Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am – 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:15 – 4:00 pm

Description Basics

   Types of descriptions

   Basic survey math

      • Bearings and North

      • Azimuths

      • Distances

      • Area

      • Curve basics

   Understanding controlling description elements

      • Senior rights

      • Natural monuments

      • Artificial monuments

      • Record monuments

      • Bearings and distances

      • Area

Writing Descriptions

   Establishing intent

   Point of commencement and point of beginning

   Coordinates: the good, the bad and the ugly

   Description do’s and don’ts


   Description writing workshop

Sketching Descriptions

   Establishing and using north

   Using scales and protractors

   Concept of closure

   Tips for drawing arcs and other special elements

   Labels and information to document

   Using sketches to find problems

   Sketching workshop

Software for Plotting Descriptions

   Free plot services on the web

   Inexpensive and basic software

   Industry standard software


     6.0 Alabama CLE Hours

Engineers & Land Surveyors
     6.0 PDHs

     6.0 CLE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. The Mandatory CLE Commission of Alabama has approved it for 6.0 CLE hours for attorneys.

This seminar offers up to 6.0 PDHs to Alabama land surveyors and professional engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant. Those with continuing education requirements in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this event, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The American Association of Professional Landmen has approved this program for 6.0 RL, RPL or CPL recertification credits and no CPL/ESA or ethics credits.

Attendance will be monitored and reported, as required. Attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Barry E. Savage, PLS

Survey Products Group Manager with Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, TN

Prior to his service at TVA, Mr. Savage was in private survey practice for 10 years specializing in dispute resolution and expert witness services. He has surveyed several disputed state boundaries to resolve jurisdictional conflicts. Mr. Savage is an adjunct professor at Cleveland State Community College where he teaches courses in boundary law, geodesy, GIS, and surveying fundamentals. He has researched and retraced the historical surveys of Henry David Thoreau and has published several articles on the subject. Mr. Savage teaches exam review and continuing education seminars at various state and local conferences across the country.