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Conference Schedule

Back by popular demand this year is  "Tech Time." The exhibit hall is an important part of the MSS conference.  That is where you learn about the latest products, services, hardware, software and equipment to enhance your surveying practice.  But earning CPC credits is important as well.  In order to better integrate our exhibitors into the overall conference, provide access to the latest information on technology, and we once again offering an opportunity to earn CPCs by visiting the exhibit hall.  There will be dedicated time in the exhibit hall in which licensed surveyors can not only interact with our exhibitors, but earn continuing education credit.  You must get the signature of 10 exhibit booth personnel to earn 1 CPC.  Get the signatures from 18 exhibit booth personnel and earn 2 CPC.  A form will be in your conference packet, which you will complete and turn into MSS staff before departing the conference.

Professional Engineers - Many of the MSS Fall Conference sessions may qualify for CPC/PDH credit for Professional Engineers in Maryland. Conformance with COMAR requirements are the responsibility of each individual licensed professional
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Wednesday,
October 4
   

8:00 AM

(shotgun start)

MSS Golf Tournament
 
    
The Woodlands Course

1:00 PM -
3:30 PM


Pistol Range Networking Event

 


Continental Arms Pistol Range
4:00 PM -
6:00 PM
MSS Board Meeting
Garden Room
4:00 PM -
6:00 PM
Early Conference Check-In Open
HV Coatcheck
4:00 PM -
6:00 PM
Early Exhibitor Check-In and Setup
Valley Ballroom
7:00 PM President's Appreciation Dinner (Invitation ONLY)
 
     
Thursday,
October 5
   
7:00 AM Conference Check-In Open HV Coatcheck

7:30 AM -
9:00 AM

 

 

 

 

Breakfast & Session: Professionalism & Professional Image
Presented by: Bruce Frederick, Pennoni Associates
Improving and enhancing the image of surveyors as professionals is the responsibility of every surveyor. How we speak, dress, act, and conduct and present ourselves in our technical and business affairs is a reflection on our profession. Join us for a discussion of ways every surveyor can contribute to a better public image.
1 CPC/PDH awarded

Valley Ballroom

 

 

 

 

9:00 AM -
11:00 AM
Exhibit Hall Setup
Valley Ballroom

9:00 AM -
11:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Legal Description Writing, Part I (Must take Part I & Part II)
Presented by: Gary R. Kent, PS, Integrated Services Director, The Schneider Corporation
This session will be setup as a workshop. You will need to bring your laptop or tablet.  The session will review a variety of state-specific statutes and rules, and explore various topics such as sufficiency and purpose of a legal description, do’s and don'ts, what controls when there are conflicts, dealing with potential unwritten rights such as adverse possession, water boundaries, reversionary rights, eleven different types of descriptions, and subterranean and aerial descriptions. 
4 CPC/PDH awarded for Part I & Part II

Maryland 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 AM -
11:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Survey Archives - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly!

Presented by:  Joel Leininger, S.J. Martenet & Co., Inc.

Surveyors are many things—measurers, investigators, analysts, and sometimes arbitrators. But how about our role as archivists? We're inundated with data, and records of what has been done previously by the firm are either a blessing or a curse, depending on what was done and whether we know about it or not. Peak behind the scenes at one ancient surveying firm to learn how it decided to manage its legacy data and at the same time allow selective access to other firms needing input for their projects. This session will explore solutions to the problem that all of us have: managing data to preserve and protect the files we create and maintain, with a goal toward maximizing the value of our archives. At the same time we'll explore the resources offered by one such archive.

2 CPC/PDH awarded

Maryland 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 AM -
11:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modernization of the National Spatial Reference System and Preparing for 2022
Presented by: Dan Gillins, Ph.D., P.L.S., and Scott Lokken, National Geodetic Survey
The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is working on replacing NAD 83 and NAVD 88 in 2022.  This presentation will summarize the plans for developing new geometric reference frames and a geopotential (vertical) datum for national use.  GNSS and a purely gravimetric geoid model known as GEOID2022 will play a critical role for referencing surveys to these new reference frames and datum.  NGS is also developing a tool for transforming geospatial coordinates from NAD 83 and NAVD 88 to the new reference frames and datum in 2022.  Surveyors can help improve the accuracy of this tool by collecting GNSS data on bench marks, sharing results using OPUS-Share, and submitting surveys for publication using OPUS-Projects.
2 CPC/PDH awarded

Maryland 1&2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 AM -
11:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Railroad Surveying & Construction Part I (Must Take Part I & Part II)
Presented by: Robert H. Piligian, Bascom & Sieger, Inc.
Part I: This course will explore some of the history of railroads relative to surveying concerns. Topics to be covered include common terms used by the railroads, a discussion of valuation maps, tips and hints on recovering survey monumentation, possible sources of railroad information, a review of title held by railroads in this area, safety aspects along the railroads, and many other topics. A review of on-track safety will be made.
4 CPC/PDH awarded for Part I & Part II




Garden Room



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Exhibit Hall/Tech Time

Valley Ballroom

11:30 AM -
1:30 PM

 

 

 

 


Lunch & Session: DLLR Town Hall
Lunch program includes a MSS General Membership Meeting, Induction of MSS officers, Recognition of newly licensed surveyors. 
Session: DLLR Town Hall
Ever wonder what kind of issues the licensing board tackles? Do you have a question about CPC requirements or other regulations? Do you wonder what happens if a complaint is filed? This is your opportunity to get answers to your questions! Click here to submit your questions to the DLLR.  Must submit by August 31.
1 CPC/PDH awarded

Valley Ballroom

 

 

 

 

 

1:30 PM -
3:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Legal Description Writing, Part II (Must take Part I &Part II)
Presented by: Gary R. Kent, PS, Integrated Services Director, The Schneider Corporation
This session will be setup as a workshop. You will need to bring your laptop or tablet.  The session will review a variety of state-specific statutes and rules, and explore various topics such as sufficiency and purpose of a legal description, do’s and don'ts, what controls when there are conflicts, dealing with potential unwritten rights such as adverse possession, water boundaries, reversionary rights, eleven different types of descriptions, and subterranean and aerial descriptions.

4 CPC/PDH awarded for Part I & Part II

Maryland 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:30 PM -
3:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Said, What?? The Metes and Bounds Description as an Art Form
Presented by:
Joel Leininger, S.J. Martenet & Co., Inc.

Legal descriptions: they are our stock in trade, but are we sure of our interpretation of that old prose? The oldest form of written land definition, metes and bounds descriptions have been litigated many times, often with surprising results. So, are you confident that legal description you just wrote will be interpreted by everyone the way you intend? This session will explore the five cases of the long-suffering Inloes, who, in the 1850s, ended up prevailing in a bizarre twist. Then we'll dive into U.S. v. Gallas, a case that should strike terror into the heart of every surveyor. Come witness the carnage—if you can stand it!
2 CPC/PDH awarded

 

Maryland 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:30 PM -
3:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Railroad Surveying & Construction Part I (Must Take Part I & Part II)
Presented by: Robert H. Piligian, Bascom & Sieger, Inc.
Part 2: This course is intended to cover the layout of railroad trackage. The technical aspects of railroad trackage and terms associated with the various track structure parts and their purpose will be covered. Surveying methods employed during the design and subsequent construction of trackage will be covered, including basic curve computation and design considerations. A review of the actual stakeout will be made including offset stake locations, horizontal and vertical alignment procedures, and support procedures during construction.
4 CPC/PDH awarded for Part I & Part II

Maryland 1&2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:30 PM -
3:30 PM
Scanning Point Clouds and More
Presented by: Chris Branas
Garden Room

3:30 PM -

4:00 PM

Exhibit Hall/Tech Time Valley Ballroom

4:00 PM -

5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Topic #1: Human Resources & Personnel Management for Surveying Firm Principals
Presented by: Russell Teter, III, Director of Training for Small Business and Technology Development Center, University of Maryland
Managing employees is one of the biggest challenges to running a business, and a surveying practice is no exception. This session will provide tips on effective management of your personnel, particularly in a small business that does not have a human resources department.
1 CPC/PDH awarded

Maryland 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:00 PM -
5:00 PM

 

 

 

Hot Topic #2: Proposal Writing
Presented by: Steve Jones, Charles P. Johnson & Associates., Inc.
Do your proposals contain all The Right Stuff? Do they say what you’re NOT going to do? This course will discuss what should and should not be in your proposal and methods for preparing them efficiently and correctly.
1 CPC/PDH awarded

Maryland 4

 

 

 

 

4:00 PM -

5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Topic #3: Land Surveying’s Bright/Perilous Future
Presented by: James Shaw, Greenman-Pedersen Inc. & John Palatiello, MSS Executive Director
In a time of accelerating changes, surveying is not immune.  Please join us for a lively, interactive discussion regarding MSS’s challenges on the front lines of progress.  Topics covered will include the opportunities created by new technologies, the threat of new market entrants, the frustration of unlicensed practice, the relevancy of the statutory definition of the practice of surveying, the crisis in surveying education, and the hopes of workforce development.

1 CPC/PDH awarded

Garden Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:00 PM -
5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Topic #4 - The Surveyor & The Banker
Presented by: Marie Rector, PNC Capital Advisors LLC
This session is intended to provide the surveyor, as a small business owner, with basic skills and information on building and maintaining a relationship with his/her bank.  This includes information a surveyor/business owner needs to maintain and present to the bank, how to obtain a loan for capital investment (e.g. equipment), cash flow management and a line of credit, and other aspects of the relationship with the bank.

1 CPC/PDH awarded

Maryland 1&2

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:30 PM -
9:30 PM

Dinner Reception & Charitable Team Building Event
This event includes a dinner  reception followed by a fun, friendly competitive networking team building event to benefit the MSS Educational Trust. 
Hunt Ballroom

Friday,
October 6
   
7:00 AM Conference Check-In Open HV Coatcheck
7:30 AM Exhibit Hall Open Valley Ballroom

7:30 AM -
9:00 AM

 

 




Breakfast & Keynote Session: The Honorable Ben Grumbles, Maryland Secretary of the Environment (invited)
Breakfast program includes MSS Awards & Plat Winner Announcements
Session: Mr. Grumbles will discuss the Hogan Administration agenda for regulatory relief, balancing the environment and economic development, and
improving the economy in Maryland.
1 CPC/PDH awarded

Valley Ballroom

 

 

 

 



9:00 AM -
5:00 PM

 

 

Exam Prep
Presented by: Mike Boyce, ESE Consultants Inc.; Jeremy Burns, The Wilson T. Ballard Company
Topics covered:  Math Topics; The Fundamentals of Surveying (FS); Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS); National Exam Prep

Salon B

 

 

 

9:00 AM -
11:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celestial Observations for Land Surveyors, Part I
(Must take Part I & Part II)
Presented by:  Wayne Twigg, Treasurer, MSS Appalachian Chapter

Practical Astronomy Introduction to Surveying by the Stars:Solar Observation, Altitude
   Method and Hour-Angle Method; Stellar Observation, Polaris

Since this topic has been the subject matter for semester-long college courses, these two condensed presentations must necessarily be regarded as “low altitude fly-overs”.  Part I session will introduce to Surveyors some practical elements of astronomy and spherical trigonometry, along with some field and instrument techniques.  Field notes of an actual sun shot (altitude method) will be distributed and analyzed.  Class work will involve students, each or in pairs, in the manual processing of the field data to arrive at a True North azimuth solution.  The validity of the 1985 original field notes and computations will be determined by the sharing and evaluation of each student’s solution.  Each attendee is urged to bring their own scientific calculator (such as the type allowed for NCEE exams), pencils, a stopwatch, a pad of paper and letter-size sheets of graph paper (10 squares per inch recommended).

4 CPC/PDH awarded for Part I & Part II

 

Maryland 1&2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 AM -
11:00 AM

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health and Safety in Surveying - Field and Office
Presented by: Gary R. Kent, PS, Integrated Services Director, The Schneider Corporation
Survey field crews are routinely exposed to a wide variety of environmental and societal factors that compromise their safety.  These can range from diseases such as Lyme disease to poisonous plants like Giant Hogweed, and from confined space issues to construction-related hazards such as working in, on or around excavations and scaffolding.  In this program, we will explore a number of the primary safety hazards that field crews encounter and how to recognize them by maintaining a constant awareness of one’s surroundings.  We will also review some of the primary safety-related metrics that clients may look at as part of their process of selecting a surveyor, and steps companies and employees can take to help control them.  Finally, we will outline a variety of good practices that companies should maintain in order to help their employees get home safely each night.
2 CPC/PDH awarded.


 

Maryland 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 AM -
11:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Estate Settlements, Title Related Issues & Entanglements of the Law, Part I (Must take Part I & Part II)
Presented by:  James J. Demma, Esquire, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

Land Surveyors are an integral part of every real estate closing, whether the closing be for commercial or residential purposes.  Therefore, the surveyor should be knowledgeable about all of the relevant closing documents, and the terms contained therein, in order to be an active participant in the process; and to have a general understanding of the many aspects of the law which may be relevant to that process.This seminar will include a review of the real estate contract, the title insurance commitment, the closing statement, title affidavits, the deed, powers of attorney, and the various types of “surveys” which may be required: The COMAR boundary survey and the location drawing.Such legal concepts, which many times have an affect on a closing, will be discussed based upon actual situations, dealing with common law disabilities, assault and battery, dower, bank fraud, criminal convictions, family law (divorce, separation and same-sex marriage), foreign languages, acts of God, taxes, the Statute of Frauds, concealed weapons, estates and trusts, insurance, inter alia – there should be something on that list for every land surveyor to somehow relate - for both business and personal reasons.And further, the following recent cases will be discussed: Wood v. Valliant (set-back line restrictions), Grimes v Gouldmann (deed language), Rounds v. M-NCP&PC (slander of title), Brandt v. U.S. (abandonment of railroad rights-of-way), and Montgomery County, Maryland v. Bhatt (adverse possession against a county); and the new quiet title statute. 

4 CPC/PDH awarded for Part I & Part II

Maryland 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 AM -
11:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

UAV Flight Operations and Data Accuracy
Presented by: Ben Houston, Spatial Analytix, LLC
This two hour session will focus on the fundamentals of flight operations and planning as well as data processing and integration of ground control to ensure that drone data projects meet accuracy goals. Some photogrammetric principles will be discussed as well as error budgets. The session will include a review of formal NSSDA and ASPRS accuracy standards, the translation to National Map Accuracy standards, and the requirements for conducting formal accuracy assessments to validate drone flight operations.
2 CPC/PDH awarded

Garden Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Exhibit Hall/Tech Time Valley Ballroom

11:30 AM -
1:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch & Keynote Session: Future Surveyors Program

Future Surveyors Program – The Baltimore Chapter of MSS worked with the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development to create a program designed to introduce the surveying profession to high school students.  This program included a discussion and demonstration in front of a student assembly at Merganthaler Eastern Vocational High School.  Interested students applied to become part of the mentoring and internship program.  During this past spring semester, the accepted applicants met multiple times with various mentor volunteer surveyors from the Baltimore Chapter.  They also participated in 2 job shadowing days, one day following office personnel and one day with a field crew to get a better understanding of what surveyors do.  Once the school year ended, these students participated in a 5-week internship program.  The students worked Monday thru Thursday and attended a training/study class each Friday.  The internships ended on July 28th and the following week each student took the NSPS CST Level 1 test.  They have been invited to the Fall Conference to discuss their experiences.  Each student will give a 5 to 10 minute presentation on their experience in the program as well as their future plans.

1 CPC/PDH awarded

Valley Ballroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:30 PM -
3:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys – A Field Perspective
Presented by: Gary R. Kent, PS, Integrated Services Director, The Schneider Corporation
This program will be an in-depth review of the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys which became effective in February 2016.  In addition, the program will include important information on, and reasons for, the changes from the previous 2011 version.  The program also takes a fresh look at the measurement standard - relative positional precision.
2 CPC/PDH awarded

Maryland 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:30 PM -
3:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celestial Observations for Land Surveyors, Part II
(Must take Part I & Part II)
Presented by: Wayne Twigg, Treasurer, MSS Appalachian Chapter

Practical Astronomy Introduction to Surveying by the Stars:Solar Observation, Altitude
    Method and Hour-Angle Method; Stellar Observation, Polaris

Part II session will cover the Hour Angle Sun Shot Method and the Polaris Observation Method.  Instruments will be set up at a convenient outside location for 45 minutes so that attendees may practice the safe acquisition of the sun’s image (Altitude Method) and the recording of their resulting field data.  Back inside, each attendee will fill in his own form and compute his own sun shot. Each attendee is urged to bring their own scientific calculator (such as the type allowed for NCEE exams), pencils, a stopwatch, a pad of paper and letter-size sheets of graph paper (10 squares per inch recommended).

4 CPC/PDH awarded for Part I & Part II

Maryland 1&2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:30 PM -
3:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UAV LiDAR and other Specialty Sensor Applications
Presented by: Ben Houston, Spatial Analytix, LLC
This two- hour session will provide an overview of non-photogrammetric UAV based sensor applications to include LiDAR, Magnetometer, Thermal, and near-infrared sensors. Basic principles of remote sensing will be included along with a survey of
current sensors available in the market and their applications for mapping. The session will include a discussion of software and data format challenges and an overview of costs and other program considerations!

2 CPC/PDH awarded

Garden Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:30 PM -
3:30 PM

 

 

 

Real Estate Settlements, Title Related Issues & Entanglements of the Law, Part II (Must take Part I & Part II)
Presented by:  James J. Demma, Esquire, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Continuation of the morning session.
4 CPC/PDH awarded for Part I & Part II

Maryland 4

 

 

 

 

3:30 PM -
4:00 PM
Exhibit Hall/Tech Time Valley Ballroom

4:00 PM -
5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Topic #1: State of and Pending Changes in the National Flood Insurance Program
Presented by: Tom Little, Smart Vent
A discussion of reauthorization legislation pending in Congress to extend and modify
the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The session will review how these changes will affect Elevation Certificate services, what role private flood insurance options will play in the future, changes in flood mapping, and what information you need to know to educate your clients about solutions to mitigate their home or building to lower their flood insurance premium.
1 CPC/PDH awarded.

Garden Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:00 PM -
5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

Hot Topic #2: 21st Century Marketing of Professional Surveying Services
Presented by: John Palatiello, MSS Executive Director
Easy, inexpensive, professional, ethical and effective ways to brand your firm to retain current clients and recruit new ones.
1 CPC/PDH awarded.

Maryland 4

 

 

 

 

 

4:00 PM -
5:00 PM

 

 

 

Hot Topic #3: There Is No "I" In Team But There Is In Risk

Presented by: Justin Klein, Klein Agency, LLC
Explore how to manage the shifting risk of joint ventures, teaming relationships and contractor led design/build projects.
1 CPC/PDH awarded.

Maryland 3

 

 

 

 

4:00 PM -
5:00 PM

 

 

 

 



 

Hot Topic #4: When to Use Ground, Aircraft and/or UAS Mapping Techniques

Presented by: Justin Lahman, AXIS GeoSpatial of MD
This “Hot Topic” session will cover today’s decision process of 3 automated surveying technologies when approaching a mapping project.  The session will present considerations for using land surveying, aircraft, UAS and/or a combination of the 3 techniques for a particular mapping project.  Scope, accuracy, precision, site location, site conditions, site access, FAA airspace limitations, deliverables, budget and schedule all will govern which decision you must make in order to be competitive …and also within state and federal law.
1 CPC/PDH awarded

Maryland 1&2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:30 PM -
9:30 PM

 

Dinner Reception & Casino Night
This event includes a dinner reception followed by a Las Vegas style "Casino Night".  We encourage all conference participants and their spouses/guests to attend!!

 

Hunt Ballroom 
Saturday, October 7    
7:00 AM Conference Check-In Open HV Coatcheck
7:00 AM Breakfast Valley Ballroom
8:00 AM -
3:00 PM
Exam Prep
Topics covered: Minor Engineering; Maryland Law & Ethics; and MD State Specific Exam
Maryland 1&2

8:00 AM -
12:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elevation Certificates – What They Are And Why They Matter
Presented by: Wendy Lathrop, Cadastral Consulting LLC
The National Flood Insurance Program relies upon surveyors to help with all three main aspects of the program: mapping, insurance, and regulation. Surveyors therefore need to understand what the Elevation Certificate is and how to complete it to help the NFIP protect lives and property. What information do we need to gather to change the currently effective Flood Insurance Rate Maps? What should we tell clients who ask us why their insurance premiums are so high, or protest that they “hardly ever flood” and therefore don’t need insurance? We will look at the various uses of the form and the regulatory basis that guides our completion of it to achieve those purposes. In reviewing each section of the Elevation Certificate, we will review what information we need to gather for proper form completion, the technical and regulatory guidance available to help us in our data gathering and reporting, and how to tell if an application for map change is likely to succeed or fail. With some practice exercises, we will distinguish between the different Letters of Map Change and determine which means of determining Base Flood Elevation are appropriate in different situations.
4 CPC/PDH awarded.

 

 

Maryland 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:00 AM -
12:00 PM

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethics and Standards
Presented by: Gary R. Kent, PS, Integrated Services Director, The Schneider Corporation
In this program, we outline the state’s ethics statutes and rules, and discuss various scenarios that surveyors may find themselves in.  We also outline the state’s rules that lay out standards of practice, including ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys.  The speaker draws on his 13 years as a state board of registration member and liaison to the state Attorney General’s office to explain problems and issues that surveyors encounter (or create) no matter what state they practice in, including complaints, hearings and sanctions. This session satisfies COMAR 09.13.08.04B requirements (also known as Ethics and Law)
4 CPC/PDH awarded.

 

 

 


Maryland 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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