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2018 TSPS Symposium – Schedule of Events

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Friday, February 16th

7:00 am – 5:00 pm  Registration

8:00 am – 5:00 pm  Manifest Destiny and the Bumbled Boundary
Speaker: Kenneth Gold, RPLS

In U.S. history, it was a time of major growth. In world history, the boundary was not a very significant boundary, eventually contrived by man and woefully mislocated. Yet how it came to be and the cost and worth associated therewith is all but unimaginable.

The actors and participants in these events played their rolls well and created a fiery historical tale of many parts from glory to dismal consequences and diverse opinions, not likely to be equaled in times to come. Unbeknownst to these participants they were in a staged rehearsal for the most devastating period in American history. And one boundary line on the ground finally brought the tale to smoldering, but lingering, embers. Yet history marched on . . . as it always does.

By taking this course, attendees will be enlightened to the political maneuvering, endurance and perseverance of those involved, their courage and patriotism, and sometimes colorful struggles and conflicts, in the history behind the creation of the Texas-New Mexico boundary. The outcome required personal ethics and fortitude of the men, the soldiers, politicians and surveyors of the times…traits they learned, and many we may have forgotten.

(8 CEUs, includes 3 hrs of Ethics; 8 PDHs)

Attendees MUST attend both AM and PM sessions for CEUs/PDHs

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Business Ethics - What You Should Not Sell!
Speaker: Philip Adams, RPLS

This course is an examination of the variety of ethical problems that can arise from the business environment. The problems such as fiduciary responsibility, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, shareholder relations, insider trading, bribery & discrimination, and what not to sell will be examined in 4 parts: marketing ethics, management ethics, employee ethics, professional ethics.

(4 CEUs, includes 4 hrs of Ethics; 4 PDHs)

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Role of the Surveyor in Land Administration
Speaker: Gary Jeffress, PhD, RPLS

The Cadastre and cadastral surveying lie at the heart of every jurisdiction’s Land Administration system, which is used to record land and real estate to determine legal ownership (tenure) and taxation assessment. Cadastral surveyors are licensed to create and restore the boundaries to land parcels on the ground by accurate measurements, then they transform these measurements to a legal description to form an unambiguous record of the location of the land parcel and its dimensions. These critical functions allow security of tenure in real estate while the Land Administration system allows for the efficient transfer of real estate ownership. All this serves and allows the real estate market to operate. This seminar explores the role the cadastral surveyor plays in Land Administration, which in turn creates the enormous value in real estate. This wealth also indicates the liability placed on the cadastral surveyor and the need to reduce risk in the practice of cadastral surveying.

(4 CEUs; 4 PDHs)

Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch On Your Own

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)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Retraceable Legal Descriptions
Speakers: Paul Carey, RPLS, LSLS; and, Joe Breaux, RPLS

Your survey descriptions, good or bad, are forever. This interactive course will examine the terms & components of a retraceable legal description. Attendees will: 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. This course is for anyone who wants to explore the art and science of using words to describe land. Attendees will walk away with a comprehensive and flexible format for composing retraceable legal descriptions.

(4 CEUs, includes 3 hrs of Rules; 4 PDHs)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Survey Procedures for Construction Layout
Speaker: George Forbis-Stokes, RPLS

Construction staking and the procedures necessary to be successful are covered extensively in this course. Using real life examples, group interaction, question and answer sessions, facilitated discussions and hands on problem solving activities, attendees experience the process of working through each phase of a construction staking project. 

(4 CEUs; 4 PDHs)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Searching for Truth: Texas Boundary Law Applied
Speakers: Josh Leamons, RPLS, Attorney at Law; and, Stan Piper, RPLS, PLS, LSLS

In this course, we will review the fundamental boundary law principles, case law, and board rules. Once the legal and ethical standards have been established, we will apply them to fact patterns based on real surveys prepared by negligent surveyors across Texas. This course will help surveyors young and old to better understand how to ethically determine boundary boundaries. We will also review good and bad examples of certifications found on surveys performed in Texas. We will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of the various notes and certifications from an ethical and legal perspective. 

(4 CEUs, includes 4 hrs of Ethics; 4 PDHs)

5:00 pm Meet & Greet Happy Hour!
Our hosts, TSPS Chapter 11 - Alamo and TSPS Chapter 13 - Capital Area, invite you to a meet and greet happy hour. Don’t miss out!

 

Saturday, February 17th

7:00 am – 2:00 pm Registration

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Gradient Boundary Seminar 
Speakers: George Sanders, RPLS; Bill O'Hara, RPLS, LSLS; and, Travis Tabor, RPLS

Description coming soon!

(8 CEUs; 8 PDHs)

Attendees MUST attend both AM and PM sessions for CEUs/PDHs

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Everyday Use of Texas State Plane Coordinates by Texas Surveyors
Speakers: Jim Gillis, RPLS, NSLS, CLS; and, Jamie Gillis, RPLS

Working in a State Plane Coordinate System every day is one thing, but fully understanding its origin, organization, and mathematics is key to maximizing your time, resources and ROI. By the end of this seminar attendees will be able to discuss the origin and purpose of Coordinate Systems in land surveying, list the four relevant surfaces and explain their relationship, identify and associate the mathematical parameters for the five zones, calculate a distance applying the combined scale factor, and demonstrate the benefits of the use of State Plane Coordinates in everyday surveying. Participants will engage in peer interaction, hands-on activities, informative illustrations, and facilitated discussions throughout the seminar to create a comprehensive and useful learning experience of the use and benefits of Texas State Plane Coordinates. Attendees should bring a scientific calculator and be familiar with its operation.

(8 CEUs; 8 PDHs)

Attendees MUST attend both AM and PM sessions for CEUs/PDHs

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Surveying: A Learned Profession
Speakers: Shane Neally, RPLS; and, Connor Brown, RPLS, PLS

The facilitators will present the 3 Pillars of a Learned Professional and provide opportunities for attendees to recognize and discuss how each one applies to real life Land Surveying Practice. By the end of the course, the student will learn the definition of “a learned profession”, be able to identify three responsibilities unique to the surveying profession: recognizing and practicing the profession of Land Surveying with integrity and honesty, serving the public ethically and honestly, and practicing ways to pay it forward for the good of the profession by obtaining, retaining, and disseminating surveying knowledge.  

(4 CEUs; 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.

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8:00 am – 12:00 pm  Survey Math 101
Speaker: James Redmon, RPLS, LSLS

This course will prepare students for topics covered in the Survey Math 301 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 course 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
Speakers: Heather Sides, RPLS, PLS, CFedS; and, Aaron Ferguson, RPLS

This seminar 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.  This course demonstrates intermediate math computations relating to conventional surveying techniques and provides real field survey scenarios for attendees to solve. Topics presented include; ABC’s of Trigonometry, Algebraic Manipulation, Law of Sines and the Law of Cosines Formulas. By the end of this seminar attendees will be able to; apply the ABC’s of Mathematics to use Law of Sines and Law of Cosines to solve for missing elements of oblique triangles. 

(Paraprofessional)

Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch On Your Own

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Understanding Your Client's Needs (The Title Company)
Speakers: Chester Varner, Jr., RPLS; and Anna Burroughs, SIT

The course is designed to cover issues with and clear up misconceptions between the title companies and the surveying community. From the surveyor side, the Minimum Standards of Practice will be examined and the difference in types of surveys, Category 1A and 1B and ALTA/NSPS Surveys, will be defined and made clear what the title company expects from the surveyor. From the title companies side, surveyors will learn what kind of survey a title company needs, what kind of problems the title companies may have and how they will use the survey.

(4 CEUs, includes 4 hrs of Rules; 4 PDHs)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Abstract & Research: Skills for the Hunt 
Speakers: Joe Breaux, RPLS; and, Joe Webber, Jr., RPLS

Research is always the first step to performing a boundary survey, and often what starts out as a short walk to the county clerk’s office can quickly seem like a scavenger hunt around the world. This course equips attendees with the skills for the hunt, and insures that attendees leave with the ability to: identify common terms related to records research; recognize where research is addressed in the Board Rules for Minimum Standards of research; identify resources for research for the various types of surveys; recognize the critical elements of a deed and identify different types of conveyances; utilize pertinent information to prepare a working sketch; and analyze a final drawing to determine if research is adequate and meets the minimum standards. This hands-on interactive course offers attendees the opportunity to find and develop the skills needed for a successful abstracting and research expedition. 

(4 CEUs, includes 4 hrs of Rules; 4 PDHs)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST Exam Prep Course
Speaker: James Redmon, RPLS, LSLS

This course will prepare students for topics covered in the Survey Math 301 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 course 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.

(Paraprofessional)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Survey Math 401 
Speakers: Heather Sides, RPLS, PLS, CFedS; and, Aaron Ferguson, 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)