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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

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


  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

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

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


  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

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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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