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Check out the 2018 MSS Annual Conference speakers!


Keynote Speaker - Dr. Peter Morici, Political Columnist & Commentator

  Terry Blomquist | Bill Bower | Mike Boyce | Dan L. Burke, Jr. | Jeremy Burns 
Stephen Caldwell II |
 
Eric Cooper | Jim Demma | Dave Doyle | Ted Doyle 
Alan Dragoo 
| Jeff Elkins | TJ Frazier Bill Henning | Mark Howard 
 
Steve Jones Daniel Katz | Justin Klein |Justin Lahman | Chas Langelan 
 Joel Leininger 
| Shaun Lewis | John Metee III | Lem Morrison Tom Orisich 
 Bill Orsinger
John Palatiello | Bill PughTim Quinn James Shaw  
Pat Simon | Don Teter | Kanaan Thomas | Wayne Twigg | Dave Weber 

  George Wigfield | Aaron Worley


 

 Dr. Peter Morici

Dr. Peter Morici is an economist and an emeritus professor of business at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, the University of Maryland and a national columnist. His views appear regularly in MarketWatch, published by Dow Jones, the Washington Times and other major metropolitan dailies throughout the United States and Canada, and on the website of Fox and others. He participates in the weekly and quarterly forecasting surveys at Reuters, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, and several other services, and his views are featured several times each week on the major TV networks and radio. He is a five-time winner of the MarketWatch top forecaster award.

He is the author of 18 books, numerous scholarly articles and has published in the Harvard Business Review and Foreign Policy. He received his PhD in Economics from the State University of New York.
                                                                                                                             
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Terry Blomquist

He began surveying in December of 2003 as an instrument operator with Christopher Consultants, progressed to senior survey tech before joining MD State Highway Administration in August 2005. While at SHA his time was spent; both in the field surveying as a technician and party chief, and in the office focused on boundary surveying, right of way plats, and district utility inspections. Graduated from Community College of Baltimore County in December 2008 with a dual Associates Degree in Civil Design and Land Surveying. Joined Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in December of 2012 working in the Land Services Section - Right of Way Review as a newly registered Prof. LS. Responsibilities entail review of both internally acquired and externally dedicated right of ways and easements. Additionally he supports as a licensed Professional Surveyor WSSC’s multi-year boundary retracement effort to protect the Commission’s extensive reservoir watershed buffer properties. He enjoys assisting the MSS with teaching and workshop activities.                            
                                                                                                                         
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Bill Bower

Mr. Bower earned his professional land surveyor’s license in 2011, and started his surveying career in 1998, working for Madison J. Bunting in Worcester County and Ocean City, MD.  Mr. Bower currently works as a Project Manager for Charles P. Johnson and Associates, Inc. in their Annapolis office, and specializes in projects in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area.

Mr. Bower has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Western Maryland College (now McDanial College), and an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Land Surveying from Catonsville Community College.

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Mike Boyce

I have been surveying since 1987, have worked in Maryland, Missouri and Oklahoma. Professional Land Surveyor Licensed in MD.  

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Dan L. Burke, Jr.

Dan Burke, Jr. is a Professional Land Surveyor, licensed in Maryland and Delaware, and NSPS Level IV Certified Survey Technician. Mr. Burke currently serves as the Secretary and Potomac Chapter Chair for the Maryland Society of Surveyors and is a Trustee for the Maryland Society of Surveyors Educational Trust. Mr. Burke has worked for 20 years at Charles P. Johnson & Assoc., Inc, specializing in Large-Scale ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, Boundary Surveys and Survey Control Networks throughout the Greater Baltimore and Washington Metropolitan areas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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Jeremy Burns

Mr. Jeremy Burns is a Professional Land Surveyor (MD, PA, DE & DC) with 11 years’ experience in Right-of-Way re-establishment, easement document preparation, and subsurface utility designation and mapping. He is a graduate of Shepherd University with a Regents Bachelors of Arts and a graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County with an Associates of Applied Science in Land Surveying. He lives in Hampstead with his wife, Emily and their three children. When Mr. Burns is not working, he likes to foster abandoned puppies. Mr. Burns began his career at The Wilson T. Ballard Company, serving public sector clients for six years, leaving to enhance his experience serving private sector clients for four years, then returning to the Wilson T. Ballard Company in 2017. Mr. Burns is excited to serve as the Maryland Society of Surveyors President for 2018-2019.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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Stephen Caldwell II

Stephen is a graduate of Glenville State College with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and an A.S. in Land Surveying. He has a Professional Surveyor License in West Virginia and Kentucky. He is currently employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Huntington District. Stephen is a Board of Director for the WV Society of Professional Surveyors He is an Eagle Scout and continues to volunteer time with the Boy Scouts of America. Stephen resides in Hurricane, WV with his dog Buddy.
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Eric Cooper

Eric V. Cooper, Prof. L.S., is a graduate of Frostburg State University and a 2nd generation surveyor that grew up surveying in Southern Maryland. He became licensed as a Maryland Professional Land Surveyor in 2006 and has maintains licensure in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. He is Director of Land Surveying at Wallace Montgomery in Hunt Valley, MD and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the survey and photogrammetry departments. Mr. Cooper currently serves as the Vice President of the South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Surveyors and has been active in the MSS through the workforce development initiative and has spoken on “drone technologies” and ‘Pin Cushions” at MSS conferences.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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Jim Demma

Mr. Demma, is of Counsel to the firm of Miles & Stockbridge P.C., located in Rockville, MD. He has practiced law in Montgomery County, MD for over 40 years, and has an extensive practice dealing with boundary disputes, land patents, real estate contracts, titles, conveyancing, title insurance, easements and condominium developments. In addition to being an attorney-at-law, he is a registered Maryland professional land surveyor, and has presented innumerable lectures and seminars on all of the above listed subjects.
                                                                                                                           
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Dave Doyle

Dave Doyle joined the National Geodetic Survey in 1972, and held the position of chief geodetic surveyor for twelve years prior to his retirement in January 2013.  During his career with NGS his experiences included all phases of geodetic triangulation, astronomic positioning, leveling, GPS data collection, data analysis, datum transformations, network adjustments, data publication and outreach in the form of seminars, workshops and webinars.  Mr. Doyle is a Past President of the American Association for Geodetic Surveying, a Fellow member of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and is an active member of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia professional surveyors’ associations.

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Ted Doyle

Mr. Ted Doyle has worked as a Photogrammetrist for the Remote Sensing Division of the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) since 1981. The vast majority of his service time as been spent supporting the activities of NGS’ Aeronautical Survey Program. His career has spanned the eras from analog, through analytic, to the present digital age of photogrammetry. He has had the pleasure of serving under some of the brightest minds in the field, particularly those who were instrumental in the integration of airborne GPS technology to photogrammetric mapping. A native of the Washington, DC area, he is a proud Terp (graduate of the University of Maryland) and big supporter of Washington Nationals Baseball.
                                                                                                                           
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Alan Dragoo

Alan R. Dragoo is a Licensed Surveyor in the State of Maryland, and was employed for 27 years by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) in Laurel, Maryland. He was a Geodetic Project Manager in charge of high precision horizontal and vertical geodetic surveying projects using the Global Positioning System and classical methods in support of the WSSC Control Network, the Interagency GIS System and the deformation studies for 3 dams. Alan also worked for Trimble Navigation for 8 years as a Technical Support Representative in support of sales for the Northeast U.S. Alan also worked for Keystone Precision Instruments for 8 years as the Sales Manager for Land Survey products for Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. He is currently employed by Maser Consulting at their Sterling, Virginia office as their Assistant Survey Department Manager.

Alan worked with the National Geodetic Survey to Survey the top of the Washington Monument. Alan was Co-director for the completed survey on the top of the U.S. Capitol to determine its position and in the basement of the U.S. Capitol to locate the cornerstone set in 1792. Alan is a member and Fellow of the National Society of Professional Surveyors; Past President for the American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS), Past Editor for the “Geodetic Surveyor" a newsletter for AAGS, National Society of Professional Surveyors Director for the Maryland Society of Surveyors, and MSS Surveyor of The Year for 1996, Russell E. Lowman award and Life Time Achievement award in 2015. Alan was also Director for the spring 1996 ASPRS/ACSM Baltimore Convention and Director for the spring 1998 ACSM Baltimore Convention.

Alan has authored and co-authored articles and papers for “Professional Surveyor" magazine, Surveying and Land Information System" a journal for the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and society newsletters in the United States and Canada. Alan has also presented numerous Technical Sessions and Workshops on matters related to geodetic surveying, State Plane Coordinates, Least Squares, Compatibility of GPS with Conventional Measurements, Trimble Business Center Software, and The Sources of Errors and Their Consequences for Conventional Surveying.

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Jeff Elkins

Mr. Elkins has 30 years of experience in both the field and office environments of land surveying. His work experience covers a variety of surveying tasks, including property boundaries, ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys, residential and commercial subdivisions, topographic mapping, construction stakeout, and GPS/conventional control surveys. Mr. Elkins' day-to-day

                                                                                                                         
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TJ Frazier

TJ Frazier, LS serves as the Baltimore Area Manager for Precision Measurements, Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in land surveying, 3D laser scanning, construction, and mixed use land development. He has a comprehensive background in land and construction surveying on a variety of land development projects throughout central Maryland. Areas of specific expertise and interest include: ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, Maryland SHA right-of-way reconstruction, boundary retracement, scanning, metes and bounds descriptions for properties/easements/rights-of-way, and residential/commercial subdivisions. He is a past president of the Maryland Society of Surveyors and member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors. Mr. Frazier is currently licensed in Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia, and is a recent appointee to the Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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William Henning

William Henning, Prof.LS., is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor with extensive experience in all phases of the land surveying profession. He has been actively involved with education/outreach to the geospatial community for 24 years, presenting over 153 talks and workshops to geospatial professionals on surveying, mathematics, geodesy and GNSS technology. While working as a geodesist at NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS), he received the NOAA Administrator’s Award for authoring an extensive guideline document on real-time GNSS positioning and spearheading the creation of Real Time GNSS Network guidelines. He has been the project lead for new height modernization geodetic networks in county-wide projects in the eastern USA. Mr. Henning is Past President of the American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS) and is an ACSM/AAGS Fellow. He is currently working as a consultant, providing education workshops and other professional surveying services. Mr. Henning is a Maryland DLLR certified provider of Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) requirements for surveyors and engineers. As a faculty member for Geo-Learn, Inc. he has recorded instructional videos on various topics for all geospatial professionals. Mr. Henning is a past Maryland Society of Surveyors “Surveyor of the Year”.
                                                                                                                             
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Mark Howard

Mr. Mark Howard is the Aeronautical Survey Program Technical Lead at NOAA's National Geodetic Survey. He is responsible for managing the NGS Aeronautical Survey Program and serves as NGS's liaison with the Federal Aviation Administration. Mark joined NOAA in 1987 as a member of an airport survey team and moved into his present position in 2003. He is a 1982 graduate of Lake Superior State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geology.
                                                                                                                         
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Steve Jones

Steve Jones' surveying experience spans nearly 40 years from being a field surveyor, an office survey technician, to being a Professional Land Surveyor in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. As the head of the Special Surveys department at Charles P. Johnson and Associates, he has been involved in the preparation of thousands of proposals. 

                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                 
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Daniel Katz

Daniel Katz is co-founder of Aerotas, where he has helped hundreds of surveyors nationwide start surveying by drone with industry-leading accuracy. Daniel regularly speaks at survey conferences across the country, and is a regular contributor to Point of Beginning and state survey association magazines.e survey association magazines.
                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                           
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Justin Klein

Justin Klein is a frequent speaker on contract language, insurance, risk management, and related business topics for engineers and surveyors in NC, MD, VA, DE and PA. After graduating from Duke University in 1996, he entered the insurance industry and has specialized in design professionals for most of his career. In 2006, Justin became owner and President of the Klein Agency, an agency who specializes only in professional liability and commercial insurance for design professionals.
                                                                                                                           
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Justin Lahman

Mr. Lahman is a licensed surveyor photogrammetrist, licensed aircraft and UAS pilot, and President / CEO of AXIS GeoSpatial LLC of Easton MD. Starting his career as a photogrammetric technician, he brings more than 29 years of geospatial industry experience to AXIS. Mr. Lahman has functioned as lead consultant on several large, multi-year projects consisting of land surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS, cadastral and several other related mapping sciences. Using advanced surveying and remote sensing methodologies, AXIS GeoSpatial LLC provides in-house land and airborne surveying/mapping solutions for civil engineering applications to private A/E/S firms and various local, state and federal governmental agencies such as MDSHA, MDTA, MTA, MPA, MAA, VDOT, USACE, USGS, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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Chas Langelan

Professional land surveyor Chas Langelan practiced more than 40 years in Maryland and the District of Columbia, running a large survey department in Rockville, then finishing out his career heading a busy survey office on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Chas served MSS as a chapter chair and edited the old Maryland Surveyor newsletter back when it was a regular published journal. He's been an officer of eight regional and national professional organizations, including president of both the Maryland and DC societies. Chas was honored as MSS surveyor of the year in 2002. An experienced seminar presenter, he's authored a number of original research papers on our unique profession and its long storied past.  When Chas was a young field and office surveyor 50 years ago, the 'old-timers' of that era always said to him, "you never really understand it until you know the history." What they meant was - the key to surveying something properly isn't necessarily having the most modern and exacting high-technology. It's also knowing how our surveyor-ancestors did it. 

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Joel Leininger

Joel M. Leininger, Maryland Registered Property Line Surveyor No. 467, along with David Paplauckas and Thomas Wilhelm, purchased the assets of S.J. Martenet in 1988 from the Tustin brothers and incorporated the firm. Leininger, an expert on boundary law and retracement doctrine, is the author of 80 published articles on land surveying subjects, and has lectured across the country on the theme. His well-received 1995 monograph, "Institutes of Boundary Retracement" was the first Maryland-focused, comprehensive treatment of the doctrine. American Surveyor Magazine called him "one of the premier boundary writers in the nation." Having served for some years as Contributing Editor of Professional Surveyor Magazine, in 1998 he was named Associate Editor of that publication. In 2004, he was appointed Associate Editor of American Surveyor Magazine.  An ex-Marine, Leininger is past-president of the Maryland Society of Surveyors, was named its 1995 "Surveyor of the Year," and was nominated by it in 1998 for the National Surveying Excellence Award presented by the National Society of Professional Surveyors. He also served five years on the Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors.  As managing principal, he is currently responsible for the overall operations of the firm. He is the architect and developer of the digital retrieval system through which the firm accesses its vast institutional memory, recognized across the country as the gold standard in surveying archives.  Leininger has testified many times as an expert witness in litigation and before committees of the state legislature in Annapolis. 
                                                                                                                             
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Shaun Lewis

Is the Senior Manager of Reality Capture at Clark Construction. Shaun has developed and implemented Reality Capture programs for 2 of the largest General Contractors in the DC Metro area. His specific area of expertise is in Laser Scanning and the post processing of point cloud data. As a Professional Land Surveyor documenting existing conditions accurately is an ethical responsibility. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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John Metee III

John V. Mettee III, Prof. LS, a Vice President with CEM, Bel Air, MD. He is a licensed professional land surveyor in MD, VA, PA, DE, NJ, & DC. He currently serving a third five-year term and chairman of the Maryland State Board of Professional Land Surveyors. He currently serves on the NCEES New Technology Task Force. He has also served in the past as secretary, president-elect, president, and director at large of the Maryland Society of Surveyors as well as chairman of the MSS Web Page Committee. 
                                                                                                                                 
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Lem Morrison

Lemuel Morrison, L.S. is a Director of Surveying at NV5.  He is a licensed land surveyor in MD and 7 other states.  He holds a BS in Land Surveying from the Ohio State University and an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.  Lem is also an adjunct assistant professor at the NYC College of Technology (CUNY) in the Department of Construction Management and Civil Engineering.  He teaches land surveying and 3D scanning.  He currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.
                                                                                                                                 
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Tom Orisich

Thomas M. Orisich has been a Professional Land Surveyor since 1984, and a Senior Vice President and Director of Surveys for the consulting engineering firm of Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani for 19 years. Mr. Orisich obtained his Bachelor of Science of Land Surveying from Purdue University in 1979 and is licensed in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. He has been a member of the Maryland State Board of Professional Land Surveyors since 2000 and has served and chaired numerous committees including the NCEES Committee for Examinations for Professional Surveyors.
                                                                                                                               
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Bill Orsinger

Bill is Director of Survey & Mapping at the Baltimore office of GPI. Bill started as a Rod/Chain Man in 1985. He is currently licensed in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West VirginiaAs Director of Survey & Mapping at GPI, Bill oversees multiple surveying mapping assignments employing and combining variety of methodologies, including LiDAR (aerial, mobile & terrestrial), UAS, Photogrammetry and Traditional techniques. Bill serves the Survey community as a member of the Boards of Directors for both the West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors and the Maryland Society of Surveyors, where he is the current MSS Education Chair.
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John Palatiello

John M. Palatiello is President of the firm of John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc., (www.jmpa.us) a public affairs consulting firm located in Reston, Virginia, providing government affairs and association management services to firms and organizations in the surveying, mapping, geospatial, and engineering related fields. He is Executive Director of the Maryland Society of Surveyors, the Virginia Association of Surveyors, and MAPPS, the association of private sector firms in the geospatial field, Administrator of the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural-Engineering Services (COFPAES), a coalition of the nation's leading design professional societies, government affairs consultant to the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), In 2008, John was named by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kemphtorne as a one of the original members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). In 2009, John was named one of the ten most influential people in the geospatial community by Directions Magazine and is listed in Who's Who in Professional Design Practice. In 2013, he was named by Governor Bob McDonnell to the Advisory Board of the Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN), the commonwealth's statewide geospatial program. He currently serves on a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) working group on beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operation of commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS). John has long been involved in public policy issues affecting the geospatial community. He was the first Joint Government Affairs Director of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and was Assistant Executive Director of ACSM. 20 occasions, and has authored more than 50 articles in P.O.B., Professional Surveyor, xyHt, and other publications on policy, business practice, and other issues. 
                                                                                                                             
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Bill Pugh

I started my career as a Land Surveyor in March of 2004 by accepting a position as a Field Survey Technician at Charles P. Johnson & Associates.  In 2005 I was able to advance to Party Chief, running my own crew.  I continued as Party Chief until 2010 when I made the transition to Survey Technician.  I began taking survey related classes at Catonsville Community College this same year.  In 2012 I received the Draper and Dottie Sutcliffe Scholarship Award.  In 2014 I completed the level 3 CST certification.  My application for licensure was approved in December of 2017 and I continue to work towards that goal.  I passed both Maryland State specific exams in June 2018, and am registered to sit for the Fundamentals and Principles and Practice exams in July and August.  Once I have successfully completed the last two exams, I will be a Maryland Registered Professional Land Surveyor. 

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Tim Quinn

Tim Quinn is a principal with Rodgers Consulting, Inc., representing land development clients in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan region. With 40 years in the profession, Tim is licensed as a professional land surveyor in the State of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Throughout his career, Tim has been actively involved in professional and industry organizations including The Maryland Society of Surveyors, Maryland Council of Design Professionals, National Association of Professional Surveyors, Maryland State Geographic Information Committee, Maryland Qualification Based Selection Council and Maryland Building Industry Association.

Tim served as the President of The Maryland Society of Surveyors in 2011-2012 and currently chairs the Society’s Government Affairs Committee and Political Action Committee. As chair of the Government Affairs Committee Tim has been responsible for drafting numerous items of legislation to enhance and modernize the land surveying profession. In 1997, Tim served the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland, with the comprehensive re-write of the City’s subdivision ordinance and development of the City’s Traditional Neighborhood Design Guidelines.

Always interested in educating land surveyors and promoting the land surveying profession, Tim has presented land survey related topics to The Maryland Society of Surveyors, the Maryland State Geographic Information Committee and members of the legal and real estate professions. Tim is always eager to discuss the land surveying profession with any individual, group or organization willing to listen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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James Shaw 

James M. Shaw, Jr. is a Maryland Licensed Professional Land Surveyor with over 30 years of experience.  He is a contributing writer for xyHt Magazine, a frequent speaker on surveying and geospatial matters in the Mid-Atlantic region, and has been a guest speaker several times on the NSPS Radio Hour.  Mr. Shaw serves on the Maryland Society of Surveyors (MSS) Board of Directors as Chair of the Technology Committee and as the Liaison to MSGIC.  He is an MSS Past-President (2013-2014) and the 2012 MSS Surveyor of the Year.  Currently, he is employed by GPI Geospatial, Inc. as a Geomatics Project Manager, providing reality capture services including mobile LiDAR and imagery, airborne LiDAR and imagery, 3D laser scanning, and UAS imagery.  He has an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate for commercial Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS).
                                                                                                                           
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Pat Simon

Patrick Simon, Chief of Surveys for Baltimore County, was first introduced to Land Surveying in a one-semester course while attending Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1975 and has enjoyed surveying ever since. He worked his way from Rodman to Crew chief to Senior Project/Office manager to Chief of Surveys and was first licensed in 1987. He worked for private surveying companies for 28 years prior to joining the county in 2003. He is the immediate Past-President of the Maryland Society of Surveyors and on the CCBC Surveying Advisory Board. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors, Maryland State Geographic Information Committee, Surveyors Historical Society, The Mason & Dixon Line Preservation Partnership and Maryland Geocaching Society.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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Don Teter

Don Teter graduated in 1973 from Davis and Elkins College with a B.A. in History and Political Science and has been a West Virginia licensed surveyor since 1982. During the late 1970’s he began extensive research on pre-Civil War turnpikes in (West) Virginia, and has published numerous articles and continues to do research on that subject. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation, and has served as a surveying contractor and consultant for that organization for several years. He also serves as a surveyor and consultant for Historic Beverly Preservation, the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Alliance, and the West Virginia Railroad Museum. He is a past-President of the West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors, was Editor of The West Virginia Surveyor for ten years, serves on the Board of Directors of the national Surveyors Historical Society, and is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors.

In 1977 he published Goin’ Up Gandy, a history of the Dry Fork area of Randolph and Tucker Counties, West Virginia. In the early 1970’s he worked briefly as a reporter and writer for the weekly Allegheny Journal and during the late 1970’s he published numerous local history articles in the weekly Tygart Valley Press.

For over 30 years he has been self-employed surveying mostly rural properties, with a scattering of town and suburban work, and occasional topographic and minor construction surveying. Don has served in the past as liaison between the West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors and the West Virginia Board of Professional Surveyors (the licensing board), has participated in several exam-writing and review workshops, is a member of the licensing board’s Complaint Review Committee and is a part-time investigator for the Board of Professional Surveyors.

Don Teter has been presenting continuing education seminars for surveyors for over ten years, having taught courses in West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and Tennessee; and is serving as an adjunct instructor of surveying and boundary law at Fairmont State University.
                                                                                                                              
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Kanaan Thomas

Mr. Kanaan J. Thomas, Sr. (Prof. LS) is a Land Surveyor for CV Inc., having begun his career at AB Consultants spanning back to the beginning of 2011.  Having completed the 2+2 program with CCBC and Towson University, in 2014 he earned a B.S. in Geography and Land Surveying, with a minor in GIS.  During his time as a surveyor, his work has covered boundary, topographic, and asbuilt surveys as well as construction stakeout among other things.  As Chief of Field Services, Kanaan’s purview encompasses the survey and subsurface utility engineering (SUE) divisions. A Marylander since 1983, Kanaan currently serves as Cubmaster of BSA Pack 718 in Taneytown. His duties have also included a post at the MSS Carroll Chapter as Secretary from 2016-2018, and recently being elected as Vice Chair. As a surveyor coming up in contemporary times, Kanaan continues to learn, honor and share surveying’s past and to carry it into perpetuity as new methods and traditions are born.

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Wayne Twigg

Wayne Twigg has been studying and performing all phases of Land Surveying uninterruptedly for 50 years throughout central Maryland, south central Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and northern Virginia. Wayne has conducted route surveys for large-diameter natural gas pipelines in southwest Minnesota and in Pennsylvania and completed the office research, drafting, worksheets, final plats and all the computations for the Raystown Lake Reservation's 30,000-acre boundary survey. He has performed nearly 100 celestial observations during the course of daily surveying projects. Wayne has served the Appalachian Chapter, MSS for 31 years as Secretary/ Treasurer and currently as Recording Secretary. Among his presentations and published articles are: “Celestial Observations for Land Surveyors"; “The Maryland Land Patent System"; The Mason and Dixon Lines"; The Compass Meridian Stones of Frederick Town" and “The University of Wolfsville's Open-Book Entrance Exam on Surveying Semantics". He studied surveying, mapping and engineering while in college, earning an Associate's degree. Wayne was awarded an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army as a Vietnam-War-era veteran (1967-1973). “Ancora Imparo".
                                                                                                                           
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Dave Weber

Professional Land Surveyor, Professional Engineer

Born Sept. 8, 1954 in Washington D.C. ,   Grew up in Wheaton, MD

Graduated Wheaton High School 1972

Graduated University of MD 1977 with Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering

Passed Prof Engineer Licensing Exam 1981

Passed Professional Land Surveyor Exam 1987

Work Experience

1975/1976 MCA Engineering Corp…Rodman and Instrumentman, Construction Materials Inspection

1977-1985 A. Morton Thomas & Assoc Inc…started on Field Crew and moved into the Office.  Worked about 50/50 in Surveying and Engineering.  Thank you Chas Langelan for all of the Survey training!

1986 Formed Gutschick, Little & Weber, PA…with my 2 Partners and employees provided Land Surveying and Site Development Engineering services for Land Development projects. 

Served on numerous committees for County Agencies, qualified as an Expert Witness in Land Surveying and Civil Engineering in various County Courts, occassional presenter at MSS Conferences, MSS Russel Lowman Award winner, served as MSS Secretary (a lifetime ago).

Retired from full time employment Dec 30, 2011.
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George Wigfield

George has over 48 years in the Surveying Profession and is retired at this time.

Attended Allegany CC, Catonsville CC and the University of Maryland.

George was one of the 6 Professional Land Surveyors on the original committee that developed the Minimums Standards of practice for Surveyors in Maryland.

Pryor to retirement George was a Senior Associate at Dewberry responsible for Maryland Survey operations. George is a past President of the Maryland Society of Surveyor, Surveyor of the year 2002, received the Russ Lowman award, Lifetime Achievement Award, President aware from Delaware and a presidential citation from New Jersey.

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Aaron Worley

Aaron is a Principal and Survey Team Leader with Rodgers Consulting in Maryland.  He joined Rodgers in 2001 and has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of land development entitlements. As the Survey Team Leader at Rodgers, Aaron is responsible for leading a team of talented land surveyors that have a critical role in successfully obtaining entitlements for residential and commercial land development projects located throughout various municipalities and counties within Maryland. Aaron is licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in Maryland, certified by the FAA as a Remote Pilot, a contributor to various building industry associations, and currently the Vice President of the Maryland Society of Surveyors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
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