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January Technical Webinar: “What Does The Survey Say?”

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January Technical Webinar: “What Does The Survey Say?”

January 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST


Surveying reports (A.K.A. “surveys” ) are prepared for specific clients and convey specific information that the client will need to complete a specific task or transaction. Clients, and sometimes various advisors and consultants, tend to think “I have a survey. Now I’m ready to close this transaction, plan, evaluate, design, submit, construct, or a host of other things necessary to complete a project.” No survey will satisfy all of the possible needs of all readers. No survey will support all possible tasks.  

Each of the client’s advisors and consultants need to evaluate the survey and determine if it contains the information necessary to accomplish their work in a competent and non-negligent manner. They each need to determine what transaction or activity the survey was prepared to support, is this purpose consistent with the consultants need. They need to know what the magic words and “ketch phrases” mean and how they will impact the task at hand.

This webinar will look at some of the purposes that survey reports are designed to fill and what are some of the underlying purposes of the phrases and what do they mean. It will also explore the dangers of using a hammer to install a screw.

This webinar will be presented by Andrew Sikes PE, RPLS.



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Andrew Sikes PE, RPLS is the President of Andrew Lonnie Sikes, Inc., a regional surveying firm with offices in Katy, Texas. The firm employees five individuals and provides engineering, professional land surveying and mapping services. The firm was formed in 1977 as a sole proprietorship and incorporated in 1980. Prior to selling a division established in Clute, Texas to serve The Dow Chemical Company the firm grew to 40+ people with seven registered professionals. The current staff is made up of one registered surveyor and two registered engineers. The company is positioned to take full advantage of the new upswing in development in Harris and adjoining counties in Texas.

As president, Mr. Sikes primarily provides general management and project oversight of the company activities.  On major projects or projects with special consideration such as expert witness, he provides specific supervision and technical consulting to operations personnel. Mr. Sikes provides consultation and expert witness activities on surveying and engineering issues. He servers both as a consultant and as a fact witness as requested by his clients.

Mr. Sikes is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Society of Civil Engineers. He is a Past President of Gulf Coast Chapter of  Texas Society of  Professional Surveyors, Chairman of the Geomatics Committee of the Houston Branch ASCE and on a number of ASCE National Technical Committees. Mr. Sikes is also the current President of the Professional Surveyors Education Foundation, which creates education opportunities in surveying. Mr. Sikes also served on the Texas Board of Professional Surveyors from 1987 thru 1999.


January 14
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Texas Section