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2018 TSPS Symposium – Schedule of Events

Friday, February 16th

7:00 am – 5:00 pm  Registration Open

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

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! FULL
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 four parts: marketing ethics, management ethics, employee ethics, and 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. 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; includes 3 hrs of Ethics; 4 PDHs)

8:00 am – 12:00 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)

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, 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. 

(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)

THIS COURSE IS A REPEAT OF THE MORNING COURSE.

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)

6:30 pm Meet & Greet!
Our hosts, TSPS Chapter 11 - Alamo and TSPS Chapter 13 - Capital Area, invite you to a meet and greet with a DJ and karaoke. Don’t miss out!

 

Saturday, February 17th

7:00 am – 2:00 pm Registration Open

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

Participants will grasp a better understanding of riparian boundaries by examining the history and methodology required to perform a gradient boundary survey, through four hours of classroom instruction followed by four hours of field exercises. Topics of classroom study include the history of riparian boundaries under civil and common law grants, clear definitions of riparian terms, and examination of case law and statutory law related to riparian boundaries. Field exercises will consist of finding a qualified bank, identification of required elements, and a thorough explanation of the methods and process used to determine the gradient boundary. 

(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. 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 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; 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. Attendees should bring a scientific calculator and be familiar with its operation.

(Paraprofessional)

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)

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, 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 company’s side, surveyors will learn what kind of survey a title company needs, what kind of problems the title company 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

The Certified Surveying Technician (CST) program is a nationally recognized exam and has been endorsed by Texas Department of Transportation as well as other organizations. This course has helped many individuals prepare and successfully complete the CST exam. The instructor will present an overview of the content and degree of difficulty, available study resources, specific study techniques, and test taking strategies to help attendees develop a personal plan to prepare for the CST exam.

(Paraprofessional)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Survey Math 401 
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 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)