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What is Planning?

Here at W.B. Wells though, when we talk about planning we are usually talking about land use planning. How does a new residential or commercial development influence the existing state of a place? Read More

Batman V Survey Ninja

  Batman – millionaire, playboy, industrialist and philanthropist. Survey Ninja – none of the above Batman – trains himself both physically and intellectually Survey Ninja … Read More

Removal of fence built on another's land

  ORS 96.060 Removal of fence built on another’s land. (1) When any person has built or builds, by mistake and in good faith, a … Read More

Lincoln at Gettysburg

  Four score and seven years ago our founder, Willard B. Wells brought forth on this continent a new firm, conceived in quality and dedicated … Read More

Survey monuments

  There are many kinds of survey markers. For the property owner there are three you should know about – iron rods, iron pipes and … Read More


  1986 – WB Wells has been in business for 62 years. January 24 – Voyager 2 makes first encounter with Uranus. January 28 – … Read More

Beating the bounds

  Beating the bounds. A group of young boys and community members would walk the boundaries of a tract of land, so all would know … Read More

Snipping off your pinky

  I was pruning one of my bonsai trees after a hard day of surveying. Snip, snip, snip. Deciding which branch to save, which branch … Read More


  1967 – MCMLXVII January 2 – Tia Carrere is born. January 15 – Super Bowl I. Green Bay Packers defeat Kansas City Chiefs. January … Read More


  Encroachments – Physical evidence that may represent intrusion or trespass by someone with no legal rights to use the property as described in a … 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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