Table of Contents – The American Surveyor – Vol.9, No.5 2012

Editorial: Oil and Gas Surveying
The editor discusses a different kind of surveying and his connection to it.
By Marc Cheves, PS
Standing the Test of Time—A Visit to Topographic, Inc.
For more than 50 years, this Oklahoma company has specialized in oil and gas surveying.
By Marc Cheves, PS
Pacific Railroad Crazy—The Story of Theodore Dehone Judah
An account of the surveyor who single-handedly championed the transcontinental railroad.
By Bart Crattie, PS, CFM
Reconnaisance: Unwritten Easements and ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys
Surveyors should consider including Table A item 11(a) on every Land Title Survey—whether the client asks for it or not.
By Gary Kent, PS
Vantage Point: Smart Vent: Safety and Service
Any device that requires human action to open it does not adequately protect a building from hydrostatic pressure.
By Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM
George E. Marsh: Dust Bowl Gypsy
The Coast & Geodetic Survey historian provides a charming account of a colorful character on the transcontinental triangulation.
By Albert “Skip” Therberge, Jr.
How Wide is the Right of Way on a County Road?
In response to this question, the author’s standard response is, “What does the deed say?”
By Richard T. Tolbert, PS
Footsteps: Determining Property Corner History
You can’t trust the monuments you find in the field if you don’t know the history of the corners they are set to mark.
By Landon Blake, PS