The ALTA/ACSM standards for surveying care were updated for 2016, and all land and construction surveyors should abide by them to do the best job possible and avoid errors. These changes, clearly indicated in the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys.1 NSPS stands for National Society of Professional Surveyors, the legal successor to the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM). The updated standards took effect on February 23, 2016.
Highlights of the New Surveying Standards
- For a title insurance company to accept a survey, and make final arrangements for ownership of land, the surveyor must render services and/or measurements as stated in the updated ALTA/ACSM standard document. The updated ALTA/ACSM standards cover fieldwork and maps and documents showing the results of that fieldwork. The paperwork should also show how the results relate to the original documents obtained before the survey.
- The client or new landowner will offer authorization from the person or organization paying for the survey. Before the survey takes place, the surveyor and client should discuss the specific work to be performed, and make sure the surveyor has permission to enter the property, adjoining land or off-site easements.
- Once the surveyors have finished their fieldwork, property corners and boundary lines can be retraced or established according to the survey findings and boundary laws.
Relative Positional Precision and Other Concerns
Surveyors need to be aware of Relative Positional Precision. This is the length of the semi-major axis in feet as it relates to random marking errors. It is estimated by the results of an accurately weighted least squares adjustment of the requested survey. Surveyors are also expected to receive appropriate data regarding the property to be surveyed prior to fieldwork. The data will describe the property to be surveyed, adjoining properties and recorded easements. If these documents aren’t provided, the surveyor need only do the work agreed upon in the work contract, or work required by the local jurisdiction.
In addition to these national standards, different states, cities and localities may have statutes surveyors need to obey.
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