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Video Presentation about Historic Savannah City Maps 0 Farris Cadle, Inc. Until recently the city of Savannah sponsored guest presentations every month or two dealing with aspects of the city's history and culture.  These were held in the City Hall, were coordinated by Luciana Spracher, the City Archivist, and were taped.  One of the presentations, titled "Maps, Surveys, and Plans, Oh My!", is by Luciana and describes the city's survey and map heritage.  The video can be accessed at and scroll down. It contains useful information for surveyors who work in Savannah, as well as information that should be of interest to surveyors in general.  The Savannah City Hall Archives has thousands of plats, maps, and fieldnotes of the city, made by the city's surveyors and engineers, many of which are not recorded in the courthouse, that go back to the 1790s.
by Farris Cadle, Inc.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Covid-19 - Field work 1 K. Colburn We have already decided no hotels or restaurants so we're packing lunches and driving 6+ hours round trip somedays since we are state wide. We work for municipalities so we are considered essential for infrastructure.
by A. Tomberlin
Sunday, March 22, 2020
National Surveyors Week 0 T. Peay National Surveyors Week
by T. Peay
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
New FEMA Flood Certification Form 1 J. Green The form and instructions are also posted on the SAMSOG website under the "Latest News" tab.
by G. Jones
Monday, March 16, 2020
Mid Atlantic Surveying Co, Inc. 1 M. Chastain searching I found that the CEO for Mid Atlantic was Kenneth W. Reese who had previously owned Kenco Engineering. He operated out of Smyrna. Maybe some of the Cobb surveyors know him. Hope that helps.
by S. Payne
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
2020 Techncial Seminar 2 D. Collins Job Well Done. Thanks to all who made it happen.
by D. Yawn
Friday, January 31, 2020
ALTA of apartment complex in 2 weeks? 2 N. Johnston I think it is probably doable. 4-5 days field work and 7-8 days drafting as long as you have a good crew that you can dedicate one or two crews and one or two drafters to that one job for that many days. With drones and field to finish it may even take less time.
by K. Colburn
Saturday, January 25, 2020
2020 SAMSOG/NSPS Plat Contest Announcement 3 R. Purcell Jason: The 2020 SAMSOG Plat Contest Winners are given below: 2020 SAMSOG Plat Contest Winners ALTA Plats 1st Place: Bradley Markham 2nd Place: Matthew Alexander Seiler & Assoc., Inc. Rochester & Associates, Inc. Stockbridge, GA Gainesville, GA Boundary Plats 1st Place: Matthew Alexander 2nd Place: Bradley Markham Rochester & Associates, Inc. Seiler & Assoc., Inc. Gainesville, GA Stockbridge, GA Topographical Plats 1st Place: Shane Rousey 2nd Place: Bradley Markham Donaldson, Garrett & Assoc. Seiler & Assoc., Inc. Macon, GA Stockbridge, GA Subdivision Plats 1st Place: Robyn White 2nd Place: Bradley Markham Patton Land Surveying Seiler & Assoc., Inc. Gainesville, GA Stockbridge, GA Miscellaneous Maps 1st Place: Shane Rousey 2nd Place: Bradley Markham Donaldson, Garrett & Assoc. Seiler & Assoc., Inc. Macon, GA Stockbridge, GA GIS Maps (No entries) Thanks: Roger
by R. Purcell
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Beware of Scammers 1 C. Branscom   If any of this was transacted through the U.S. Postal Service, you can file a mail fraud complaint.  See    On one or two occasions when I received something in the mail that appeared to be a scam, I took the mail to the local post office, explained the situation, and they said they would take it from there.  I don't know how aggressive the Postal Service is about such matters.  A person in my home county conducted a theft operation that incidentally used the mail service and in which she stole more than $700,000.  She was prosecuted in federal court on that basis and received 6 years in prison.
by Farris Cadle, Inc.
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Theodore W. Waddle, Sr. - RIP 0 C. Branscom It is with heavy heart to report Theodore W. Waddle, Sr. passed on 12/11/2019. Ga PLS #924 Ga PE #5138, also Past member of The State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Obituary link:
by C. Branscom
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Bobby Shupe 1 D. Collins Bobby was a fine Surveyor and a great man. Rest In Peace.
by D. Yawn
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Stolen Equipment – Fulton County 0 T. Pruitt, Jr.   One of our crews suffered a theft while working at the Sheltering Arms Obama Academy, 195 Tuskegee Street Southeast, Atlanta, GA, 30315, Fulton County. The Thieves took: Item Type Model Serial Number Total Station Robot Geomax Zoom90 R1 A10 953972 Bluetooth Handle Geomax ZRT82 Zoom90 3184545 Tribrach Leica   1104 Total Station Batteries Geomax ZBA400 11516 Dutch Hill Fiber Glass Legs        
by T. Pruitt, Jr.
Friday, November 15, 2019
On Line Surveying Courses 4 J. Green Thanks, Roger. I forwarded your contact information to him.
by J. Green
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Hound Dog Magnetic Locator 0 W. Duggan Greetings all. Does anyone have any experience or heard anything good or bad about the Hound Dog Mag. locator offered from Chris Nik, the mag nail folks?
by W. Duggan
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Name changes and dates on plats 3 M. Chastain Farris, thanks for that. I had already planned on not changing the date, just the bank name, but wasn't comfortable with a way to somehow address the change in banks and cover my rear. Reason being, bank XYZ was not in the picture in 2013, so for their name to show up would cast doubt on what was done and when, should any issues ever arise. Addressing bank XYZ with a full explanation is a great idea (your note: "To Bank XYZ:"). Two points of follow up:1. I asked the attorney whether a change in name only with no date change was okay back when I posted this, and told him that if he needed a new date we'd need to go down and properly "update" the survey. He never has got back to me yet. Presumption: realizing that changing name only didn't get them a "current" survey date, he just dropped it and never intended to pay for it anyway.2. You give too much credit to title insurance companies. Apparently in the last 5 years they have all lost at least 90% of their people who had knowledge, understanding, and morals. They seem to hardly care, even when there is a claim. We do a lot of claim work for several title insurance companies in a broad multi-state area. A heavy majority are not due to survey error but sloppy closing attorneys and title agents. I've seen some really remarkably horrible stuff that has cost title companies thousands and even hundreds of thousands. Some of the claims counsel attorneys have confidentially shared with me that it is sickening to them too, but that HQ deems it an acceptable cost of doing business, even when some closing attorneys write a disproportionate amount of bad policies that result in claims. It's all business, just like when they quit requiring "loan surveys". They just want to collect that title insurance premium (today). Claims and pay-outs make up a budget line that HQ has deemed to be an acceptable "cost of doing business", and as long as their annual totals are under that, it was a good year.
by M. Chastain
Friday, October 18, 2019
Surveying Military Base 1 P. Sanchez You may find this useful Pete. military base project that I have worked on in the past (as a contractor) has been under the supervision of a Licensed Surveyor holding licensure in that state. However, Engineers and Surveyors employed by the federal government are not legally required to be licensed by the state.
by S. Payne
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Surveyors Records 12 D. May Quote: Originally posted by D. May: As many of you know, I maintain a spreadsheet of the location of the records of surveyors who have closed, merged, retired or passed away.  As all of you know, when it comes to plats and deeds a picture can truly be worth a thousand words.  These old plats are invaluable to the conscientious surveyor.  If anyone would like this spreadsheet then email me.  If you see any errors or would like to add to the list then let me know.  And feel free to pass it on. Happy researching, David David will you send me a copy please.
by J. Harbeson
Friday, September 13, 2019
Milton Robert Lemon Records 1 J. Higgins Just emailed the records spreadsheet to you Jaime. Mr. Lemon's contact info is in there.David
by D. May
Friday, September 6, 2019
Legal Descriptions 7 J. Green Your experience is exactly mine. I agree that no more than 1% of closing attorneys and title researchers include adjoining property, and that is being generous. I've never asked one about this and just assumed that their perspective is different than mine. To my recollection, I have never surveyed any property without including the adjacent properties in my deed and plat research, in fact, many times I wind up with more deeds and plats of the adjoining property than the subject property which is just as important.
by S. Coleman
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Mathis Surveyors 0 J. Higgins Anyone know if Glenn Mathis' records are accessible?
by J. Higgins
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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