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When: Thursday, April 20-Friday, April 21, 2017
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Maritime Conference Center
692 Maritime Boulevard
Linthicum Heights, Maryland  21090
United States
Contact: Sally Palatiello
800-303-6770


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 2017 Spring Technical Conference

 



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Registration Fees

 


Non-Member Registration Fees 
Multi-Day Ticket (Thursday AND Friday)
$420 $580 
Single Day Ticket (Thursday OR Friday)
$250 $320 
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by Wednesday, April 12 will be refunded in full minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given after April 12.
 



 Spring Technical Conference Program

 

SPEAKER BIOS

 
     
Thursday, April 20
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Open

 

Auditorium Corridor

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

 

Auditorium Corridor

8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Rights-of-Way and Prescriptive Rights

 Auditorium
  When is a right-of-way simply a burden on the servient estate and when is it an outright estate in fee, separate and distinct from the servient estate? When and how do prescriptive easements arise and are there differences between prescriptive rights in the private and the public context? In this program real property rights will be examined, generally, and non-possessory interests created by rights-of-way and easements will be examined specifically. The classifications and the manner in which rights-of-way are created will be studied. Prescription and prescriptive rights, how they are obtained, what can be obtained, and the impact on real property rights will be examined through case studies from across the country. Applicable statutes of limitations, tacking, statutory requirements, defenses and remedies will be examined. The impact rights-of-way and prescriptive rights have on the surveyor and the surveyor’s practice will also be discussed. Several real-world cases that cover the fundamental issues of rights-of-way and prescriptive rights will be studied.  
 

4 "A" Level CPC / 4 PDH

This session may satisfy COMAR 09.13.08.04B requirements (also known as Ethics and Law)

 
   Presenter: Jeff Lucas, JD, PLS,  ESP Associates, PA  
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Profiting from Point Clouds

A111-A113
  You do not have to own a laser scanner to benefit from point clouds.  Just having the point cloud data can lead to better planning, better engineering, and better quality control - saving you and your client from costly mistakes.  Just as important, you can provide profitable services extracting features and surfaces to better serve your existing markets or to pursue entirely new ones.  Through a series of live demonstrations, you will learn to:  acquire freely available LiDAR data and perform a site analysis;  create a surface model from aerial LiDAR data;  extract CAD or GIS features from terrestrial or mobile LiDAR;  use photographic data from a sUAS to create 3D models and to perform stockpile calculations; and, combine various data sources to create a complete topographic model.  Yes, you too can profit from point clouds!  
 

4 "A" Level CPC / 4 PDH

 
  Presenters: James M. Shaw, Jr. Prof.L.S. & Jonathan Austin, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.  
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

QA/QC and Minimum Standards

Bridgeroom
 

Does your firm have a good QA/QC policy in place? Does it haveany QA/QC policy? Are your drawings compliant with the minimum standards of practice? This class will identify procedures that your technicians can use when preparing surveys that will immediately improve the quality of the drawings as well as being sure that they are consistent with the minimum standards. While we can’t guarantee that your survey will win in a plat competition, you will learn techniques that will keep it from being summarily dismissed. A review of the minimum standards will be integrated into the discussion as they pertain to the drawing product.

 

4 "A" Level CPC / 4 PDH


 
  Presenters: Steve Jones, Prof LS and Dan Burke, Jr., Prof LS, Charles P. Johnson & Associates, Inc.  
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM Lunch Main Dining Room
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Survey Evidence and Procedure Auditorium
  There is a line of thinking within and without the surveying community that goes something like this: The surveyor’s only role is to deal with the facts as contained in the client’s deed; all other issues with regard to boundaries can only be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction. The obvious problem with this line of thinking is that, if this is truly the case, society does not need land surveyors. Boundary determinations boil down to two questions: A question of law and a question of fact. “The question of what is a boundary line is a matter of law, but the question of where a boundary line, or a corner, is actually located is a question of fact.” Walleigh v. Emery, (Pa.Super.Court. 1960). This seminar will explore both of the questions fully, as well as the topics of evidence and procedures for the determination of a well-reasoned opinion on boundaries. State specific law will be incorporated into this seminar in the process of answering these and many other questions.  
 

4 "A" Level CPC / 4 PDH

This session may satisfy COMAR 09.13.08.04B requirements (also known as Ethics and Law)

 
 

Presenter: Jeff Lucas, JD, PLS,  ESP Associates, PA

 
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM A Surveyors Guide to Subsurface Utility Location and Mapping A111-113
  This session is a presentation on the art and science of subsurface utility investigation, surveying and mapping including what surveyors need to know about locating underground utilities.  Topic areas include CI/ASCE 38-02 the Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data, the One-Call System, and ALTA/NSPS Surveys and underground utilities.  Utility detection methods and procedures including Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), electro-magnetic pipe and cable locators and air-vacuum excavation for test holes will be discussed and demonstrated (weather permitting).
 
  4 "A" Level CPC / 4 PDH  
  Presenters: Michael Maguire, M.A., L.S. & John Berrettini, Accurate Infrastructure Data, Inc.  
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Survey Control and Error Propagation  Bridgeroom
 

This class will discuss the following:

  • Various types of survey control RTK GPS, Network RTK, OPUS Rapid Static, OPUS Static, Traverse and Levels and Trig Levels.
  • Expected accuracies for these various types of controls
  • Sources of errors in conventional traverse and how they can be controlled.
  • How errors propagate in conventional traverse.
  • Sources of error in leveling and how they can be controlled
  • Improved technique for trig leveling
 
   2 "A" Level CPC / 2 PDH  
  Presenter: Alan Dragoo, LS, Maser Consulting  
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Reaching Out: Strategies on Workforce Development & Public Relations for Surveyors  A306
 

This session will provide a discussion on current and future outreach efforts by MSS and individual surveyors. We will review the MSS pilot program in an on-going Baltimore City high school. The speakers will also demonstrate a presentation and hands-on exercise that attendees can use as a template for outreach to schools and other groups.

 

2 "A" Level CPC / 2 PDH

 
  Presenters: Bryan Haynie, LS, Century Engineering, Inc. & TJ Frazier, LS ,
VanMar Associates, Inc.
 
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NSRS 2022

 Bridgeroom
  During the next few years enhancements and additions to the network of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) will significantly improve the use of space-based positioning systems for surveying, mapping, charting, navigation and innumerable other applications.  In order to meet the anticipated demands for an improved geospatial framework that these developments will require, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is implementing a plan for the modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS).  Among the various topics outlined in this plan is the adoption of entirely new geodetic geometric and vertical datums that will replace both the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88).   This presentation will highlight the rational for these changes and describe the activities NGS is making to improve the capacity of and access to the NSRS of the datum changes.  
   

2 "A" Level CPC / 2 PDH

 
  Presenter: Dave Doyle, NGS Chief Geodetic Surveyor (Retired), Base 9 Geodetic Consulting Services  
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Future of Surveying - Are you Relevant?

A306
  Disruptive technologies are rapidly changing many professions and land surveying is not immune.  In this seminar we will examine the recent history of surveying and demonstrate how existing trends combined with emerging technologies will shape our near future.  The discussion will include NCEES model law, current Maryland regulations, recent judicial proceedings, and ongoing attempts to redefine the “practice of land surveying.”  Whether you are a technician, a current licensee, a retirement hopeful that wishes to increase value in your company, or a business owner working on a strategic plan, this seminar will offer insight for all.  There is great promise in the future, but only if you remain relevant.
 
 

2 "A" Level CPC / 2 PDH

 
  Presenter: James M. Shaw, Jr. Prof.L.S., Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.  


Friday, April 21


7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Open
Auditorium Corridor
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
Auditorium Corridor
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Going Solo

 Auditorium
  Of all the professions known to man, the one that could never be practiced as a true solo profession was land surveying. The land surveyor always had to someone else holding the other end of the chain. In the more modern era that second person was needed to either hold the prism rod or operate the total station. Modern technology, primarily GPS and prismless instruments, have afforded the land surveyor for the first time in recorded history to operate as a true solo-practitioner. The modern technology coupled with today’s harsh business climate with vast new government regulations looming for small businesses with employees, unemployment taxes on the rise, and forced employer provided healthcare coverage for employees, the prospects of “going solo” never looked better. This seminar will explore will explore many of the practical and legal ramifications of going solo.
 
  4 "A" Level CPC / 4 PDH  
 

Presenter: Jeff Lucas, JD, PLS,  ESP Associates, PA

 
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

FEMA Elevation Certificate, the NFIP and Floodplain Management Perspective

A111-113
 

The demand for Elevation Certificates has never been greater due to driving forces such as Biggert-Waters and the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Acts that are reforming the NFIP. This session will provide an in-depth look into how the New Elevation Certificate (FEMA form 086-0-33) is utilized by the insurance industry to rate a property’s flood risk for NFIP flood insurance. In addition, it will explain how a local municipality can use the form to enforce their Floodplain Management Ordinance and check floodplain compliance. At the end of the session participants will have a better understanding on how the Elevation Certificate should be completed, correctly, and more accurately, which will improve their residents' flood insurance premiums and ensure a flood resilient structure is built. Case studies will be used to illustrate what flood loss preventive solutions are available and how to identify possible solutions using the Elevation Certificate that can dramatically lower an owner’s NFIP premium. FEMA’s Technical Bulletin 1 Wet Floodproofing and Technical Bulletin 3 Dry Floodproofing techniques will be reviewed along with International Code Council Construction Code and ASCE 24-14 standards.

 

4 "A" Level CPC / 4 PDH

 
 

Presenters:  Kevin Wagner, MD Dept. of the Environment and

Tom Little, CFM, CGP, Smart Vent Products, Inc.; Panelist: Kurt Luecke, CFM, Smart Vent Products, Inc.

Handouts for this session will be provided in class

 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Introduction to GIS and Project Tracking (All day)

 A306
 

This full-day hands-on workshop is intended for those without any experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). A short lecture will introduce fundamental concepts which will then be demonstrated through hands-on exercises. Attendees will create a GIS project and import background imagery and street maps. Other datasets including geodetic control, FEMA flood hazard mapping, and National Wetlands Inventory will be added to the project. Methods for querying and analyzing these datasets will be practiced and attendees will discuss the usefulness of these datasets when consulting with clients concerning potential projects.
The majority of the afternoon will be spent discussing how surveyors store and access their project files and how storing project information in a GIS can benefit their workflow. Attendees will import sample datasets utilizing several scenarios to demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of each. Attendees are invited to bring their own project datasets to utilize. Attendees should leave this workshop with a functioning GIS containing access to several resources valuable to surveyors and the knowledge of how to perform basic queries and add their own project information to the GIS.

 

Attendees must supply and bring their own laptops in order to participate in this workshop. Laptops must have a USB port and wireless internet adapter. Power outlets and wireless internet connection will be provided. Approximately two weeks prior to the workshop attendees will receive instructions on how to download, install, and license a free-trial of the software that will be used during the workshop. The software must be installed prior to the workshop.
Attendees interested in utilizing their own project datasets in the afternoon can bring any of the following:

  • A Microsoft Excel or comma delimited file containing a maximum of 100 projects. Columns for Street Address, City, State, and Zip Code are required
  • A Microsoft Excel or comma delimited file containing projects. Columns for Maryland State Plane Northing and Easting or Latitude and Longitude are required
  • CAD files referenced to the Maryland State Plane Coordinate System containing a layer with only the parcel boundary or project extents

 

8 "A" Level CPC / 8 PDH

 
  Presenter: Brian J. Naberezny, PLS, GISP
 
 


12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
Lunch
Main Dining Room
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Water Boundaries Auditorium
  This session will cover the basic concepts behind water boundaries and how those concepts affect the private practice land surveyor. The history of water boundaries will be discussed including the “equal footing” doctrine, “navigability,” “submerged lands,” “mean high tide,” “high water mark,” “low water mark,” and other issues affecting the identification and location of the boundary between the upland owner and submerged lands belonging to the sovereign. The common law and civil law rules with regard to water boundaries will be studied. The riparian and littoral rights of the upland owner and the problems facing the boundary surveyor will be studied. Necessary to any discussion of water boundaries is the commerce power and admiralty jurisdiction of the federal government. “Waters of the United States” will be discussed in light of Rapanos v. United States, a decision that could radically change the Army Corps of Engineers’ definition of that term. Ample cases studies will be examined to flesh-out the issues.   
  4 "A" Level CPC / 4 PDH

This session may satisfy COMAR 09.13.08.04B requirements (also known as Ethics and Law)

 
 

Presenter: Jeff Lucas, JD, PLS,  ESP Associates, PA

 
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

How to Add DTM Model Building to your Survey Firm's Land Development Services

 A111-113
  Licensed Surveyors and Survey firms are the boots on the ground surveying pre-design, layout during construction and as-built surveying after all Land Development is done.  There is a trend for Construction firms with the advances of machine control and guidance earth moving equipment to do their own DTM model building services, usurping this task from the traditional state licensed surveyor, their survey firms and departments.  This course is designed to help show licensed surveyors, their firms and survey personnel how to take back this service and add it to their Land Development Services.  
 

4 "A" Level CPC / 4 PDH


Presenter:  Jim Carlson, Carlson Software
 
 

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