This memorandum provides guidance on the types of surveying that a civil engineer is allowed to carry out in the state of Arizona pursuant to the purpose; definitions section in the Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS), Title 32, Chapter 1 and Article 1.
The state of Arizona identifies an engineer as a person who has special mathematical and physical sciences skills, and has gained engineering design and analysis principles through professional education and practical experience (Article 1, paragraph 16). The person should also be qualified to practice engineering which should be certified by registration as a professional engineer. Qualified civil engineers are licensed to perform engineering practice, and are thus allowed to provide professional engineering services such as research, consultation, evaluation, planning and surveying among other services related to the engineering profession (Article 1, paragraph 17).
With respect to land surveying in Arizona, a civil engineer is allowed to practice several professional services which are defined in Article 1, paragraph 27 and these include:
- Carrying out land measurements in order to determine the area and come up with a description of the land. This is done by determining monuments and reference points which are used to mark boundaries, property lines and corners.
Overall, for one to carry out land surveying practice in Arizona as a civil engineer, the basic requirements are a professional educational background in the field of engineering, practical experience in the practice, and a valid practicing license. The scope of professional surveying services that an engineer can generally offer has also been defined for the purposes of location, design, development and reviewing the construction of private or public utilities, buildings, structures, machines, equipment, works, processes or projects. However, the services offered should conform to contractual obligations and design schematics. Apart from construction, land surveying may also be carried out for purposes of locating, developing, mining and treating ore and other minerals.
Azleg.gov,. 'Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS), Title 32, Article 1'. N.p., 2014. Web. 9 Nov. 2014