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2018 Annual Fall Conference
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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE


There are four tracks, general sessions and "Tech Time". The tracks are:  Adjustment, Technology, Law, Business & Professionalism.  You can follow a track or select sessions in different tracks. All registrants may attend the general sessions and are encouraged to participate in "Tech Time". Please click here for a PDF version of the schedule.

        General Sessions & Tech Time
 
        Adjustment Track
       Technology Track
       Law Track
       Business & Professionalism Track     
 
      Special All Day Session (Recommended for Technicians, Associate Members & Those Early
                                                               In their Career)

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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/PDH credits is important as well. "Tech Time" integrates our exhibitors into the overall conference experience, provides access to the latest information on technology, and offers an opportunity to earn CPC/PDHs. There will be dedicated time in the exhibit hall in which conference attendees can not only interact with our exhibitors, but earn continuing education credit.  You must get the signature of 7 exhibit booth personnel to earn 1 CPC/PDH and you can get the signatures from 11 exhibit booth personnel to earn 2 CPC/PDHs. 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 is the responsibility of each individual licensed professional
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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.

     
Wednesday, October 17        
Room Location
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

MSS Off-Site Event - Trap & Skeet Shoot
Prince George's County Trap & Skeet
             
 
3:00 pm Conference Check-In Open General Vessey Ballroom Foyer
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm MSS Board of Directors Meeting 2100/2101/2102
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Early Exhibitor Setup
General Vessey
Ballroom
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Silent Auction Setup
Drop off auction items

General Vessey
Ballroom
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Conference Kick-Off Happy Hour
MSS, NSPS and Young Surveyors invited to attend
Chesapeake Salon C Foyer
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

MSS Board Appreciation Dinner
Invitation only
Chesapeake Salon C
 
Thursday, October 18  
6:00 am Conference Check-In Open General Vessey Ballroom Foyer

6:30 am - 8:00 am








Breakfast & Keynote Session: The Economy & The Surveyor
Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Peter Morici, Professor Emeritus of Business, University of Maryland Professor Emeritus of Business, University of Maryland. 
Dr. Peter Morici is an economist and widely published columnist in Fox News, Newsmax, the Washington Times, and the Baltimore Sun and is widely recognized for his appearance in a television commercial for Kyocera copiers. Professor Emeritus of International Business at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, he will discuss current and future economic trends and their impact on the market for surveying services.
1 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION


General Vessey Ballroom












     
8:30 am - 9:30 am Exhibitor Setup General Vessey Ballroom
     

8:00 am - 12:00 pm



Introduction to the Technicalities of a Least Squares Adjustment for Field Operations

Presenter:  Alan Dragoo, Maser Consulting
This class will cover how you should make your measurements for traverse and/or levels so that you can take best advantage of using a least squares adjustment.  Topics covered will be sources and magnitude of errors and how to minimize them with procedures and processes.  We will also cover how and why to add redundancy to your work with the least amount of effort.
(Break at 9:40 am for Tech Time)

4 CPC/PDH

CLICK HERE FOR THE HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

0101

8:00 am - 12:00 pm


When to Use Ground, Aerial, & UAS Collection Techniques
Presenter:  Justin Lahman, Axis GeoSpatial

This session will cover today’s decision-making process for employing three 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.  Consideration of scope, accuracy, precision, site location, site conditions, site access, FAA airspace limitations, deliverables, budget and schedule are all factors to be evaluated in order to be competitive, meet client requirements and expectations, and be in compliance with applicable state and federal law.
(Break at 9:40 am for Tech Time)

4 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

2101/2102
     

8:00 am - 9:40 am

Using Professional Judgement, Not a Cookie Cutter
Moderator:  Don Teter, WV PS  Panelists: Dan L. Burke, Jr. , Charles P. Johnson & Assoc.; Eric Cooper, Wallace Montgomery & Assoc.; George Wigfield;
Pat Simon, Baltimore County Land Survey Division
An interactive forum on the need to apply judgment in boundary resolution, rather than relying too extensively on mathematical solutions.
Points for discussion may include:
  -Correlating physical evidence with the record – How close is close
        enough?      
  -When is math the solution?
   -When, if ever, should physical evidence be disregarded?
  -How over reliance on angles and distances may lead you into legal thickets.
  -Why your brain is more important than software in resolving boundary
        issues. 
  -How to recognize the “best available evidence”.
  -How critical is the “preponderance of the evidence”?
2 CPC/PDH

 

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

 

0105

8:00 am - 9:40 am


Shaping a Young Professional: Mentoring and Leadership 
Presenters:  Aaron Worley and Tim Quinn, Rodgers Consulting, Inc.

This guided discussion will explore the strengths of good leaders and mentors as well as the weaknesses that may destroy the credibility of a leader or mentor. Participants will gain insight into how strong leaders deal with conflict, gain commitment, form alliances and build effective teams through inspiration and motivation. At the conclusion, attendees will understand how one’s personal values and experiences influence leadership and mentoring traits and how to set a path to becoming an effective leader and mentor.

2 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

 

2111/2112
     
9:40 am - 10:20 am Exhibit Hall Open and "Tech Time"
General Vessey Ballroom
     

10:20 am - 12:00 pm


Possession vs. Trespass
Moderator:  Don Teter, WV PS  Panelists: Dan L. Burke, Jr. Charles P. Johnson & Assoc.; Eric Cooper, Wallace Montgomery & Associates, George Wigfield;
Pat Simon, Baltimore County Land Survey Division
An interactive forum on recognizing, understanding, and dealing with the sometimes complex issues of possession and acquiescence.
Subjects discussed may include:
  -How to recognize when an adverse claim may exist.
  -Does an adverse possession claim have its root in trespass?
  -How effective a defense is claiming that use is permissive rather than  
           adverse?
  -The elements required to pursue a successful adverse possession claim.
  -Adverse possession and acquiescence – A title or location issue?
  -The potential value of mediation or compromise in resolving possession
         issues.
  -How surveyors may be helpful in nudging clients and ad-joiners away from
       conflict.

2 CPC/PDH

 

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

 

0105

10:20 am - 12:00 pm









 

 

 

The Prudent Surveyor v3.0
Presenter:  James Shaw
As professionals, we are held to the Standard of Care of the Prudent Surveyor.  Who is this “Prudent Surveyor”?  If you ever take the stand in defense of your work, your decisions may be judged against those of the Prudent Surveyor.  Join in on a guided group discussion to question our everyday perceptions and see how other surveyors tackle the current surveying conundrums and the new challenges we will all soon face. Updated to include disruptive technologies such as GIS and UAS while still pondering the classical problems all surveyors encounter. Poll Everywhere will be included in this course.

NOTE:  Make sure to bring your favorite Internet-connected device (smart phone, tablet, laptop) to participate in the polls. Be prepared for a respectful debate as we help each other define the ideas of the elusive Prudent Surveyor.
2 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION.  BRING DEVICE.

2111/2112

 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Lunch & General Session: DLLR Town Hall
Presenters:  John Mettee, III, Tom Orisich, TJ Frazier

Members of the Board for Professional Land Surveyors of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) will hold a Town Hall style meeting to answer surveyors' questions about the licensing board's mission and activities. Have you ever wondered what kind of issues the licensing board addresses? Do you have a question about CPC requirements or other regulations? Do you wonder what happens if a complaint is filed? This special session is your opportunity to get answers to your questions!
1 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

General Vessey Ballroom
     

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm








Advanced Least Squares Adjustments for Post Processed GPS 
Presenter: Alan Dragoo, Maser Consulting
Post processed GPS is a dying art that is the only GPS technique you can use so that you will know without fail what the quality of your horizontal control results are.  In this class you will learn the following:  How to design a GPS network for post processing; how to observe your data; how to process your data; how to perform QA/QC check on your data; and how to do the least squares adjustment.  Also covered will be combining GPS, traverse and levels in the same adjustment and understanding error propagation and how it effects the adjustment.
(Break at 3:10 pm for Tech Time)
4 CPC/PDH

CLICK HERE FOR THE HANDOUT FOR SESSION

0101
     

1:30 pm - 3:10 pm








Developing and Implementing a Reality Capture Program in Construction
Presenter:  Shaun Lewis, Clark Construction

Learn how one of the largest construction firms in the DC Metro area developed and implemented a Reality Capture program. Clark Construction is utilizing laser scanning and other reality capture tools throughout the entire project lifecycle beginning in the precon stage and finalizing with project close-out. This presentation will highlight the ups and downs of the implementation process and how Clark, along with their partners, has successfully utilized reality capture in construction.

2 CPC/PDH

 

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

2101/2102
1:30 pm - 3:10 pm





Basic Boundary Concepts 
Presenter:   Don Teter, WV PS 

Boundary law will be discussed including:  Senior and Junior Rights;  Sequential and Simultaneous Conveyances;  Excess, Deficiency, and Proration; Order of Importance of Conflicting Elements;  Control of Monuments;  Control Between Conflicting Monuments;  Adverse Possession; and Acquiescence and Estoppel.

2 CPC/PDH

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT THE HANDOUT FOR SESSION

0105

1:30 pm - 3:10 pm







Land Surveying, Brand YOU

Presenter:  James Shaw
Which sounds better: send in your resume or proposal on a sheet of paper (digitally) hoping to be one of dozens or hundreds to be noticed, or… create a recognized brand that has employers and clients seeking your skills? In the 21st Century, where technology often levels the capabilities playing field, people are the difference. As companies are made up of people, the individuals could make or break securing a winning contract. Now is the time to brand and market you. Luckily, it has never been easier to be your own marketer and to establish your voice. Explore the tools, techniques, and tips to get that essential edge on your competition. Establish brand YOU.
2 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

2111/2112
     
3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Exhibit Hall and "Tech Time" General Vessey Ballroom
     

3:50 pm - 5:30 pm





How Surveyors Can Invest in Improving the Status of Passive Control in the National Spatial Reference System
Presenter:  Dave Doyle, Base 9 Geodetic Consulting Services
This presentation outlines several areas of the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Integrated Database (IDB) that can be sources of frustration when looking for geodetic control anywhere in the country. These can include the lack of a graphic spatial relationship between stations and significant positional uncertainty (upwards of 600 ft) for scaled vertical control points as well as the lack of current recovery information and pictures of station environments.

An excellent resource to deal with these issues is the NGS-provided tool DSWorld. The session will demonstrate how to download this utility and the ease with which users can view the location of control against a Google Earth background as well as update scaled positions; add digital images and contemporary recovery reports.
2 CPC/PDH


NO HANDOUT FOR SESSION

2101/2102

3:50 pm - 5:30 pm








Common Sense for Surveyors
Presenter:  Don Teter, WV PS

Good measurement skills and a solid understanding of boundary law concepts are important for surveyors but often overlooked is the need for common sense.  Like most of us, the instructor could have used more of this in the early stages of his career (and some might say he’s still lacking!).  We will explore the need for common sense and the path to achieving it. The instructor draws upon his own experiences and mistakes, and those of other surveyors. We will also explore the functions and duties of the surveyor, with regard to the client, the public, and the profession.  The discussion will examine when a surveyor should or should not express a professional opinion, and the often thorny issue of possession lines versus measured “deed lines.”

2 CPC/PDH

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT THE HANDOUT FOR SESSION

0105

3:50 pm - 5:30 pm










Successful Proposal Writing = Successful Projects
Presenter:  James Shaw

One of the most essential parts to any successful project is the proposal. However, for many this crucial step is hurried through with little regard for the impact later. Poor proposal writing or RFP responses can cause you to fail to win the project, face expensive cost overruns or scope creep if you do win the project; and ultimately could get you a day in court or before the licensing board. All these consequences can be easily avoided with diligence in the pre-contract stage. As the popular adage from Benjamin Franklin goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” This course will lead you through the pre-planning, pricing, key elements of every proposal, responding to key points in RFPs, challenging specifications in RFPs, protecting your intellectual property, and limiting your contractual obligations. A successfully written proposal is a clear path to a successfully executed project.

2 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

 

2111/2112
     
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Past President's Social and Awards Presentations Lower Level Concourse
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Dinner Reception Chesapeake B&C Foyer
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Las Vegas Style "Casino Night"
Chesapeake C
     
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm








Night #1 - An Exercise in Celestial Observation
(weather permitting)

Presenters: Wayne Twigg; Bill Orsinger, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

In this short workshop we will practice observing and recording angles to celestial bodies. Some of the celestial bodies we may attempt to observe are the Moon, Polaris (the North Star), Mars, Uranus and selected Navigational Stars. The celestial bodies are the original GNSS. Our current GNSS satellites are artificial bodies used for the same thing as celestial bodies, time and positioning.

1 CPC/PDH

 

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION


Drazek Circle (Meet in front of General Vessey Ballroom)
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm Young Surveyors Chapter Salon

A discussion on 2022 and Local Coordinate Systems

2115
 
     
Friday , October 19  
6:00 am Conference Check-In Open General Vessey Ballroom Foyer

6:30 am - 8:00 am










Breakfast (Plat Winners Announced) & General Session: "Managing in a Hurricane"
Speaker:  James Shaw
Do you feel overwhelmed with tasks? Is your inbox filled with hundreds or thousands of unread messages? Is your reminder system whichever client or agency is screaming the loudest? Modern personal time management can easily feel like being caught at sea in a leaky dinghy in the middle of a digital hurricane - so many inputs demanding your immediate attention. So many tasks swamping your ability to respond. There is hope. Software and apps are important tools, but they alone are not enough. There is a mindset and tried-and-true methods that will transform these dull tools into precision instruments. You may not be able to stop the hurricane from spinning around you, but you can create a sea-worthy system that will guide you safely to port.
1 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION


General Vessey Ballroom














     

8:00 am - 5:30 pm


National FS & PS Exam Prep
Presenters:  Bill Orsinger, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.; Mike Boyce, ESE Consultants
Topics covered:  Math Topics; The Fundamentals of Surveying (FS); Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS); National Exam Prep
All materials will be provided in class

2115
     

8:00 am - 12:00 pm


FAA Airport Survey Training
Presenters:  Mark Howard and Ted Doyle, NOAA/NGS

The course will provide an overview of the FAA Airports GIS-Surveying (AGIS) Program and potential opportunities available to private practice surveyors interested in conducting aeronautical surveys in accordance with the FAA Advisory Circulars (AC 150/5300-16A, 17C & 18B).  The workshop will focus on the standard workflow process, the collection of data critical for instrument procedure development, an overview of NGS tools designed to support surveying and NGS's role in supporting the FAA.
(Break at 9:40 am for Tech Time)

4 CPC/PDH

 

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

 

2101
     
8:00 am - 9:40 am







Wow! I Wish Someone Told Me That Thirty Years Ago!
"Historic Surveys, Surveyors and Instruments"

Moderator:  George Wigfield  Presenters:  Chas Langelan and Wayne Twigg
This course is designed for Associate Members, Technicians and those early in their careers.  A total of eight of the leading experts in their fields will discuss throughout the day in two hour sessions what they wished they knew earlier in their careers. It will be videotaped and available for purchase. These tidbits of knowledge will be passed down to the next generation of surveyors.

This History sub-topic will highlight many lessons our instructors themselves learned from hands-on experience retracing early surveys. Discussed will be original patents, certificates of survey, deed research, types of antique equipment (including a few 'oddities,') how early surveys were actually run, railroad rights-of-way, lines of agreement, equity records, proration pitfalls, celestial observations, tree & plant identification, coordinates, and more.
2 CPC/PDH

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT THE HANDOUT FOR SESSION

 

2110/2111/2112

8:00 am - 9:40 am


A New Perspective on Internet Resources for the Prudent Land Surveyor
Presenters:  Steve Jones and Dan L. Burke, Jr., Charles P. Johnson & Assoc.; Aaron Worley, Rodgers Consulting
The “speed of business” has dramatically increased since surveyors have incorporated the use of technology into their survey business models. There are increasingly more resources available on the internet that you may not be aware exist, that other surveyors are using regularly. This course will show you the internet resources that the prudent and technically savvy surveyor is using today.
2 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

0101

8:00 am - 9:40 am







Adverse Possession/Prescription?
Presenter:  Joel Leininger, S.J. Martenet & Company

Long the mysterious domain of unwritten title gurus, these two concepts have both interested and intimidated surveyors for generations. Do you know the difference between the two doctrines? If the possession ripens, will it be one or will it be the other? How can you tell? Does it need court action to be valid? Should surveyors avoid all this like the plague and suggest their clients do the same? Are there ever times when a surveyor should express an opinion as to whether the possession has ripened? Join what is sure to be a fascinating discussion, and explore the large chapter on the topic in Leininger's new book, "Institutes of Boundary Retracement."

2 CPC/PDH

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT HANDOUT FOR SESSION

0105
     

8:00 am - 12:00 pm








What it Takes to Collect Survey-Grade Data by Drone
Presenter:  Daniel Katz, Aerotas

Getting pretty pictures by drone is easy, but getting consistent and high-accuracy survey data takes know-how. Aerotas has learned the hard way what it takes to get survey-grade accuracy by drone, from training hundreds of surveyors drone surveying and processed thousands of drone surveys. This seminar reveals the best practices Aerotas has learned for collecting survey-grade data by drone. Attendees will walk away with concrete lessons on how to determine the right drone for their business, how to choose the right projects to use a drone on -- including regulatory and business considerations -- and how to set up and complete a drone survey project, including mission planning, aerial targets, and flight parameters. The talk will include real-life case studies to make the lessons concrete, including the most common mistakes surveyors make when using drones. This seminar will be most valuable for field surveyors, crew chiefs, survey business decision makers, and those responsible for making equipment & procedures decisions for their organizations.
(Break at 9:40 am for Tech Time)
4 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

2102
     
9:40 am - 10:20 am Exhibit Hall Open and "Tech Time" General Vessey Ballroom
     

10:20 am - 12:00 pm




GNSS 101: Back to Basics, Introductory Course
Presenter:  Bill Henning, G.W.  Stephens, Jr. Associates

How does GPS work? The code and carrier phase signals, the ground control, space segment and user segments will be explained. Today’s GNSS positioning has seen many changes in the GPS constellation and the advent of additional world systems and SBAS that will be discussed. How does static GNSS positioning work and why should we use it? Which is the best static GNSS choice: OPUS-S, OPUS-RS, OPUS-Shared, OPUS-Projects, or User processing?

2 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

0101
10:20 am - 12:00 pm

Boundary Roundtable Discussion - I Was Wonderin'
Presenter:  Steve Jones, Charles P. Johnson & Associates
Two of our charges as land surveyors are to follow in the footsteps of the previous surveyor and to do what another reasonable and prudent surveyor would do under like and similar circumstances. If you work in an office where you are the only surveyor, how do you know what another surveyor would do under like and similar circumstances? This course will provide a forum to discuss those everyday questions about boundaries and surveying methods that will let you know what the standard of care really is in your region.
2 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

 

0105

10:20 am - 12:00 pm

 

 

 

 

Wow! I Wish Someone Told Me That Thirty Years Ago!
"Statutes and Case Law"

Moderator:  George Wigfield Presenters:  Jim Demma, Esq., Miles & Stockbridge P.C.; Joel Leininger, S.J. Martenet & Company
This course is designed for Associate Members, Technicians and those early in their careers.

This Law sub-topic will discuss notable statutes regarding roads, important cases that shaped our state’s survey methodology and nuances in our regulations.
2 CPC/PDH

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT HANDOUT FOR SESSION


2110/2111/2112 
     

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm














Lunch (Photo Contest Winner Announced) & General Session:  The Fairfax Stone and the Deakins Line:
How West Virginia Put A Whuppin’ On Maryland
Speaker:  Don Teter, WV PS

Chosen in 1736 as the “first fountain” of the Potomac River, the site of the Fairfax Stone was first monumented in 1746.  A four acre West Virginia state park was dedicated in 1957, and in 1972 the Fairfax Stone was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Don Teter will tell the story of the Fairfax Line and Fairfax Stone, including surveyor Peter Jefferson, who did help survey the line (and fathered President Thomas Jefferson), and surveyor and (“Father of the Country”) George Washington, who didn’t help survey the line, contrary to popular belief and some historic markers. The location of the Fairfax Stone was disputed by Maryland from at least 1788, when the Deakins line was run northward from it to the Mason-Dixon line to mark the boundary between Virginia (now Preston County, West Virginia) and what is now Garrett County, Maryland.  The issue came to a head in the 1890’s in the United States Supreme Court, and in 1910 the position of the Fairfax Stone was finally confirmed.  Along with the stone, the Supremes held the skewed, bent and staggered Deakins line, thus allowing West Virginia to put a whuppin’ on Maryland and retain control of over 30 square miles of disputed territory. To bolster its fruitless claim, in 1897 Maryland set the Potomac Stone in Tucker County, West Virginia, near the top of Backbone Mountain, and Don will wrap up with the tale of how the West Virginia Affiliate of the Surveyors Historical Society sought and found this long forgotten monument in 2012.

1 CPC/PDH

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT THE HANDOUT FOR SESSION

General Vessey Ballroom
     

1:30 pm - 3:10 pm

 

 

 

Wow! I Wish Someone Told Me That Thirty Years Ago!
"Business Ownership, Retirement and Company Organization"
Moderator:  George Wigfield  Presenters:  Dave Weber, Boomer Consulting; John Palatiello, MSS Executive Director
This course is designed for Associate Members, Technicians and those early in their careers.

This Business sub-topic will discuss the benefits of certain company organization types, 401k retirement plans and the in’s and out’s of owning your own business.
2 CPC/PDH

 

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

 

2110/2111/2112

1:30 pm - 3:10 pm



GNSS 201: Intermediate Course, Real-Time Positioning
Presenter:  Bill Henning, G.W. Stephens, Jr. Associates

Which is the best GNSS positioning method – static or real-time (RT)? What accuracies can we expect? Are there any guidelines for static or real-time positioning? How do Real Time Networks (RTN) compare to single-base methods? What are the best field methods for precise and accurate real-time positioning? What, if anything, has improved in RT positioning?

2 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

 

0101

1:30 pm - 3:10 pm







On Retracement Within Record Plat Outlines
Presenter:  Joel Leininger, S.J. Martenet & Company
What is the role of the record plat in retracement? Does information on it override information in a deed? What about successive (revised) plats? Are they afforded differing weights when setting lot lines? How about the underlying survey...does that factor into the retracement analysis? Is there a qualitative difference between ancient plats and modern plats? What have the courts said about these issues? Jump into the deep end of boundary retracement by considering in depth this most common form of land description, and using Leininger's new book, "Institutes of Boundary Retracement."
2 CPC/PDH


CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT HANDOUT FOR SESSION

0105
     
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WSSC Electronic Submittal Process: ProjectDox
Presenter:  Terry Blomquist, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

This is a presentation on WSSC’s Electronic Submittal Process for Easement Intakes. Participants should come away from the presentation with a working understanding of the best practices, as well as common pitfalls, when navigating the WSSC Easement Intake Electronic Submittal process.
(Break at 3:10 pm for Tech Time)

4 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

2102
     
3:10 pm - 3:50 pm
Exhibit Hall Open and "Tech Time" General Vessey Ballroom
3:50 pm Silent Auction Ends  
     

3:50 pm - 5:30 pm




 

 

 

Wow! I Wish Someone Told Me That Thirty Years Ago!
"GNSS, Control and Large Scale Projects, Styles and Tips"
Moderator:  George Wigfield  Presenters:  James Shaw, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.; Bill Henning, G.W. Stephens, Jr. Associates
This course is designed for Associate Members, Technicians and those early in their careers.
This GNSS sub-topic will discuss static versus RTK, Height-Mod style projects and control tips and tricks.

2 CPC/PDH

 

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2110/2111/2112 
3:50 pm - 5:30 pm
"All rise..."  The Macro Effects of Law on Surveyors' Practice
Presenter:  Joel Leininger, S.J. Martenet & Company

We all know the law affects and informs our practice, but which body of the law are we talking about? And who has authority to make that law? Are all court decisions authority governing our practice? Do some courts "count" as authority and other courts "not count?" How are we to decide what authority is, in fact, binding on our practice? Are all Supreme Court decisions (for instance) "good law" for Maryland boundary retracement? How do Federal Courts and State Courts co-exist and what does that mean for surveyors? And how about statutes and regulations? When does one kick in and control correct practice?  Explore all these questions and more using Leininger's new book, "Institutes of Boundary Retracement."

2 CPC/PDH

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT HANDOUT FOR SESSION

0105

3:50 pm - 5:30 pm











Surveying in New York City and Central Park
Presenter:  Lem Morrison, HAKS Engineering & Surveying
200 years ago the Commissioners of 1811 (Gouverneur Morris, John Rutherfurd, and Simeon De Witt) devised a plan for the development of the City of New York from its colonial center through the open farmland of Manhattan Island.  Their plan, a grid of streets and avenues, impose a rational structure across the land.  John Randel, Jr., the Commissioner's chief engineer and surveyor, survey rural Manhattan and place a marker at the intersection of every street and avenue, from the Hudson River to the East River, from 1st street 155th street.The grid is plain to see today, but street grading and two centuries of dense development have destroyed all of the original surveyor's markers.  Finding an actual marker as placed by the original survey is not only the gold standard for surveyors, but also a valuable sliver of our history.  Do any remain? Lemuel Morrison, LS will discuss the collaborative effort to recover and verify Randel's markers in an area where the grid was laid out but not constructed -- Central Park.  Listen in on what was found and how it compares with modern surveying.
2 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR SESSION

2102
     
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm LIVE Auction  E-Auction Ends General Vessey Foyer
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Banquet Reception General Vessey Foyer
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Banquet & Entertainment General Vessey Ballroom
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm






Night #2 - An Exercise in Celestial Observations: 
(weather permitting)

Presenters:  Wayne Twigg; Bill Orsinger, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

In this short workshop we will practice observing and recording angles to celestial bodies. Some of the celestial bodies we may attempt to observe are the Moon, Polaris (the North Star), Mars, Uranus and selected Navigational Stars. The celestial bodies are the original GNSS. Our current GNSS satellites are artificial bodies used for the same thing as celestial bodies, time and positioning.

1 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

 

Drazek Circle (Meet in front of General Vessey Ballroom) 

 
     
Saturday, October 20  
6:00 am Conference Check-In Open General Vessey Ballroom Foyer
7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast Patuxent Room
     
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tech Tips and Tricks 
Presenter:  Stephen Caldwell, USACE
Join us as we explore the numerous mobile phone applications, websites, freeware, cloud services and popular programs used today in the surveying and mapping fields. We will look at some of the popular applications for mobile phones and devices that are available for downloading. Many of these applications will be of interest and can be used in your daily work flow. If you have a few of you own please be ready to share.
4 CPC/PDH

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION


0101

8:00 am - 12:00 pm


The Second Supplement to the “Brown Book”
Presenter:  Jim Demma, Esq., Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.

This lecture will supplement the “The Law of Land Boundaries for the Maryland Surveyor and Related Materials” (the “Brown Book”),  from its first printing in 2008, and a subsequent printing in 2011, which will add to the surveyor’s knowledge and understanding of the most recent cases from Maryland’s appellate courts (and some not that recent), and new statutes, dealing with quieting title, easements, adverse possession, railroad rights of way, boundaries, ownership of real estate, surveyor’s liability, trespass, abstracts of title, and many of those other legal subjects which surveyors find so interesting and fascinating.
4 CPC/PDH 

 

NO HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

 

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

2110/2111/2112
     
     

8:00 am - 12:00 pm





 

 

Kids Survey 101 - "The Atlas Project"
Presenters:  Aaron Worley, Rodgers Consulting; Kanaan Thomas, CV Inc.; Bill Bower, Charles P. Johnson & Assoc.; Bill Pugh, Charles P. Johnson & Assoc.
(Adapted from the New Mexico Professional Surveyors' youth program)  - From Pyramids to Pipe Finders, Rope Stretchers to Right Triangles, this elementary course will introduce your youngsters to our profession and will cover survey history, geometry basics, measurement, layout and a property corner hide-and-seek. Please bring your children or grandchildren, ages 3-18.
0105

8:00 am - 12:00 pm



Maryland Law Exam Prep
Presenters:  Jeff Elkins, VanMar Associates; James Shaw, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

This course will review trespass, cemeteries, condominiums, mechanics liens, patents, the Maryland Coordinate System, ethics and a variety of other topics.

***The Black Book is required for exam success and will be available for purchase. The student will need an NCEES approved calculator, sticky tabs/flags, paper and pencils.

2115
     
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch First & Second Floor Landings
     
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The BILBY Trail

Presenter:   Pat Simon, Baltimore County Land Survey Division

Use you surveying skills to find treasure. That treasure could be physical gems or your next star employee. The MSS Geocaching committee is an outreach to showcase surveying to the non-surveying public - specifically the geocaching community. These people are using GPS to find hidden items in the woods and NGS control stations, sound familiar? The BILBY Trail will be a state-wide treasure hunt for control stations and treasure coins awarded to those who complete the journey. Learn how this hobby can help you enjoy the outdoors or find a new employee.

2 CPC/PDH

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE HANDOUT FOR THIS SESSION

0101
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Maryland Minimum Standards of Practice
Presenter:  James Shaw
COMAR 09.13.06 is known as the Minimum Standards of Practice, promulgated by the Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors to set forth the minimum acceptable level of performance to be exercised by all individuals practicing professional land surveying and property line surveying in Maryland. This course will review the Standards, last updated in 2015, with an emphasis on the portions of the Standards that are often poorly understood or seemingly ignored.

NOTE:  It is highly recommended that all attendees review the current Minimum Standards prior to class to better participate in a group discussion.  https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/ls/lsmspregs.pdf

2 CPC/PDH

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

2110/2111/2112

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm




Maryland Minor Engineering Exam Prep
Presenter:  Jeremy Burns, Wilson T. Ballard Co.
This course will review vertical curves, storm drain pipe design, culvert design, open channel flow and Environmental Site Design. Attendees should already have a working knowledge of these topics as this course will assist in preparing the provided reference materials in order to be successful on the exam.

The student will need an NCEES approved calculator, scale/triangles, sticky tabs/flags, paper and pencils.
2115



 

 

 

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