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Wednesday, July 28, 2021
9:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT (incl. a 15 min. break)


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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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs (excluding New York)

Land Surveyors:
6.0 PDHs (states not requiring preapproval)

Florida Land Surveyors:
6.0 CE Hours (Provider No. CE81, Course No. 10135)

Missouri Land Surveyors:
6.0 PDUs

Rhode Island Land Surveyors:

Tennessee Land Surveyors:

No credit offered to DE, NJ, and NY land surveyors


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, North Carolina (S-0130).

These courses are not eligible for New York professional engineers or land surveyors.
Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete these events, respond to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


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.