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  • Hi Brett,

    Do you use metric or feet? We mostly use feet and decimal divisions of the foot, as opposed to inches. Architects here use feet and inches - so an architect might dimension something as 25 feet 9 inches, and a US surveyor would, typically, dimension it as 25.75 feet.

    To confuse matters, there are two versions of the foot. One is the International foot at 0.3048 meters and the other is the United States survey foot at 1200/3937 meters. I believe that the United States survey foot, for most surveying and specifically for boundary surveying, is most commonly used in the US. However, when getting published coordinates for control from the federal government, these are published as their metric values (sometimes also accompanied with values in US survey feet). In nearly 25 years I’ve only had one project that I’ve had to deliver my work in metric.

    Historically, it’s not uncommon, though, to have older units and mixed units of measurements in deeds such as Chains (66.00’), Rods (16.50’), Links (0.66’), feet and inches. In my area, known as the Colonial States, in most historical deeds and surveys it is very common to find deed calls in Rods and Links (32R+22L). In much of the remainder of the US, where the public land system was employed, chains where a very common measurement unit. I’ve also read that in areas of our country formerly part of other countries, such as France, Spain, Mexico, you can still find their historical units of measurement in deeds.

    Sorry to have gone on so much. Hope I answered your question.
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