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2018 Spring Technical Conference Program
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2018 Spring Technical Conference Program

 
     
  *MSS does not provide printed copies of speaker handouts.  If the presenter has a handout for a session, it will be indicated.  Click on the link and print or download the handout to bring to your session. (NOTE: Check program periodically for handout updates.  We will post handouts as received).  If no handout is required for a session, that will be indicated.
 
     
Thursday,
April 26
   

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 PM


Exam Writing (By Invitation Only)

A302

8:00 AM-12:00 PM

UAS as a Tool For Land Surveyors/Fundamentals of Photogrammery Auditorium
 

This session will introduce the implementation of UAS a tool for the surveying and mapping professional. As with all new and different technologies, at first there is a lot of excitement and hope, but early enthusiasm often quickly dampens as unforeseen and sometimes costly pitfalls crash the party.  In this session we will explore the business opportunities for using UAS as a tool for surveying and mapping.  But we will also look into the pitfalls and expose the wide-ranging costs of owning and operating UAS field survey activities.  Successful use of this exciting new technology also demands the integration of new disciplines, procedures and processes not common in most land survey operations.  This session will introduce the concepts of photogrammetry, handing of massive amounts of digital data, logistics and planning associated with UAS operations. 

 
  4 CPC/4 PDH  
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION  
  Presenter:  George Southard, Owner, GSKS Associates LLC
 

8:00 AM-12:00 PM


Coastal Vulnerability Assessment:

Science, Policy and Practical Applications

Bridge Room
 

Our coasts are dynamic environments subject to both short term episodic and long term, often dramatic changes.  These changes directly affect real and personal property, safety, natural and man-made resources.  Concerns related to “climate change” have intensified the study of coastal processes and trends as well as public policy as these processes impact low-lying, heavily populated coastal regions.  Science and Public Policy have become inextricably fused as the often-heated public debate surrounding man’s influence on the environment, specifically as it relates to the effects of Sea Level Rise are concerned.  New and improved mapping technologies substantially enhance our understanding of current conditions, but the paucity of reliable historic information still frustrates efforts to use historic conditions to forecast future events.  Surveyors, Consulting Engineers and Geoscientists in the private sector typically map, design alterations to and study specific sites one at a time.  In many if not most cases, our decisions are driven by regulation, client input and budgetary constraints without regard to the impacts these decisionsmay have on the environment.  This Technical Presentation will focus on Scientific procedures, publicly available data sets, case studies, and recent court cases that can be used for site specific Coastal Vulnerability Assessments.

 
  4 CPC/4 PDH  
  Presenter: Bill Stephens, Stephens Environmental Consulting, Inc.  

8:00 AM-12:00 PM

QA/QC & Minimum Standards A300
 

Does your firm have a good QA/QC policy in place? Does it have any 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 CPC/4 PDH  
  Presenters: Steve Jones, Prof. LS and Dan Burke, Jr., Prof. LS, Charles P. Johnson & Associates, Inc.  

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Lunch Main Dining Room

1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Exam Prep for the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate Auditorium
 

This session will provide a detailed review of the steps needed to qualify for an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate (sometimes referred to a drone pilot’s license).  In the FAA regulations authorizing the use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) for commercial (non-recreational) use, provision is made for the certification of UAS operators.  This certification includes studying for and passing a Knowledge Test for remote pilots, filing an application for the remote pilot certificate and getting security clearance through the TSA.  The objective of this course is to help potential remote pilots negotiate through the many documents, regulations and study materials provided by the FAA.

 
  4 CPC/4 PDH  
  NO HANDOUTS NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION  
  Presenter:  George Southard, Owner, GSKS Associates LLC

 
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Submerged Gravel Wetlands

Bridge Room
 

Submerged Gravel Wetlands (SGWs) are arguably the Best Management Practices (BMPs) most suitable for impaired or challenged sites including sites contributing hydrocarbon and/or nutrient impacted runoff (Compost Facilities, CAFOs, etc), and/or sites such as Brownfields and LUST sites where infiltration is undesirable. These BMPs are ideal for large sites greater than 1 acre, especially sites designated as “Hot Spots” in the regulations. Unlike other BMPs, SGWs have extensive performance monitoring records thanks to the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center. These records show no other BMP can compete in terms of nutirnet and hydrocarbon removal efficiencies. Maryland and Delaware both have approved standards that generally resemble the UNHSC model as well as offering assigned credit for 100% of Rpv, though the standards are in the process of revision.  The author will discuss scenarios where the use of this BMP is deemed appropriate and recommended.  Case studies from Maryland and Delaware sites will be discussed in detail and we will work though at least one (1) design example.

 
  4 CPC/4 PDH  
  Presenter: Bill Stephens, Stephens Environmental Consulting, Inc.  

1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Leveling and Bench Mark Stability A300
  When a surveyor needs elevations for a project such as a flood certificate, sewer project or major subdivision, it is common to plot NGS bench marks in Google Earth and look for one nearby to tie into.  A single run is conducted from that single bench mark to the project and think it is good to go.  In doing so, some dangerous assumptions are made. This session will cover a general overview of geodetic leveling and stability of bench marks in particular.  NGS's setting classifications will be explained along with the advantages/disadvantages of each type.  Basic facts and how to minimize liability by performing some prudent leveling procedures will be presented.  
  2 CPC/2 PDH  
  Presenter:  Malcolm Archer-Shee, Geomatics Project Manager, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.  

1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Promoting a Positive Public Imagine for the Surveying Profession A302
 

This interactive, facilitated roundtable discussion will feature a series of questions to generate a discussion on the practice of surveying in order to gather data that can be used by MSS in public relations, public education and public awareness campaigns. In this session, participants will be asked questions on who the clients of surveyors are, when the general public (homeowners) and other specific client groups need a survey, what types of services surveyors typically perform for each client group, and what benefits the client realizes from the surveying services.  The results of this class will enable individual surveyors and their firm to better market their services and project a positive public image of surveying.

 
  2 CPC/2 PDH  
  Presenters: John Palatiello and Ebonique Ellis, MSS/JMPA  

3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Laser Scanning for Building Design and Construction A300
 

This AIA-accredited presentation features the many use cases for laser scanning in regard to building design + construction. Beginning with the fundamentals of laser scanning and how it works, the session will dive into a variety of deliverables. It will focus on real world use cases highlighting the capabilities of laser scanning, and, more importantly, the efficiency and practically of the technology. The class will learn the latest advancements in cloud to cloud registration that will have you leaving the targets in the truck. It will take an in-depth look at the scan to model process to educate the audience in how DAVIS along with our partners successfully use laser scanning to aid in building design and construction. The presentation will include a live demonstration of the Visual Alignment tool and other point cloud processing features.

 
  2 CPC/2 PDH  
  Presenter: Shaun G. Lewis, James G. Davis Construction Corporation  

3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Creating a Workforce Development and Internship Program A302
 

This session will provide a discussion on current and future outreach efforts by MSS and individual surveyors. It will review the experience and ongoing activities of the MSS Baltimore Chapter with high schools in Baltimore City through the Mayor's Office of Employment Development (MOED) and YouthWorks. Individual surveyors, surveying firms and active members of other chapters of MSS will learn how to implement a program of internship and workforce development to attract the next generation of surveyors to the profession by Mr. Haynie and other members who have already done so with success.

 
  2 CPC/2 PDH  
  Presenter:  Bryan Haynie, LS, Century Engineering, Inc.  
   
Friday,
April 27
   

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 PM

Statutory Laws of Maryland Relating to Land Surveying Auditorium
 

This session coincides with the publication of the newest edition of the book, Statutory Laws of Maryland Relating to Land Surveyors (the “Black Book”).  It will feature a discussion of the most recent statutes and appeals court cases which have been published in the replacement of the previous “Red Book”. This latest collection of statutes and rules found in the “Black Book” offers a convenient legal starting point and a reference work for all of the land surveyors in the State of Maryland and the seminar will feature Mr. Demma’s analysis and insight on the laws and cases, as well as their relevancy to and impact on the practice of surveying in Maryland.

 
  8 CPC/PDH (this session will be in the morning & afternoon for a total of eight credits)  
  Presenter:  James J. Demma, Esq., Miles & Stockbridge P.C.  

8:00 AM-12:00 PM


National Spatial Reference System 2022 and Other New Datum Issues

A300
 

In this session, the National Geodetic Survey’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisor will discuss products and services offered by NGS to assist the surveyor, including the new NSRS 2022; the toolkit; how to read a datasheet; and OPUS (Static, RS, Sharing).

 
  4 CPC/4 PDH  
  Presenter:  Scott Lokken, NOAA/National Geodetic Survey  

8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fundamentals of Hydrographic Surveying
Bridge Room
 

This session will discuss the basics of Hydrographic Surveying. It will cover the theory of sonar-based surveying, the different types of surveying often used, associated water level measurements and vertical controls, equipment calibrations, sources of error and other marine related issues. Additionally, it will cover the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District navigation mission, data processing, volume computations, equipment procurement and budget.

 
  4 CPC/4 PDH  
  Presenters:  Andrew Payson and Steven Golder, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Baltimore District  

8:00 AM-3:00 PM

CST Exam A302
  Exam Proctor:  George Wigfield
 

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Lunch Main Dining Room

 

1:00 PM-5:00 PM


Statutory Laws of Maryland Relating to Land Surveying
(continued from morning)
Auditorium

 

1:00 PM-5:00 PM


Understanding Relative Positional Precision for NSPS/ALTA Surveys Using StarNet

Bridge Room
 

When performing NSPS/ALTA Surveys, it is important to understand all aspects of least squares adjustments. The NSPS/ALTA requirements specify that a least squares adjustment will be used for the survey control.  This class will explain how StarNet is used to comply with the NSPS/ALTA requirements. Items discussed and explained in the class will include understanding the NSPS/ALTA standards related to survey control; understanding how least squares adjustments work; statistical terms used in least squares adjustments; building a data file and different ways of doing this and their advantages and disadvantages; getting settings set right; doing the adjustment and adjusting settings; evaluating results; and combining traverse, levels, and GPS measurements in one adjustment.

 
  4 CPC/4 PDH  
  Presenter:  Alan Dragoo, Maser Consulting, P.A.  

 

1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Survey Instrumentation A300
 

Hardware and software for surveying field collection, processing, and application is changing constantly.  This session will provide education on current, emerging and next generation hardware and software for various surveying applications and disciplines. Guaranteed to be educational, not sales, in content and orientation, this session will feature representatives of a broad spectrum of manufacturers who will help survey managers, project managers, and technology officials be aware of new technologies and be in a better position to evaluate future investments. The session will include robust and dynamic Q&A and discussion/engagement from the audience.

 
  4 CPC/4 PDH  
 

Moderator:  James Shaw, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
Presenters:  Jim Carlson, Carlson Software, John DiCarlo, DiCarlo Precision Instrument, Inc.; Newt Carlson, Keystone Precision Instruments


 




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