetric 3D model ....
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Joe Stokes, PS 
A New Approach for Sewer Mapping
As Surveyors in Government we are very familiar with surveying the infrastructure that provides the conveniences we've come to assume in the United States of America. I'm talking about paved roads, water, electric, communication lines, storm drainage ....
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FEMA Failures - Part 2
FEMA's primary role is to protect homeowners from natural disasters and to compensate them following losses associated with these disasters. It is not to create them. By insuring citizens most valued asset, they also protect the public's ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
The McShane Corner
If only we could go back in time to see where the original surveyors actually placed their monuments, then we could certainly rewrite a substantial amount of incorrectly recorded history that has came in the years afterward. However ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Expert of Measurement
Land Surveyors are trained in the art and science of measuring. Through this virtue I am comfortable with my belief that Land Surveyors can be relied upon as experts of measurement with regard to practicing within particular fields of knowledge. For example a Land Surveyor well ....
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