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James Dorsey
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Corner or monument?

Started this discussion. Last reply by jeffrey s. almquist May 17, 2017. 3 Replies

When a land surveyor performs a land survey of a parcel of unsubdivided land stemming from the public domain,  and he files his survey for record, do the monuments he sets to mark the corners thereof…Read more →

What defines a Real Property?

Started this discussion. Last reply by ⚡Survenator⌁ Apr 24, 2017. 1 Reply

A real property boundary is the boundary where the title of one party ends and the title of the adjoining party begins.  Therefore, boundary determination is a function of land title.Read more →

Affirmative Defences

Started this discussion. Last reply by J. Anthony Cavell Apr 13, 2017. 4 Replies

Would "affirmative Defences" have any effect on the location of a real Property boundary?  Stay Tuned.Read more →

What Defines a Boundary? Stay Tuned. Jim Dorsey, PLS

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arie Lise, OLS, OLIP, Dipl.T. Apr 17, 2017. 10 Replies

What defines a real property boundary?  Think about it.James (Jim) Dorsey, PLSRead more →

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"Hi mister James, Would you please have a small time to help me in a small project: I have to  iplant 4 points (known position) in the field .My Skype ID  noureddine.melal Very Sincerely Yopurs"
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I am here because I am a.
Professional Land Surveyor
Surveyor Bio:
Boundary, Wetland Boundaries, Congressional Grant RR, boundary & title litigation. Was Deputy County Surveyor for Clark County, NV where responsible for processing Subdivision mapping and the Approval thereof from 1996 till 2005.
James Dorsey, PLS
Location for Member Map
Reno, NV
Licenses Certifications or Awards
AZ RLS Retired
NV PLS Retired
NV WRS Retired
I have experience with the following
cadastral, boundary surveys, teaching, Survey Office, Expert Testimony, Retired Surveyor, I Teach Surveying
How many years have you been surveying?
50 + years
Most comfortable with the following types of instrumentation
Total Stations, Surveying Software

   Professional Land Surveyor                                                                                                            James R. Dorsey, PLS

      California PLS 4253                                                                                                                          Professional Land Surveyor

      Arizona RLS 11275 Retired

      Nevada PLS 11766

     Nevada WRS 1024 Retired                                                      


                         JAMES DORSEY, PLS

Land & Boundary Consultant

9755 Silver Sky Pkwy., Unit 3708, Reno, NV 89506 (775) 420-5904



Mr. Dorsey has more than 50 years of experience in boundary and title matters.  He was formerly with Right-of-Way engineering for Cal-Trans and the Department of Water Resources in California.  He served as Chief Title Officer for the California State Lands Commission and was an Assistant Vice President (corporate) for SAFECO Title Insurance Company, where he established and headed the Title Research Department and was responsible for the underwriting of the company boundary matters.  He specialized in wetland boundary problems.  He has had extensive claims experience over boundary and title matters, has served as an expert witness in most of the Western States and has served as Special Advisor to both the Arizona and California Land Title Associations on Wetland Boundaries.


He formerly was the Principal of James Dorsey & Associates, Land and Boundary Consultants, where his client list included, among others, the Title Insurance Industry, the State of California, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern Pacific Transportation Company and Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Co., all on boundary matters.  His work has involved boundary and title problems in most of the Western States, and has included extensive litigation experience as an expert witness.  He recently retired from being the Deputy County Surveyor and the Division Manager of Mapping and Development Review in the Development Services Department for Clark County, Nevada.


He is the author of Insuring Wetlands and a coauthor of A Study of Title Problems on Swamp and Overflowed Lands, both copyrighted and published by SAFECO Title Insurance Company.  He has presented papers on boundaries for the California Land Surveyors Association, California Land Title Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Nevada Association of Land Surveyors.  He has lectured on Boundary and title matters throughout the United States.  He is a former Expert Examiner for the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors in California.  He has also served as a member of the Professional Practices Exam Committee on Land Surveying and Chairman of the Land Survey Committee for the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors.  He is the former Land Surveyor member of the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors where he became the first Land Surveyor in the history of the State of California to be elected President of the Board.  Mr. Dorsey has taught Legal Descriptions and Contemporary Boundary Retracement and also taught Unwritten Property Rights for the University of California at Riverside.  He formerly taught Legal Aspects of Land Surveying and the Fundamentals of Land Surveying for the Surveying Degree program at the Community College of Southern Nevada.   He currently gives seminars on Land Surveying matters for continuing education requirements throughout the United States.  He is a life member and former State President of the California Land Surveyors Association and is a former member of the Board of Directors.  He is a member of the Nevada Association of Land Surveyors where in 2004 he was named “Surveyor of the Year” and where he had served as a Director for the Southern Chapter. He is a former member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and has served as a member of the Board of Governors. Mr. Dorsey is a past member of the Western Federation of Professional Land Surveyors where he served as Chairman.  He is a Professional Land Surveyor in California, Arizona, now retired and Nevada.  He studied surveying at UCLA and is a life member of the UCLA Alumni Association.  He is named in Who’s Who in California and World Wide.  He is also an Able Toastmaster.

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At 3:34am on January 7, 2018, Noureddine Melal said…

Hi mister James,

Would you please have a small time to help me in a small project: I have to  iplant 4 points (known position) in the field .My Skype ID  noureddine.melal

Very Sincerely Yopurs


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