Can we still perform compass and tape surveys today? Yes we can, but should we, not really. Around New Hampshire and Southern Maine, land is too valuable and most reasons for performing a survey is due to impending improvements to the property or disputes with your neighbor. In these cases, you want to know where your property corners and property lines are more accurately than what a compass and tape survey would provide. Even in the back woods of Maine, there may be better ways of determining your boundaries instead of using a compass and tape. Using Global Positioning System (GPS) is a good example of this. Generally, when surveyors first come onto your property to search for monuments, we use a compass for direction, and a 100′ or longer tape for distance to find the called for monuments. Then we use modern equipment to accurately locate these monuments. Determination of your corners and property lines are based upon these locations.