Best Practices

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The Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS) welcomes its members to use these documents for their own purposes, subject, but not limited to the following terms and conditions;
  1. These best practices do not replace National Survey Standards, CLS Regulations or CLS Acts.  These are suggested best practices and professional judgement must be used in all projects.  Every project is different and your project may have special circumstances that require additional or less professional care and consideration than are described in these best practices.
  2. The information in this practice manual is provided for general reference only on an ‘as is’ basis and should not be relied upon without verification and/or confirmation. The ACLS and/or authors of this document shall not be held liable for any damages however caused resulting from the use of this manual. No information in this manual can be used as a substitution for proper legal opinion.

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Real Time Kinematic Surveying

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Construction Surveys

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