RedVector RV-10806AW

Metes & Bounds Surveys: An Essential Review

Metes & Bounds Surveys: An Essential Review

1 hr. Online Course

Level: Fundamental

Item#: RV-10806AW

SME: Patrick C. Garner, P.L.S., Wetland Scientist

Average Rating

4 15
This course reviews the definition of metes and bounds land descriptions, looks at the origin of metes and bounds and discusses known problems with this ancient method of describing land for the purpose of conveyance. It defines where metes and bounds is still practiced in North America. The course compares Public Land Survey System (PLSS) surveys to metes and bounds surveys. It discusses the principles and applications of junior-senior rights as encountered in metes and bounds states. The course also looks at so-called quasi metes and bounds descriptions. The emphasis of this course is on gaining a thorough understanding of metes and bounds—an often poorly understood concept—and its proper application. Pitfalls and liability are discussed, along with strategies to avoid the temptation to rely too heavily on the literal use of bearings and distances in metes and bounds descriptions.
Course Objectives
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Recall a brief history and origin of this land description system;
  • Define metes and bounds for professional land surveyors and engineers;
  • List the basic minimum requirements of a metes and bounds description;
  • State the importance of exceeding minimum description requirements;
  • List best practice benefits that accrue to you and your client, and
  • Identify best practice elements of a superior metes and bounds description
SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Patrick C. Garner, P.L.S., Wetland Scientist
Patrick C. Garner, P.L.S., Wetland Scientist Photo
Patrick C. Garner is a Professional Land Surveyor in Massachusetts who has been in private practice for over 40 years. A Principal of Patrick C. Garner Company Inc., he frequently conducts technical seminars, does peer reviews for cities and towns, and works as an expert witness in Massachusetts courts. He also provides numerous active on-line continuing education courses through RedVector, many of which focus on legal, business and technical issues in land surveying.
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Course Reviews (15)
good course
By (Engineer) on Feb, 14, 2020
good course
Well Done!
By (Land Surveyor) on Apr, 26, 2020
Well Done!
learned a lot!
By (Engineer) on Jun, 25, 2020
learned a lot!
Very informative
By (Engineer) on Jun, 30, 2020
Very informative. The instructor moved at a good pace and was clearly knowledgeable.
Very clear presentation
By (Engineer) on Oct, 06, 2019
Very clear presentation
Good layout
By (Land Surveyor) on Nov, 25, 2019
Good layout
Fair
By (Land Surveyor) on Dec, 13, 2019
Fair
Very insightfull as to when senior and junior rights apply
By on Dec, 30, 2019
Very insightfull as to when senior and junior rights apply.
Well done
By (Land Surveyor) on Feb, 11, 2020
Well done
Nice concise and informative course
By (Land Surveyor) on Mar, 27, 2020
Nice concise and informative course.
Informative course
By (Engineer) on Mar, 29, 2020
Informative course. Would have liked more detail on urban implications, such as party walls.
Good class that used realistic examples
By (Land Surveyor) on May, 11, 2020
Good class that used realistic examples.
Too much reading of the slides and not enough additional description
By (Engineer) on Aug, 05, 2020
Too much reading of the slides and not enough additional description
the presenter make a sexist comment about a secretary making an error, why assume the error was made by the paralegal/secretary when it could have been the attorney themselves
By (Contractor / Trades, Engineer) on Aug, 25, 2020
the presenter make a sexist comment about a secretary making an error, why assume the error was made by the paralegal/secretary when it could have been the attorney themselves
Good course
By (Land Surveyor) on Mar, 08, 2020
Good course