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Welcome to the Surveying CommunityThis marks the beginning of a surveying legacy for our new Land Surveyors United member, Bill Baker. Welcome Bill Baker Your legacy in surveying will forever be remembered starting here. If it weren't for this member, we may have never known surveying culture in their corner of earth.

May 14, 2018

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Bill W.A. Baker
(970) 756-4038 cell – (970)945-8676 office E-mail: [email protected]
Licensed by the State of Colorado as a Professional Land Surveyor, (#23875) and a BLM Certified Federal Cadastral Surveyor (#1699).
I have been a member of the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado since 1982, and co-founder of the Northwest One-Quarter Chapter of the PLSC (1995).
From a base in the time honored apprenticeship method under the tutelage of true Professionals in the art and science of Land Surveying and the ‘old school' methods instilled at the Colorado School of Mines, to the modern technologies of GPS/GIS, AutoCad and Carlson Software, my knowledge of and 39+ years experience in real world applications of the principals of Colorado Boundary Law and the practice of Land Surveying is available to aid in any pertinent capacity that may be required.
This may include, but certainly not limited to, investigations into land title issues, boundary location, legal access, encumbrances and restrictive easements, platting and subdivision of land, detailed evaluations of proposed land use systems pertaining to Local, State and Federal Regulatory requirements, or feasibility studies related to proposed development. These are undertaken with the utmost professionalism and responsibility. With the nature of land use in our society being regulated and defined by law, quite often difficulties unforeseen in the planning stages of development as discrepancies arise in title or location of land that demands resolution. These issues run the gamut from the consequences of simple inconsistencies in property descriptions used in land conveyances to very complicated title and cadastral problems, often originating from the historic use of property in contradiction to the law. Conflicting boundary locations, easement or right-of-way discrepancies, adverse possession cases and boundary adjustment instruments are but a few examples with which I have hands on, verifiable experience.
Additionally, having been called as an expert witness in three instances involving the location of mineral estate interests and legal access issues, and having spent my entire career in the Public Land Survey System addressing literally hundreds of PLSS boundary location investigations, I can offer expertise as a BLM Certified Cadastral Surveyor.
Education and Professional Development:
 Metropolitan State College – Course study in Mathematics, chemistry
 University of Colorado - Course study in Anthropology, Archaeology, Computer Science
 Colorado School of Mines - Basic Civil Engineering / Land Surveying
 Community College of Denver Red Rocks Campus - course study in land surveying, photogrammetry, surveying astronomy, measurement analysis and adjustments, land information systems, computer aided drafting, legal aspects of boundary law.
 BLM (Certified Federal Surveyor)
Continuing Education: Professional Training Certificates (small sample)
 The Relationships of Boundaries to Legal Status and Legal Processes
 Resolving conflicts of evidence
 Legal and Technical Requirements of Easements and Rights-of-Way
 Corner Evidence Analysis
 Legal Aspects of Land Surveying
 Legal Issues For The Prudent Surveyor
 Anatomy of Colorado Boundary Cases
 Evidence as Seen By The Judge, The Lawyer and the Expert
 The Surveyor In Court / Quiet Title
 The Surveyor In Court - Defensible Decisions
 Public Lands Survey System -2000-2009
 ALTA / ACSM Land Title Surveys
 Subdivision of Sections and Fractional Sections - Unconventional Surveys
 Lotted Sections in conjunction with Homestead Entries and US Mineral Surveys
 Riparian Boundaries
 BLM Certified Cadastral Surveyor (CFedS #1699) course study (200+hrs)

Current Employment:
At the present time, I am employed full time as the Survey Department Manager with High Country Engineering, Inc. in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. As a full service Civil Engineering and Surveying firm, HCE incorporates the accumulated 130 years muddy of boot and precision of mind experience available to our clients from a dedicated staff of licensed Professional Land Surveyors, Certified LSIT’s and assistants. Formerly self employed, (28 years) as President of Cornerstone Boundary Consultants, LLC I was fully engaged in all aspects of the profession, with successful projects including: serving Water & Sanitation Districts preparing legal instruments for easement acquisition; facilitate water and property rights transfer with the U.S. Forest Service (Pike National Forest); assisting numerous Attorneys and Title Companies in conflict resolution relating to real property boundary law; aiding developers in the subdivision process in multiple counties in Colorado; providing boundary retracement services to private land owners, utilities and municipalities; assisting BHP Billiton at the San Juan Coal Mine near Farmington, New Mexico in the coal leasing process and mine development; providing research and field related surveying services to Peabody Coal in the development of the SAGE CREEK MINE near Hayden.
High Country Engineering, Inc.
Licenses Certifications or Awards
Colorado Licensed PLS
I have experience with the following
GPS, cadastral, topographic, boundary surveys, construction staking, topographic surveys, control network surveys, ground movement monitoring, GIS, teaching, Survey Office, Archeaology, Expert Testimony
How many years have you been surveying?
Most comfortable with the following types of instrumentation
Total Stations, GPS, Surveying Software, Automatic Levels, Old school surveying, theodolite, Chain, compass

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