For those interested, we have an educational opportunity through the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors.

Date: December 6, 2019

Location: Doubletree in Minneapolis.

The seminar will focus on the surveyors role when dealing with a project on or adjacent to a railroad. There is a lot of cross-pollination with ROW and title issues as well. Some other topics that will be covered are:

  • The ICC Valuation Maps & the ICC Cadastre that most are not aware of (or understand)…
  • Safety: Right of Entry vs. 49CFR214 Roadway Worker Policy (are you trespassing? Is it worth a $10,000 Federal fine or you r life? Where OSHA ends and FRA takes over )
  • The abandonment issue (vs. embargoes and what really constitutes abandoned?)
  • Retracement and Documentation pertaining to abandoned railroad R/W
  • Land development around railroads (including utility crossings, road crossings, drainage)
  • Easements vs. license/contract/permits (why “easement” is a dirty word at times)
  • Researchmanship & Data Salvaging…………Typical railroad records of interest to surveyors
  • Railroad Terminology/ mapping graphical symbols and what they really mean
  • Railroad Technology (Survey related, where it’s at and where it is headed, including GIS)
  • Contacting the railroad (Geographically compiled railroad contact sheet provided)
  • Public Record Documents (Why limiting yourself to courthouse and assessor records may lead to a flawed boundary survey product. Why not to trust assessor maps showing railroad property and why Title Company policies have great difficulties with railroad boundaries.)

Seminar is on December 6, 2019 and Registration is now open.