Interesting Idea...( at least for me it is.....)
I am plodding through a pile of plats in a sourthern state that boasts both swamps, space ships, and lots of other sportsmans like stuff and a small coastline.
The records just throw about "Following the NW1/4 OF SW1/4 LINE OF SECTION 27 764.34 FEET THENCE ALONG A LINE.....
Lots of deflection angles later and some bizarre mixtures of tangent and radial and just curves and not closing many. PArt of this is my lack of 30 years of experience, some is just bad QC on the plats when they were let out of the building.
I wonder if anyone else around here would find it interesting to post up a difficult or even hilariously poorly drafted plat thats filed and without naming the surveyors or companies have a free for all and call it:
"Can you Close that?" And just see just how bad it can be, again without divulging client confidentiality( public records, not ongoing nor commisioned current works ) and surveyor names( unless you particularily want to shine a light on the levle of practice....)
Just curious as i bang my head a few more times......
We ran across one two weeks ago done by an engineering firm in the Gallatin valley that had 90' of error somewhere in the plat/legal. My boss and I (both licensed) spent 4 hours trying to find the error, with no luck. Luckily for us, we didn't have to retrace the entire 400+ acre parcel, just find 4 corners along the section line so that the rancher could make sure he was going to have enough room for a septic system. We did inform him of the massive error, so it may lead to more work in the future..... The plat was filed in 2001, and was signed off by an examining land surveyor, so there was really no valid excuse for the misclosure.
Came across some pretty awful descriptions when working in the Eagle Ford shale play around 2010 or so. Very rural tracts + metes & bounds state + descriptions regurgitating 1930s deeds = lots of headaches.
I really wish I had saved my favorite one. It incorporated feet, varas, and yards, all in the same description, although I thing there were only six or so calls. As far as I could tell, they took calls from the deeds of the adjoining properties, some of which incorporated the above measurement units, and threw them together.
That one did actually close within ten feet or so, which was pretty good for that part of the world.
Roll Tide! You are in God's Country!
Map closure. Ya ever get two courses swapped? It'll close, but shape is wrong, and acreage is wrong...
It's harder to discover.