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2016 TSPS Annual Convention & Tech Expo

Wednesday, October 12

11:30 am – 4:30 pm Annual Golf Tournament at The Bandit Golf Club, New Braunfels -
Buy individual tickets!  |  Register a team!
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Sporting Clay Event at Capitol City Trap and Skeet, Austin -
Buy tickets!  |  Be a Sporting Clay Sponsor!
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Registration Open
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Past President’s Dinner at Palmer's Restaurant Bar & Courtyard, San Marcos (Invitation Only)
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm TSPSA Open House

 

Thursday, October 13

7:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am – 10:00 am TSPS Grand Opening and Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker: Senator José Menéndez Senator Menéndez was elected in March of 2015 to represent Senate District 26 in Bexar County. Prior to that, he spent 14 years as State Representative for District 124, San Antonio's West Side.
9:00 am – 11:30 am TSPSA Making Memories - Come and fellowship while making photo albums (all supplies provided). Make sure to take the time to enjoy the photo booth too! As part of the TSPSA Community Service project, we are asking all to bring new children’s books to donate to the Reach Out and Read program.
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Annual TSPS Membership Meeting
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Lunch on own
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm TSFI Meeting
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm TSPS Membership Benefits Social – Interested in learning how to get the most out of your TSPS membership? Join us! This social is perfect for:
  • New and Non Members interested in learning about the member benefits available to you through TSPS. This is also a good refresher for long-time members.
  • Hearing about the new initiatives TSPS is working on to offer to members.
  • Learning more about the new Mentoring Program and web-based Fields of Practice Forums.
  • Understanding your member profile and how to manage the content.
  • Networking with other members.
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm RTKNET Annual Meeting hosted by Western Data Systems (WDS)
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm SmartNet Texas – Fall Update and Real Time Topics
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm TJC Survey Alumni & Friends Reception
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Young Surveyors Network Reception- NEW
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Blucher Institute Alumni Reception (Invitation Only)
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm TSPS Open House/President’s Reception with entertainment by Brad Henderson

 

Friday, October 14th

6:30 am – 7:45 am LSLS Breakfast Forum
7:00 am – 5:00 pm  Registration Open 
8:00 am – 10:00 am  Educational Session: Wetlands and Waters of the US – What are they and what does that mean for ALTA surveys? (2 CEU's)
Presented by Jenny Blair, C.W.B., Senior Environmental Scientist for Bowman Consulting
8:00 am – 12:15 pm
Educational Session: How Can Drones Transform Surveying? (4 CEU's)
Presented by Frank Willis, PhD, PLS, PE in Civil and Environmental Engineering
8:00 am – 12:15 pm  Educational Session: Three New Ways to Find Trouble (4 CEU's)
Presented by Kristopher Kline, PLS, author, President of 2Point, Inc.
8:00 am – 12:15 pm  Educational Session: TBPLS Board Meeting (4 CEU's and includes Ethics hours)
Presented by TBPLS Board of Directors and Tony Estrada, Executive Director
Note: The TBPLS Board meeting is open to the public.  Friday registration is not required if only attending this meeting.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm  TSPSA Off-Site Event Shopping and Lunch in Gruene, TX – Enjoy time with friends as we explore the shops in historic Gruene and then have lunch at Gruene River Grill. (Lunch and transportation included) 
10:00 am – 10:15 am  Break 
10:00 am – 12:15 pm  Educational Session: What is a Conservation Easement? (2 CEU's)
Presented by Stephanie Prosser, Conservation Director for the Bayou Land Conservancy in Houston
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm  Annual Luncheon with “What?!?” presentation by Brad Henderson. Brad has spent his entire life studying the strange, the unusual, and the bizarre. He is an expert in optical illusions, sleight of hand, con games, psychological influence, hypnosis, carnival side show stunts, and a myriad of other topics, each equally fascinating. Brad will regale you with stories of magic’s past, demonstrate feats many have never heard of – let alone witnessed – and fill the room with laughter and amazement. It’s like the best of The Learning Channel (and the strangest parts of the History Channel) brought to life, in a single, fascinating talk. - Buy luncheon tickets!
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Reception
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The DerailersAnnual Awards Gala & Dinner with music by The Derailers. Enjoy at gourmet dinner as we honor this year's award recipients. Then plan to boot scoot the night away with Austin's own The Derailers, a favorite in the Capitol City's music scene. Attire is Texas Tuxedo for men (tuxedo jacket, bolo tie, jeans and cowboy boots) and Denim & Diamonds for the ladies (a mix of both casual and formal wear - ex: dress with cowboy boots and/or hat).

Buy dinner tickets!

 

Saturday, October 15th

6:30 am – 2:00 pm  Registration Open 
7:30 am – 9:30 am Educational Session: Bulletproofing Your Surveys (2 CEU's)
Presented by Joe Paiva, PhD, Principal & CEO of GeoLearn, LLC
7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Educational Session: Abstract & Research: Skills for the Hunt (4 CEU's and includes Rules hours)
Presented by Joe Breaux, RPLS with TxDOT and Joe Webber, RPLS with McGray & McGray Land Surveyors, Inc.
7:30 am – 12:00 pm  Educational Session: Forensic Surveying (4 CEU's)
Presented by Frank Willis, PhD, PLS, PE in Civil and Environmental Engineering
7:30 am – 12:00 pm  Educational Session: Wars Between the States (4 CEU's)
Presented by Kristopher Kline, PLS, author, President of 2Point, Inc. 
9:30 am – 10:00 am
Break with Exhibitors
9:30 am – 2:00 pm  Exhibit Hall Open 
10:00 am – 12:00 pm  Educational Session: Pre-Proposal Meetings: Your Path To A Great Scope (2 CEU's)
Presented by Bill Beardslee, PE, PLS, PP, Past NJSPLS President, 2006 NJSPLS Surveyor of the Year
10:00 am – 3:00 pm  Color Your World Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon- Time to show off your Personal Picasso! After our annual business meeting and lunch we will enjoy a painting party! Never picked up a paint brush? No problem! All paintings are broken down into simple steps and techniques so that anyone from a beginner to an expert painter can have a great time! Wear your favorite painting outfit. Aprons will be provided. 
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm  Lunch with Exhibitors 
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Educational Session: Controlling Scope Creep (2 CEU's)
Presented by Bill Beardslee, PE, PLS, PP, Past NJSPLS President, 2006 NJSPLS Surveyor of the Year
1:30 pm – 5:45 pm Educational Session: Re-Engineering Surveyors and Their Business (4 CEU's)
Presented by Joe Paiva, PhD, Principal & CEO of GeoLearn, LLC
1:30 pm – 5:45 pm  Educational Session: Courtroom Preparation and Testimonies (4 CEU's and includes Ethics hours)
Presented by Kristopher Kline, PLS, author, President of 2Point, Inc. 
1:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Educational Session: TxDOT ROW Mapping Deliverables (4 CEU's)
Presented by Eddie Garcia, Survey Specialist III with TxDOT
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  Break 
3:45 pm – 5:45 pm  Educational Session: When It Is Time to Move On (2 CEU's)
Presented by Bill Beardslee, PE, PLS, PP, Past NJSPLS President, 2006 NJSPLS Surveyor of the Year
5:45 pm  Convention Adjourns 
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