By Dr. Richard Elgin, PLS, PE
Sponsored by MSPS, the book The U.S. Public Land Survey System for Missouri is now available. This book is a complete synthesis of Missouri’s unique version of the USPLSS. Its chapters are: 1. Early History of the U.S. Public Land Survey System, the French and Spanish in Missouri and Missouri’s Boundaries. 2. Original Surveys on the U.S. Public Land Survey System for Missouri. 3. Resurveys on the U.S. Public Land Survey System. 4. Missouri Court Decisions Concerning Resurveys on the U.S. Public Land Survey System. 5. Reestablishment of Lost Corners for Missouri. 6. Example Protraction and Resurvey Problems. 7. Some Missouri GLO Plats. The book has 419 pages, 24 figures, 20 example protraction problems, 28 example proportioning problems, 90 example GLO plats, 4 appendices and a glossary. Written by Dr. Dick Elgin who is uniquely qualified to write this book. Dick is a surveying researcher, practitioner, educator and author. Semi‑retired, he’s spent the last two years writing this much‑needed manual about our state’s USPLSS.
The purpose of the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS) is to represent the interests of and be a primary spokesman for the surveying profession in Missouri; to elevate the standards of the surveying profession in Missouri, thereby benefitting the general public; to insure that the general public and offices of records receive superior land surveying that bring about an upgrading of land records; to sponsor legislation and educational programs beneficial to the public and land surveyors; and to improve the professional recognition of the surveying profession by the public and by other related professions.
A Professional Land Surveyor renders a highly technical service in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, codes and court decisions set forth by local, county, state and federal authorities.
Because of the special skills and complexities involved in surveying land, Missouri statutes limit the practice to only those surveyors duly licensed by the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects.
In order to protect the public from inferior land surveying, the "Missouri Minimum Standards for Property Boundary Surveys" have been established. These standards describe recommended procedures for a survey and the minimum information to be provided to the client.
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