Land Descriptions II
Prerequisite: Students should have completed the Legal Land Descriptions and Basic Math or an equivalent course, or have practical hands-on experience in field survey and/or writing of land descriptions.
Course Objective: To hone the skills of the participants in order for them to be more professional and effective in completing work assignments and to give them a body of knowledge that will make the participants more competitive in seeking and/or meeting personal career goals.
To achieve these objectives, the focus will shift from long lengthy classroom lectures and is directed to the class participants working as a group, in team settings and/or individually as is necessary to complete the assignments.
These objectives will be accomplished through:
- Short morning and afternoon formal classroom lectures,
- Group discussions in the classroom and/or in the field,
- A team effort involving the layout, survey and survey note keeping involving the tract of land,
- An individual effort in drafting (drawing) a legal land parcel plat, writing its’ legal land description, calculating its interior angles from its surveyed (compass) bearings – actual vs. calculated and calculating the acreage of the tract,
- Problem solving exercises if needed
- Short quizzes if needed, and,
- A short formal exam at the end of the session which will test the participants understanding of Course II.
- Short Review of Course I (Only a brief overview)
- Township and Range Lines and their numbering system
- Sections and lots and their numbering system
- Aliquot parts of a section, the reading of descriptions and determination of acreage
- Section corner monumentation
- Affects of water and their terms
- Hand Compass – Determination of Bearings
- Determination of bearings by azimuth reading
- Measurements and Equivalents
- Legal Land Descriptions – The main part of the course
- Map/plat requirements. A land description is only as good as the survey from which it was written
- BIA guidance for writing land descriptions – March 10, 1955
- The writing of sufficient land descriptions – emphasis is on consistency and uniformity
- Aliquot part land descriptions
- True Metes and Bounds
- True Metes and Bounds description with an aliquot part
- Quasi Metes and Bounds
- Recorded Maps or Plats
- Description by Reference
- “Of” Descriptions
- Survey Math – This aspect of the course introduces the participants to various geometric shapes, math and applications usable for completing day-to-day assignments. An airy and light hearted session will be presented to avoid frustration.
- Review of various geometric shapes
- Discussion of the mathematical relationships
- Practical application of geometric shapes to office and field work
- Introduction to formulas for calculating acreage