Professional Surveyors and Real Property Descriptions: Composition, Construction, and Comprehension / Edition 1

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Land boundaries are the physical, technical, and legal entities that define the extent and limits of a particular parcel of land, whether a small acreage of private property or the delineation between sovereign nations. This book is intended to be a tutorial on writing land descriptions for surveyors, allowing readers to be able to construct complete and modern land descriptions. Providing not only information on how to write new descriptions, this book also covers the history of how historic descriptions were written, enabling the reader to properly interpret them today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470542590
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 729,122
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction.


1.2 Title and Interests in Real Property.

1.3 Transfers of Title and Interests.

1.4 Deeds.

Chapter 2. Land Record Systems.

2.1 Overview.

2.2 Metes and Bounds.

2.3 United States Public Lands.

2.4 Platted Subdivisions.



2.5 Combined Record System Descriptions.

Chapter 3. Directions.

3.1 Angles.

3.2 Meridians.

3.3 Bearings.

3.4 Curved Lines.

3.5 Azimuths.

3.6 Compass Directions and Headings.

Chapter 4. Map Projections.

4.1 General.

4.2 Projection-less Maps.

4.3 Conformal Plane Projection.

4.4 Application.

Chapter 5. Platting to Describe.

5.1 General.

5.2 Original Surveys.

5.3 Retracement Surveys.

5.4 Preserving the evidence in words: a case study.

5.5 Reference to Plats in Descriptions.

Chapter 6. Composing, Comprehending Descriptions.

6.1 General.

6.2 Hierarchy of Calls.

6.3 Caption.

6.4 Body.

6.5 Elements of the Description.

6.6 Punctuation.

6.7 Deed discrepancies – Conflicts.

Chapter 7. ALTA/ACSM Surveys.

7.1 Land Title Insurance.

7.2 ALTA/ACSM Survey Standards.

7.3 Accuracy Standards.

7.4 Informational Options.

7.5 The description for an ALTA/ACSM survey.

7.6 The Surveyor Is In Charge.

Chapter 8. Situational Awareness.

8.1 Deed discrepancies – conflicts.

8.2 Professional Responsibilities.

8.3 Regional Lexicon and Local Practice.

8.4 Introducing uniform language.

8.5 Breaking old habits. 

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