GHH Acquires Clarence Blair Associates 🎊

Clarence Blair Associates, Inc. (CBA) Acquired by Godfrey Hoffman Hodge, LLC. (GHH)

Learn about the historic acquisition of Clarence Blair Associates, one of Connecticut’s oldest surveying & engineering companies.

Godfrey Hoffman Hodge, LLC. (GHH) Is pleased to announce our acquisition of Clarence Blair Associates, Inc. (CBA), as of March 2021. The firm’s extensive historical records will greatly bolster GHH’s own archives relating to New Haven County and beyond.

Clarence Blair Associates History 

Clarence Blair Associates was founded in 1892, earning and diligently maintaining an excellent reputation of high-quality survey and engineering service throughout their long history.  GHH’s current owner, Adam Hoffman, has had a long professional relationship with CBA, dating back early in his survey career, working as an instrument man and survey party chief at CBA in the early 1980s.

Clarence Blair Associates circa early 1900s
CBA Team

Godfrey Hoffman Hodge History

GHH is a third-generation, multi-disciplinary firm established in New Haven County in 1924 under the name Stein and Giordano. In 1968, ownership passed to Bernard E. Godfrey (Also a CBA employee back in the early 1960’s). Godfrey took current owner Adam Hoffman on as business partner and co-owner in 1988, changing our name to Godfrey-Hoffman Associates to reflect the partnership.  In 2010, we acquired the Farmington Valley-based survey firm Hodge Surveying Associates, whose own lengthy history dates back to 1925. In 2020, we adopted our current name to reflect this change. Over the years, GHH has grown to provide a full range of land surveying, civil engineering, planning, design, and permitting services throughout the entire state of Connecticut, operating out of our main office at 26 Broadway, North Haven.

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February 23rd is Terminalia! 🎉

Terminalia: Ancient Rome’s February Festival 🏗

Land Surveying Celebrated at the end of the Roman Year (February 23rd)

What is Terminalia?

February 23rd boasts this festival. It is named after the Ancient Roman God of land boundaries, Terminus. Terminus was portrayed as a stone with no arms or legs, symbolizing the boundary marker between plots of land. This portrayal of Terminus was especially important in emphasizing how the boundaries were binding. The name is derived from the Latin word for such a boundary.

Romans believed that a sacrificial festival must occur at the end of each calendar year, February 23rd, in order to remain on good terms with the god. These sacrifices included adorning the physical terminus (boundary marker) with floral garland and offerings of sweets and other meals. It also included physical sacrifices of lambs or pigs.

The terminus was believed to be the peacekeeper between neighbors. It ensured that there would be no arguing over property lines. Neighbors would meet at their local terminus for this celebration annually.  A large feast would then occur! 🍾

Why Celebrate Terminalia?

February 23rd Celebration of Land Surveying
Modern Land Surveying

You may be wondering why a group of land surveyors and civil engineers in the 21st century would want to celebrate an Ancient Roman festival…🤔

The use of terminuses in ancient Rome are the some of the earliest forms of the modern practice of boundary marking with the use of specific objects, markers, or locations. Without the ancient Romans creating a practice of respect between neighbors and foreigners, by placing terminuses between their properties, the art of land surveying may not be where it is today.

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While we may not be adorning stone boundary markers or offering sacrifices to a deity, we are celebrating the great history of our profession and the advancements we have made through the centuries. Check out these great resources on Terminalia:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Terminus

https://pantheon.org/articles/t/terminus.html

https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/word-history-of-terminate-terminator

https://www.berntseninternational.com/home/blog-builder/happy-terminalia?utm_source=constant%20contact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021Terminalia

How to Determine Boundary Lines on Your Property

boundary-linesProperty owners in Connecticut probably have a slight idea of what their property is comprised of, but things can get complicated when it comes down to boundary lines. Knowing exactly where your boundary lines extend to on your property can be vital information that every landowner should know.

If you don’t know exactly where your boundary lines are mapped out, there is a chance that one day there may be a land dispute with the neighbors or the town you own property in. In this article, we will examine why you should know where the boundary lines on your property exist and why this could be very important down the road.

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Surveying & Civil Engineering for CT Homeowners

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Investing time and money in professionals who are experts in surveying and civil engineering for Connecticut homeowners ensures that you will be protected with regard to the laws that govern how you can use your property and land assets. If and when you sell your property in the future, your buyers will also benefit from any land surveys that will provide answers to any legal questions that might arise concerning your property.

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The Role of the DEEP and Your Property

Connecticut DEEP

When looking to develop your property, whether it be residential or commercial, the DEEP (Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) plays an important role. The DEEP helps to insure that your property is not going to cause any damage to the local environment when starting new construction, or that if you are looking to change the boundary lines of your property, that it will not encroach on protected lands. This service is very important for both the property owners, insuring that they are not breaking any laws, and the environment alike.

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How Do Land Surveyors Establish Boundary Lines?

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Most property owners know the rough whereabouts of the borders of their land, but in order to find logistics down to the inch, they need to enlist the services of land surveying companies.

Establishing Boundary Lines

When a land surveyor comes to your home, they’ll perform the following tasks:

  • Acquire initial survey from county municipalities. A survey is required for the original plotting of land and will have dimensions pulled from landmarks or stakes around your home, some of which still exist.
  • Use special equipment to pull exact dimensions from different points around the house. Map those points with spray paint or stakes.
  • Sign and file the survey and update it with county authorities and financial institutions.

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