Workshop Program: Lessons From Problem PLSS Surveys

The Public Land Survey System is an elegant system for dividing and describing unique in the world. Land surveyors in the Western United States regularly interact with elements of this system. However, evidence of original PLSS monuments and their accessories are gone from many places. How do you pragmatically trace surveys in this circumstance? How do you retrace a PLSS survey in which it is clear that the GLO surveyor falsified his official field notes? When is it appropriate to use topographic calls to establish missing PLSS corners? This workshop answers those questions and examines the lessons drawn from 3 real life PLSS retracement surveys in Central California.

Workshop Program

  1. What is pragmatic surveying?
  2. What has happened to original corners and accessories in many places?
  3. Example Survey #1: Section 23 for the FAA
  4. Example Survey #2: 1600 Acre Vineyard Survey
  5. Example Survey #3: The Wakefield Family Highway 88 Inholding
  6. The Pragmatic Order of Controlling Elements for PLSS Surveys
  7. Rethinking the Standard of Practice for PLSS Surveys

Total workshop time isĀ 4 hours.

 

Links

 

Example Survey #1 Filed Survey Maps

Example Survey #1 GLO Maps

Example Survey #1 Survey Diagrams


Example Survey #2 Filed Survey Maps

Example Survey #2 GLO Maps

Example Survey #2 Survey Diagrams


Example Survey #3 Filed Survey Maps

Example Survey #3 GLO Maps

Example Survey #3 Survey Diagrams