Entering the metes and bounds description into the Deed Calls & Stakeout app

“The metes and bounds description of the property is over a page long. Is it possible to download the document to the app to avoid having to enter the information by hand?”

You will need to “translate” the property description into angles and distances. Then you can input the calls into the Deed Calls & Stakeout app.

Deed Calls & Stakeout are able to open a text file containing the calls in the proper format. The text file name needs to have the extension .dcf. An example of a .dcf file follows:

File: 04231824a
Feature_Type: Area
Description: test

// Coordinate System and the First Node
Coordinate_System: LLA
Datum: WGS84(1150)/ITRF00
First_Node_Unit: Meters
First_Node_Loc: 123^18’52.053″W 44^31’34.548″N 80.000
MSL: 80.000 Meters
Orientation: 349.8306

Length_Unit: Meters
Angle_Unit: DMS
Angle_System: Azimuth
Azimuth_System: North

010^00’00.000″ 139.903
Curve: RL:11.887 AL:14.935 RD:025^00’00.000″ Left
091^00’00.000″ 283.465
098^00’00.000″ 53.950
235^00’00.000″ 24.384
Curve: AL:51.816 RL:73.152 CD:240^00’00.000″ Left
Curve: AL:68.580 RL:76.200 Continuous Left
Curve: AL:56.388 RL:27.432 Continuous Right
271^42’03.763″ 260.740

Area_Pattern: 0
Area_Color: ffc080
Bound_Pattern: 0
Bound_Color: 000000
Bound_Size: 2
Transparency: 55

X-Error: 0.0083 Meters
Y-Error: 0.0110 Meters
Area: 42600.08 Sq.M(4.2600 Hectares)

Using Deed Calls & Stakeout to locate property corners

“I had a topography company locate the northern two corner stakes for my trapezoidal property. I am trying to locate the southern two. I purchased your product Deed Calls and Stakes for my iPhone 7. My hope was that I could go to the North east stake, have your app acquire the GPS coordinates of the stake and then move to the North West stake and do the same. From that I would like to walk down the fence line and have your app tell me when I am 1440’ from that stake… should be right at the South West stake. . . . I don’t have typical x Deg N, y Deg E coordinates.”

Normally, you would get the first node position then use the deed document and enter the deed calls to plot out the property boundary. Then you would use the Line Stakeout function to help you walk along the boundary. The Line Stakeout will show you your Station value. The default Station value at the beginning point is 0′. Therefore, the Station value would be the distance you have walked.

It sounds like you have a fence to follow all the way to the southern two stakes from the northern two corners. This means you could use the Point Stakeout function to help you determine when you are a specific distance from, say, the northwest stake. You could try the following steps, but keep in mind the accuracy of your work will depend on the GPS receiver you use. The GPS on the iPhone is not that accurate. Many users use an external Bluetooth GPS receiver to obtain better accuracy. High-accuracy receivers have a high price tag. Hopefully there are markers at the southern two corners to help you confirm the location when you get to the vicinity.

I. Create a node then use Point Stakeout

1. Turn GPS on and wait a few minutes. Walk to the Northwest corner.

2. Follow the instructions under Open a Deed Calls File in the Help document to create a Job.

3. Follow the instructions under Set First Node and Symbolism and use Pick GPS to get a node at your position.

4. Tap the Line tab then tap the Calls button.

5. Tap the Add button to add a line. Accept the displayed values by tapping on the Back button. When app displays “Update Feature?”, tap on Yes. Now you have created 2 nodes. The one at the GPS marker is the Northwestern corner.

6. Follow the instructions under Point Stakeout. For the Target Feature select the Line you have created. The node you are interested in is Node 1. Now when you walk away from that position, you will see the separation distance displayed in the Range field.

7. Walk along the fence southward and stop when Range shows the target distance. Tap the Store Stake Point icon to store this point.

II. Use Line Stakeout

As the partial map you provided shows S83-53-00E 645.50′ for the southern border, you can use the Deed Calls function to create a Line that represents this southern border.

1. Go back to the Deed Calls screen and change the First Node location by tapping the Pick button then tapping on the Point that you have created at the southwest corner.

2. On the Calls page, tap the Edit button then enter the bearing and distance information:

Horizontal Angle: S83-53-00E

Horizontal Distance: 645.50

3. Tap the Back button and confirm to update the Feature.

4. Now you can follow the instructions under Line Stakeout to move along this line to get to the Southeastern corner and store the stake point.

Deed Calls Pro helped user retrace the past

Map in Bluff City TN area as displayed in the Deed Calls Pro app

After updating Deed Calls Pro to version 1.0.6 on his iPad Pro running iOS 11, a user wrote:

“A quick browse thru the job list and all looks well. I’ll do an edit on this job to make sure but I suspect it is functioning properly.

This is the Bluff City Tn. area along the Holston River 1775-1782. It was the frontier of Revolutionary War America. My 4th and 5th grandfathers and uncles owned a 5 of these plots. Thanks to you guys I got to walk in the steps last year. I got to stand on the river side and know those men had walked that same path 100 times. It was one of the great times of my life and couldn’t have done it without you guys. Maybe my grandkids will do the same one day. It’s more than an app. . . . . . This is only one of the Jobs. In other Jobs I’ve plotted the north side of the river to just south of Bristol and to the south as far as the Watagua River.”

What are the coordinates of the point of beginning?

“The reference point for finding my ‘point of beginning’ is the SE corner of a section. Because of the difficult terrain, it would be very difficult for me to physically go to that spot. My property description states . . . What I think this means is that property corner #1 is 2,654 and 7/10ths feet from the SE Corner of the Section along a line that runs about 7 degrees north of west from that corner.”

Your property description references a corner of a Section in a Township and Range. You can get the coordinates of that corner by using the tool at the following link:

Enter the State, Section, Township and Range data then click the View button. The LAT-LON are given in the Degrees unit. A 35 for the latitude should be entered as 35N, and a -95 for the longitude should be entered as 95W.

Once you have the coordinates of the reference corner, and you know the position of your point of beginning relative to that corner, you could set the reference corner as the First Node on the Feature Info page of the Deed Calls & Stakeout app. In the Calls page enter the angle and distance to your actual Point of Beginning (POB). Then enter a couple random segments with non-zero direction so as to form an area plot. Here, we are just after the location of your POB; the other segments don’t matter in this step.

After the bogus deed plot has been created, you can use the Pick button on the Feature Info page to pick your POB as the First Node. Write down the displayed coordinates.

Go to the “Calls” page and delete the unwanted calls.
Go back to the “Feature Info” page and enter the POB coordinates.
Then you can start entering the actual deed calls.

Your deed probably references magnetic north. You will need to find out the magnetic declination for your location to enter into the Orientation field.

Plotting multiple deeds

“I have the Deed Calls Pro App for the Apple ipad. Is it possible to plot multiple deeds and place them adjacently next to each other? I am having trouble determining how create a new deed while still viewing a previous deed description. “

With Deed Calls Pro you can create multiple Features that represent the deed plots.  The Created Deed Calls function will create one single deed plot at a time. You can save the deed description in a file using a unique file name.

When you exit the function, the app will ask you if you wish to create a Feature. Answer “Yes”. Then an Area Feature will be created.
Tap on the Area Feature then tap on the Feature Properties icon.
Mark the Show Segment label check box to display the angles and distances.

Now, do not have any Area or Line Feature highlighted on the map.
Select Create Deed Calls to enter the First Node and deed calls for your next property. When you turn on the Snap to Node icon, you can pick an existing corner as the First Node. You can enter the deed call for a line segments that is shared by two properties.
When done entering the calls, again confirm to create the Area Feature then have the segment labels displayed.

This functionality is also provided by iCMTGIS III, Forester GPS GIS II/III and Farming GPS GIS II/III.

Deed Calls & Stakeout 1.0.3 update

The changes in the 1.0.3 update of the Deed Calls & Stakeout app for iPad and iPhone are:

1. The deed plot area will be filled with the specified area pattern when the closing error is less than 1 meter.

2. The issue reported by a user that Auto-close did not work properly with non-zero Orientation has been fixed.

Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter app now available

The Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter app is now available at the Apple iTunes store. This is a universal app that will work with iPAD, iPhone and iPod touch.

This app will let you enter angles and distances and display the resultant boundary plot. It will label each line segment with its length and bearing (or azimuth). It will also label the arc segments with the relevant parameters. The Summary screen will display the completed figure, its area, its perimeter, as well as the closure error. If you are unsure about the last line segment, you may choose the Auto-close option and have the figure closed automatically.

If your device is equipped with GPS, you may pick the GPS position as the point of beginning. You may also enter the actual coordinates of the initial node. In these cases, the app can display the deed plot on top of the built-in Map. If you just want to get a quick plot and don’t care about the location of the property, you could start the plot from any random spot.

You can obtain a PDF report containing the map drawing and the deed calls data. You may also save the Deed Calls File (*.dcf) and send it out via email. A friend in need is a friend indeed. The easy-to-use Deed Calls – Area -Perimeter app might just become your friend in “deed”.

To purchase the Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter app via iTunes, please click this link.

Deed Calls app

Anyone who works with real property (for example, real-estate agents, property financing officers, title officers, attorneys, construction contractors) may be interested in an iPAD or iPhone app that lets one easily convert real property description (bearings and distances) into a boundary map on top of a built-in Map.

Corvallis Microtechnology, Inc. will soon release its Deed Calls apps for the iPAD and the iPhone. These apps will draw the property boundary as you enter the metes and bounds descriptions. They will display the bearings and distances as well as the closure error, total area and perimeter. They will let you email the deed calls file (*.dcf), or output the deed calls and drawing as a PDF file.