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Presenter: Landon Blake

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Recording Location: South San Francisco, CA

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 14236

Product Number: 16H CABNDESM 10 21 CDMN

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Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00 - 4:30 pm

Determining Land Boundaries

   Obtaining and interpreting land descriptions

   Understanding different types of legal descriptions

   Understanding principles of boundary location

   Collecting and evaluating all types of boundary evidence: documents, physical evidence, people, surveys

   Locating the described land on a map

   Locating the described land on the ground

   Understanding and using geographic information systems (GIS)

   Solving land description and boundary location problems

Assessing and Communicating Uncertainty in Boundary Location

   A definition of “uncertainty in location” as it applies to boundary surveys

   Factors that contribute to uncertainty in location

   Assessing the level of risk in a boundary survey

   Determining the actual level of risk in a boundary survey

   Methods for communicating uncertainty in location and level of risk

   Handling uncertainty in location as part of land transactions

Understanding Land Title Surveys

   Title insurance: definitions, costs, exceptions to coverage

   Land title surveys: definitions, specifications, legal requirements, professional standard of care, and challenges

   Understanding the ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey

   2016 ALTA/ACSM changes

 Identifying, Classifying and Locating Easements

   What is and is not an easement

   Creating easements: easements by necessity, easements by use, written easements

   Identifying critical distinctions between easements in gross, easements appurtenant and prescriptive easements

   Maintaining easements

   Knowing when and how to terminate easements

   Obstructing use of easements and determining remedies for obstruction


Landon Blake

Mapping Department Manager, Hawkins and Associates Engineering, Inc.
Mr. Blake has practiced land surveying throughout central California and western Nevada. He is licensed in both states and is also a certified federal surveyor. He specializes in surveys to support large public works infrastructure projects. He also serves as an expert witness in disputes involving boundary survey or land title issues. He currently works as the Mapping Department manager for Hawkins and Associates in Modesto, California. In his previous positions he worked as the Mapping Department manager for O’Dell Engineering and the assistant surveyor manager for KSN in Stockton, California. Mr. Blake serves as a volunteer on the Land Surveyor Technical Advisory Committee to the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. He is currently the president of the California Land Surveyors Association Central Valley Chapter and the vice president of the American Council of Engineering Companies Central California Chapter. Mr. Blake teaches at surveying and GIS events around the Western United States.