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The Curt Brown Chronicles: Engineers and Surveying

“Most engineering colleges offer training in computations, mapping and instrumentation, but little or nothing in surveying law. A man may be a beautiful technician, a skilled mathematician, and an expert at making measurements, but of what value is his skill it he does, not know where to place a legal property corner? Almost 100% of the fault we find with the men we employ is their ignorance of where to place property corners. The objection is frequently raised that the subject of land law is not engineering. But is that true? Everyone is expected to obey the law and everyone is presumed to know the law. The property surveyor is licensed to set property corners and he is expected to set them in accordance with the correct principles of law. He is not practicing law; he is merely obeying law in the same fashion that you or I do when we obey the speed limit. And if land law is never engineering, why has the engineer from time immemorial had the task of locating right-of-way lines and property lines for his fixed works?”

Why should you read this? Short editorial on an important continuing controversy. The American Surveyor, January 2015

Critical Financial Documents…You Need to Know

“These reports are simple to understand and should be easy for your accountant or bookkeeper to create and maintain.
Two reports each track your profitability, your cash, and your expenses. First, let’s look at the reports by name then we’ll present a brief overview of the report’s importance.”

Why should you read this? Good overview of the essentials. FCP, January 2015

Dude, Are You Positive?

“Obviously, pre-employment testing is necessary to prevent hiring someone with a drug problem. If you don’t test applicants for drugs, who do you think will apply for your jobs? …Reasonable suspicion can involve a wide variety of factors, but the bottom line is that because of the way the person is acting on the job, you have reason to think that drugs are a factor in the employee’s behavior or conduct. Your local drug testing facility or occupational medicine clinic/office can help you identify the reasonable suspicion factors and may even provide training for your supervisors to spot them.” I’m philosophically opposed, but you may not have that luxury. FCP, March 5th, 2012

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