Monthly Archives: October 2012

Tracz, Pyle attend FSMS Retracement Camp

Tyler Tracz and Will Pyle of Degrove Surveyors attended the three-day Sectional Retracement Camp organized by the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS).  The Camp was based at 4-H Camp Ocala in the Ocala National Forest, near the town of Altoona.  Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on field work, students learned about the history of the Public Land System and how to retrace the sectional boundaries established by the original GLO surveyors in the mid-1800s.  Classroom topics included the formation, administration, and equipment used for the Public Land System, as well as theoretical instruction on sectional retracement.  Field instruction gave students a hands-on opportunity to retrace the footsteps of the original GLO surveyors through searching for the necessary evidence to prove individual section corners.  Some of the evidence found included decades-old tree markings, stump holes and charcoal remains of reference trees set in the mid-1800s, and a lighter wood post likely buried some time in the early 20th century. 


Will Pyle (left) pictured here with Lemar Evers (middle) of FDEP Division of State Lands and Lee Willingham (right) of Bradshaw-Niles & Associates, uncovering the stump hole and charcoal remains of a bearing tree referenced many decades ago. 

Tyler Tracz is pictured here using an historical surveyor’s compass in an attempt to find remains of historical reference trees that will help prove the location of the nearby section corner.  Compasses like this were used by the original GLO Surveyors in the mid-1800s.

Retracement Camp instructor Milton Denny, PLS, (middle) pictured here with Retracement Camp students, discovering the remains of a lighter wood post, buried as a survey marker probably sometime in the early 20th century.

Degrove Completes Hydrographic Surveys for National Park Service at Cumberland Island, GA

Degrove Surveyors recently completed two Hydrographic Surveys for ferry docks at Cumberland Island and St. Mary’s, Georgia.  The ferry transports visitors back and forth between St. Marys and Cumberland Island.  The project is owned by the National Park Service and the surveys will support construction efforts for dock modifications.

Degrove Surveyors Attends FSBPA Conference as an Exhibitor

Degrove attended the 2012 Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association (FSBPA) Conference in Naples, Florida.  Randy Tompkins and Tyler Tracz attended and represented Degrove in the Exhibit Hall.  With a variety of engineers, surveyors, scientists, and public officials present, the strength and effectiveness of FSBPA was made evident throughout the conference.  The professionals in attendance were among the best of the best in their respective fields.  Degrove enjoyed the opportunity to re-connect with these other professionals who share our interest in the preservation of Florida’s shores and beaches.  We were also pleased to exhibit our extensive experience providing survey support for beach nourishment and shore preservation.  More information on Degrove’s qualifications and experience with providing survey support for coastal projects can be found here.