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Wednesday, October 18, 2023 
9:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT

Presented by: Barry Savage, PLS

Understanding The Survey Process

  • Research
  • Title research vs. boundary research
  • Field work
    • Reconnaissance
    • Measuring angles and distances
    • GPS
  • Understanding what controls location
    • The importance of monuments and descriptions
    • The primary function of measurements in descriptions
    • Order of importance of conflicting elements

Understanding Survey Drawings and Legal Descriptions

  • North basis
  • Understanding bearings and azimuths
  • Title identity
  • The importance of qualitative calls
  • Closing the description
  • Handling water boundary issues
  • Precision vs. accuracy
  • Handling special situations: arcs, chords, curves, etc.

Writing Metes and Bounds and Strip Descriptions

  • Easement basics
  • Preparing strip descriptions for routes
  • Do’s and don’ts when writing descriptions
  • Writing the qualitative portion first
  • Including measurements with survey precision in mind
  • Metes and bounds description workshop: writing two sample descriptions


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Land Surveyors:
6.0 PDHs
(in Select States)

Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs 

Practicing Institute of Engineering:
6.0 PDHs

6.0-7.0 CLE Hours
(See Credit Panel for Details)


Continuing Education Credit Information
Reading, Interpreting and Writing Land Descriptions Workshop
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers and land surveyors in most states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 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) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for land surveyors licensed in Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, and North Carolina (S-0130). This webinar has been evaluated for compliance with NYS Mandatory Continuing Education requirements for professional engineers and land surveyors by the Practicing Institute of Engineering, and has been approved for 6.0 PDHs. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has assigned this course number 10135 for surveyors. This course has been approved for Tennessee land surveyors (course #1011). This course has been approved by the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects for 6.0 PDUs. This course has been approved for 6.0 CLE hours in Texas and Pennsylvania. HalfMoon Education in an approved Multiple Activity Provider by the State Bar of California (No. 8370). This course offers 6.0 CLE hours to attorneys in Connecticut, Arizona and Vermont.


Barry E. Savage, PLS

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

Mr. Savage began his survey career while in college in 1981. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering Technology. Mr. Savage worked for the next 10 years for various civil/survey firms in positions ranging from crew chief to senior designer. In 1993 he started Savage Surveying and Mapping. While operating his firm Mr. Savage surveyed several state lines to resolve jurisdictional conflicts. He served as survey consultant during the construction of the Ocoee Whitewater venue for the 1996 Olympics. Mr. Savage is currently the Survey Products Manager at the Tennessee Valley Authority providing survey services to support their seven-state service area. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Cleveland State Community College for 20 years where he teaches courses in boundary law, geodesy, and general surveying. Mr. Savage and his students have retraced the historical surveys of Henry David Thoreau on Walden Pond in Concord Massachusetts. He teaches continuing education courses on surveying and boundary issues across the country. Mr. Savage is a licensed surveyor in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.

Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $329.00

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