Thursday, September 21, 2006

Here are some Survey monuments in their natural habitat...

I have been working on a Survey in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park - Fall Creek Unit which is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Felton, CA. We have been there off and on over the past two months. Here are some monuments we have found...

[click on photos to enlarge]

A 3/4" tagged pipe we found under 8" of ashpalt pavement (dug out with a hammer and cold chisel):


A little higher view:


It's natural habitat, that's Neal in the background:


This is a 3x3 redwood post we found at the east 1/16 corner of the northeast quarter of Section 18:


Here is a wider view showing its habitat:


This is the northeast corner of Section 18 set in 1867. The notes call for a post in stone mound, the post is gone but the mound still exists and fits calls reasonably well:


This is standing on the corner looking downhill towards our last traverse station, the hill drops off to the right at 38degrees per Neal's inclinometer. We traversed 1400 feet that day through rough country, across a steep creek canyon, up a very steep hill to this corner:

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Sac Chapter CLSA Day in the Field-Sutter Buttes

We went up to the Sutter Buttes to recon some possible 19th Century government corners...

Here is few photos (click for larger)...
Here is Emerson Smith (started his business the year I was born) running compass and chain line (using a fiberglass tape).


Emerson again using a mysterious calculating device which requires no batteries!!!


We didn't find anything confirmed but I learned a few things. We did find a few possible BTs.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

My Visa card commercial...

New Ford F150 Pickup $24,000...




Toneau cover and Bedliner $1,150...


One 20' stick of lowhead pipe cut into 4 pieces $75...


2'x4' plywood by 1/4" thick from lumberyard (plus misc parts) $33...


Setting up my own Survey vehicle how I want it!!! PRICELESS

More pictures...






Wednesday, May 03, 2006

My car got smashed!!! :-(

and not the usual way.

The car was parked near Old Sacramento minding its own business when a horse spooked and ran down the street right over the top of my car...





The horse belongs to a horse & buggy operator for tourists, something spooked it and it bolted. Fortunately, the horse will be fine, just needs some stitches.

Another photo taken by a co-worker that shows the roof damage...

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Working in the Countryside...

I went back to my project in San Joaquin County today. I tried something new with my GPS receivers. Instead of doing the usual static survey (observe every point for 15minutes) I did a stop&go kinematic survey. To do this I had to initialize the rover (receiver that I take around with me) on an initializer bar...


Then I took the rover and put it in the truck...


I drove to some of the monuments that I need to observe. I then drove back to my parking area (not risking getting my 2WD truck stuck). I walked around the north half of the Section (3 miles). Here the rover is setup on a monument I found...


Looking east from the same point...


Here's a picture of Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station (now closed) I took while observing a control point I set...


Observing a large fence post in the Northeast corner of the Section. It looks like the actual corner is the most northerly fence corner (this is based on copies of some old Surveys I have)...

Thursday, April 20, 2006

CEO of Someonespadre Surveying Inc.

Here he is in his private office at our International HQ...

BunBun, the girls named him that because he sort of hops around like a Bunny Rabbit. One day my wife called me from the mall saying she wanted to adopt this cat (I was thinking like from someone with a box of kittens). Turns out Folsom Feline Rescue was there with a bunch of cats and this particular one was unusually personable and friendly. They did something right because this is the first cat we ever adopted that was clean, no ringworm, kennel cough, no problems whatsoever. All we had to do was get him fixed and he's been pretty easy ever since.

Our other Cat, a female named Doozey (a americanization of the French word for 2, she was number two of twins, the male Ouncie died unfortunately) was very unhappy for a while. Then suddenly she decided BunBun is the love of her life. He has a sort of charm unusual in cats. I think Doozey isn't actually a cat, she's an alien from another planet. She's friendly to me for about 5 minutes, once a week. Strange how suddenly a cat who is indifferent or simply dislikes me is rubbing on me and purring away like I'm her long-lost friend. Then when the 5 minutes is up she's back to her old self. Occasionally I turn on the living room light early in the morning and she'll be sitting on the shelf or top of the stereo quietly scanning the room. Very strange cat, adores my wife.

Office Day today

processing data, goody!

A basic principle of Boundary Surveying is monuments (property stakes in lay parlance) set by the original subdivider are presumed to have no error. Good, bad or ugly they should be held in position. When a landowner shakes a Deed in my face (figuratively) with numbers in it, it's a challenge to explain that what happened in the field always takes precedence over the dimensions in the Deed. This is to avoid ever shifting Boundaries. Here is a Tennessee appellate decision that upholds this principle and is a pretty stinging repudiation of a lower court Judge's decision...
http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/OPINIONS/TCA/PDF/062/woodjOPN.pdf

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Cleared for Takeoff

Cleared for Takeoff

Boring Day

drive day, Oxnard to Sacramento, ho hum. Murdered a lot of bugs (splat on the windshield).