Instruction will include: process of revising the standards; purpose of the ALTA / NSPS Land Title Survey including the relationship between title insurance and land title surveys, composition of a 2016 ALTA / NSPS Land Title Survey, and a primer on title insurance; request for survey including using a written contract, table A items, dealing with unusual properties / survey requests, and permissions; surveying standards and standards of care including 2016 supersedes previous versions, conflicts with state or local standards, boundary resolution, measurement standards, uncertainties in boundary resolution; records research including request to include current record description, documents to be provided, and what to do if documents are not forthcoming; field work including monuments, rights of way and access, lines of possession and improvements along boundaries, buildings, easements and servitudes, cemeteries, and water features; preparation of the plat or map including boundary, descriptions, dimensions, and closures, easements, servitudes, rights of way, access, and record documents, and presentation; certification including mandatory and unaltered, successors and assigns; deliverables including prints and digital copies; table A including monuments, addresses, flood zone, area, vertical relief, zoning, building dimensions, other substantial features, parking, party walls, utilities, other requirements, adjoiner names, intersecting streets, alternative tools and technologies, recent earth-moving and construction, proposed changes in rights of way, wetlands, off-site easements, and professional liability insurance.
Gary Kent is in his 34th year with The Schneider Corporation, a surveying, GIS and consulting engineering firm based in Indianapolis, and with offices in North Carolina, Florida, Texas and Iowa. He is long-time chair of both the NSPS committee and the ALTA committee on the ALTA/ACSM (now NSPS) Standards. Gary is a past-president of both ACSM and ISPLS, and from 1999-2006 taught boundary law, legal descriptions, property surveying and land survey systems for Purdue University in Indianapolis. He is in his twelfth year on the Indiana State Board of Registration for Professional Surveyors and is frequently called as an expert witness in cases involving boundaries, easements and land surveying practice. Gary regularly presents programs all across the country on surveying topics, and he writes columns for The American Surveyor magazine and contributes to NSPS News and Views.
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