RedVector RV-10153

American Land Surveying - A History

American Land Surveying - A History

2 hrs. Online Course

Level: Fundamental

Item#: RV-10153

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

American Land Surveying has a grand and sometimes tumultuous history. Bold personalities have been attracted to the work. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln, Henry David Thoreau all worked as surveyors. Theirs were often the original footsteps which surveyors for generations afterward have retraced. This interactive online course traces that history from Ancient days to today.

This course also covers early surveying instruments and texts, metes and bounds descriptions, forms of monumentation, Federal and State surveyor regulations, differences between civil engineers' surveys and surveys by boundary surveyors, and an overview of land surveying university programs, state licensure and accreditation.
Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course you will be able to:

  • Discuss ancient surveying origins
  • Name and discuss early American surveyors
  • Trace the evolution of the Public Land Survey System
  • Recognize surveying methods, tools, and early monumentation
  • Discuss the importance of regulation of surveying, licensure, and accreditation
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.
State Licenses
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AL - Land Surveyor (General)
AR - Engineer (General - ,)
AR - Land Surveyor (General)
DC - Engineer (General - CE21800018)
DE - Engineer (General - ,)
FL - Land Surveyor (General - 0007722)
GA - Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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IA - Engineer (General - ,)
IA - Land Surveyor (General)
ID - Engineer (General - ,)
ID - Land Surveyor (General)
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
IL - Engineer, Professional (General - ,)
IL - Engineer, Structural (General - ,)
IN - Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
IN - Engineer (General - Board Approved - CE21800018)
KS - Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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KS - Land Surveyor (General)
KY - Engineer (General - ,)
LA - Engineer (General - ,)
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MD - Land Surveyor (General)
ME - Engineer (General - ,)
ME - Land Surveyor (General)
MI - Engineer (General - ,)
MN - Engineer (General - ,)
MN - Land Surveyor (General)
MO - Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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MO - Land Surveyor (General)
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MS - Land Surveyor (General)
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NC - Land Surveyor (General)
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NE - Architect (General)
Accreditation: Vector Solutions is authorized by IACET to offer 0.20 CEUs for this program
NE - Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
NE - Engineer (General)
Accreditation: Vector Solutions is authorized by IACET to offer 0.20 CEUs for this program
NE - Land Surveyor (General)
NH - Engineer (General - ,)
NH - Land Surveyor (General)
NJ - Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
NJ - Engineer (General - 24GP000006300)
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NM - Land Surveyor (General)
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NV - Land Surveyor (General)
NY - Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
OH - Engineer (General - ,)
OH - Land Surveyor (General)
OK - Engineer (General - ,)
OK - Land Surveyor (General)
OR - Engineer (General - ,)
OR - Land Surveyor (General)
PA - Engineer (General - ,)
PA - Land Surveyor (General)
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SC - Land Surveyor (General)
SD - Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
SD - Engineer (Technical - ,)
SD - Land Surveyor (General)
TN - Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
TN - Engineer (General - ,)
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UT - Land Surveyor (General)
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
VA - Engineer (General - ,)
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WA - Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
WA - Land Surveyor (General)
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
WI - Engineer (General - ,)
WI - Land Surveyor (General)
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WY - Engineer (General - ,)
WY - Land Surveyor (General)
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - Alberta Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - Alberta Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - British Columbia Architect (AIBC) (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - British Columbia Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - Manitoba Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - Manitoba Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - New Brunswick Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - New Brunswick Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - Northwest Territories and Nunavut Engineer (General - ,)
Canada - Northwest Territory Architect / Restricted Practitioner (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
Canada - Nova Scotia Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Canada - Ontario Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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Canada - Saskatchewan Architect (General - RV1598-2025)
Accreditation: AIA Registered Provider J315
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