J W Veatch
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  • Saint James City, FL
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uy a Pig in a Poke

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lalith Senanayake Apr 6, 2015. 3 Replies

ARE YOU BUYING A PIG IN A POLK? It seems to me that home buyers are being asked to make the most expensive purchase of their lives without the benefit of all the information regarding their real…Read more →

The new POB

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deward Karl Bowles May 2, 2014. 2 Replies

The new point of…Read more →

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Reuse of old surveys

Started this discussion. Last reply by John W. Veatch Aug 31, 2015. 9 Replies

It has come to my attention that some professional boards are requesting that their members supply copies of old or previous mortgage surveys for new clients.  Is it time to have every PLS copyright…Read more →

Tags: copyright, old surveys, cetification, state boards

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I am here because I am a.
Just a surveyor
Surveyor Bio:
PLS from 1965
Owner: JW Veatch & Associates Reston Va.
Trico Associates Falls Church & Winchester Va.
VP Greenhorne & O' Mara Falls Church Va.
Vargis.com Herndon Va.
Certified Real Estate Services, Reston Va.

Developer and patent holder satellite surveys
Guest lecturer George Mason University Graduate School of Urban Engineering
Technical advisor to the Virginia State Legislature sub committee on GIS
Location for Member Map
Fairfax Va.
Licenses Certifications or Awards
Va. PLS from 1965
I have experience with the following
GPS, topographic, boundary surveys, topographic surveys, GIS, Aerial, Expert Testimony
How many years have you been surveying?
50 years
Most comfortable with the following types of instrumentation
Total Stations, GPS, Surveying Software, Robotics, Automatic Levels, Old school surveying, Lidar

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J W Veatch's Blog

Point of Beginning

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 1:28pm 1 Comment



The new point of beginning for land surveys is orbiting the earth at 5,000 miles an hour 12 ½ thousand miles up in the stratosphere.  That’s correct and I suppose I owe my fellow professional land surveyors an apology for my participation in the changes we have been going through the last 20 years (see the POB cover article attached).  The fact of the matter is the PLS’s of this country have had our exclusive provenances invaded by all manor of non-surveyor…

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GIS & FEMA Mapping

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 1:23pm 0 Comments

There is a growing need for accurate land surveying data to be a fundamental requirement for government level geographic information systems. As an example for the USGS National flood inundation mapping science initiative a professional survey level data layer would be of great benefit to help determining exactly which structures in or out of the flood zones. Greetings my name is John W. Veatch. I am a land planner, a professional land development engineer, professional land surveyor,…

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200 yr old Surveyor

Posted on May 7, 2012 at 9:17am 0 Comments

 John Veatch has had a lot of experience surveying near the Gulf Coast. Unfortunately the John Veatches of the world have a pension for being 20 years ahead of their time.   If you’re a history buff you might enjoy this.


John Veatch came from a preacher’s family, growing up in Indiana and Kentucky.

His father was also a member of the Indiana legislature. He received a good education with background in medicine, geology, and botany. In 1829 at the age of 21 he traveled…

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At 5:10pm on August 30, 2015, cut fill said…
Great post...
Very relevant topic on many levels...shared data is not going away. (Think Collaborative consumption) As a profession we need to be in front of potential changes and possible liabilities. Thanks again.
At 9:51am on April 16, 2012, Deward Karl Bowles said…

Nice to see you here. Looking forward to your input.


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