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2017 TSPS Annual Convention & Tech Expo

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 4
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Skeet Shoot at Elm Fork Shooting Sports -- SOLD OUT!!
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Annual Golf Tournament at Plantation Golf Club -- SOLD OUT!!
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Registration Open
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Young Surveyors Happy Hour 
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Past President’s Dinner at 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House (Invitation Only)
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm TSPSA Open House


Thursday, October 5

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am – 10:00 am TSPS Grand Opening and Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker: Representative Matt Shaheen
9:00 am – 11:30 am TSPSA Service Project
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
TSPS Nominating Committee Meeting (Begins at conclusion of Annual Membership Meeting)
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm TSPS New Member Social 
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm RTKNET Annual Meeting: 1836 Texas Members Strong hosted by WDS
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm SmartNet Users Group and Leica Geosystems Technology Overview
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 - Entertainment by The Eckels/Pamies Duo!
8:00 pm – 12:00 am Young Surveyors Outing at The Green Gator


Friday, October 6

6:30 am – 7:45 am
LSLS Breakfast Forum
7:00 am – 5:00 pm  Registration Open 
8:00 am – 10:00 am  Educational Session: An Understanding of Oil & Gas Regulations - 2 CEUs
Presented by Stacey Lyle, PhD, RPLS
Texas Railroad Commission is responsible for the regulations for energy exploration in the State of Texas. Dr. Lyle will cover the regulations promulgated by the Texas Railroad Commission and how it involves the use of Professional Land Surveyors. A basic scientific and engineering concepts and individual's responsibilities in the regulatory process will be discussed and includes: Professional Land Surveying, Geospatial, Geology, Petroleum Engineering, Reservoir Engineering, Drilling Engineering, Landman, Completions Engineering, Facilities Engineering and Energy Trading. 
8:00 am – 12:15 pm
Educational Session: Rules, Repercussions and Reconciliation - 4 CEUs, includes 4hrs Rules
Presented by Doug Turner, RPLS
The Act & Rules of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying discussed will be the surveyor's responsibility to the Board, the complaint process, probation guidelines, ethical standards, and professional and technical standards.
8:00 am – 12:15 pm  Educational Session: How Texas Got Its Shape - 4 CEUs
Presented by Michael Hoover, RPLS, LSLS, CFM and David Klotz, RPLS, LSLS
Explore the origins and unique characteristics of Texas Boundaries. We'll discuss the role of the Texas General Land Office, and discuss the importance of landmark boundary cases.
8:00 am – 12:15 pm  Educational Session: Project Management Training - 4 CEUs
Presented by John Geddie
The key to success as a Project Manager is to institutionalize the process and save creative energy for the things that deserve creativity. We'll discuss ways to set up systems to track and monitor scope, budget, and schedule as easily as possible.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm  TSPSA Off-Site Event
10:00 am – 10:15 am  Break 
10:15 am – 12:15 pm  Educational Session: Using Geospatial Data in the Oil & Gas Industry - 2 CEUs
Presented by Stacey Lyle, PhD, RPLS
A Geospatial Data Science Center is an advanced database of information organized and accessible using multiple software tools on the desktop, web or cell phone. Dr. Lyle will walk through a complete life cycle workflow for exploration of Oil & Gas production. Dr. Lyle will demonstrate how his new UAV Rapid Design Tool, "Status Check" and "Level-up" technology using his Geospatial Data Science Center places Surveyors as leaders in managing Oil & Gas data in the future.
12:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Exhibit Hall Open
12:15 pm – 2:00 pm  Annual Luncheon “Just Clean Fun!” - Presentation by Cleto Rodriguez
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Reception
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Annual Awards Gala & Dinner - Entertainment by Four Day Weekend - David Ahearn, Emcee


Saturday, October 7

6:30 am – 2:00 pm  Registration Open 
7:30 am – 9:30 am Educational Session: FAA Regulations for UAS Operations - 2 CEUs
Presented by George Southard
An overview of 14CFR Part 107 - FAA regulations for UAS commercial operations, including summary of rules for: Pilot in Command, UAS airman certification, Reporting requirements, Hardware standards, Operations restrictions, Waiver procedures, and FAA enforcement activity.
7:30 am – 9:30 am
Educational Session: Introduction to Gradient Boundaries - 2 CEUs
Presented by Philip Adams, RPLS and David Klotz, RPLS, LSLS
An introduction to the laws, rules, history and procedures of a gradient boundary.
7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Educational Session: Unlocking Boundary Disputes - You Hold the Keys - 4 CEUs
Presented by John Stahl, PLS, CFedS
This course will provide a thorough examination of the creation and establishment of boundaries. Current court decisions defining the surveyor’s role in determining land boundaries will be reviewed. Methods for determining solutions to multiple monumentation and the documentation of boundary evidence will be discussed. We will learn how alternative dispute resolution processes can benefit the land surveyor and the landowner and will also examine the surveyor’s role in the litigation process. Participants will discuss various methods to prepare for depositions and courtroom testimony.
7:30 am – 12:00 pm  Educational Session: What Went Wrong, A Study in Surveying Errors and Omissions -
4 CEUs, includes 1.5 hrs Ethics
Presented by Jeff Lucas, JD, PLS
As I continue “Traversing the Law,” studying and writing about court cases involving boundary disputes and land surveyors, I have found everything from the ridiculous to the sublime. In some cases, I have to shake my head in disbelief over what I was reading leaving me with just one question: What went wrong? This seminar will investigate the answer to this question by a detailed study of several recent court decisions involving surveyors and surveys that went terribly wrong. The painful lessons learned by others through the school of hard knocks can be painlessly explored and appreciated without the accompanying liability and damages that attach to boundary disputes and negligence actions. These cases will be studied and discussed through a Power Point presentation.
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Exhibit Hall Open 
9:30 am – 10:00 am
Break with Exhibitors
10:00 am – 12:00 pm  Educational Session: What is a Conservation Easement? - 2 CEUs
Presented by Stephanie Prosser, MS
What is a conservation easement? Why are they put in-place and what is the benefit to the landowner? What information is required to place a conservation easement? Conservation Easements are a diverse tool used to permanently protect land and can be placed for purposes ranging from estate planning to regulatory environmental offsets. Land Trusts work closely with a surveyor to determine the conservation easement boundaries and existing property encumbrances prior to placement of the easement. A clear delineation of this information is vital to understanding the ecological values that the land trust is agreeing to uphold in perpetuity.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Educational Session: How to Become a Licensed UAV Pilot - 2 CEUs
Presented by George Southard
This session will acquaint the attendees with the FAA testing and qualifications to become licensed as a Remote UAS Pilot. There will be a careful review of the Knowledge Test Study Guide to help potential Remote UAS Pilot applicants to prepare themselves to successfully complete the exam process.
11:00 am – 3:00 pm  TSPSA Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm  Lunch with Exhibitors 
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Educational Session: Errors, Errors, Errors: A Practical Guide on How to Avoid Them -
2 CEUs
Presented by Bill Merten, RPLS, LSLS
This class will explore the most common types of errors, how to recognize them and how to avoid them in the everyday work day. The different types of errors such as systematic observational and gross errors will be discussed with possible solutions that may be incorporated into standard field procedures.
1:30 pm – 5:45 pm Educational Session: Understanding the Risks Associated with Surveys, Descriptions and Plats - 4 CEUs
Presented by John Stahl, PLS, CFedS
This presentation will encompass an overview of various types of surveying services designed to fulfill the intended purpose of the client. We will discuss various elements for consideration when determining the scope of services to be provided. The participants will review and discuss the potential benefits and risks associated with a variety of seemingly routine projects gone awry. The range of projects will include the preparations of legal descriptions, routine boundary and construction surveys, topographic surveys, and plats. We will discuss a series of cases with a view of “what went wrong” and “how could it have been prevented.”
1:30 pm – 5:45 pm  Educational Session: Better Business Practices and the Law - 4 CEUs - includes 1.5 hours of Ethics
Presented by Jeff Lucas, JD, PLS
What do better business practices have to do with the law? Plenty! Put another way, better business practices must be in harmony with the law that affects our practice as professional service providers (land surveyors, engineers, architects, etc.). The law that most affects us as professionals is property law, contracts, negligence, torts, the common law, administrative law, and statutory enactments. Ignorance of the law is no excuse for the average citizen and even more so for professional service providers. This seminar will focus on 10 Better Business Practices that you can implement immediately to bring your practice in harmony with the law. These practical steps will benefit your company whether you are a multi-state corporation with hundreds of employees, a solo practitioner, or an individual licensee wanting to improve his or her own personal practice.
1:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Educational Session: UAS as a Tool for Land Surveyors - 4 CEUs
Presented by George Southard
In this session, you will learn about the:
-  Preparation for owning and operating a UAS for commercial work
-  Operation of a UAS for photogrammetric applications
-  Overview of principles of photogrammetry for UAS data reduction
-  Detailed information on the operation of UAS to collect surveying and mapping data
-  Discussion of new technologies, system integration, as well as available technical capabilities of UAS for surveying and mapping.
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  Break 
3:45 pm – 5:45 pm  Educational Session: Leaving Tracks - 2 CEUs
Presented by Wayne Terry, RPLS, LSLS
This course is the outflow of court instructions to follow the footsteps of the original surveyor. The courts have given far less emphasis on how to leave good footsteps. It is my hope that more substantial, durable and unique monuments will be left and described in the student's field notes so fewer lines will be lost to the future retracement surveyor. It has been my personal experience that i have expended resources to find evidence of faded lines, marked them and recorded field notes in client's deeds only to learn that development has destroyed my own footsteps. This has led me to seek means of accessorizing my lines and corners to aid the future surveyor with his retracement. I have also realized that our directive calls can provide much better guidance to the lines if we understand the precision available and use our directive expeditiously.
5:45 pm  Convention Adjourns 

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