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Local land surveying company expands record base

SeGuin Land Surveying PLLC recently acquired the records of Ryan Survey a large local surveying firm that he worked at in 1987. Ryan Survey's records include records from many other large, prominent local surveyors who used to work in the Syracuse area, such as Rowell and Associates, Roswell Cull and Associates, Lou Jones, and Gursky & Ryan Surveyors.

Forrest SeGuin, owner of SeGuin Land Surveying, said these records cover much of Madison County and parts of Onondaga County, particularly the eastern and northern suburbs. He said those records have a great deal of history on the properties and their boundaries in these areas.

"I want people to know their records are still here and intact," SeGuin said.

Having original surveying documents can simplify updating surveys and performing other work, SeGuin said.

SeGuin, born and raised in Fremont, graduated from East Syracuse-Minoa High School and from Mohawk Valley Community College with a degree in surveying technology. SeGuin said he discovered surveying through a high school interest survey. He said more than 20 years later, he's got no regrets in his pursuit of the field.

Prior to obtaining his professional land surveyors license, SeGuin worked in Utica for the city's engineer department and Stetson-Harza, a worldwide company headquartered in Chicago. While at Stetson-Harza, SeGuin worked on many large engineering projects from a new water reservoir for New York City to surveys throughout the Adirondacks for waterline and hydropower projects.

After living in hotels for months at a time, SeGuin returned to settle down in the area in which he grew up, working for a few local surveyors to round off his 20-plus years experience in surveying.

In 1999, he obtained his PLSL and opened his own surveying company.

SeGuin said he has gathered diverse surveying experience, ranging from large engineering and land subdivision projects to working out complicated boundary issues.

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