AC21: ALTA Surveys and Description Basics

Barry Savage · June 26, 2021
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An ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey is first and foremost a boundary survey. Over the years the standards have evolved to reflect the importance of proper retracement principles and the correct application of boundary law to this process. Understanding the subtle differences in boundary establishment principles and how they apply to the ALTA/NSPS survey can ensure that both lenders and borrowers are protected. When writing a legal description having a grasp of these same boundary principles is critical to properly conveying the party’s true intent.

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Barry Savage

Barry E. Savage is currently the manager of the Survey Products Group at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Prior to his service at TVA he was in private survey practice for 10 years specializing in dispute resolution and expert witness services. He has surveyed several disputed state boundaries to resolve jurisdictional conflicts. Mr. Savage is an adjunct professor at Cleveland State Community College where he teaches courses in boundary law, geodesy, GIS, and surveying fundamentals. He has researched and retraced the historical surveys of Henry David Thoreau and has published several articles on the subject. Mr. Savage teaches exam review and continuing education seminars at various state and local conferences across the country. He has served as director of production for Cook and Spencer Consultants in Chattanooga. Mr. Savage was a senior designer at Psi Consulting Engineers where he worked on structural and environmental design. He was also a survey supervisor at Whitfield Engineering in Dalton, Georgia. Mr. Savage received his B.S. degree, with high honors, in Civil Engineering Technology from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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