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.)