• Flatirons Surveying donates survey gear to Engineers Without Borders in Nepal

    December 9, 2011 | Category: Other

    Flatirons Surveying prides itself on investing in the very latest robotic/GPS survey equipment and software.  While some robotic units can exceed $30,000 each, the gains in efficiency and accuracy are worth the cost.  Consequently, we have older units on hand that are fully functional but obsolete.  These were state of the art devices a decade ago.

    The University of Colorado in Boulder has a local chapter of Engineers Without Borders that is very active in conducting engineering projects in rural Nepal.  They asked us for much needed donations of survey equipment, and we were happy to oblige.  This interesting program benefits everyone involved, from the Nepalese residents in need of water and sanitation, to the adventuresome student volunteers, and to our company, with older equipment on hand in need of new owners who can make a real difference in the quality of many lives.

    To read more about the Boulder chapter of EWB and their projects, see:


  • What is a legal description, and who can prepare one?

    December 1, 2011 | Category: Commercial, Residential

    Black’s Law Dictionary defines a legal description as: “A formal description of real property, including a description of any part subject to an easement or reservation, complete enough that a particular piece of land can be located and identified.  The description can be made by reference to a government survey, metes and bounds, or lot numbers of a recorded plat. – Also termed land description.

    Generally speaking, there are no restrictions on who can prepare a legal description for real property.  Basic Statute of Frauds principles simply require that the description itself and the transfer document must be in writing.  Those of us who have been in the profession have seen numerous legal descriptions that should never have been used to transfer property.  Those descriptions often require specialized skill to interpret them for placement of the boundary “on the ground”.  (If you would like to discuss these specialized skills, please contact a Flatirons surveyor at 303-443-7001.)  Many states, however, have limited the pool of persons allowed to create new legal descriptions.

    InColorado, C.R.S. § 38-35-106.5 requires the name and address of the individual preparing a newly created legal description.  Failure to do so does not affect the validity of the description, however.

    Although it has not been challenged or tested in any way, “the preparation of . . . descriptions . . . for the purpose of preserving the location or conveyance of any and all rights in real property and the subdivision thereof” is a land survey, and is therefore the practice of land surveying pursuant to Rule 6.5.1(d) of the Bylaws and Rules of the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.  C.R.S. § 12-25-202 (6)(a)(VIII) defines the “preparation of . . . property descriptions that result from the practice of professional land surveying” as “professional land surveying”.  Based on the Rule and the Statute, only Licensed Professional Land Surveyors should be preparing legal descriptions in Colorado.

    For assistance with your specific legal description needs, please contact a Flatirons surveyor at 303-443-7001.

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