This class includes over 3 hours of instruction on the United States Public Lands Survey System with a unique field perspective. The class goals include:
- Preparation for Field Surveying of a Section Line
- The Steps taken in a Dependent Re-Survey
- How to Identify Blaze Marks on Line Trees or Bearing Trees
- Fundamentals behind the Public Land Survey System
- Breakdown of Quadrangles, Townships, and Sections
- How to run a Standard Parallel line
Jim McCavitt, the instructor, has been a part of the BLM Field Survey department for over three decades. Through Mr. McCavitt’s years of experiencing difficult surveys in the BLM, he has a vault of knowledge that is best utilized by passing it on to fellow surveyors. This is a BLM class that is incomparable. Not only are USPLSS fundamentals reviewed, but the methodology that goes into dependent re-surveys are also included. It is a hands on focus that will leave you with knowledge that can be unknown to even the most experienced PLSS surveyor.
Jim, originally from Santa Maria, CA, is a graduate of the surveying program at Fresno State, and a PLS in California. His career in surveying was entirely with the Bureau of Land Management in California, where he worked as a Land Surveyor for 35 1/2 years, retiring in 2012. The last 15 years of his career Jim was the supervisor for BLM’s field survey crews throughout the state. Currently, Jim enjoys spending time with his family, working around his two acres, and hiking to places he’s never seen before.