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Thursday, July 27, 2023 
9:00 am – 1:30 pm CDT (incl. two 15-min breaks) 

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


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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:
4.0 PDHs

Land Surveyors:
4.0 PDHs

Practicing Institute of Engineering:
4.0 PDHs

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 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. CE10600325), Maryland, and North Carolina (S-0130). This course has been registered with the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers (#10124), approved by the Tennessee Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors, and has been submitted to the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects for pre-approval, which is currently pending.

This webinar has been evaluated by the Practicing Institute of Engineering (PIE) for compliance with the NYS Mandatory Continuing Education Requirements and has been pre-approved for 4.0 PDHs for New York engineers and land surveyors.

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On-Demand Credits:

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentations. These courses in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentations; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate.


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.

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