justice-smiles-red-large.pngMy attendance at the Fractional Sections Survey Conference last Friday, has made me painfully aware of the paucity of my knowledge of the survey arts. Well, that’s some one else’s job might be an easy retort. However, to really understand and protect boundary lines as well as protect people from getting themselves caught up in the mire of a needless war with their neighbors, I feel it is incumbent upon me to have a solid knowledge of surveying. Fortunately, this opportunity is coming right up.  

The 2012 Career Advancement Program (CAP) is certain to provide the solid foundation that I seek. The CAP’s stated purpose is:

To provide opportunities for survey personnel to learn fundamental and historical surveying principles and procedures, together with foundational mathematical concepts.

Upfront it sounds pretty good. But looking further, I see that the course is really perfectly laid out for 12 weekly 3 hour meetings on Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 starting January 5 and concluding on March 29. [However, there will not be class on Mar 8 as that is when the State Survey Conference is to be held.]

At any rate, the line-up of topics are respectively: Basic Math I; Basic Math II; Survey Field Notes; Boundary Calculations; Settlement Monitoring; State Plane Coordinates; Positional Tolerance: Introduction to GLO Surveys; BLM Manual 2009; Construction Staking; Riparian Boundaries; and Legal Descriptions.

If you are interested, the cost is $130 for LSAW members and $205 for non-members and the classes will be taught at Renton Technical College. For anyone that is interested in more, I will be willing to forward the information to you. Alternatively, seek out Vic Banks who appears to be the primary impresario of the program, as well as faculty for the first 3 classes. Vic’s contact information is reccexrep@comcast.net.justice-smiles-red.png