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2017 TSPS Symposium – Schedule of Events

Thursday, February 23rd

5:00 pm   Happy Hour and Live Music at the Isla Grand!
Enjoy special TSPS happy hour pricing on the Hammerhead Deck of the Isla Grand Beach Resort, then stick around for live music beginning at 9pm! Indoor/outdoor dining available.

 

Friday, February 24th

7:00 am – 5:00 pm  Registration

8:00 am – 5:00 pm  The Art of Topographic Surveys
Speaker: George Forbis-Stokes, RPLS
The Art of Topographic Surveys will examine the skills utilized in representing physical features on a map. By defining mapping categories and terms, a common language will be established for use during the course. Attendees will list various types of surveys that require the same mapping skills as the standard topographic survey. Attendees will evaluate survey equipment, and associated technologies, for collecting field data. At course completion, attendees will be able to effectively communicate with their client, choose the best survey tools for the job, and deliver a final product that will satisfy their client’s needs.
(8 CEUs; 8 PDHs) Attendees MUST attend both AM and PM sessions for CEUs/PDHs

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ethics & the Standards Uprising
Speaker: Kenneth "Ken" G. Gold, RPLS
In the late 1940s through the 1970s, Texas generally, and the nation as a whole, saw a professional conscience stirring among surveying practitioners. That stirring focused on unethical to sometimes criminal conduct by persons holding themselves out to be land surveyors. Registration had not been enough.  Everything from simply incompetent to grossly fraudulent practice endangered the public’s valued holdings. The Texas profession, at first hesitant to act, decided to identify proper surveying procedures and slowly rose to create plateaus of practice from which its land surveyors shall not fall below. 
(4 CEUs, includes 4 hrs of Ethics/Rules; 4 PDHs)

Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch On Your Own
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Texas Oil & Gas, Surveying Upstream
Speaker: Josh W. Leamons, RPLS, Attorney at Law
The primary purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to upstream oil and gas surveying, provide details regarding standards of practice, and facilitate discussion. This course will cover the history of oil and gas in Texas and examine the basic upstream oil and gas terms, review the laws and regulations that affect oil and gas surveying, discuss units and leases, examine several well location plats, examine the TBPLS position statement and sample plat, review Attorney General opinions, consider RRC standards, review common and preferred notes and certifications, and review the economic and ethical considerations of the business.
(4 CEUs; 4 PDHs)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Business Metrics
Speaker: Patrick D. Veteto, PE, RPLS
The Business Metrics presentation will include computation of time utilization, salary costs and overhead burden, and billing rates/goals necessary to cover the cost of providing quality surveying services while achieving sustainable profitability. We will also discuss how to measure performance at the project manager level utilizing three simple, but competing metrics; production, effort and efficiency. The target audience should include business owners, prospective owners, managers, project managers, and anyone involved in procurement of surveying services. The intent of the course is to identify critical business performance measures that are simple and understandable, and suggest how to establish billing rates that compensate for the costs of operating a survey business.
(4 CEUs, includes 4 hrs of Rules; 4 PDHs)
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm "Fiesta at Isla Del Padre" at the Pearl South Padre Hotel
Our host, TSPS Chapter 19 - Rio Grande Valley, invites you to “Bebidas y Chalupa” (that’s drinks and a Mexican style bingo). The fiesta includes drink tickets, light snacks & great prizes including a one night stay with breakfast for two at The Pearl. Don’t miss out!

 

Saturday, February 25th

7:00 am – 2:00 pm Registration

8:00 am – 3:00 pm Riverine Adventure! A Surveyors Guide to River Boundaries 
Speakers: Michael “Mike” Hoover, RPLS, LSLS, CFM; & Mark Neugebauer, RPLS, LSLS
Surveying boundaries along rivers and streams in the State of Texas can present the surveyor numerous problems. Is it navigable? Should a gradient boundary be performed; and, if so, should the RPLS determine such a boundary? What rights does the public have within, over and across any such stream? How does the surveyor handle a boundary line along a tidally influenced stream? This course will answer all of those questions and more, covering river characteristic fundamentals and fluvial morphology; the history, development, and basic application of the gradient boundary; navigation and the navigation right; relinquishment acts; and stream uses and obstructions. Case law review and real life case studies will be prominently used to illustrate the presented concepts and encourage discussion.
(6 CEUs; 6 PDHs) Attendees MUST attend both AM and PM sessions for CEUs/PDHs

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Retraceable Legal Descriptions 
Speakers: Paul T. Carey, RPLS, LSLS; & W.J. “Joe” Breaux, RPLS
Attendees will learn to identify the terms used for the parts of a retraceable legal description; access a glossary of terms for words commonly used in writing legal descriptions; identify common types of legal descriptions; identify the components included in each of the parts of a retraceable legal description; and write a legal description that includes the components of a retraceable legal description. Attendees will walk away with a comprehensive and flexible format for composing retraceable legal descriptions. 
(4 CEUs, includes 3 hrs of Ethics; 4 PDHs)

8:00 am – 12:00 pm  Study Group for RPLS Candidates 
Speaker: Jason Jernigan, RPLS
Topics discussed will include RPLS exam application procedures and exam format overview, a review of key definitions necessary for success on the legal portion of the exam, and a practicum involving several different boundary analysis scenarios in preparation for the analytical portion of the exam. It is suggested attendees bring an NCEES-approved calculator and be familiar with its operation.
(Paraprofessional)

8:00 am – 12:00 pm  Survey Math 101
Speaker: James Redmon, RPLS, LSLS
The Survey Math 101 seminar will prepare students for topics covered in the Survey Math 301 seminar and will help prepare them for Level 1 of the NSPS Certified Survey Technician Exam. Basic math computations relating to conventional surveying techniques will be demonstrated and real field survey scenarios will be provided for attendees to solve. By the end of this seminar attendees will be able to manipulate equations to solve for a missing variable, solve right triangles for the missing elements when given two known elements, and derive angles, distances, and new coordinates from given coordinates. It is suggested attendees should bring a scientific calculator and be familiar with its operation. 
(Paraprofessional)

8:00 am – 12:00 pm  Survey Math 301
Speaker: Joe Webber, Jr., RPLS
Survey Math 301 proves to be beneficial to those reviewing their math skills for levels 1-3 of the CST exam, the SIT exam, or seeking a better understanding of the basic math behind the mechanics of surveying. Intermediate math computations will be demonstrated relating to conventional surveying techniques and provides real field survey scenarios for attendees to solve. Topics presented include ABC’s of Trigonometry, Algebraic Manipulation, Laws of Sines and Cosines Formulas. By the end, attendees will be able to apply the ABC’s of Mathematics to use Laws of Sines and Cosines to solve for missing elements of oblique triangles.
(Paraprofessional)

Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch On Your Own

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
An Expedition Through the Acts & Rules
Speakers: Paul T. Carey, RPLS, LSLS; & W.J. “Joe” Breaux, RPLS
Do you know where you stand in the land of surveying rules? Are you fully aware of your obligations as a surveyor, and the associated pitfalls, penalties, and punishments? By the end this journey each attendee will be better able to discuss the history and purpose of the Act & Rules, recognize relationship between the Act & the Rules, identify the most common rule violations and board action taken, recognize lesser known rules that affect daily practice, and identify and discuss various violations in real surveying scenarios.
(4 CEUs; 4 PDHs)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST Exam Prep Course
Speaker: James Redmon, RPLS, LSLS
The Certified Surveying Technician (CST) program is a nationally recognized exam and has been endorsed by Texas Department of Transportation as well as other organizations. This course has helped many individuals prepare and successfully complete the CST exam. The instructor will present an overview of the content and degree of difficulty, available study resources, specific study techniques, and test taking strategies to help attendees develop a personal plan to prepare for the CST exam.
(Paraprofessional)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Survey Math 401 
Speaker: Joe Webber, Jr., RPLS
Survey Math 401 proves to be beneficial to those reviewing their math skills for levels 1-3 of the CST exam, the SIT exam, or seeking a better understanding of the math for horizontal & vertical curves. This course demonstrates math computations relating to the use curve formulas to solve for missing elements of horizontal curves and vertical curves using real field survey scenarios for attendees to solve. It is recommended that attendees have the math skills of Math 301 prior to taking this course.
(Paraprofessional)

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Before You Hang Out Your Shingle
Speaker: Trisha Lund, RPLS
This course is intended for the surveyor/future surveyor who is considering going into business for themselves and will cover some of the basic business principles. The objective is to aide in the informational process gaining access to learning the art of writing a business plan, writing a marketing plan, determining your business sector, how the TBPLS rules affect these decisions and what impact they have on your business choices. 
(2 CEUs; 2 PDHs)
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