Professional Engineers

ORS 672.005
Additional definitions

As used in ORS 672.002 (Definitions for ORS 672) to 672.325 (Civil penalties), unless the context requires otherwise:


“Practice of engineering” or “practice of professional engineering” means any of the following when done for others:


Performing a service or creating an original work requiring engineering education, training and experience.


In connection with utilities, structures, buildings, machines, equipment, processes, works or projects, whether private or public, applying special knowledge of the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences to services or original works such as:










Design; and


Services during construction, manufacture or fabrication for the purpose of ensuring compliance with specifications and design.


Surveying to determine area or topography.


Surveying to establish lines, grades or elevations, or to determine or estimate quantities of materials required, removed or in place.


Surveying required for design and construction layout of engineering and architectural infrastructure.


Performing photogrammetric mapping.


“Practice of land surveying” means doing any of the following:


Providing or offering to provide for others professional services that apply mathematics, geodesy and other sciences and involve:


The making of geometric measurements and gathering of related information pertaining to:
The physical or legal features of the earth;
Improvements on the earth; or
The space above or below the earth; or


The development of measurements and information described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph into graphics, data, maps, plans, reports, descriptions, projects or other survey products.


Performing geodetic surveys for others.


Establishing, reestablishing or replacing boundaries or geodetic control monuments or reference points.


Locating, relocating, establishing, reestablishing or retracing any property lines or boundaries for any tract of land, road right-of-way or easement.


Making any survey for the division or subdivision of a tract of land or for the consolidation of tracts of land.


Locating and laying out for others alignments, positions or elevations for the construction of fixed works.


Performing or offering to perform for others any investigation, interpretation or evaluation of, or any consultation about, any of the services described in paragraphs (a) to (f) of this subsection.


Collecting, preparing, manipulating or modifying data related to activities described in paragraphs (a) to (f) of this subsection for others, other than acting as a scrivener.


Performing photogrammetric mapping for others.


Making surveys that involve horizontal or vertical mapping control or geodetic control. [1971 c.751 §2; 1973 c.531 §1; 1977 c.620 §1; 1981 c.143 §2; 1991 c.339 §5; 1997 c.210 §2; 2005 c.445 §7; 2019 c.75 §1]

Attorney General Opinions

Necessity of presence of licensed land surveyor with field crew when crew engaged in practice of land surveying, (1980) Vol 41, p 181


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