Using the U.S. Public Land Survey System
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Wednesday, January 26, 2022
9:00 am – 1:30 pm CST (incl. two 15-min breaks)
J. Cole Helfrich
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
Basics of the U.S. Public Land Survey System (PLSS)
The Northwest Ordinance
Principal meridians and baselines
The basic building blocks of the PLSS
The township, ranges and sections
Irregular sections and aliquot parts
Describing and Locating Lands in the PLSS
“Part of” descriptions
Reading a PLSS description
Writing a description
Websites for mapping and locating described lands
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4.0 Florida and Missouri CE Credits
(TN Pending Approval; NJ, RI, DE – No Credit Offered)
Continuing Education Credit Information
Using the U.S. Public Land Survey System
This webinar is open to the public and offers 4.0 PDHs to professional engineers and land surveyors in most states. Land surveyor course approval is currently pending in Tennessee. HalfMoon Education is not seeking approval for land surveyors licensed in Delaware, New Jersey or Rhode Island.
This educational activity has been evaluated and accredited by The Practicing Institute of Engineering for 6.0 PDHs. It is deemed approved for New York Engineers and Land Surveyors via this accreditation (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2)).
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has assigned this course number 10202 for Florida 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 and North Carolina (S-0130).
J. Cole HelfrichPrincipal Land Surveyor with Koru Group PLLC
Mr. Helfrich has been principal land surveyor with Craig R. Knoche & Associates, P.C. and its successor Koru Group PLLC in the Chicago area for the last 30 years. 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 billions of dollars of commercial, residential and institutional developments and transactions in 23 counties in Illinois together with consulting and managing projects in 15 other states. 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. He has presented classes and co-written manuals with the Illinois Institute For Continuing Legal Education along with classes at the University of Illinois and HalfMoon Education. Mr. Helfrich is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association.