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2018 July 20 Western Maryland Seminar
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When: Friday, July 20, 2018
7:00 AM
Where: Allegany College of Maryland
12401 Willowbrook Road, SE
Cumberland, Maryland  21502
United States
Contact: Khea Adams

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Maryland Society of Surveyors
Western Maryland Seminar

 Friday, July 20, 2018

Allegany College of Maryland
12401 Willowbrook Road, SE
Cumberland, MD  21502


 *Registration fee includes- Continental breakfast, lunch and breaks

Registration Fees

MSS Member - Licensed
Non-Member - Licensed
Non-Licensed (Must be MSS Member) $85 
Non-Licensed (Must be a MSS Member & Young Surveyors Chapter Member) $25 
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by Friday, July 13 will be refunded in full minus a $35 processing fee. No refunds will be given after July 13.


Seminar Program

Speaker Bio


8:00 AM - 5-PM

Monumental Surveyors (Surveyors in Monumental Carvings, and Surveyors Working on Them) 

Many surveyors are aware that Mount Rushmore depicts "Three Surveyors and One other Guy", but most know little about the surveying work of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln, This seminar provides an overview of that work, and also delves into the story of the other guy, Teddy Roosevelt, with an exploration of his opinions about and relationships with surveyors. No trip to Mount Rushmore would be complete without a visit to the nearby Crazy Horse monument, which is still being carved. Pursuing that link, we will examine the interactions between the Rushmore presidents and Native Americans, and between surveyors and Natives, including Crazy Horse.

Moving beyond the famous people in the carvings, we will study the surveying methods which have guided the sculpture work. After looking at the techniques Gutzon Borglum used to guide his earlier work at Stone Mountain, Georgia, we will move to the work at Rushmore. The discussions of methodology will wrap up with a look at how the ongoing work at Crazy Horse is being guided and analyzed by the surveyors of today, using modern technology which includes laser scanning, and how that technology is also helping manage and preserve Mount Rushmore.

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Measuring Ancient Works

Who were the “Moundbuilders”, and how did they plan and guide their projects?  Modern surveyors with GPS are not unique in looking to the skies for positional guidance.  Ancient stoneworks, earthworks and the faint remnants of wooden structures provide evidence of  extensive astronomic and geometric knowledge.

The seminar is an overview of three aspects of measurement of Ancient American Works:  The probable measurement methods and math of the ancient builders;  The methods and mapping of the “discoverers” during the 1800’s;  and What modern measurement and mapping can reveal about the purposes of the builders, and the insights and misconceptions of the discoverers.  

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Presenter: Donald L. Teter, Professional Surveyor

8 CPC/PDH will be awarded

(This course will be held in the CE Building, which is the first (and only) building on the right when you enter campus.  There are some parking spaces in the front of the building, and ample parking in the rear.  The course will be held in Room CE12-14).

Click here to download & print the registration information required by Allegany College. Bring the form with you to the workshop. 


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