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2019 Spring Technical Conference
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2019 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 4
     

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-5:00 PM

Fly, Process and Map A300  
 

This day long session is to focus on how small, medium to large survey and civil firms using an inexpensive UAS/UAV commercial drone can get up to speed quickly and accurately mapping with these drones. Maryland survey and civil firms are seeing an explosion of articles and YouTube movies talking about mapping with drones. Unfortunately a lot of this buzz on mapping with drones is being driven by drone users with no survey experience or with no Professional Surveyor involved. This workshop focuses on how survey and civil firms with Professional Surveyors involved can quickly and accurately start mapping using the DJI Phantom 4 or 5 Pro or Maverick 2 Pro drones outputting to AutoCAD Map DWG and/or w/Carlson Survey/PtCloud ACAD Map add-on to DWG.

   
  8 CPC/8 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenter:  Jim Carlson, Benjamin Vander Jagt, Carlson Software
   
       

8:00 AM-12:00 PM


Land and Sea Data Collection by Unmanned or Manned Hydrographic Systems

Bridge Room  
  This session will demonstrate how a mix of manned and unmanned systems can collect the water bottom and be merged with total station and RTK data. Once all the data is collected, information can be extracted from the data collector to obtain depths. There will also be discussion of how to make a surface out of the bottom and then blend it into the ground surface, resulting in a combined surface of water and ground. Included in this session will be a live demonstration of equipment in action at the Maritime Center pool.    
  4 CPC/4 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
 

Presenter: Chris Guagliardo, Keystone Precision Instruments

   
       

8:00 AM-12:00 PM

When Your Project Involves the Maryland Department of Transportation and the State Highway Administration
Auditorium  
  When you have a project that involves the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the State Highway Administration (SHA), there are some important issues that you need to address. Whether your project involves entitlement approvals, requests for breaks in highway controls, driveway construction, utility connections, performing field activities within the SHA right of way, or one of a number of other reasons, there are issues that you need to consider. This condensed course is intended to provide the surveying and engineering communities an overview of what circumstances may require you to involve the MDOT SHA, who are the important stakeholders you may need to contact, and when you must reach out to the SHA to determine what is required for your project to be in compliance with SHA requirements. This course is not intended to be an in-depth comprehensive summary, as every project has its own unique circumstances. Instead it will discuss some of the more common issues that many professionals will encounter when their projects are adjoining or near SHA roadways.    
4 CPC/4 PDH.    
 

These handouts are not required, but could be helpful

Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, Handout 4, Handout 5, Handout 6, Handout 7, Handout 8

   
  Presenters:  Barry Smith, Pattianne Smith, Matthew Tilmes, Erik Donald, Maryland State Highway Administration
   
       
8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Structural Monitoring - Tracking Movement in a Fast Paced World

A111/A113
 
  Modern construction, infrastructure and natural features in our world require ever increasing attention from surveyors and engineers to keep people safe, projects on track and prevent disruption. Many things in this world are under the vigilant eye of dedicated professionals, who use a combination of automated instruments, GNSS receivers, geotechnical sensors and other technology to track changes. This discussion will cover campaign and automated monitoring technology, discuss various projects, showcase some recent high profile events, and also provide an opportunity to review the daily challenges of surveying, as well as the role of accuracy and precision in our work.
   
  4 CPC/4 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenter: William Derry, Leica Geosystems    
       

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Lunch Main Dining Room  
       

1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Teaming: Successful Prime/Subcontractor Relationships
Auditorium  
  Teams of a prime contractor and multiple subcontractors are an increasingly popular and effective way to accomplish large and complex projects, and are required in many government programs. In this session, viewpoints of a prime contractor and a subcontractor will be presented. Discussion will focus on what makes for successful teaming arrangements, what the goals and expectations are of both parties, how work may be apportioned, the role of communications, and other contract and management issues. Additionally, the Maryland State Highway Administration will review its rules, regulations, requirements, expectations, and experiences on subcontracting and teams as a client/procuring agency.    
  4 CPC/4 PDH    
  CLICK HERE FOR HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenters: Kurt Allen, Quantum Spatial; Kristin Barmoy and Keith Heindel, Hanover Land Services; Matthew Bloedorn, MD State Highway Administration    
       

1:00 PM-5:00 PM

 

Amazing Situations of Liability Traps That Caught A Surveyor

A111/A113
 
  This session will examine real situations where a surveyor found himself in situations where there was potential negligence, lost productivity, lost income, etc. During the session the attendees will learn about what caused the problem, how the problem was resolved, and how the problem could have been avoided. It will discuss insurance policies that will aid in the recovery, as well as lessons learned from these situations.     
  4 CPC/4 PDH     
  CLICK HERE FOR THE HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenter: Mark Amirault, Justin Klein, Klein Agency LLC     
  This session may satisfy COMAR 09.13.08.04B requirements (also known as Ethics and Law) 
   
       

1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Confined Space Safety Awareness A302
 
 

This session will review what owners, contractors and safety personnel need to know in order to comply with the OSHA 1910.146 Permit Required Confined Space regulations.  The instructor will discuss definitions of confined spaces, testing, permits, written programs, workplace surveys, and training requirements.  A discussion on various types of safety equipment for confined spaces will complete the workshop.  

   
  2 CPC/2 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenter: Charlie Brown,Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
   
       

1:00PM-3:00 PM

Workforce, Hiring and Education: Recruiting Surveyors and Technicians for Today and Tomorrow
Bridge Room
 
  Finding surveying employees who are experienced or who can be trained, productive, and billable is a challenge in today's labor force. In this session, learn about a successful workforce development program implemented by the MSS Baltimore Chapter, as well as how to participate in a federal program at the Pentagon to help place military personnel with experience in surveying and mapping, being discharged from military service, into jobs in civilian life, using the skills learned and earned in military service, and a discussion of the changing landscape for surveying education, including the surveying program at CCBC.    
  2 CPC/2 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenters: Bryan Haynie, PLS, Century Engineering, MSS Baltimore Chapter Chair and MSS Workforce Development Committee Chair; John Palatiello, MSS Executive Director and NSPS Federal Government Affairs Consultant; Doug Kendzierski, Interim Dean - School of Technology, Art & Design, Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)
   
       
3:00 PM-5:00 PM Legal Description Roundtable
Bridge Room  
  This roundtable discussion on legal descriptions will dive into types and parts of descriptions, references and caveats in descriptions, what COMAR says about metes and bounds descriptions, and some unique situations the panel members have encountered when preparing descriptions. Your questions and opinions will be welcome! If you have a unique situation that you’d like the panel to address, please consider emailing your questions before the conference. Please email questions to khea@marylandsurveyor.org no later than Friday, March 22.    
  2 CPC/2 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenters: Aaron Worley, Rodgers Consulting, Inc. and Jeremy Burns, The Wilson T. Ballard Co.
   
  This session may satisfy COMAR 09.13.08.04B requirements (also known as Ethics and Law) 
   
       
3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Fall Protection Safety Awareness


A302

 
  This session will review what owners, contractors and safety personnel need to know in order to comply with the OSHA 1926.500 Fall Protection regulations. The instructor will discuss regulations and safe operating procedures for aerial lift/bucket/under bridge access equipment, definitions of fall prevention, fall restraint and fall arrest, the different requirements of fall protection, recognizing hazards regarding fall protection, inspection of fall arrest equipment, anchorage points and training requirements. A discussion on various types of safety equipment for fall protection will complete the session.    
  2 CPC/2 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenter: Charlie Brown,Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.    
       
Friday,
April 5
     

7:00 AM-5:00 PM

Registration Open Auditorium Corridor  

7:30 AM-8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast Auditorium Corridor  
       
8:00 AM-3:00 PM  CST Exam A302  
  Exam Proctor:  George Wigfield    
       

8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Survey Cost Analysis A111/A113  
  This session will introduce the professional to the variables in formulating and conveying the fee for a land survey, including assessing the needs of clients to meet statutory and agency requirements, including a class project. It will help choose the right tools and processes to increase efficiency and profits.     
  4 CPC/ 4 PDH
   
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenter: Bill Beardslee, PE, PLS, PP
   
       

8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Geospatial Data Quality and Accuracy: The State-of-Practice

A300  
  In this session, participants will gain a better understanding of mapping deliverable accuracy and quality according to the new ASPRS Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geospatial Data. Discussion will focus on data quality, validity, accuracy, and precision as well as common error factors in measurement: human error, the environment in which practitioners work, and the measurement instruments that are used.    
  4 CPC/4 PDH    
  Handout  FOR THIS SESSION ( You have the option of printing or not)    
  Presenter: Qassim A. Abdullah, Ph.D., CP, PLS, Chief Scientist and Senior Associate, Geospatial Services, Woolpert, Inc.
   
       
8:00 AM-12:00 PM

National Geodetic Survey Programs and Activities: GEOID, GPS and Datums


Auditorium  
  A team of professionals and technical experts from the National Geodetic Survey will provide instruction on the agency's programs and activities that affect surveyors and provide services for use by surveyors. Topics to be discussed include a beta of the design, improvements, and implementation for the new Hybrid Geoid18 model; GPS on Benchmarks, including results of the 2018 campaign, which aided GEOID18, will continue into 2019 and will advance efforts to improve the 2022 transformation models; and new ways NGS and the surveying community will interact and use the modernized NSRS, for activities such as using GPS for leveling control, how to exploit OPUS projects, and other tools NGS has in development.    
  4 CPC/4 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenters: Galen Scott, Kevin Ahlgren, and Dan Gillins, National Geodetic Survey, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce    
       

8:00 AM-10:00 AM

Modern Parcel Management
Bridge Room  
  Parcel management has always been paramount in land administration systems worldwide. In July, Esri will launch the next generation of parcel management, eliminating the need for custom development. The solution is designed to meet the global needs of managing data integrity, survey record, history, and with user configurable rules and workflow management. This session will feature the background of "cadastres" and state of the management of parcel data.    
  2 CPC/2 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION
   
  Presenter: Brent Jones, PE, LS, Esri
   
       
10:00 AM-12:00 PM


Stand in the Gap - Bridging the Gap Between Surveyor and Lawyer

Bridge Room
 
  Have you ever wondered why attorneys and surveyors see things differently or why an attorney is asking for something you do not feel is necessary? This session will explore various topics that may be familiar, but from the view of the attorney. The topics will include (1) the Doctrine of After-Acquired Title; (2) prescriptive easements (3) implied easements; and (4) easement by necessity.    
  2 CPC/2 PDH    
  CLICK HERE FOR THE HAND OUT FOR THIS SESSION ( You have the option of printing or not printing this handout)    
  Presenter: Kevin Norris, PLS, Lorenzi, Dodds and Gunnill    
  This session may satisfy COMAR 09.13.08.04B requirements (also known as Ethics and Law)     
       

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Lunch Main Dining Room  
       


1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Managing Your Business and Your Projects
Auditorium  
  A review of and hints on how to set up and run a surveying business or department. Discussion will include handling project teams, meetings, and presentation of projects.    
  4 CPC/4 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenter: Bill Beardslee, PE, PLS, PP    
       
1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Broadcasting: How Do You Market Yourself and Your Firm in the Digital Age
A111/A113
 
 

In the age of the Internet, everyone with a keyboard has a bullhorn. This session will answer questions such as: How do the services you’re offering get noticed above the din? Who does the marketing? How has pervasive marketing impacted how you do business? Do you market differently to the Boomers than you do Millennials? How do you navigate the tricky landscape of social media justice that can punish a person or a business in mere days? Did you experience a marketing strategy that failed? What did you learn from that? Did you have a wildly successful marketing campaign? A moderated group discussion will answer these questions and more. Be prepared to join a lively exchange and share your ideas. Marketing is about making a connection. Learn how to make and improve that connection today.

 

(Note: This class will include electronic polling. Please bring your favorite Internet connected device to participate. Free wi-fi will be available at the facility.)

   
  4 CPC/4 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenter:  James M. Shaw, Jr., PLS, JMT
   
       


1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Grid to Ground Roundtable

Bridge Room  
 

This interactive, roundtable discussion, moderated by David Doyle, will include the following topics: State Plane Coordinate Systems, Ground Coordinate Systems, Project Coordinates, Grid Distances, Ground Distances, Ellipsoid Distances, Scale Factors, Low Distortion Projections, and when it is acceptable to use a modified State Plane Coordinate.

   
2 CPC/2 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Moderator:  David Doyle, Base 9 Geodetic Consulting Services
   
       


1:00 PM-3:00 PM


Opportunities in Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

A300
 
  This session will feature two presentations on new and emerging opportunities for surveyors in different forms of Public Private Partnerships (P3s).

--An Introduction to Public Private Partnerships (P3s)
Public Private Partnerships (P3s) are increasingly becoming a way government across America is financing, owning, and operating infrastructure assets, such as toll road highways, water and wastewater facilities, military housing, and others. This business model is being discussed with more frequency in Maryland, with I-495 and I-270 projects under consideration. Maryland has adopted regulations in COMAR 11.01.17. This session will provide an introduction to what a P3 is, how it operates, and how engineering and surveying firms can be part of a P3 team.

--P3 Opportunities with USGS Geospatial Data

USGS programs such as 3DEP and The National Map provide partnership opportunities for funding, through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) process, for data acquisition and processing, through the Geospatial Products and Services Contracts (GPSC), and access to data, through Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Dataset. This session will feature a presentation on these opportunities and more!
   
  2 CPC/2 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenters: Geoff Segal, Senior Vice President, Macquarie Capital; Roger Barlow, USGS National Map Liaison for Maryland
   
       
3:00 PM-5:00 PM


2022 National Spatial Reference System Modernization

A300  
  A feature of this session will be a discussion of the new 2022 datums and related changes to the State Plane Coordinate system. Demonstration of NGS Toolkit items including the new NGS Coordinate Conversion and Transformation Tool, Datasheet retrieval tools and other miscellaneous applications, and OPUS (Static, Rapid Static, Sharing and OPUS projects) will be included.     
  2 CPC/2 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenter: Scott Lokken, NOAA    
       
3:00 PM-5:00 PM Miss Utility and the Design Ticket Bridge Room  
  In this session learn how the Design Ticket related to underground utility location and designation can benefit your efforts and what to expect after the project design phase is completed.    
  2 CPC/2 PDH    
  NO HANDOUT NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION    
  Presenter: Dora Parks, Miss Utility
   
       

 

Registration Fees for Licensed Professionals          MSS Member 

 

Non-Member

 

Multi-Day Ticket (Thursday AND Friday)
Fee includes sessions, breakfast, snack breaks and lunch on Thursday AND Friday.
$420   $580
Single Day Ticket (Thursday OR Friday)
Fee includes sessions, breakfast, snack breaks and lunch on Thursday OR Friday.
$250  $320

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations received by Friday, March 22 will be refunded in full minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given after March 22.
   

 


Registration Fees for Non-Licensed

 

 
Multi-Day Ticket (Thursday AND Friday)    
Fee includes sessions, breakfast, snack breaks and lunch on Thursday AND Friday.                                                 
$175 
Single Day Ticket (Thursday OR Friday)
Fee includes sessions, breakfast, snack breaks and lunch on Thursday OR Friday.
$85 

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations received by Friday, March 22 will be refunded in full minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given after March 22. 

 




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