DWoolley wrote: Tell me I am wrong. Someone? Anyone?
I think you nailed it. We spent Friday cleaning up a “hypothetical” mess where someone (accidentally?) contracted a residential construction staking job based on a cut rate non-surveyor topo (for landscaping purposes) upon which the architect plan and septic design were based....
Long story short, the survey request was to go and layout this frankenstein plan. The lot had a natural drainage channel on two sides and the setback was dynamic by note on the parcel map. We would be the first to certify location of the fixed work (to be constructed).
Surprise, the house is designed over the drainage channel setback line (as is the neighbors’ existing house)
Near as I can tell, everyone acted within the law. Except
that there is a boundary shown on the topo map. No telling which of our esteemed design professional associates made this blunder but it is a list of three so we could venture a safe bet. Joe homebuilder was injured significantly and ought to be upset.
That’s what I got out of the article. Nothing new. This situation is only going to get more common. Probably 85% of the time there will be no problems with the protocol described above. The others will get messy.
Joe homebuilder got a good deal on his topo map! Not sure what he paid but I bet it’s right in line with your $500-800 estimate. Our topo and boundary map would have been 4-5 times that cost.
I don’t blame the homeowner or the topo mapper. I might have done the same thing in either of their shoes. No way can BPELSG prosecute everyone making measurements any more than they can ban the public use of rulers. I don’t think that’s what they meant in the article.
Whoever added the boundary lines to that topo map blew it and may be liable for damages. Whoever relied on it to design a house and SDS acted foolishly. I’m glad it wasn’t me this time!
I might politely warn these three associate design professionals that someone is treading on thin ice. I expect the Joe homebuilder ought to file a complaint with the board but this isn’t the first time and certainly won’t be the last that this happens so to me it’s not worth the time to make the phone call and stick my finger in the fractured leaking dam.
I believe topo mapping and construction staking are already worthless industries. If one LS can sit and approve these $500 topo maps and flag the problem situations for futher inspection then this party is over. How many topo maps could you review in a day? I’d say at least ten or twenty with practice.
The only thing these UAV and unlicensed topo guys are missing is an endorsement and they will figure it out soon enough once they get organized and compare notes. Is this what we mean by “measurement is dead”?