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Ethics IX



Ethics IX – 1.5 Contact Hours
The case-in-chief is Rolly Marine v. McLaughlin Engineering, Florida Court of Appeals 2010. The National Society of Professional Surveyor’s (NSPS) “Surveyor’s Creed and Canons” is the barometer for measuring the ethics in the case. “Between 1997 and 2004, surveyors produced nine separate surveys, all of which certified that a ten-foot strip of land on the west side of the property was within the property’s boundary line. All surveys were accompanied by a surveyor’s certificate affirming that the survey was correct in all respects, an accurate depiction of the boundary lines, and that there were no encroachments onto any adjacent property. In reliance on surveys, the owner first purchased the land and leased it to the marina, and then the improvements were built. Clients sought the final survey to obtain a loan for further improvements secured by a mortgage on the land.” This is when the owner found out that the surveys were not, in fact, accurate. The owners sued for professional negligence. The surveyors responded that they are “not professionals.” What, if any, are the ethical ramifications for such a claim? This is a 2-Page Letter covering 1 Court Opinion consisting of 6 pages. Along with a copy of the Creed and Canons, this is a 9-Page document with a 10-Question examination based on the text of the newsletter, the Creed and Canons, and the case-in-chief.

OBJECTIVES: To enhance professional competency and improve practitioner’s knowledge of the law as it relates to the practice of land surveying.