CLSA San Diego Chapter January/February Newsletter

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CLSA San Diego Chapter January/February Newsletter

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New Satellites Could Make GPS Harder to Jam – Wired Magazine

Resistance to jamming seems to be an increasingly important goal of GPS upgrades lately.  In an article in Wired Magazine by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai at  the vulnerabilities of current GPS satellites are discussed.  Upcoming GPS III satellite vehicles will have more, stronger signals, and increased compatibility with other space-based navigation systems such as Glonass and Galileo. – Reconnaissance: Unwritten Easements and ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys

This is an article by Gary Kent found in the The American Surveyor • Vol. 9 No. 5.  The idea of always checking Table A item 11b on ALTA/ACSM surveys is a good one.  This helps insure that evidence such as utilities that may result in unwritten easements is located in the field. – Reconnaissance: Unwritten Easements and ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys.



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Manitoba gets first female land surveyor

Manitoba gets first female land surveyor.

I was surprised to read that Manitoba had no female land surveyors until now.  The story gives some details about the careers of surveyors in Canada.

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KUSI News – San Diego CA – Buried in the Pavement!

San Diego Land Surveyor in the news. – KUSI News – San Diego CA – News, Weather, PPR – Buried in the Pavement!.

Survey monument found in tsunami debris on Orcas Island

April 14, 2012 1 comment

Boat owner finds tsunami debris on Orcas Island.  I noticed that a survey marker was among the debris that has washed up.  Surprisingly, this is the second story I have read about the plastic survey markers being found on the west coast.  Apparently, the plastic markers are common in Japan.  The markers are often referred to as “monuments” by surveyors, which indicates their permanent nature.  A survey monument is one of the last objects I would have expected to wash up.

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Encroaching Swimming Pools

Image by Vic Brincat

I found another news story today about a pool owner involved in a dispute over the location of a pool.  The article by Scott Daugherty appeared on the website on April 10, 2012, and reports how a homeowner built an above-ground pool in a gas utility easement and is being sued by the gas company who is the dominant tenement (owner of the easement).  In this case, the homeowner obtained the required permits from the local agency and assumed that potential issues like easements would be revealed by the permitting process.   Many permits require a title report as part of the building plan submittal and that property lines and easements be shown on the plans.  However, it is never safe to assume that the permitting agency will notice flaws in a project.  The owner is ultimately responsible for locating improvements out of areas encumbered by easements or other interests.

I recently spoke with a manager from a pool construction company who was not aware at the time that I was a Land Surveyor.  This representative  described how his company relied on fences and walls for boundary location and assumed that there was always a five-foot building setback for any back yard.   After listening, I introduced myself and offered a few hints about setbacks and easements.  I also offered my services for future pool projects that he may have.  There is a real need for public education about land surveying.

In a recent case, I performed a lot line adjustment for homeowners who accidentally built their pool across the corners of three different lots.  The property lines were located without the services of a land surveyor, and serious mistakes were made.  After the pool was mostly complete, adjoining neighbors noticed the encroaching pool and alerted my client.  The problem was eventually solved by adjusting the lot lines around the pool, but this was a painful experience for all of the owners.  Luckily the situation could be solved with the cooperation of the adjoining land owners.   At first glance the property line location probably looked simple to a contractor or homeowner.  In reality the situation was complicated by offset corner monuments, markings in the concrete sidewalks that looked like monuments (but were not) and other factors that made the boundary location a challenge even for a surveyor.

As a Land Surveyor, I would much rather locate property lines in advance of new swimming pool construction than be called to remedy situations that have gone badly wrong.  Compared to the cost of a new swimming pool, the cost of a survey is a worthwhile investment.


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