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Friday, May 14, 2021
10:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT (including two 30-min breaks)


Presented by
J. Cole Helfrich

Working with Metes and Bounds Descriptions
History of land descriptions in the U.S.
Basic land description concepts:
• Terminology
• Bearings
• Distances
• Circular curves
• Mathematical closure
• State plane coordinates
Monuments, natural and artificial boundaries
Reading and interpreting a metes and bounds description

Metes and Bounds Workshop: Writing, Drawing and Locating Descriptions
Writing a description Drawing a description
Software for mapping, drawing and locating described lands

Handling Special Issues in Metes and Bounds Descriptions
“Part of” descriptions Exceptions and reservations
Water boundaries Easements and other access rights


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Land Surveyors:
5.0 PDHs
(FL, MO, and TN Pending Approval, NJ, RI – No Credit Offered)

Professional/Civil Engineers:
5.0 PDHs


Continuing Education Credit Information
These webinars are open to the public. They offer continuing education credits to land surveyors in most states. Course approvals have been applied for in Florida, Missouri, and Tennessee, which are pending. Continuing education credits are not being sought in New Jersey or Rhode Island. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education provider in New York land surveyors.

Continuing education credit is offered to professional and civil engineers licensed in all states. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota.

HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education provider for engineers and land surveyors licensed in New York (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69-1.5(i)(2)). The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved HalfMoon Education Inc. as a continuing education sponsor.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for land surveyors licensed in Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota.

Tracking the Railroads is approved by the American Planner Association AICP for
CM | 4.0 for Certified Planners (Course No. 9212632).


J. Cole Helfrich

Mr. Helfrich first picked up a plumb bob in 1971 for Webster & Associates. From tape-and-transit to GPS, mortgage surveys to shopping centers, he has his seal on well over a billion dollars of commercial, residential and institutional developments and transactions in 22 counties in Illinois. Mr. Helfrich has enjoyed working with countless prominent developers, attorneys and other professionals in the field and the office. His specialties include real estate law, boundaries and boundary law, easements, rights-of-way and other encumbrances and servitudes, statutory and common-law plats, ALTA surveys, topography, building and site layout, construction- and project-management as well as land development consulting. Mr. Helfrich is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association. For the last 23 years he has been principal land surveyor with Craig R. Knoche & Associates, P.C. in Geneva.

Webinar Price: $249.00