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TAMU-CC Offers New Elective for Students

Wednesday, April 24, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angela Navarro
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The Geographic Information Systems baccalaureate program in Land Surveying at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi with support of the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science is pleased to announce a new elective course for our students where they will get exposure to riparian boundary surveying along the Red River in Red River County, Texas. This course consists of a week of riparian court cases review. It will also expose our students with field exercises in retracing historic avulsion boundaries established by the Commissioners of the Oklahoma v. Texas Supreme Court and application of the gradient boundary method and 2000 Red River Boundary Compact along the Red River.

This course will be instructed by Davey Edwards, PhD, who is a Professional Land Surveyor in Texas and Oklahoma, a Texas Licensed State Land Surveyor and a U.S. Certified Federal Land Surveyor. Davey has over 16 years of professional land surveying experience and education. Davey has a Master’s Degree in Geospatial Surveying Engineering with studies in cadastral systems and a Doctorate Degree in Geoscience with studies in riparian boundary morphology. Davey assisted policy makers in defending property rights of the State of Texas and their citizens against improper riparian boundary determination by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in 2017. Today, Davey Edwards is now a professional assistant professor in the undergraduate and graduate land surveying programs at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and the director of the Texas Spatial Reference Center in the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science.

The Chapman Ranch in Red River County, Texas, will host this course. During the time we will be conducting our field exercises, we will be refurbishing a 95-year old wooden monument that once represented the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma which is currently in a state of decay. This will be conducted as a memorial of the land surveying efforts of Author Stiles and Author Kidder, appointed commissioners of the 1923 Oklahoma v. Texas Supreme Court, who derived the gradient boundary method of determining riparian boundaries along navigable rivers in the State of Texas.

GISC 4590-001 River Boundary Survey

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