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2019 Symposium Course Descriptions

Friday, March 1

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

"Hot Topics" in Surveying: A Panel
Moderator: Shane Neally, RPLS 
Panel: Kenneth Gold, RPLS; Stan Piper, RPLS, PLS, LSLS; Heather Sides, RPLS, PLS, CFedS; Connor Brown, RPLS, PLS, Pat Veteto, RPLS
This course will be a moderated panel discussion of “Hot Topics” in Surveying. It will primarily cover discussions on ethics, standards, boundary surveying and business practices. Other topics of discussion include, TSPS standards, technology, oil and gas surveying and history.

The moderator, Shane Neally, RPLS, will identify questions concerning the surveying profession and present them to the panel. He will be able to engage the attendees in real-time using a web-based software program. The attendees will be able to ask questions and answer polls via their smartphones.
(4 CEUs, includes 4 hrs of Ethics/Rules)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Texas Oil & Gas: Surveying Upstream*
Speakers: Josh Leamons, RPLS, Attorney at Law; 
Stan Piper, RPLS, PLS, LSLS

This course will attempt to remove the mystery surrounding oil and gas surveying. While introducing upstream oil and gas surveying, provide details regarding standards of practice, and facilitate discussion. In this course, we will look at 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)
*CEUs Pending

 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Business Metrics
Speaker: Patrick Veteto, PE, RPLS
The Business Metrics presentation will include computation of time utilization, salary costs, 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 4hrs of Rules)

 

Saturday, March 2

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Land Descriptions: Preparation, Analysis & Perpetuation*
Speaker: Michel Newton, RPLS, LSLS
The course will cover techniques to prepare data and teach students how to analyze descriptions for a clear survey. They will learn how to gather the necessary data, analyze it and prepare it properly in order to leave a clear representation of a survey that will honor the past, preserve the present and protect the future.
(4 CEUs)
*CEUs Pending

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Searching for the Truth: Texas Boundary Law Applied 
Speakers: Josh Leamons, RPLS, Attorney at Law;
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 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)

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Study Group for RPLS Candidates
Speakers: Jason A. Jernigan, RPLS; Mark Neugebauer, RPLS, LSLS 
Are you pursuing an RPLS license in Texas? Topics discussed 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. Attendees should bring a scientific calculator and be familiar with its operation.
(Paraprofessional - No CEUs)

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Survey Math 101
Speaker: James Redmon, RPLS, LSLS
This course will prepare students for topics covered in 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. Attendees should bring a scientific calculator and be familiar with its operation.
(Paraprofessional - No CEUs)

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Survey Math 301 
Speakers: Heather Sides, RPLS, PLS, CFedS; 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 - No CEUs)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Surveying: A Learned Profession 
Speakers: Shane Neally, RPLS; Connor Brown, RPLS, PLS
The facilitators will present the three 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, includes 4 hrs of Ethics)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Boundary Retracement, Rules & Applications
Speaker: Paul Carey RPLS, LSLS
The course is designed to cover fundamental rules, laws and guidelines for land boundary retracement procedures. Using numerous exercises for attendees to practice solving various boundary reconstruction scenarios, the following key points will be covered:
     • Determining seniority of surveys and the retracement of original survey lines 
     • Partitions, simultaneous conveyances, and evaluation of the written
       instruments
     • Determining seniority of tracts & deeds and the application of junior/senior             rights 
     • Application of dignity of calls, four corners rule, and exceptions to the rules 
     • Recognizing conflicts, ambiguities & discrepancies in boundary                               reconstruction
This course is perfect for technicians, SIT’s and Registered Surveyors seeking some broader horizons and exposure to a diversity of boundary problems. 

(4 CEUs, includes 4 hrs of Rules)

 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GLO Working Sketch Preparation*
Speakers: Jason Jernigan, RPLS; Mark Neugebauer, RPLS, LSLS
Instruction will be provided on the proper use, application, and drafting of official GLO working sketch symbols, witness tree abbreviations, and other abbreviations used in compiling a working sketch. Instruction on how to read, interpret, and understand the original field notes, file jacket, and other important detailed information contained within an archive file of an original land grant survey and translate that information into a complete working sketch. Provide information to participants so that they can apply working sketch techniques and applications for use in everyday business practice on boundary retracement surveys.
(4 CEUs)
*CEUs Pending

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 - No CEUs)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Survey Math 401
Speakers: Heather Sides, RPLS, PLS, CFedS; 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 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 - No CEUs)

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1/26/2019
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3/1/2019 » 3/2/2019
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