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Surveying Links and Resources

​These links and resources are provided for your interest and benefit.  Please note that the College does not endorse any opinion, report, product, or service described in them.


A History of the Rectangular Survey System
Glossaries of BLM Surveying and Mapping Terms (zip file)
Earth From Space - Photos of cities as seen by astronauts from space
Handbook of Survey Notekeeping (PDF document)
Promoting Land Surveying in Our Schools - Online resource for instructors and guidance counselors.
Maps.com - One stop shop for maps.
MapTech Map Server - Online resource for topo maps, nautical charts, nva photos, and aeronautical charts
Microsoft TerraServer - High resolution USGS aerial imagery and USGS topographic maps
National Atlas of the United States
ESRI GIS Mapping Software -
California Board for Professional Engineers and Surveyors - Board of Professional Licensing and Registration for Land Surveyors
American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (A.C.S.M.)​ - Association that advances the sciences of surveying and mapping and related fields
Accreditation Board for Engineering Technologies - The Board promotes and advances education in applied science, computing, engineering and technology
California Land Offices - Historical changes in the California Land Office
Cool Surveying Sites - A excellent resource of surveying, mapping, and GIS Web sites
California Land Surveyors Association (CLSA) - The official site for CLSA
The Encyclopedia of Land Surveying Links - A comprehensive list of links
National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors
National Geodetic Survey (NGS) -  Official Web site for the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS)
National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) - A pathway to information about geospatial or spatially referenced data available from USGS
Orange County Surveyors' Office
Surveypath - Information on surveying as a career


Following are PDF files regarding laws regulating the practice of Land Surveying in California

Principal Meridians in TIF and PDF