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.
Learning Objective #1
Describe the differences between being a “professional” and a mere “technician”, including the importance of knowing the laws that affect the practice of land surveying, including but not limited to, property boundary law, relevant administrative law, contracts, torts, remedies and imitations on liability.
Learning Objective #2
Identify technical standards and standards of practice really required of the professional land surveyor.
Learning Objective #3
Recognize known pit-falls and advantages of providing expert witness testimony, including what will be required and what is not required of the land surveyor.
Learning Objective #4
Identify key components of professional services contracts and the differences between these types of contracts and non-professional services contracts, including liability that can arise under contract and ways to limit liability under contract.
Learning Objective #5
Summarize the key risks of tort liability, including the various torts that the land surveyor can commit during the course of providing professional services.
Learning Objective #6
Explain the limitations on liability, applicable statutes of limitation, the “discovery rule” and its application to statutes of limitations, and the difference between “statutory repose” and the “rule of repose.”
Learning Objective #7
Describe the difference between the law and equity, and the importance this difference makes with regard to their professional practice.
Learning Objective #8
Recognize key recording statutes and the meaning of real property title.
Learning Objective #9
Recite the elements of deeds and how real property is conveyed and when it’s not, and the consequences relative to the professional surveyors practice.
Learning Objective #10
Summarize the association, consequences and relationship between the conveyance of real property, simultaneously created properties, junior-senior conveyances, and occupational rights.
Learning Objective #11
Recognize the difference between title to property (the legal question) and the location of that property on the ground (the fact question).
Learning Objective #12
Describe adverse possession and the role it plays with regard to the two-part question, and the affect adverse possession has on the land surveyor’s professional practice.
Learning Objective #13
Recite the six primary boundary establishment doctrines, how they apply, when they apply, and how to apply them in practice. The six primary boundary establishment doctrines being: The Common Grantor Doctrine; The Doctrine of Monuments; Boundary by Acquiescence; Boundary by Oral Agreement; Boundary by Practical Location; and Boundary by Estoppel.
Learning Objective #14
Describe how and why monuments play such a significant role in the establishment of property boundaries, including when monuments do not play a role in the establishment of property boundaries.
Learning Objective #15
Summarize little known and little discussed requirements for surveying within the Public Land Survey System (PLSS).
Learning Objective #16
Assess the original intent of the original developer (the federal government) under the PLSS, and the consequences this has on the original surveys under the system and subsequent resurveys conducted by the modern-day practitioner.
Learning Objective #17
Conduct resurvey in the PLSS, with an understanding of the evidence standards and the affect they have on retracement surveys, and what “best available evidence” means and how to recognize it.
Learning Objective #18
Compare and contrast lost, obliterated and existent corners under the PLSS, including how the further subdivision of the sections took place and the significance this has on modern-day practice.
Learning Objective #19
Describe evidence and procedures relative to boundary retracement surveys, including how to gather evidence, how to weigh evidence, and then how to render a well-reasoned opinion on the only questions open to the land surveyor—the location question.
Learning Objective #20
Recite proper procedure for the execution of surveys in the “lot and block” and “metes and bounds,” context, including pit-falls associated with preparing and performing an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey under the 2011 revised standards.
Learning Objective #21
Apply knowledge gained in the course to six fresh court cases. Take and pass a final examination consisting of 20 hypothetical questions based on the scenarios taken for the final six case studies.
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