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68th Annual Convention & Tech Expo Schedule

**Schedule subject to change**

Wednesday, October 2

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Annual Golf Tournament at Slick Rock Golf Course
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Annual Skeet Shoot at Copperhead Creek
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Registration Open
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Past President’s Dinner at Bryan's on 290
(Invitation Only)
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm TSPSA Open House

 

Thursday, October 3

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am – 10:00 am

TSPS Grand Opening and Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker: Mike Miller, PPE

The DoD Defense Personnel and Family Support Center’s Director of Private and Public Engagement will make a presentation on the talent and skills service members, veterans, and members of the Guard and Reserve possess which can be harnessed by your organization and how to recruit and retain that talent.

9:00 am – 11:00 pm TSPSA Community Service Project with Breakfast
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 Delegate Election (Begins at conclusion of Annual Membership Meeting)
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Nominating Committee Meeting 
(Begins at conclusion of Annual Membership Meeting)
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm New Member & First-Time Attendee Social
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm RTKNET.com Customer Appreciation Meeting & Reception hosted by AllTerra                                                                     
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Leica Geosystems Technology Update & Reception
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm TJC Survey Alumni & Friends Reception
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Blucher Institute Alumni Reception (Invitation Only)
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm TSPS Open House/President’s Reception 
9:00 pm – 12:00 am

Young Surveyors Outing to On the Rocks

Located in the Texas Hill Country, On the Rocks offers delicious cuisine, incredible views, live music, and a fun atmosphere.

 

Friday, October 4

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Education Session - 4 CEUs

"Know When to Hold'em - Retracement"
Presented by Kristopher Kline

At the core of our profession is the boundary monument, and most boundary retracement decisions revolve around the choice to hold an existing monument, set a new monument, or choose between multiple existing monuments. This seminar is an in-depth discussion of principles that form the basis of this critical decision, including the rules of construction, sufficiency of research, and relevant common law for the analysis for several types of property corners.

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Education Session - 4 CEUs

"Client Communication - The Lifeblood of Business"
Presented by Bill Beardslee

This interactive session will discuss types of communication and how to properly apply them to various business settings.

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Education Session - 4 CEUs (includes Ethics hours)

"Retraceable Legal Descriptions"
Presented by Paul Carey

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. 

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Education Session - 4 CEUs

"High-Accuracy GNSS in a Four Constellation World"

Presented by Eric Gakstatter

GNSS technology; satellites, receivers and augmentation services, are changing more now than ever before in the history of GNSS. This will have a profound effect on the future of high-accuracy GNSS receiver performance. Not only are high-accuracy receivers becoming smaller and less expensive, real-time GNSS infrastructure (eg. RTK networks, satellite correction services) are growing to meet the demand of autonomous vehicle market. The workshop will discuss GNSS technology and trends in high-accuracy GNSS as well as the impact of smartphones, tablets and workflows for 3D, "survey-grade" data collection. 

11:30 am – 2:00 pm TSPSA Slick Rock Grill Luncheon and Wine Tasting
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open
12:00 pm – 1:45 pm Exhibit Hall Grand Opening with Lunch
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Educational Session - 2 CEUs (includes Ethics hours)

"Ethics Professionalism and the Court"
Presented by Kristopher Kline

This ethics course focuses on professional behavior from the perspective of court decisions. The class includes real-life examples where surveyor's behavior has been analyzed by judges across the country. It also includes relevant segments from local standards of practice and codes of ethics. 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Educational Session - 2 CEUs

"When It's Time To Go"
Presented by Bill Beardslee

Leaving a position or selling a company is a complex and emotional journey. Various tools will be shown to ease the life transition. 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Educational Session - 2 CEUs 

"Centimeter Mapping with a Consumer Drone"
Presented by Eric Gakstatter

You no longer need a traditional FAA Pilot license or a $50,000 drone to start using UAVs for centimeter-accuracy mapping. The workshop will discuss the latest popular consumer and prosumer UAV airframes, sensors and software workflows to enable users to generate centimeter-accurate orthophotos, DEMs, elevation contours and 3D models. The workshop will discuss the basic concept of how UAVs work. Join a lively discussion on collecting high-accuracy data using inexpensive drones. You can now pack a drone in your pickup truck along with your lathe and shovel.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Educational Session - 2 CEUs 

"A Guide to the GLO Archives and Records for Surveyors - Short Course"
Presented by Alex Chiba

Similar to the already-approved course #1439, A Guide to the GLO Archives and Records for Surveyors, this course is a fundamental and important resource for surveyors, but it is abbreviated to only last for two hours instead of four. There is still some confusion on what is available and how to find it in the GLO Archives and Records. This training will cover the history of the General Land Office and the original land grant process. Additionally, this training will explain and demonstrate how to use, find, navigate, and access the extensive GLO archival materials and collections, including original land grants, associated collections, maps, and sketches. This course will allow attendees to take advantage of the various resources available at the GLO to the surveying profession. 

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Exhibit Hall Reception
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm Annual Awards Gala & Dinner
With Master of Fun Entertainer Taylor Griswold

 

Saturday, October 5

8:00 am – 2:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Educational Session - 6 CEUs (includes Ethics hours)

"Adverse Possession Like You've Never Seen It"
Presented by Kristopher Kline

State specific discussion of Adverse Possession, with relevant local case law. Specific topics include: Tracking; Claims against the State; Claims made under mistaken belief; Effects of ordinances on adverse claims; Effects of a survey on a prescriptive claim; Neighborly Accommodations; and ethical questions regarding the appropriate role of the surveyor.  This session will break from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Educational Session - 2 CEUs 

"Leadership - From Party Chief to CEO"
Presented by Bill Beardslee

This class will consist of a walk through the development of and application of leadership in a firm and in life. 

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Educational Session - 2 CEUs

"History of the Geodetic Datums of the U.S."
Presented by Dave Doyle

This class details the historical and contemporary developments of the horizontal and vertical geodetic datums of the United States. The program highlights changes in measurement and positioning technologies and their impact on the development of reference ellipsoids, geoid models and contemporary high accuracy reference frame enhancements. This presentation is designed to provide a foundation for other seminars that will focus on details, plans and programs of the 2022 reference system changes by the National Geodetic Survey.

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Educational Session - 2 CEUs

"Digital Marketing for Surveyors"
Presented by Elizabeth Quintanilla

The success of every surveying company lies in its client base. As a business owner or manager, you have to wear many hats, and you’ll often find yourself wearing the marketing hat. Whether you handle all your own marketing, or you have a team, you want to make sure that your approach is as up to date as possible. Many businesses underestimate the value (or are simply not aware) of the range of tools and methods out there that can be used to create quick, meaningful growth. This workshop will help you improve your ability to generate excellent content to attract target clients, understand what impact your marketing activities are having on your business and optimize your digital marketing strategy for maximum effectiveness and growth. Rooted in examples, you’ll walk away with plenty of hands-on experience in content creation for both email and social, campaign analysis tools, and optimization across various channels including your own website.

10:30 am – 1:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Lunch with Exhibitors
11:00 am – 3:00 pm TSPSA Annual Business Meeting, Luncheon and Cruise

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Educational Session

"Adverse Possession Like You've Never Seen It" (Continued)
Presented by Kristopher Kline

State specific discussion of Adverse Possession, with relevant local case law. Specific topics include: Tracking; Claims against the State; Claims made under mistaken belief; Effects of ordinances on adverse claims; Effects of a survey on a prescriptive claim; Neighborly Accommodations; and ethical questions regarding the appropriate role of the surveyor.  This session will break from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Educational Session - 4 CEUs

"Managing Your Company and Your Projects"
Presented by Bill Beardslee

Whether a party chief or department manager or owner, management skills are necessary to obtain and successfully complete a survey project. 

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Educational Session - 4 CEUs

"2022 New Datums"
Presented by Dave Doyle

During the next several years enhancements and additions to the network of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) will significantly improve the use of space-based positioning systems for surveying, mapping, charting, navigation and innumerable other applications. In order to meet the anticipated demands for an improved geospatial framework that these developments will require, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is implementing a plan for the modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). Among the various topics outlined in this plan is the adoption of an entirely new geodetic reference frame with updated geometric (horizontal) and gravimetric (vertical) realizations that will replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83), the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) and the several island vertical datums. The new framework will be designed such that the geometric component (latitude, longitude, ellipsoid height) will be virtually identical to and aligned with the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF), while orthometric heights will be based exclusively on a nation-wide high accuracy (1-2 cm) gravimetric geoid model. This presentation highlights the rational for these changes; the various elements that currently define the NSRS and the activities NGS is engaged in to improve the capacity of and access to the NSRS.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Educational Session - 4  CEUs (includes Ethics hours)

"Searching the Truth: A Texas Boundary Panel Discussion"

Presented by Josh W. Leamons, Moderator. David Dossey, J. Stan Piper, and Doug Turner, Panelist

 

This course will be a moderated panel discussion of Texas boundary law. The panel will discuss the legal principles that affect boundary determination, and then apply the law to real scenarios encountered by the panelists and moderator. The attendees will be able ask questions and respond to polls via their smartphones.

5:00 pm Convention Adjourns

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