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Wednesday, November 30, 2022 
9:00 am – 1:30 pm CST


Presented by
Barry Savage PLS

Metes and Bounds and What Came Before the US Public Land
Survey System (PLSS)
Basic land description concepts: distances, directions, circular curves,
mathematical closure, state plane coordinates
Reading a metes and bounds description
Drawbacks of metes and bounds system
Development of PLSS, advantages and disadvantages

Basics of the U.S. Public Land Survey System (PLSS)
Principal meridians and baselines
The township: the basic building block of the PLSS
 Ranges and sections
Numbering sections
Irregular sections and aliquot parts

Describing and Locating Lands in the PLSS
Conventional parcels
“Part of” descriptions
Reading a PLSS description
Writing a description
Drawing a description
Software/websites for mapping, drawing and locating described lands


 Webinar Instructions
Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

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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4.0 PDHs (in Most States)

Land Surveyors:
4.0 PDHs (in Most States)

(no credit for NY engineers or surveyors)


Continuing Education Credit Information 
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 4.0 PDHs for professional engineers and land surveyors in most states. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 

 This course has been approved by the Tennessee Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors and the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects and registered with the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers (#10202). 

 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). Most other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses. 

 This course is not approved in New York. 

 Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 



Barry Savage PLS

Survey Products Group Manager with Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, TN
Prior to his service at TVA, Barry 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.

Webinar Price: $219.00