Calculated or As Set, Which Do You Use On Your Plat?
Good arguments here for not reporting distances to the nearest 0.01'
I knew a surveyor that rounds his dimensions to the closest minute, and tenth of a foot.
the problem that erupts is that a 20 course description could fail to close by some amount, inclusive of the tangent of 29” x the distance of each course. Plus 0.05’
This can accumulate quite a bit, depending on the size of the tract. I wish Carlson had a program to allow every brg and dist to change by 0.044’ and 0d00’29.4”, and that it would force a closure.
For this reason, I publish brgs to the second, and distances to the hundredth.
I’m not saying that each course is that precise. I am keeping the overall integrity intact.
You boys would pull your hair out working in upstate ny....0.5' on a village lot line or several feet in the sticks is just another survey up here....i have 3 former surveyors that have worked my area that 100" is the search area for their pins in the puckerbrush...come to think of it, my comb has seen little use as of the last decade or so
There cannot be a cloud on title when an monument is still in existence and accepted by action or inaction.
As surveyors, we all appreciate the value of monuments. Especially those that are called out in legal descriptions. Other people that use the documents we produce - attorneys, title companies, lenders, etc., etc. - maybe not so much. Monument calls routinely get stripped out and/or their significance is underappreciated.
Sure, you get it in front of a judge and you can probably win your case. If you are going to conduct your surveying on that basis your life will be unnecessarily difficult. When the original dimensions are not wrong, you should accept them and work with them. Make it easy for people to go along with you.
Plus, this manner of always disagreeing with the last surveyor by slight amounts is disrespectful. As surveyors we understand that a line length 99.98' is the same as 100.02' is the same as 100.00', but the non-surveyor doesn't always. It looks to them like somebody is right and somebody is wrong. If the other guy has better rapport, it may be you that they decide is wrong. That doesn't make you wrong, of course. But you may very quickly get an undeserved reputation. There will be opportunity enough for disagreement on more substantive grounds. Why buy trouble?
There are plenty of circumstances in this business where really tight measurements are key. Such as settlement monitoring and commercial building construction. If that is what floats your boat you might look into developing business in that area.
None of this should be taken to mean that boundary surveying should be done sloppily, or that all record dimensions should always be accepted. If your error ellipses include the record position that means that the record dimension is just as valid as your measured value. Accept the record dimension.
I'd say a majority of the deeds I work with have calls that say "100 feet more or less". Therefore, I seldom mark out field vs record.