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Adventures in Land Surveying - The Snake

Posted by Jason Pellin on Sep 8, 2016 9:19:26 AM

I was doing some construction stakeout on a new water tank site for a water supply system in rural Crawford County, Missouri.  The tank site was in the middle of the woods about 150 yards from a gravel access road.  The contractor who was going to be doing the construction was supposed to meet me at the site to see how my stakes looked.  I arrived early, found two of my control points and I set the robotic total station instrument up on one of the points.  After I got the instrument leveled up, I began to walk to the other control point and almost stepped on a big black snake sprawled out across my path.  The snake was four to five feet long.  I froze in my tracks as soon as I spotted him.  I had a very sharp machete that I could have easily taken care of this roadblock with if I really needed to.  I stared at him and he stared back at me.  So I said to the snake, “Let’s make a deal, I will leave you alone if you leave me alone.”  Of course, the snake didn’t answer so I sidestepped him and went about doing my stakeout. 

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Project Showcase: Civil Engineering for Warrensburg Apartments

Posted by Jason Pellin on Jul 13, 2016 1:40:33 PM

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The Warrensburg Apartments are brand new state of the art apartment buildings situated in the heart of Warrensburg’s residential and commercial district. With the goal of maximizing the usable space while minimizing construction costs, the owner faced several challenges on the site including a natural spring and steep terrain. As construction began, the owner quickly realized that the objectives of maximizing development while minimizing costs were not being met.

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Land Surveying, Then and Now

Posted by Jason Pellin on Jun 22, 2016 7:32:01 AM

I have been doing land surveying since I was still in high school in 1992.  I know there are many seasoned land surveyors out there whose land surveying careers are far more contrasting than my own, but I just wanted to share how things have changed during my own career.

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Adventures in Land Surveying: The Feud

Posted by Jason Pellin on Jun 16, 2016 11:53:37 AM


I was hired by a very nice elderly couple to do a Property Boundary Survey on their 5 acre property many years ago.  The first day that I met the couple they showed me a copy of their deed and a copy of a tax map.  They were specifically concerned about the location of their west property line and a fence line but that was all that was said at that time.  I did some deed and survey research for the property and the surrounding properties and headed out to the site to start the land surveying fieldwork. That's when things started getting out of sorts.  

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The Importance of Property Corners

Posted by Jason Pellin on Jun 6, 2016 9:04:48 AM

In history, property corners (or corner monuments) have always come first.  The use of property corners to determine land boundaries predates the use of maps and surveys.  Even before property conveyances were written down or mapped, land owners walked their boundary lines by way of their corners to show others what they owned.  To create a boundary you must have terminal points or corners.  Each boundary line is controlled at each end by a corner.

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Land Survey Plat Abbreviations

Posted by Jason Pellin on Jun 2, 2016 8:00:42 AM

A land survey plat can sometimes be difficult to read due to the abbreviations that are used.  Here is a list of some commonly used abbreviations on a plat.

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Daniel Boone the Land Surveyor

Posted by Jason Pellin on May 17, 2016 1:59:39 PM

During a recent visit to the Daniel Boone homestead near Defiance, Missouri, a tour guide stated that Daniel did a poor job of keeping good records while he was a land surveyor.  That statement made me curious and I started searching for more information.  Daniel Boone was an American Legend who was a pioneer, hunter, woodsman, blacksmith, soldier and a land surveyor.  Daniel Boone is probably the most well known frontiersman turned land surveyor.

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The James Gang and an Arkansas Land Surveyor

Posted by Jason Pellin on Mar 16, 2016 7:46:41 AM

Chances are you have heard of the stories of the outlaw gang led by Jesse James and Frank James that covered the Midwest.  Jesse and Frank fought in guerrilla bands for the Confederacy during the Civil War.  After the Civil War ended the James brothers put together an outlaw gang and were responsible for many train and bank robberies.  Jesse James was shot by Robert Ford in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1882 and Frank James surrendered to the Governor of Missouri to be pardoned later.  There have always been many spectacular stories about how the brothers escaped the law completely and lived to ripe old age.  During a family vacation in Arkansas, I just happened to discover one of these controversial stories.

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What you should expect from your Land Surveyor

Posted by Jason Pellin on Mar 10, 2016 8:08:07 AM

All Land Surveying companies are the same, right?  No, they are most certainly not!  Quality, Experience, Responsiveness and Professionalism make a big difference!  Here are 5 things that you should expect from the Land Surveyor that you hire.

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A Land Surveying Toolbox

Posted by Jason Pellin on Mar 3, 2016 7:25:34 AM

 

If you ever think of a Land Surveyor then you probably think of a person standing behind a total station instrument or holding a prism pole or GPS survey equipment.  Land Surveyors have lots of different tools and equipment that they use everyday.  Here is a quick look at some of the tools you might find in use.

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New Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys

Posted by Jason Pellin on Feb 29, 2016 12:15:00 PM

 

 

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), published new standard detail requirements that went into effect February 23, 2016 for the new ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey.  This type of land survey was formerly known as the ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey but is commonly referred to as an "ALTA Survey" for short.   This type of land survey is typically used for commercial property.    

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Land Surveying, did you know? Apollo 11

Posted by Jason Pellin on Feb 26, 2016 7:25:50 AM


Here at 21 Design Group, we strive to help the public understand the subject of Land Surveying.  There are many interesting facts and information about Land Surveying that you may never have heard of before.

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Native American Trail Markers

Posted by Jason Pellin on Feb 11, 2016 11:58:44 AM

 

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Last summer my family and I were vacationing near the Buffalo River in Arkansas.  While we were zip lining, our guide made a reference to a bent tree as possibly being an early Native American trail marker.  This was the first time I had ever heard of these trail markers.

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The 21 Design Group Difference

Posted by Jason Pellin on Jan 22, 2016 8:19:16 AM

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Our Story

 21 Design Group was founded on 2-1-2013, inspiring our company name, 21 Design. With the desire to avoid the same old standard "high priced, cookie cutter solutions" of other large engineering firms, we envisioned a better way to deliver engineering solutions to our clients; through a personal, responsive, and interactive approach.

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Land Surveying - An investment for your investment

Posted by Claresa Narup on Jan 7, 2016 8:44:19 AM

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 Saving pennies may sometimes cost you dollars!

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The “Pinocchio“ Encroachment

Posted by Claresa Narup on Dec 21, 2015 7:54:07 AM

Pinocchio Encroachment

Sometimes encroachments grow, just like Pinocchio’s Nose!  

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Land Surveying and Cookies

Posted by Claresa Narup on Dec 17, 2015 3:11:57 PM

Land Surveying and Cookies 

In preparing for a presentation one morning this past week, I ran to one of our local grocers with an in-house bakery and picked up several dozen cookies to share with our, hopefully, captive audience.  Even if they don’t want to listen to me, or our team, hopefully they’ll like the cookies, right?

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Land Surveying, did you know? North

Posted by Jason Pellin on Dec 14, 2015 7:21:57 AM

Magnetic North

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Land Surveying Jargon

Posted by Jason Pellin on Nov 25, 2015 7:30:00 AM

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Land Surveying, like most professions, has its own special jargon. Although some of our slang words may sound a little funny, these terms all help us do our job.

 

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Adventures in Land Surveying: Trip to the ER

Posted by Jason Pellin on Nov 18, 2015 8:33:34 AM

Land Surveying trip to the ER

My day had started out the usual way in the office as Survey Manager.  I went over the fieldwork that needed to be done with each of the three survey crews and they headed out the door to do the work.

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Adventures in Land Surveying: Deer Season

Posted by Jason Pellin on Nov 11, 2015 9:53:12 AM

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Here in Missouri, deer hunting season is just around the corner.  Specifically, deer hunting with firearms.  For a land surveyor this is the time of the year when it is best to stay out of the woods.

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3 Important Items of an Engineering and Land Surveying Proposal

Posted by Jason Pellin on Oct 28, 2015 9:08:58 AM

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Land Surveying, did you know? Witness Trees

Posted by Jason Pellin on Oct 19, 2015 7:51:00 AM

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The Expert Conundrum

Posted by Dan Rahn on Oct 12, 2015 9:49:00 AM

Shunryu Suzuki, the famous zen master said:

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few”

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Innovative Wastewater Design Project

Posted by Jason Pellin on Oct 6, 2015 7:10:01 AM

21 Design Group assisted a community's deteriorating wastewater treatment system with a cost effective engineering design solution.  Our design consisted of adding a Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) to a dilapidated lagoon treatment system.  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was excited about our approach to the project.  Here is a video showing the finished construction of the project.    

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Land Surveying, did you know? Trespass

Posted by Jason Pellin on Sep 28, 2015 7:25:00 AM

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The Original STEM, Land Surveying

Posted by Jason Pellin on Sep 21, 2015 8:26:00 AM

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Land Surveying, did you know? Ancient History

Posted by Jason Pellin on Sep 14, 2015 7:13:00 AM

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What is a Professional Land Surveyor?

Posted by Jason Pellin on Aug 27, 2015 8:32:00 AM

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Adventures in Land Surveying: Solo Surveying

Posted by Jason Pellin on Aug 10, 2015 8:21:18 AM

The surveying equipment of today allows for a land surveyor to perform surveying field work all by him or herself.  This is not always the optimum or safest way of doing fieldwork.  With the uncertainty of the current economy and the, “do more with less” theme that so many companies are forced with, solo surveying has become commonplace.  I have completed many surveying projects as a solo field crew in my career.

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