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Typical Surveyor's Report

Here is a typical Surveyor's Report attached to many of the jobs that I do. This particular Land Survey was extremely complex and difficult but I thought you might get a kick out of seeing how this is done. The names and other information have been altered to protect the…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on January 14, 2018 at 4:15pm — 1 Comment

Land Surveyor named Indiana Jones

The following story is fictional and any resemblance to actual events is purely coincidental.

Land Surveyor named Indiana Jones

One day I was sitting in my office in Downtown Houston around 5:00 pm in the afternoon in 2001 when the phone rang.  My secretary had already left and I was not anxious to answer it.  I had a…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on December 2, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

CHAIN! The weakest link (in the chain)

CHAIN! The weakest link (in the chain)

by: Deward “Karl” Bowles,

Texas RPLS no. 4966

  Certain magazines (trade magazines) have purported to represent the current interests of our profession by exposing Land Surveyors to new technologies and philosophies regarding our industry.  These magazines have been around for decades in many cases.

 

   These so…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on November 19, 2014 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

Truth, Justice and the American way

Unable to find a satisfactory job and stuck in a job I hated I finally opened up my own Land Surveying Firm in mid 1992. I was 32 at the time and thought that I knew everything about Land Surveying because of my previous experiences. It goes to show you that arrogance is most often a result of ignorance.

As I look back now I realize that I had no idea at that time what I was doing and I am really uncertain at this point how I managed to…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on May 7, 2014 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Typical Surveyor's Report

Something Typical In Surveyor Reporting

 

I thought that some of you might gain some insight by examining a typical Surveyor's Report generated for a project I am working on.

 

I have altered the particulars so as to protect the innocent. This is a draft…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on September 19, 2013 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Chain!

Chain!

“About Horses and Water”

Written by Penn Cheyning RPLS

(This story is completely fictional, any resemblance to actual events is purely a coincidence).

I received a phone call about a boundary dispute in an area of the city I know fairly well. I had not performed a survey in this particular…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on September 1, 2013 at 12:30pm — Comment On This...

Chain!

It is human nature to choose a course and then stick with it. Tenacity and staunch conviction are qualities we all admire and traditionally seek in those who are leaders in our society. However, professional land surveying is as much of a science as it is an art. Evaluating evidence and forming opinions are vital aspects in executing a proper survey.



Forming an opinion before the facts are known is the definition of a biased opinion and is the death knell for a…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on August 5, 2013 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

A Real Land Survey

a real land survey

 

My client has authorized the release of this material to any interested parties. 

 

This is an actual situation which I see on a daily basis.

 

The client contacted me wanting a survey performed on his property. We contracted to survey only Lot 1. This is what we found.

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on September 11, 2012 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

Chain! "Preferred Land Surveyor"

 

Chain!

 

“Preferred Land Surveyor”

 

By Pean Cheneying, PLS

This story is fictional and any resemblance to actual events is purely coincidence. 

 

A repeat client contacted me about a possible purchase of a small commercial site in the center of a suburban city. This…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on September 4, 2012 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

The sickness that has been allowed to pervade even the Land Surveying profession

A Problem in the Land Surveying Profession

http://www.facebook.com/dewardkb/posts/272664382841981?notif_t=share_reply Here is something I wanted to point out about a certain sickness that has swept through our Profession (if not the entire American society) over the course of the last 10 years or so.

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on August 26, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Chain!: Contracts and the Land Surveyor

Chain! Contracts and the Land Surveyor

By Deward “Karl” Bowles, RPLS

Not so long ago a firm handshake or a phone call were how business was conducted. The reputation of your firm was riding on your ability to fulfill the obligations of the verbal agreements you made with your clients.…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on March 24, 2012 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Land Surveyors United copycats

As a Land Surveyor I have spent much time contemplating my profession. I have sought to engage Land Surveyors across the world in order to deepen my understanding of what constitutes good practice and good principle. The theory behind Land Surveying always was my focus.

I joined and posted to websites that I thought were dedicated to the purposes I mentioned above. I was very active…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on March 7, 2012 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments

Certificate of Merit in Texas: Joseph G. Gartrell, Jr, v. Ernest Joseph Wren

This is a continuation of an earlier article that I wrote on the subject of Certificates of Merit. I am not surprised that this issue continues to arise.

We continue to see tests of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code due to changes that were a result of the recent tort reform. Case law in the…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on February 17, 2012 at 2:30pm — Comment On This...

Excerpts from W.E. Baxter diary (born March 20, 1875)

Below are excerpts from a diary my great grandfather kept between 1897 to 1956. He was born March 20, 1875 and started keeping a diary a few months before he turned 22. He lived in East Texas during the time and he worked on survey crews and did a lot of surveying as a young man. His first entries in his diary in January of 1897 are crude chaining notes.…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on January 4, 2012 at 2:00pm — Comment On This...

Stripper: Confessions of a Land Surveyor (part 3)

S t r i p p e r :  C o n f e s s i o n s  o f  a  L a n d  S u r v e y o r

B y  P e a n  C h e n e y i n g  P L S

(Originally published in Gulf Coast Surveyor, September 2011 under the column "Chain!")

PART 3



STRIP SEARCH

Jack called us…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on December 13, 2011 at 8:58am — Comment On This...

Stripper: Confessions of a Land Surveyor (part 2)

S t r i p p e r :  C o n f e s s i o n s  o f  a  L a n d  S u r v e y o r

B y  P e a n  C h e n e y i n g  P L S

(Originally published in Gulf Coast Surveyor, September 2011 under the column "Chain!")



PART 2



STRIP…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on December 12, 2011 at 6:27am — Comment On This...

Stripper: Confessions of a Land Surveyor

S t r i p p e r :  C o n f e s s i o n s  o f  a  L a n d  S u r v e y o r

B y  P e a n  C h e n e y i n g  P L S

(Originally published in Gulf Coast Surveyor, September 2011 under the column "Chain!")



PART 1…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on December 11, 2011 at 10:39am — 3 Comments

The Ally Oop

The Ally Oop

By Pean Cheneying, PLS

 

 

I received a phone call from Mr. Smith about a problem he was having with his neighbor Mr. Jones. They were in a boundary dispute over the location of a fence recently constructed by Mr. Jones. I warned him that if he hired me my opinion may not be in his favor. Mr. Smith signed the proposal so we began…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on September 29, 2011 at 10:30am — Comment On This...

The Land Surveyor and Adverse Possession in Texas

 

Chain!

We have heard many arguments from critics over the last few years berating professional land surveyors for not holding existing fences, improvements, or other evidence of possession on the ground as the boundary lines of real property. At the same time, other critics have called for holding, as the…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on July 11, 2011 at 12:51am — 3 Comments

The Gap that Swallowed the Land Surveyor

 

 

The Gap that Swallowed the Land Surveyor

 

By Pean Cheneying,…

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Submitted by Deward Karl Bowles on July 3, 2011 at 11:00am — Comment On This...

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