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We have moved

Your favorite land surveying and civil engineering firm has moved. Our new address is 6130 NE 78th Court, Suite C-11 Portland, OR 97218

Purpose of ALTA survey

Per the 2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys Purpose – Members of the American Land Title Association (ALTA) have specific needs, … Read More

For Average Joes, Fighting FEMA Flood Maps

  For Average Joes, Fighting FEMA Flood Maps Isn’t Easy or Cheap. Click here to check out this NBC news article on recently-redrawn FEMA flood … Read More

National Flood Insurance Program Elevation Certificate

  What inform does a surveyor need to include on a National Flood Insurance Program Elevation Certificate? Latitude/longitude of the property and the horizontal datum used. … Read More

2013 National Surveyors Week

  March 17 thru March 23 is National Surveyors Week! You might remember that there are three famous surveyors on Mt. Rushmore. The best way … Read More

2013 Conference

      The land surveyors here at WB Wells attended the Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon 2013 conference. Why did our land surveyors attend … Read More

Characteristics of contours

  Characteristics of contours – topographic surveys Each contour line must close upon itself either within or outside the map A contour line cannot end … Read More


  Boundary – A boundary is every separation, natural or artificial, which marks the confines or line of division of two contiguous properties. The courts … Read More


  PLSS – Public Land Survey System Ordinance of 1785 – provided for townships six miles square Act of 1796 Section 1 – provides for … Read More


  The specific study to define the shape of the earth is called Geodesy. The word Geodesy is from the Greek words Geo (earth) and … 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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