CEU Provider

Patrick Garner offers land surveying, hydrology & advanced wetlands courses through RedVector.com, the largest internet-based continuing education provider in the world & PDH On-Line, an engineering-oriented provider. Both offer professional CEUs. Patrick Garner’s courses have been taken by thousands of private & public wetland scientists, architects, engineers, hydrologists, landscape architects & professional land surveyors throughout the United States.

A series of land surveying courses were recently added. In addition, a hydrology-basics course was added to both RedVector & PDH. Seven additional audio and video courses were added in 2016 and three surveying courses added in mid 2017 for a total of 19 professional CEU courses. A sample of courses follows.

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Wetland Primer for Design Professionals
This online course will acquaint the student with the changed perception of wetlands in North America with contemporary definitions & more.

A Wetland Primer, Advanced: Field Evaluation & Permitting Considerations for Design Professionals
This online course is a follow-up to, "A Wetland Primer For Design Professionals" course [above], for design professionals, many of whom often need a broader understanding of why wetlands play an increasingly important role in site considerations, & how they are identified. This course is crucial for architects, engineers, land surveyors & landscape architects. 

A Primer on Inland Wetlands Creation and Restoration for Design Professionals
This course is a supplement to 
Advanced Wetlands Primer: Field Evaluation & Permitting (both described above). Although a basic understanding of wetlands—crucial for architects, engineers, land surveyors, contractors & landscape architects—is presented in those two courses, design professionals are often expected to understand the fundamentals of wetland creation & restoration. Upon completing this course, the student will understand the basic parameters required for all successful inland wetland creation.

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American Land Surveying - A History
American Land Surveying has a grand & sometimes tumultuous history. Bold personalities have been attracted to the work. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln, & Henry David Thoreau all worked as surveyors. 

Decision-making and Ethics in Everyday Practice for Land Surveyors
The Ethics courses comprise FIVE separate one-hour courses, each on a different topic. Four out of five are videos. These courses examine a series of situations that surveyors may commonly face. The course discusses correct actions in the context of what the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) calls its “Surveyor's Creed & Canons.
Topics include:

--Abiding by the Rules & Regulations for Surveying,

--Clint Conflicts, Advertising & Professional Integrity,

--Decision-Making in Everyday Practice,

--Refraining from Conduct Detrimental to the Public, and

--Working Outside Your Area of Expertise

Adverse Possession: An Advanced Course                                                                                                                                               This online course reviews the historic concepts of adverse possession, the statutory character of these actions, & the burden of proof against the claimant. This course examines the effect of surveys on such claims, exemptions to claims of adverse possession, & the well established elements of adverse possession. The course also discusses the doctrine of prescription & its relationship to adverse possession.

Boundary Monuments: Artificial & Natural Markers                                                                                                                                 This course reviews the differences between natural and artificial boundary monuments. First, a brief history of boundary monuments is presented. Then specific monuments are discussed at length. Emphasis is placed on the legal principles of permanence, visibility and accuracy. Discussion of the “ideal” monument is included.

Priority of Calls in Boundary Resolution                                                                                                                                                     This course teaches surveyors how the long-established priority of calls is used to weigh boundary evidence. Students learn how certain types of evidence is considered more reliable--and legally defendable--than others. The course examines court decisions then reviews case studies that reflect real world situations.

Metes & Bounds Surveys: An Essential Review                                                                                                                                         This course reviews the definition of metes and bounds land descriptions. looks at the origin of the phrase and discusses known problems with this ancient method of describing land for the purpose of conveyance. The course also compares PLSS surveys to metes and bounds, and discusses the principles and applications of junior-senior rights as encountered in metes and bounds states.

Surveying Riparian and Littoral Boundaries                                                                                                                                               The riparian/littoral course examines shoreline changes, the effects of inland accretion or reliction, and the effects of avulsion--and how these actions may effect property boundaries. It reviews how boundary law effects riparian surveys, and uses case studies to examine possible scenarios a survey may encounter.

Torts and the Land  Surveyor                                                                                                                                                                      This course delves into torts as they impact land surveyors. Torts are civil wrongs, and a tort action may be brought against a surveyor for negligence. Surveyors, like all professionals, have liability for their actions. Learn about the standard elements of a tort action--and how to protect yourself from common suits of this type. As with all of these courses, case studies are used to illustrate possible cases of negligence.

Fixing A Boundary Line: Boundary Control & Legal Principles                                                                                                                This course reviews boundary control and legal principles for professional land surveyors. It addresses and enumerates many of the legal principles that control boundary decision-making. Its emphasis is on adverse possession, but includes prescriptive easements, estoppel, acquiescence and unwritten agreements.

Boundary Disputes Between Adjoining Land Owners                                                                                                                             This course looks at resolutions, practices and procedures used to settle boundary disputes between neighbors. It uses a series of case studies to examine real-world possibilities that commonly occur in land surveys--and the best procedures to resolve those problems.

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Hydrology Primer for Engineers & Hydrologist

This course reviews the basic hydrology principles required for an engineer or hydrologist to model surface runoff. The course serves as a refresher for practicing engineers and/or an introduction to hydrology concepts for those working predominately in other engineering concentrations. Hydrology Primer is both an overview to understanding modern concepts of hydrology, and as a specific discussion of the data required for modern computer modeling. Fundamentals acquired allow the student to quickly learn programs such as TR-20 & TR-55.

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