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A Guide to Understanding Land Surveys Hardcover – December 31, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470230589 ISBN-10: 0470230584 Edition: 3rd

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (December 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470230584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470230589
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The nonsurveyor's definitive land survey sourcebook—now extensively updated

Over the last several decades, the Internet has allowed individuals with a non-technical background to assume more control of land surveys. But without a clear understanding of how to accurately use land survey data, and faced with the challenges of communicating specific requirements to a professional land surveyor, conflicts often arise that lead to litigation.

A Guide to Understanding Land Surveys bridges the ever-expanding communication gap between the users of land boundary information and professional land surveyors.

This indispensable guide clearly explains the functions and procedures required in every survey (routine or otherwise), and the role of a surveyor in their investigation and re-establishment. It is a must-have resource for title attorneys, paralegals, realtors, government agents, and others who rely on the information gathered and presented by land surveys.

Written in nontechnical language and supported by numerous line drawings, A Guide to Understanding Land Surveys not only helps readers gain a strong familiarity with a survey, plat, or land description, but enables them to accurately evaluate it, detect any inadequacies, and make the proper adjustments to obtain approval.

The Third Edition of A Guide to Understanding Land Surveys has been expanded with thirty percent new material and is fully updated to reflect the latest practice guidelines and technology, including the use of GPS and GIS in land boundary re-establishment. Also included is important new material on how technology should be interpreted in assessing the quality and accuracy of a land survey.

About the Author

Stephen V. Estopinal, PLS, PE, is Senior Engineer/Surveyor at Chenevert Songy Rodi Soderberg (CSRS), an architectural, civil engineering, and program manage--ment service company in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was formerly the owner of Estopinal Surveying and Engineering, Inc., in Chalmette, Louisiana, and has been in the practice of land surveying for more than forty years. A columnist for Professional Surveyor magazine, he is a frequent lecturer on surveying matters and regularly serves as an expert witness.

More About the Author

Author Stephen Estopinal grew up in the swamps and bayous of Southeast Louisiana. Forced to relocated because of the devastation wrought by hurricane Katrina, Mr. Estopinal now lives in Gonzales, Louisiana which is halfway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. A land surveyor and civil engineer, he has written numerous professional articles as well as two textbooks.

His first text book, "A Guide to Understanding Land Surveys" published by John Wiley is now in its third edition. A second text book, which he co-authored with Wendy Lathrop, "Professional Surveyors and Real Property Descriptions" is also published by John Wiley.

Intrigued by the study of local history, a requirement of boundary survey research, and fascinated by family oral history told to him by his Isleño Grandfather who spoke the 18th Century Canary Island accented Spanish, Estopinal became a "Living History" volunteer at the Jean Lafitte National Park where recreations of the Battle of New Orleans included living and sleeping as did the original defenders did two hundred years ago.

Estopinal's novels are historical fictions set in Louisiana during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries told from the point of view of settlers, the Isleños, who were brought to Louisiana from the Canary Islands by Spain. All of the novels involve the deMelilla family and include details of daily life not often found in history books.

"El Tigre De Nueva Orleáns" is his first novel. It is set during the War of 1812 and tells of a young Isleño's transition into manhood by battle and love. "El Tigre De Nueva Orleáns" has been approved for sale in the Chalmette Battlefield National Park Bookstore.

"Incident at Blood River" takes place in 1795 in Spanish Colonial Louisiana and is the story of a grieving widower who rediscovers love with a Acadian girl, but first, he must survive a desperate battle.

"Anna" takes place in 1825 during the explosion of commerce along the Mississippi River brought on by the Industrial Revolution and the invention of the Steamboat. Anna's courage and determination is instrumental in saving her family's shipping business from a clandestine take-over by the powerful East India Company.

"Escape to New Orleans", set in 1778, is the story of a family's desperate flight from the Canary Islands and their hardships in Louisiana. The Spanish army's vital, but little known, victories over the British in Louisiana during the American Revolution form the back drop for the novel. Spain's General Gálvez fought several battles against the British from 1779 to 1781. Spain, as an ally of the United States, seized control of the Mississippi Valley, Mobile and Pensacola. Gálvez was the only General during the American Revolution who was victorious in every engagement.

"Mobile Must Fall" - The year is 1780 and the American Colonies are in revolt against Britain. Spain entered the conflict as an ally of the rebels in 1779 and seized Baton Rouge from the British, securing the flow of supplies to the western front. Bernardo Gálvez, the Spanish Governor-General of Louisiana has determined to send a reconnaissance force into Florida to prepare for an assault on the British fort at Mobile. Sergeant Diego deMelilla of the Spanish Fixed Regiment of Louisiana has been selected to lead that reconnaissance. Grieving over the recent loss of his beautiful wife, deMelilla is confronted with hardships, British soldiers and a mysterious woman. Through it all, one fact remains - if Spain and the American Revolution are to succeed, Mobile Must Fall.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chris Rhyne on January 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am a Professional Land Surveyor who bought this book 7 years ago before I was licensed. I enjoyed it thoroughly as a student, it was very well written and interesting. It is focused towards the novice or lay-person, not very technical and it was easy to understand. I still keep it as the best reference for writing legal descriptions that I own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clifford J. Mugnier on February 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This has been a standard textbook at Louisiana State University since the First Edition for Civil Engineering 4550 (Boundary Surveying). Written originally as a tutorial for Abstractors, Attorneys, and Lending Officers, this has been an excellent and easy to read text on the basic principles of boundary surveys in the United States. Mr. Estopinal's insight and catholic experience of Land Surveying is clearly evident in his writing. Rather than a textbook of how to do it, it is a text of why it is done; a different and refreshing approach that is helpful to both the prospective practioners that I teach as well as for the original intended readers. Highly recommended for all interested in the subject.
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