May 2016

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  • It's All You - From Survey to Bookkeeping (POB)
    It's All You - From Survey to Bookkeeping (POB)

    Posted: 5/11/2016
    It's been about 10 years since Stephen Shannon, PS, kicked off his surveying career. He started out in college, working full time during the summer and part time during the school year. When he graduated in 2009, he was offered a full time position working as a land surveyor, but over the years he grew frustrated with his role. He says he didn't really agree with how the bigger firms resolved their boundaries. One of the habits he says he didn't care for was how the licensed land surveyors would never go out into the field. Instead, he says, crews of technicians who may or may not have had any relevant experience or education did the field work and the surveyors would make decisions based on what the crews brought back. "I've seen where that has caused harm to people because the boundary surveys were incorrect," Shannon says. Another common practice he witnessed and wasn't fond of was surveyors doing rigid mathematical interpretations of deeds that are subdivided into sections, rather than retracing how the original surveyor subdivided the sections.
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