Land Boundary Master Class


Length: 7 weeks

Instructor: Jeff Lucas

Subjects: Other Technology: Land Boundary Law

Student Rating

Rating: 9.3/10 (view ratings)
135 students have taken this course


If you are a seasoned professional or a land surveyor in training, or somewhere in between, you need to take this course because it is the most comprehensive land boundary course available online.

POB Magazine and Jeff Lucas developed this course for professionals looking to go beyond traditional conferences and seminars. For the readers of POB Magazine and those who have attended Jeff’s live seminars, you know that no one has more passion for the land surveying profession and the surveyor’s primary responsibility—property boundaries.

This course will give you the opportunity to study and work directly with Jeff Lucas, and the ability to revisit the course content as many times as you like in the years ahead.

This is a transformative learning opportunity with limited seating.

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31 Legal Case Studies

The course includes discussion and analysis of 31 legal case studies related to land boundary law.

Self Paced Online Course

You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. Get access to all of the course materials as soon as you enroll. The instructor-led session will begin on the scheduled start date. During the session dates the instructor will be in the course answering questions on the discussion board and reviewing project work.

Access Information And Build Your Training Library

After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Earn A Certificate Of Completion

When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Self Report with Certificate: 35 Continuing Education Credits for Florida Surveyors and Mappers, 16 Texas Board of Land Surveying Credit Hours, 35 AIA LU Credits

I am licensed and have been surveying for over 30 years and found Jeff’s understanding of the law as well as the surveying profession enlightening as well as refreshing!

- Brett Bicksler, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Excellent course with real world examples. A must for any land surveyor who wants work in land boundaries.

- Neal Jones, Jones Land Surveying

Excellent course! Jeff Lucas presented the material and case studies in a very easy-to-understand manner. Any questions or confusion rising from the material and case studies is almost always explained and made clear in the multiple lecture videos. Each week builds upon the previous week's knowledge. From the teachings and material by Jeff Lucas to the exceptionally easy and simple user interface, I would highly recommend this course, from someone just entering the world of surveying to even the seasoned professional surveyor.

- Sean Squire, Stevens Cresto Engineering

This course was very informative. I would recommend this course to all surveyors at all levels in their profession. We have to change how we are surveying today. Jeff gives us the tools to make these changes so that our profession can begin to gain the respect that it has been losing over the years.

- Michael Hoffman, McNeil Engineering

I enjoyed learning in this course and found a lot of the information very beneficial.

- Charles Arnett, Southeastern Surveying and Mapping

Thank you for putting on this course and for all of your efforts over the years trying to get us surveyors to open our minds to what you and the courts are saying. I will admit that when I first read your columns and heard you speak, I was skeptical. What you were saying was not what I had been taught. As the years have gone by and I have seen how property owners are affected by what we do I feel like I finally get it. I, like others, wish I could go back and begin again. I would do so many surveys differently. The course material is excellent and I appreciate the discussion board as others have asked the questions much better than I ever could. This course has given me a new enthusiasm for what I do and I hope to pass that on to as many as I can.

- Dawn Marquardt, Marquardt Surveying

Every surveyor and his clients could benefit from the content of this course. I wish I had access to something like this earlier in my career. Jeff Lucas makes an excellent case for not amputating the wrong leg.

- John Gorman, Gorman Land Surveying

Simply put, I am a better surveyor as a result of this class!

- Nathan Woodward, Columbia County (Oregon)

This class should be part of a curriculum for everyone studying to become a land surveyor. You will walk away from this class with knowledge superior to others in your field. You will not regret the time and effort and long hours it takes to be successful with this class.

- Wiley Work, City of Lamar (Colorado)

Great course to refresh your memory on what the retracing surveyor's role is in society.

- Philip Flynn, Camp & Associates Land Surveying

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Jeff Lucas

Lucas & Company LLC

Jeffery N. Lucas is in private practice in Birmingham, Alabama. Lucas has been in the surveying business since 1976. He is a licensed land surveyor registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Lucas is a licensed attorney and member of the Alabama State Bar since 2003. Lucas specializes in land boundary issues as an attorney, land surveyor,...[more]

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Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can complete the material whenever is convenient and work ahead or catch up if you fall behind. The course discussion board is a great place to interact with other students and ask questions. Expect to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per week to the course. This session runs for the posted dates and you will receive weekly emails to keep you on pace. Course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after the course ends. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.

  • Introduction to HeatSpring (1 minute) (Video) preview
  • Welcome: Letter from Sarah Harding, "Point of Beginning" Publisher (Download .pdf)
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • List: Who Accepts the IACET CEU (Resource)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
  • Learning Objectives and Course Description (Download .pdf)
Week 1 - Boundary Surveyor's Duties & Responsibilities

Introduction, Professionalism, Knowing the Law, Boards of Administration, Technical Standards/Standards of Practice, Expert Witness Testimony, The Land Surveyor’s Sacred Trust

  • Week 1 - Welcome (16 minutes) (Video) preview
  • Week 1 - Lesson 1 - Introduction (1 hour 8 minutes) (Video)
  • Week 1 - Lesson 2 - Professionalism (59 minutes) (Video)
  • Week 1 - Lesson 3 - Expert Witness (44 minutes) (Video)
  • Handout: Week 1 - Lesson 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Handout: Week 1 - Lesson 2 (Download .pdf)
  • Handout: Week 1 - Lesson 3 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 1 - Case 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 1 - Case 2 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 1 - Case 3 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 1 - Case 4 (Download .pdf)
  • Reference: Week 1 Test (Download .pdf)
  • Test: Take the Week 1 Test (Quiz)
Week 2 - Liability & Limitations on Liability

Contract Issues, Professional Negligence, Torts, Standard of Care, Statutes of Limitation, Discovery Rule, Repose

  • Week 2 - Lesson 1 - Contracts (1 hour 4 minutes) (Video)
  • Week 2 - Lesson 2 - Liability (1 hour 5 minutes) (Video)
  • Week 2 - Lesson 3 - Limitations (1 hour 2 minutes) (Video)
  • Handout: Week 2 - Lesson 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Handout: Week 2 - Lesson 2 (Download .pdf)
  • Handout: Week 2 - Lesson 3 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 2 - Case 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 2 - Case 2 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 2 - Case 3 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 2 - Case 4 (Download .pdf)
  • Reference: Week 2 Test (Download .pdf)
  • Test: Take the Week 2 Test (Quiz)
Week 3 - Property Rights and Title to Property

Courts of Law and Equity, Statute of Frauds, Recording Statutes, Real Property Title, Deeds and Conveyances, Simultaneously Created Properties, Junior and Senior Rights, Occupational Rights

  • Week 3 - Lesson 1 - Law and Equity (1 hour 4 minutes) (Video)
  • Week 3 - Lesson 2 - Deeds and Conveyances (1 hour 7 minutes) (Video)
  • Week 3 - Lesson 3 - Junior and Senior Rights (1 hour 10 minutes) (Video)
  • Handout: Week 3 - Lesson 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Handout: Week 3 - Lesson 2 (Download .pdf)
  • Handout: Week 3 - Lesson 3 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 3 - Case 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 3 - Case 2 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 3 - Case 3 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 3 - Case 4 (Download .pdf)
  • Reference: Week 3 Test (Download .pdf)
  • Test: Take the Week 3 Test (Quiz)
Week 4 - The Boundary Establishment Doctrines

A Question of Law and Fact, Adverse Possession, The Common Grantor Doctrine, The Doctrine of Monuments, Boundary by Acquiescence, Boundary by Oral Agreement, Boundary by Practical Location, Boundary by Estoppel, Monuments and Corners

  • Week 4 - Lesson 1 - Law and Fact (1 hour 2 minutes) (Video)
  • Week 4 - Lesson 2 - Acquiescence (1 hour 2 minutes) (Video)
  • Week 4 - Lesson 3 - Monuments and Corners (1 hour 13 minutes) (Video)
  • Handout: Week 4 - Lesson 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Handout: Week 4 - Lesson 2 (Download .pdf)
  • Handout: Week 4 - Lesson 3 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 4 - Case 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 4 - Case 2 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 4 - Case 3 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 4 - Case 4 (Download .pdf)
  • Reference: Week 4 Test (PDF) (Download .pdf)
  • Test: Take the Week 4 Test (Quiz)
Week 5 - The Public Land Survey System

Intent of the Original Grantor, Original Surveys Generally, Good Faith and Bona Fide Rights, Retracement Surveys, Evidence Standards, Best Available Evidence, Lost and Obliterated Corners, The Further Subdivision of the Sections

  • Week 5 - Lesson 1 - Original Intent (1 hour 11 minutes) (Video)
  • Week 5 - Lesson 2 - Retracement (1 hour 6 minutes) (Video)
  • Week 5 - Lesson 3 - Evidence (1 hour 5 minutes) (Video)
  • Handout: Week 5 - Lesson 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Handout: Week 5 - Lesson 2 (Download .pdf)
  • Handout: Week 5 - Lesson 3 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 5 - Case 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 5 - Case 2 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 5 - Case 3 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 5 - Case 4 (Download .pdf)
  • Reference: Week 5 Test (PDF) (Download .pdf)
  • Test: Take the Week 5 Test (Quiz)
Week 6 - Other Survey Systems

Evidence and Procedures, Lot and Block Surveys, Metes and Bounds Surveys, Apportionment – Prorated and Proportionate Measurements, Right of Way Issues, ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys

  • Week 6 - Lesson 1 - Procedures (1 hours 7 minutes) (Video)
  • Week 6 - Lesson 2 - Apportionment (1 hour 14 minutes) (Video)
  • Week 6 - Lesson 3 - ALTA Surveys (54 minutes) (Video)
  • Handout: Week 6 - Lesson 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Handout: Week 6 - Lesson 2 (Download .pdf)
  • Handout: Week 6 - Lesson 3 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 6 - Case 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 6 - Case 2 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 6 - Case 3 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 6 - Case 4 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 6 - Case 5 (Download .pdf)
  • Reference: Week 6 Test (PDF) (Download .pdf)
  • Test: Take the Week 6 Test (Quiz)
Week 7 - Case Studies + 40-Question Exam

Students will watch a two-hour video and will have six cases to study. The video is an introduction to the cases that the students will need to study. After studying the cases the students will then take a 40-question final examination. The final examination will consist of 20 hypothetical questions derived from the case material. Each question will be in two parts. The first part will be either a true-false or multiple choice question. The second part will require the student to choose the correct citation that justifies the answer given in the first part of the question.

  • Week 7 Case Study Review (1 hour 59 minutes) (Video)
  • Handout: Week 7 Case Study Review (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 7 - Case 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 7 - Case 2 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 7 - Case 3 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 7 - Case 4 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 7 - Case 5 (Download .pdf)
  • Case Study: Week 7 - Case 6 (Download .pdf)
  • Reference: Final Exam (PDF) (Download .pdf)
  • Final Exam: Take the Final Exam (Quiz)
After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources. Don't forget that you'll have access to the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year). Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.

  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials (Text)
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
  • Consider Joining as a Founding Member (Resource)
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)
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