Tag Archives: boundary

Social Distancing – It’s What We Do

As I contemplated the topic for this article, my thoughts could never completely detach from the world we now find ourselves. Despite my desire to write something unrelated, hopefully with some humor, I couldn’t seem to get there. I would venture to say that there is nobody who reads Field Notes who has not been...

Survey Law

Seniority of Title and Forward Search I am often a part of litigation involving surveying services and research mistakes.  (I must admit that, in excess of forty years of practice, I have made my share of mistakes performing record research.)  I’ve observed five common research mistakes often made by surveyors. This article explains the common...

art of retracement

The Beaten Path

Art of Retracement With a set of eyes that had focused on survey lines through several eras, the Old Man (Glenny Dale, also known as Glutton), took one look at the cluster of three monuments along a right-of-way fence line. The site of three pins at a point where there could be only one legal...

Warren Ward places a prism on an old pin.

The Right Right

Igor Kidinsky thought about another career for a fleeting moment. His cold fingers struggled to fine-tune the total station. As an Afghanistan war veteran, he sometimes dreamt of spending his life closer to a beach rather than continue freezing in the mountains. He would leave his crew-name of Eager (the Kid) behind and put his...

East Side Surprise Fense

Boundary Lines: When a Fence Appears in the Middle of your Street

In early July 2014, the residents at the end of Eastside Drive, a tranquil community of lakeside homeowners in Cobb County, Georgia, were perplexed to see workers installing a fence, ostensibly down the middle of their paved road. When the fence was completed, and where homeowners once enjoyed the ability to back up their vehicles...

The Coordinate

A steel fence post blended into the backyard, as if it were meant to be there for some purpose, like holding up firewood or stacking lumber. The surveyors—Igor “Eager” (The Kid) Kidinsky and Glenny “Glutton” (The Old Man) Dale—were looking for property pins along the alley, and neither one at first glance recognized this steel...