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Methods of locating contours

  Methods of locating contours – topographic surveys Grid method – effective in a relatively small area, which also has a fairly uniform slope. Grid … Read More

Newton and surveying

  How does Newton relate to surveying? In the 18th century Newton postulated that the earth was like a sphere, but that it bulged at … Read More


  Lines of latitude and longitude divide the earth into a huge grid. Lines of longitude measure the distance east and west around the world … Read More

Original lines

  Because original lines surveyed and marked by the creating surveyor control over all other elements in a deed, the surveyor must determine whether the … Read More


  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

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

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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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