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  Lines of latitude and longitude divide the earth into a huge grid. The unit for this grid system is the degree. Lines of latitude … Read More

Save Our Atmosphere

  Save Our Atmosphere (SOA) Do you know that greenhouse gases are out of control? Do you know that bovines produce a huge amount of methane gas … Read More

Oregon October 2011 exam results

  Fundamentals Land Surveying (FLS) first time taking the test – 90% pass rate no repeat takers in Oregon. Nationally the pass rate was 23.6% … Read More

April 2011 Oregon exam results

  Fundamental Land Surveying (FLS) first time taking the test – 90% pass repeat takers – 50% pass Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) first time taking … Read More

Key points for contours

  1. Summits or peaks 2. Stream beds or valleys 3. Saddles 4. Depressions 5. Ridge lines 6. Ditch bottoms and tops of cuts 7. … Read More

Thirty States

  Thirty States have been created out of the Public Domain. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, … Read More

Washington October 2011 exam results

  Another six months have passed and another group of canidates sat for thier exams. The percentages of those that passed these challanging tests are … Read More


  The star Polaris is located at the tip of the handle of Ursa Minor (the little dipper). Polaris is the brightest star in Ursa … Read More

Learn the language of surveying

  Everyone has knows about the language of love, but how many know the language of surveying? Surveying is a specialized branch of engineering. Surveying … Read More

John Wayne a surveyor?

  John Wayne a surveyor? No, but he played one in the 1949 movie The Fighting Kentuckian. Things have changed a lot since then. Surveyors … Read More

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Who Is W.B. Wells?

In 1924, after graduating from Stanford University, Willard B. Wells founded W.B. Wells & Assoc. Inc in Portland, Oregon. Willard’s philosophy was to provide a quality product for a reasonable fee. We still follow Willard’s philosophy today.
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