And now in THIS corner......GIS takes another stab at lowering the bar II (Not click bait...)
Is that surveying?
Simply collecting data isn't surveying.
Rendering an opinion on that data IS surveying. Relying on that data to write a legal description: also surveying.
GIS, as it relates to accurate positioning equates to Garbage In Sink. As soon as you throw a line on a product purporting it to be a property line, right-of-way line or an easement, you are practicing land surveying without a license, end of story.
... I can't stomach turning someone in for anything less than ill intent fraud,
I've have tried to discuss error with GIS techs but they just stare at me like I'm speaking Chinese...
@murphy I've heard this similar approach that the licensing board is reserved for malicious actions or extreme situations. I've also heard the approach that a trip in front of the licensing board doesn't have to be a terrible thing, in fact that it could beneficially help someone learn. Sometimes the misguided, well-intentioned do more damage and harm than the malicious. Without some understanding of error, there are serious questions about whether someone should be making a map trying to locate features in the world.
tax maps aren't surveying
9 times out of 10; when the client tells me, " I have a copy of the plat, so it should be REAL easy"; they show me the copy of the tax map they got with their title.
The general public is clueless, ignorant at best. It's never a big deal, until someone suffers damages; then, who will suffer the consequences?
And, what can we do to prevent that from happening?