Property Descriptions

902 – Property Descriptions: Combines hands-on experience with mentoring to provide participants with information regarding engineering fundamentals the practical applications of information contained in engineering drawings and how to interpret property descriptions.


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Course Title:

Property Descriptions

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Course Length:

1 day – 8 AM to 5 PM

IRWA Credits:



IRWA Course 900 “Principles of Real Estate Engineering” (or equivalent), or a minimum of two years right of way engineering experience



Course Description

This course covers topographic and property information on engineering plans, the interrelationship of plan, profile and cross-section views, the horizontal and vertical alignment of a centerline, aerial photogrammetry, place coordinates, utility line crossings of highways, contours, calculating earthwork and the interpretation of right of way plans.


  • Industry:  An advanced course that is required for the Oil & Gas Pipeline and Electric & Utilities pathway in the RWP program. It can also be applied towards the Generalist and Transportation pathway in the SR/WA program.
  • Specialist:  Required course for the R/W-NAC program.


  • Requirements of a valid description
  • Use of the rectangular grid system
  • When and how to use the point and centerline method
  • Sources of uncertainties
  • Subdivision descriptions
  • Metes and bounds descriptions

Course Tuition includes

  • Participant Manual
  • Engineering tools (engineering scale, protractor and straight edge)

Required Material

  • Financial calculator
  • Mechanical pencil

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