Seminar Details

Introduction to Private Easements and Practical Location (2 PDH)
Is it a right of way? Where is it? A brief introduction to private easement creation and a discussion of basic concepts regarding such easements, including Practical Location.
 
Recording password: Easements2020
West Virginia Minimum Standards (2 PDH)
A review of laws and regulations pertaining to surveying in West Virginia, with particular emphasis on the minimum standards. The course is designed to exceed the continuing education requirement for all West Virginia licensees to obtain two PDHs of minimum standards within each four year period, and has been updated to reflect the new minimum standards which went into effect May 1, 2008. 
 
**This course has been pre-approved by the WV Board of Professional Surveyors to meet the mandatory requirement for a 2 PDH credits in minimum standards every four years**
 
Recording password: WVSPSstandards2020
Ethics for Surveyors (2 PDH)
What can Surveyors and Engineers learn from other professions? Why are other professions’ Ethics different (and the same) from Surveyors’ and Engineers? Ethical considerations of business and professional practice have always been of concern to surveyors and engineers, but in recent years surveyors and engineers have seen an increasing emphasis on the need to understand and put into practice positive ethical attitudes. Attempts are made to impose ethics on surveyors and engineers from several directions including legal, professional and moral. An understanding of the implications of each is important. Additionally, surveyors and engineers find themselves interacting with other professions on a daily basis where an understanding of their ethical obligations is critical to a positive outcome for projects that require input from many different sources. However, it is frequently observed that priorities of different professions may be in conflict with each other. To focus thoughts for the class, the workshop will begin with a review of ethical guidelines that surveyors and engineers from West Virginia are expected to adhere to and look at areas of common interest as well as areas of difference. After a discussion of the history of ethics for surveyors and engineers and an examinations of modern ethical guidelines for surveyors and engineers, guidelines for several other professions will be examined with an eye toward areas of commonality as well as areas of conflict. Some of these groups will be closely related professions to surveyors and engineers while others will be examined not for their areas of common interest, but rather to see what we can learn from them. 
 
**This course has been pre-approved by the WV Board of Professional Surveyors to meet the mandatory requirement for a 2 PDH credits in ethics for surveyors every four years**
 
Recording password: WVSPSethics2020
CURSES?! #%&; No. Cursive (2 PDH)
A vexing problem for many retracement surveyors is reading the cursive script found in many older land records. Surveyors who cannot effectively read cursive risk missing important information, or simply fearing they may have.
 
Reading old cursive does not need to be as daunting as some believe. It is not a foreign language, and as with any other surveying task, study and practice is the key.
 
This seminar will offer tips on interpreting cursive writing, from odd abbreviations and contractions to confusing letter styles, and the instructor will help the class "translate" several old documents.
 
Recording password: Curses?2020
Frank Brown's Deadly Dream (2 PDH)
Robert B. Stanton and the Denver, Colorado Cañon & Pacific Railroad Survey
 
In 1889, railroad company president Frank M. Brown, Engineer Robert Brewster Stanton, and several workers embarked upon a railroad survey down the Colorado River to the Gulf of California in Mexico. This was the first major exploration of Grand Canyon since Major John Wesley Powell's expeditions in 1869and 1871-72.
 
The expedition's six boats soon proved to be fatally inadequate.Abandoning the remaining boats and catching their equipment, they trudgedout of Marble Canyon. Returning with much improved boats, they successfully floated and portaged through the Grand Canyon. eventually abandoning the idea of accurately surveying a complete route, they made a detailed reconnaissance supplemented with hundreds of photographs, several of whichare used in the presentation.
 
The rough terrainand raging river limited the amount of measuring done with a chain,and the seminar includes discussion o the triangulation and stadia surveying methods used.
 
Recording password: FrankBrown2020
Metes and Bounds Property Descriptions; Bad Examples and How to Do Better (2 PDH)
Don will discuss a few examples of problem descriptions, but will primarily provide a step by step guide to constructing a metes and bounds description which will meet West Virginia Minimum Standards, clearly convey the intent of the client, and avoid future conflicts and confusion.
 
Recording password: MetesAndBounds