19 February 2021: Graham Blanchette, LSIT #2653

Graham Blanchette

It is with great pride and much pleasure that True North greets its own Graham Blanchette who has successfully passed the National “Fundamentals of Surveying” exam and is now one of Maine’s newest Land Surveyor In Training, License Number #2653. This is quite an achievement! The exam is prepared by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The FS exam is a grueling 8 hour standardized national exam, heavy on mathematics and practical field surveying and passing it at all is quite an accomplishment. Graham has the distinction of having passed the FS exam on his first try. Good work Graham! Next stop? Full Licensure as a P.L.S.

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True North’s Graham Blanchette Passes LSIT

Graham Blanchette, LSIT

The Land Surveyor In Training exam (LSIT) is the first of two tests one needs to take (and pass!) to become a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Maine. It is a standardized National test that takes a grueling 8 hours to complete. I took mine back in 1980-something and I remember walking out of the classroom at the end of the day dazed and exhausted, and praying that I at least got a passing grade so I wouldn’t have to sit through it again. Well I passed it. This morning Mark told me that True North Surveying Services’s Graham Blanchette just passed his LSIT. This is huge! Graham started with True North Surveying back in September 2013 at which time I think it’s safe to say he didn’t know nawthin. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Graham over the years and teaching him a thing or two. He’s a quick learner! A few years ago I gave him my dog eared copy of “3701 Review Questions for Land Surveyors” to study, the that book I used to prepare for my LSIT. Well, I guess he studied! Congratulations Graham, we’re all very proud of you! Next Up: Maine LS Exam. You got this!

01 August 2018

Today the Crew is on site on an old woodlot in Waldoboro, setting monuments at corners, blazing the boundaries and painting the blazes with red boundary paint. A truly fascinating job where physical evidence in the form of remains of wire fence in trees showed us exactly where errors in the deeds we examined lie.

Scene from a survey

How many times has this happened to us- we do intensive research on a piece of property and then unexpectedly meet one of the people that owned the land we are learning about? Unexpectedly find them in a family plot on or near the property we are surveying. There is something bitter-sweet about this. We find the deeds they had drawn up, that they had signed and then we find them, in repose on the family plott sometimes after the remainder of the family has left the land behind for a hundred years or more.