Land Surveying Ethics is a discussion forum for issues involving ethics in the practice of Land Surveying. Every Land Surveyor has faced or will face an ethical problem or concern. This is where we air it out and compare notes. What is or is not ethical is sometimes a matter of law, sometimes a matter of opinion, but always a matter of morality.
If a land survey were to be construed as an insurance policy on one's boundaries, then the one who owns the land may want to consider getting the best insurance policy, rather than the least expensive. Although all surveys are supposed to be equal by minimum standards that regulate the professional land surveyor, many land surveyors subject themselves to latent liabilities by not meeting said minimum standards in a less-than-egregious manner which may tend to go unnoticed or ignored by almost everyone except an attorney who is representing the adjacent land owner in a boundary dispute.
I don't know about you, but I don't ever want to say "No, your Honor, I certified a survey that that does not meet ALL the minimum standards." To meet most of the easily recognizable minimum standards and ignore the remainder is to be partially professional, partially honest, and potentially criminal.
What are your thoughts?