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).

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Point Mugu State Park - Boundary Survey

This is at Point Mugu State Park on the Pacific Coast between Oxnard and Malibu. In 1969 State Parks Surveyors found a sandstone marked with 3 notches on the south and 5 notches on the east at the corner common to Section 17, 18, 19 & 20, T1S, R20W, SBM. We found the stone today...

The south face.


The south face again.


The top.

Views from the stone...





Looking southerly.


Looking north (we lined in 12" spikes with lath)

A view looking upcoast (west) towards Point Mugu NAS...


Caught a Coast Guard helicopter flying by...


The reason we are here is the CHP, Caltrans and Parks shares a repeater facility...

We have a legal description in an interagency agreement for the transmitter. The description covers a spot on the side of a loose, mudstone, hillside at about 1:1 slope and uphill 500' or so. We mapped where the transmitter actually is and put some line points on the State Park boundary in the area so the facility can be upgraded but all the new improvements kept on State Land.

Here I am floating up to a higher intellectual plane while Neal (LS) does the grunt work of improving the sky view at the stone. I wanted to set a rebar at my calc'd point but Neal wouldn't let me :-(. He said we should hold the stone where it is...


Here's a 2nd order tri-station reported "believed to have been destroyed by highway construction" by the NGS in 1976. I submitted a recovery today, we found Pacific EW7762. I knew it was there for two reasons, 1) we have notes in an old field book from 1982 that the station is there but the disk is missing and 2) it looks like it's out of the area of highway slope construction on the aerial photo (it's nowhere near any construction in fact)...

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Today, Saturday, April 15, GPS day 105...

Out Surveying in Section 35 in San Joaquin County (near Galt), CA.

One of my three ProMark3 GPS receivers observing on the west quarter corner of Section 35:


A modern Section corner monument set in 1979. This is one mile from the one above (I hoofed it across the muddy field) at the East quarter corner...


A cool picture...

Friday, April 14, 2006

The photo

It looks like I'm swinging a 10lb hammer. Well, yes, I am swinging a 10lb. hammer.

But what I'm really doing is expressing my opinion. I'm expressing my opinion by driving a 1" diameter G.I. pipe x 24" long into the ground. When it's flush I drive a plastic plug with my license number in it. Then I drive a big nail with a brass washer stamped with my name and license number. This expresses my opinion of the location of the client's property corner.

This is not an opinion in the sense of I prefer chocolate over vanilla. Given my anaylysis of the evidence found in the form of Record data, physical objects and measurements I have found the facts to be this is where the corner of the property is. I also have to do all this in light of the pertinent law and professional standard of practice.

Hello

Here's post numero uno!!!