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Shawn Billings | Davey Edwards | Richard Elgin | Knud E. Hermansen | Coleen Johnson 

Jeffery Lucas | Ben ThompsonFrank Willis

Shawn Billings, RPLS

Shawn is a practicing land surveyor from Kilgore, TX. Shawn has been practicing land surveying since 1995 and opened his own firm, Pendulum Surveying (firm #10194224), in 2016. He is currently the head of the 2022 Geodetic Task Force to update the Texas State Plane Coordinate System. After three years of being a contributing writer for American Surveyor Magazine, Shawn was brought into the Triumph System project in 2013 and is part of the PLS research and development team at JAVAD GNSS. Shawn conducts on-going product testing and development, sales, training and technical support for the Triumph System. 

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Davey Edwards, PhD, PLS, LSLS, CFedS

Davey is a professional land surveyor in Texas and Oklahoma. He also has been duly qualified as a Texas licensed land surveyor and a U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Federal land surveyor. He is currently a professional assistant professor in the Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Systems Engineering programs at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. He is the appointed director of the Texas Spatial Reference Center in the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science.

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Richard "Dick" Elgin, PhD, PS, PE

Richard is a second-generation surveyor, was raised in St. James, Missouri and in his late parents' surveying business located in nearby Rolla. After high school Dick joined the Army, went through helicopter flight school, was made a Warrant Officer, and spent 1969 in Vietnam flying the Hughes OH6A Light Observation helicopter “LOH” and the ubiquitous UH 1 "Huey." He flew with the Americal Division and was decorated for service. He remains active in veterans’ affairs. Following the Army, he received the BSCE and MSCE degrees from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) and his PhD from the University of Arkansas. Leaving Arkansas, he joined the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering at S&T as an Assistant Professor (1980 1984) and is now Adjunct Professor (retired), having taught surveying courses for many, many years. From 1984 until 2008 Dick was the owner and President of Elgin Surveying & Engineering, Inc.  Semi retired, Dick currently works for Archer Elgin Engineering, Surveying and Architecture. He is a former member of the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects; a Past President of the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors; a member of both S&T's and the University of Arkansas' Academy of Civil Engineers; a member of S&T's Order of the Golden Shillelagh; and on the Board of Directors of S&T’s Alumni Association. With Drs. David Knowles and the late Joe Senne, Dick coauthored the Celestial Observation Handbook and Ephemeris and codeveloped the “ASTRO" celestial observation software products. With David Knowles, he coauthored Legal Principles of Boundary Location for Arkansas and The U.S. Public Land Survey System for Arkansas.  Dick is the author of The U.S. Public Land Survey System for Missouri and Riparian Boundaries for Arkansas. Dick was Arkansas’ surveying and mapping expert in a state riparian boundary dispute with Mississippi, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. See Arkansas v. Mississippi, 471 U.S. 377 (1985). He is an avid collector and researcher of early American surveying equipment and owns one of the largest private collections of such equipment in the United States. He and his wife enjoy touring by bicycle, RV or in their perfectly restored 1976 Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior or 1967 Austin Cooper 1275 S or 1962 Austin Healey Sprite.

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Knud E. Hermansen, PhD, PLS, PE, Esq. 

Knud is an attorney, professional engineer, and professional land surveyor. His education includes a B.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Civil Engineering (surveying and mapping emphasis) from the University of Wisconsin, and a J.D. from West Virginia University. Knud is a retired professor from the University of Maine where he taught for over 30 years. He continues to teach courses in surveying programs. He offers services in the area of ADR, boundary location, easements, and land development. He is the co-author of the following publications: Maine Roads & Easements, Maine Riparian Boundaries, Principles & Procedures for the Location of Boundaries in Maine, Residential Subdivision & Land Development in Maine, and Land Surveys: A Guide For Lawyers and Other Professionals (3rd Edition).

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Coleen Johnson, RPLS

Coleen Johnson, RPLS is Regional Manager Survey for WGI, Inc. in Austin. She currently serves as the RPLS member on the TBPELS Board. Ms. Johnson is a past RPLS member of TBPLS and is a past president of TSPS.

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Jeffery N. Lucas, JD, PLS, Esq.

Jeff is a licensed land surveyor in Alabama, Florida, Georgia , Mississippi and Tennessee. He is also a licensed attorney in the State of A labama. Jeff is a recognized expert in land boundary law, riparian rights, and land surveying liability issues. He has practiced land surveying throughout the five southeastern states in  which he is licensed. Jeff is also an author, columnist, l ecturer and seminar presenter. He has authored three books on surveying, has over 100 nationally published articles and over 30 titles in his seminar library. Jeff has presented continuing education seminars at conferences from Alaska to Florida, from Calif ornia to Nova Scotia, and mostplaces in between. 

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C.B. "Ben" Thompson, RPLS, LSLS

Ben is registered in Texas as a Professional Land Surveyor/Licensed State Land Surveyor and Professional Engineer and also a Licensed Land Surveyor in Colorado. In 1988 Ben accepted employment with the Texas General Land Office and retired there as Senior Land Surveyor in March of 2008. Ben has served TSPS as member of Board of Directors (TSPS Surveyor of the Year 1980) and has been an integral part of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Ben served the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying by appointment by the governor for two six-year terms and then served as representative for the Commissioner of the General Land Office for an additional 16 years.


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Frank Willis, PhD, PE, PG, PS

Frank founded Willis Engineering in 1981. He sold Willis Engineering’s parent company in 2004 to a national firm. Dr. Willis began forensic engineering/surveying in 2004. His concentration is forensic engineering and surveying. Dr. Willis teaches CEUs nationally and periodically at LSU.


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TSPS Course Development Workshop

7/31/2020 » 8/1/2020
Strategic Planning and 3rd Quarterly Board Meeting

8/19/2020 » 8/20/2020
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