Synopses & Reviews
The up-to-date new edition of the classic reference
Since Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location was first published more than four decades ago, this landmark resource has been a vital reference for surveying practitioners. This thoroughly revised Sixth Edition upholds the same superior presentation of boundary laws and evidence as its predecessors, while providing new case law and exhibits, expanded coverage on the use of forensic investigative techniques in uncovering original evidence, and updated developments in surveying technology that impact the use of data as evidence.
This Sixth Edition fully details resurveys and retracements of former surveys based on land records. It deals with the methods used for locating corners, lines, and parcels of these surveys, while detailing all types of evidence, including maps and documents, measurements, monuments and trees, and digital data. It concludes with examination of the creation of new parcels of land from a legal standpoint. This edition also includes new and expanded examinations of:
- Using historical knowledge as evidence
- Professional liability
- How to report evidence and use it in court
- Court conduct, both as a defendant and as an expert witness
- The origins of boundary evidence
Whether used in conjunction with Brown's Boundary Control and Legal Principles, Sixth Edition or on its own, Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location, Sixth Edition continues to stand as the fundamental reference for licensed practicing surveyors, lawyers, property owners, civil engineers, and students in surveying courses in two- and four-year programs. Its practical applications have also made it a widely used study guide for land surveyor examinations.
Professional surveyors and many civil engineers must understand the laws of boundaries and the evidence necessary for efficient and accurate boundary determination. This new edition of the preeminent text/reference on the subject is brought completely up to date, with new material on the use of technology in surveying and its legal ramifications, the use of forensic investigative techniques in the discovery of obscured evidence, new case law examples throughout, and new exhibits help illustrate the concepts presented.
About the Author
Walter G. Robillard is a Principal at World Boundaries, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.
Donald A. Wilson is President of Land & Boundary Consultants, Inc. based in Newfields, New Hampshire.
Curtis M. Brown (deceased) was a partner at Brown & Hall in Sacramento, California.
Table of Contents
2 Definition, Scope, and Nature of Evidence.
3 Words as Evidence.
4 Evidence and Technology.
5 Other Types or Species of Evidence.
6 Calculations and Measurements as Evidence.
7 Plats as Evidence.
8 Evidence of Water Boundaries.
9 Using Historical Knowledge as Evidence.
10 Recording and Preserving Evidence.
11 Procedures for Locating Boundaries Described by Words.
12 Original Surveys and Related Platting Laws.
13 Unwritten Transfers of Land Ownership.
14 Guarantees of Title and Location.
15 Using and Understanding Words in Boundary Descriptions.
16 Professional Liability.
17 Professional Stature.
18 The Surveyor in Court.
19 The Surveyor, the Law, and Evidence: A Professional Relationship.
Appendix A The Surveyor's Report.
Appendix B Wooden Evidence.
Appendix C The [Quasi-]Judicial Function of Surveyors.
Appendix D Geodaesia.
Appendix E Land Acts that Created the Public Lands.