National Surveyors Week Spotlight: Joe Breaux, RPLS

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT THE SURVEYING INDUSTRY?

Surveying is more than just performing measurements, especially regarding land boundary surveying. Land boundary surveying requires knowledge of legal concepts, case law, history (especially in Texas), and knowledge of the proper use of technology used in surveying such as GPS and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology.

IF YOU WEREN’T A SURVEY PROFESSIONAL, WHAT CAREER COULD YOU SEE YOURSELF HAVING?

Possibly ROW acquisition. I have done some of that in the past, though it also involves some knowledge of boundary surveying concepts.

WHAT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE PROJECTS YOU HAVE BEEN A PART OF?

A unique project I have been a part of is the boundary survey of more than 80 miles of a railroad corridor that was conveyed to the State of Texas. It was a tremendous learning experience involving reconstruction of original land grants, legal precedent, case law, interpretation of old conveyances, senior and junior rights, and many other interesting legal aspects of land boundary surveying in Texas.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO TO TAKE YOUR MIND OFF WORK AND REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THE “HUSTLE AND BUSTLE”?

The thing I love the most is being with my family—especially my four grandchildren. Watching them grow is a special pleasure and a different “hustle and bustle.”

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