Improvement of Land Titles

by Robert Lewis Zeman, Practicing Lawyer; Canonsburg, PA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Surveying and Mapping Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 1, Pg. 113-123

Document Type: Journal Paper


The proper determination of the ownership and use of land requires a system which synthesizes data relating to ownership of the physical characteristics of, and the public records relating to, land. The present system of keeping land records is antiquated and uncoordinated. Although modern equipment is solving problems of transcription, accessibility, retrievability and storage of land records, it is not performing the essential function of coordination or synthesis. The lack of coordination among land records hampers the work of the engineer, surveyor, lawyer, governmental administrator, land-planner and all other persons who are concerned with the ownership, characteristics and uses of land. CULDATA is a suggested modern system for determining, classifying and recording land data, which should achieve the desired synthesis. CULDATA utilizing the state plane coordinate system, modern surveying techniques and equipment, electronic data-processing and computerized land data banks.

Subject Headings: Land surveys | Land use | Legal affairs | Government | Surveying instruments | Electronic equipment | Computing in civil engineering

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