ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys: Leveraging the Feasibility Assessment Tool for Land Development Deals

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, February 27, 2014

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This CLE course will prepare real property counsel to use land title surveys as a due diligence tool in real estate transactions or development deals. The panel will review the most recent requirements of an American Land Title Association and American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ALTA/ACSM) land survey, discuss when a survey needs to be conducted, and explain how to review the finished form.


ALTA/ACSM land surveys are primary due diligence tools in real estate transactions or development deals. They depict location, boundary and topography, with a description of improvements, encumbrances and other observations.

Revisions in 2011 introduced new minimum standards for ALTA/ACSM land surveys. The standards include a certification requirement, presentation and format changes, an expansion of documents provided for records research, modifications to the plat of survey information, terminology changes, and other changes.

Practitioners using these devices must understand the changes that have been made to ensure surveys are accurately prepared and all parties' expectations are met.

Listen as our authoritative panel navigates the components and requirements of the revised ALTA/ACSM land survey, addressing what needs to be included, when the survey should be conducted, how to select a surveyor, and how practitioners should review and use finished surveys.



  1. ALTA/ACSM land survey overview
    1. Purpose of survey
    2. Components of survey
  2. Requesting a survey
    1. When to conduct a survey
    2. Selecting a surveyor
  3. Standards of care
  4. Boundaries
  5. Measurement standards
  6. Records research
  7. Field work
  8. Plat or map information
  9. Surveyor certification
  10. Surveyor deliverables
  11. Effective use of surveys


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What does a land survey accomplish, and when should it be conducted?
  • What standards need to be met to complete an up-to-date ALTA/ACSM survey?
  • What legal issues should clients be advised of when discussing ALTA/ACSM surveys?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Gary R. Kent, L.S.
Gary R. Kent, L.S.

Director of Surveying

Mr. Kent is a past-president of both ACSM and the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors. He has a BS...  |  Read More

Earl Morriss
Earl Morriss

Land Law Washington

Mr. Morris focuses on real property, land use, contract, and civil litigation issues.  He is also a Professional...  |  Read More

Curtis W. (Curt) Sumner
Curtis W. (Curt) Sumner
Executive Director
National Society of Professional Surveyors

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