Author – V. Kelly Bellis

Curricula Vitae


V. Kelly Bellis, President of Horizon Surveying Company, Inc. is licensed as a Maine Professional Land Surveyor
License No. 2099


  • Attended classes at:
  • Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus Ohio
  • University of Maine System, Ellsworth, Maine
  • University of Maine, Orono, Maine
  • Attendance of Maine State Bar Association CLE seminars relating to real estate
  • Attendance of other continuing education opportunities offered throughout Maine and online every year



  • Hancock-Penobscot Chapter of MSLS (Past President)
  • Maine GIS Users Group
  • The New England Chapter of the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA)



Mr. Bellis began his career in 1975 surveying in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania and since 1988 has surveyed exclusively in Maine. In 1990 Mr. Bellis started Horizon Surveying Company and has been providing surveying services to the Downeast communities ever since. As President of a small business, Mr. Bellis completes all aspects of every surveying project.



Additional activities that Mr. Bellis has been involved with include:

  • Organizing and hosting state-wide seminars for professional land surveyors:
  • Coastal Wetlands, the Resource Protection Zone and Floodplains
  • Maine's LiDAR data using Global Mapper GIS software
  • Gravity, the Geoid and Land Surveying

In 1998 he began work on the document preservation from three early surveyors. In 2000 he first published the The Dodge Papers. When his work concluded, the papers were donated to the Blue Hill Historical Society. The results of his work are freely available to the public from this website.

In 2008 and 2009 he conducted the recovery, precise surveying and documentation of the remaining survey control monuments along 90 miles of the former Maine Central Railroad. That corridor surveyed runs from the Union River in Ellsworth to Ayers Junction in Pembroke. After his urging, the Maine Department of Transportation also conducted its own survey of those remaining markers. The markers have since all been destroyed due to the so-called rails-to-trails project. The Maine D.O.T. has published its official surveyed results and have made them available from its website.

In 2012, working with the Hancock County Registrar of Deeds and the Hancock County Commissioners, he was instrumental in the creation of the Hancock County Survey Archive, the first in the state. From its website, search for the document type FOR REFERENCE ONLY.

In 2013 the article that he wrote and illustrated was published in Professional Surveyor magazine. Gravity's Increasing Gravitas, can be downloaded from this website.

In 2014 and 2015 he conducted intensive beta testing for Javad GNSS Inc. of its hardware and related software. He also wrote and illustrated the first users manual for the Triumph-LS GNSS receiver and other related technical manuals related to its use.

He is also interested in drawing, photography and other artistic pursuits - please visit his website and the About page of to see some additional examples.

V. Kelly Bellis

Author - V. Kelly Bellis