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April 2011 The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter

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Chapter Officers for 2010-2011

The Executive Committee for Chapter 5 for 2010-2011 is as follows:

Jerry Lehew, RPLS                President
Jason Jernigan, RPLS 1st Vice President
Paul Mannel, RPLS 2nd Vice President
John Pierce, RPLS Secretary/Treasurer
Fred Bemenderfer, RPLS 1 year Director
Colin Henry, RPLS 1 year Director
John Melton, RPLS 2 year Director
Richard Ortiz 2 year Director
Raul Wong, Jr., PE, RPLS Past President
Chris Freeman, RPLS Chapter Representative


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New ALTA/ACSM Standards effective as of February 23, 2011.
Click here for the new Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys. All previous requirements are superseded by the new requirements as of February 23, 2011. We have arranged for Mike Lewis, RPLS, to present a program on this important topic to attendees of the May 10 Chapter 5 meeting.

  In the Rearview Mirror…

The March meeting was well attended by over 50. An open floor discussion was held concerning potential legislation related to the TBPLS and consolidation of professional licensing boards/agencies. Lively discussion was the order of the day. In the end, a motion was made to remain under the current TBPLS, even if administered by a multi Board administrative staff. If that option is not available, then Chapter 5 members prefer being under a Board that has equal representation, and that respects and maintains the Quality Based Selection system. The motion carried unanimously.


On Saturday, March 19, 2011, the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors held a special called meeting of the Board of Directors to discuss the pending issue of State Agency Consolidation. Chapter 5 was represented by its Chapter Representative, Chris Freeman. At this meeting a position for TSPS was adopted, as follows:

As Professional Surveyors we are concerned that the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying (TBPLS) is under consideration for consolidation with other professional licensing agencies because TBPLS has been, since its inception, a revenue positive agency for the State of Texas. But as Texas citizens we are very cognizant of the budget deficit facing the 82nd Legislature and are supportive of the initiative of both the Governor of Texas and the State Legislature to reduce the size and cost of government. We feel that this can be, in part, accomplished by consolidation of certain State Agency functions relative to professional licensing while maintaining the necessary oversight, regulation and enforcement required to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Currently three bills have been filed relative to professional licensing agencies for Surveyors, Engineers, Architects and Geoscientists. They are HB 2480 (Rep. Geren), HB 2543 (Rep. Smith) and HB 3166 (Rep. Callegari) and create a variety of consolidated agency/board formats.

Review of the financial reports from the currently independent licensing agencies readily shows that the real cost of these agencies is in fixed operating costs and not the actual functions of the appointed boards. TSPS supports the position that the boards within these existing agencies are functional and vital in their duties of oversight, rule review/development, regulation and enforcement of the respective professions to maintain the necessary level of protection for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Texas.

TSPS believes that the necessity of the Legislature to reduce the size and cost of state government can be readily accomplished by consolidation of the functions of these individual agencies into the Texas Department of Professional Services with one administrative group providing support and operations to the independent Professional Boards in their current format and structure that has been proven successful over time. These independent Professional Boards will maintain the required regulation and enforcement of the individual professions by the proper combination of licensed professionals and public members.

At this time TSPS feels it is appropriate to make this position known to the Texas Legislature by sending this position to your Representative and Senator, along with the members of the House Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee and the House Government Efficiency & Reform Committee.

Don’t know your legislators? Find them here: www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us

Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee

Chair Mike Hamilton mike.hamilton@house.state.tx.us
Chente Quintanilla chente.quintanilla@house.state.tx.us
Joe Driver joe.driver@house.state.tx.us
Charlie Geren Charlie.geren@house.state.tx.us
Roland Gutierrez roland.gutierrez@house.state.tx.us
Patricia Harless patricia.harless@house.state.tx.us
John Kuempel john.kuempel@house.state.tx.us
Jose Menendez jose.menendez@house.state.tx.us
Senfronia Thompson senfronia.thompson@house.state.tx.us

Government Efficiency & Reform Committee

Chair William Callegari bill.callegari@house.state.tx.us
Eddie Lucio eddie.lucio_iii@house.state.tx.us
Erwin Cain Erwin.cain@house.state.tx.us
John Frullo john.frullo@house.state.tx.us
Linda Harper-Brown linda.harper_brown@house.state.tx.us
Sergio Munoz Sergio.munoz@house.state.tx.us
William Zedler bill.zedler@house.state.tx.us


The following is from TSPS Executive Director Anne Glasgow:

Yesterday afternoon TSPS learned of two amendments to the House appropriations bill (HB1) that call for de-funding TBPLS. These amendments have been filed by Rep Charlie Howard (Sugar Land) and Rep Cindy Burkett (Mesquite) so we are calling on you and the members of your respective chapters to use every available voice to contact these two representatives asking them to withdraw the amendments from HB1 so as to continue the funding for TBPLS.

Rep Cindy Burkett (512) 463-0464 or cindy.burkett@house.state.tx.us
Rep Charlie Howard (512) 463-0710 or Charlie.howard@house.state.tx.us

This action is separate and apart from other activities we are undertaking relating to consolidation of TBPLS with other agencies. That action is ongoing but need not be mentioned in your communications about these amendments.

Other steps we are taking today include:
A letter has been written by TSPS President John Watson that will be hand delivered to each member of the Texas House of Representative this afternoon. That way they will have it in hand before they begin deliberating on HB1 tomorrow.

Finally, an eblast will be going out to the entire TSPS membership shortly asking each and every member to contact their respective representatives to ask for their support of HB1 and the continued funding of TBPLS.

Please call if you have any questions or if the above information is not clear. Thanks for your support of TSPS, TBPLS and the surveying profession in these precarious times.


Monthly Meeting Program/Speaker ideas? If you have an idea regarding a Speaker or meeting Program, contact Program Committee Chairman Jason Jernigan (214) 346-6204. Good programs mean good attendance and greater activity, and the opportunity to learn something to make us better at our jobs.

Newsletter Contributions
If you would like to offer an article or share some news or information, you are more than welcome to do so. The Newsletter is a service to Chapter 5 members, and your contributions are encouraged. Whether it is a technical offering, a historical article, or just a neat photo or link that might be of interest to our members, please forward it for inclusion so that all may enjoy.

Irving, Texas – February 9, 2011 – for immediate release
Jamie Gillis, RPLS, PLS has joined Geomatic Resources LLC as a Technical Support Specialist based at Geomatic’s Solutions Center located adjacent to the DFW Airport in Irving. He will provide technical support for Leica Geosystems GPS, Robotics, Total Stations, and Data Collection to Land Surveying Professionals in North Texas and Oklahoma.

Jamie brings a strong background in the surveying industry, and his high level of professionalism and survey knowledge to the Geomatic Resources team. His experience covers a wide range of surveying duties. His background includes serving as Instrument Man, Survey Assistant, Party Chief, Offshore Survey Technician, Project manager, and Professional Land Surveyor. His early surveying experience includes performing numerous field assignments in Nova Scotia, Canada. Recently, he has served as RPLS/ Project Manager for a number of natural gas gathering pipeline projects, oil & gas lease and location surveys, boundary, topographic, and hydrographic surveys and has been involved with offshore positioning and metrology, monitoring & logging surface & sub-surface positioning data in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jamie is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in Texas and Louisiana, and is very active in the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. He holds a PBC in Geographic Information Sciences from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. He also received a BA in History and Political Science from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“Jamie will be taking on the key role of supporting our existing customer base on all survey products and will be helping with our ongoing sales efforts. We hope you share our excitement in adding such a well respected and knowledgeable person to our staff. Please join us in welcoming Jamie Gillis to Geomatic Resources” says Rodney Walsh, President of Geomatic Resources LLC.

Jamie can be reached via email at jg@geotx.com

About Geomatic Resources
Geomatic Resources LLC is one of the largest independent distributors of Leica Geosystems products in the United States, serving North Texas and Oklahoma from a sales, rental, service, support and training center adjacent to the DFW airport in Irving, Texas. Geomatic provides Surveying Professionals with state of the art GPS, Robotic, Total Station, Digital Level, Machine Control and HDS Laser Scanning solutions as well as a full range of Supplies and Accessories. For more information about Geomatic Resources visit www.geotx.com, email rw@geotx.com, or call 1-817-691-5328.


  On the Horizon ...

Annual Golf Tournament is rapidly approaching. Sean Flaherty has got us set up for another fun day at The Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris on Saturday May 14. Shotgun start at 8 am, with the always popular Texas de Brazil lunch following the golfing. Plenty of door prizes, and scholarship monies will be raised for area surveying students.

Day at Lone Star Park
Robert Schneeberg is organizing an day at the horse track at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. This has been a popular activity over the years, and is good fun for members and their families, friends, and clients. Looks like the date will be Saturday June 4th. Details will be provided once it is all organized, but it is a fun day at the racetrack.

New Educational Opportunity Available in the Texas Panhandle:

The High Plains Experience Seminar
May 12-14, 2011

LIT Ranch (near Channing, Texas) - Lodging at Talon Point Retreat
16 CEUs
(Seminar limited to first 35 paid registrants)

The Historic 60,000 acre LIT Ranch, pronounced “lit” like you “lit the fire”, is a mixture of 1879 Pre-Emption surveys, standard “River Surveys” and Railroad Surveys filling the gaps in between. Many of the 1879 corners have been recovered in good condition.

Get more info on costs, instructors, lodging and registration HERE.
View and print a seminar registration form HERE.

You can also read the following article by Craig Alderman about this first-ever
High Plains Experience class:


The surveyors in West Texas have been blessed with a great opportunity. For many years the folks in this area have discussed the development of a West Texas Boundary Seminar similar to the very successful Brady and Concan events. We determined there are FIVE components necessary for a successful West Texas Boundary Seminar. First we needed a project site with willing land owner who has agreed to a long term use of their property. Second is a site with original or historical monuments to search for. Third is comfortable, affordable lodging close to the project site that can also double as a classroom. Fourth is a group of knowledgeable, interesting and dedicated instructors willing to share their experience with the attendees. Fifth and probably the most important is support of the surveying community.

Last year, with the help of Chapter 16 President J.D. Davis, the pieces to the puzzle began to fall into place.

First: The project site will be the historic 60,000 acre LIT Ranch (http://www.litranch.com) on the Canadian River just northeast of the historic town of Tascosa, now the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. The LIT (pronounced “lit”, like you “lit” the fire) is owned by Mr. Bill O’Brien. Bill is a wealth of local knowledge and will be a great asset for the course. Bill is also a skillful researcher and “corner hunter” having found many of the corners on his ranch. Bill and his assistant “Mellow” (the yellow Lab) spend many hours roaming the ranch on their Polaris Ranger enjoying their own style of surveying. Tascosa, formerly part of the LIT, was a “Wild West” town in every since of the word and even had its own version of a “Boot Hill Cemetery. The cemetery, now part of the Boy’s Ranch, can be seen when you visit the ranch. In the early days, Tascosa was frequented by the outlaw “Billy the Kid” who liked to “vacation” in Tascosa and was said to sell “stolen horses” along the river. Frenchy McCormick, said to be the last resident of Tascosa was respectfully referred to in her later years as “formerly a woman of the town”. Legendary Pioneer Surveyor Mr. W.D. Twichell spent much of his early years surveying in this area as describe in Texas was his Land. Having recently gained access to Twichell‘s 1880s map of Tascosa we hope to retrace some of his work around Tascosa.

Second: We have already recovered several of the original mounds (some with remains of Cottonwood witness trees) as located by Mr. Summerfield in his 1879 survey. There still is some question about the exact location of the upland river corners and this is something we are continuing to research. Hopefully some of the local surveyors will share their local knowledge of the area with us. The history of the LIT Ranch and Tascosa offers a unique opportunity to teach about Texas Surveying and its impact on the Panhandle. The Old Courthouse of Tascosa now serves as a museum and is a great window into the history of ranching and surveying in this area. The museum is now part of the Boys Ranch. There is still much of the ranch we have not explored and we look forward to many great experiences and opportunities to teach from. The first two classes at the High Plains Experience will have the opportunity to build “Twichell ‘s version of a corner” as described on page 67 of Texas was his Land. These mounds will be built in two types of soil where they were commonly set. The attendees following the first two classes will be able to see how these mounds” weather” giving the attendees a better idea what to look for as they search for similar mounds in the future.

Third: Talon Point Retreat, a beautiful twenty five minute drive from the LIT will be the lodging site for the seminar. Talon Point (http://talonpoint.net) is owned by the Panhandle Children’s Foundation, Inc. and is operated by Steve and Brenda Burks. Talon Point offers a large dining hall, several meeting rooms, a large stocked bass pond and 42 double occupancy rooms and one large suite, all set up like a motel. The retreat is a very popular destination for large groups ranging from “quilting groups to “motorcycle clubs”. This will be a great place for surveyors to relax after a hard, but fun day of surveying and the ladies will find the retreat very comfortable. The hospitality and food at Talon Point Retreat is certainly something to look forward to. The retreat is a 45 minute drive from the Amarillo International Airport.

Fourth: I am very excited about the group of surveyors leading the seminar. The instructors, all RPLS and LS, are surveyors that I have long respected. These surveyors all have the experience and knowledge that is important to pass on to other surveyors. Mr. Robby Christopher of Lubbock will instruct on What the TBPLS and the Public expect from Professional Surveyors. Mr. Michel Newton of Andrews will give insight into the working conditions of the early High Plains surveyors and will give instruction on “astronomical observations” used by these surveyors. Mr. Stan Piper of Gardendale will instruct on how to prepare record research and offer insight on how to use this research to locate monuments in the field. Mr. Piper will also discuss court cases relevant to this area. Mr. Maxey Sheppard of Abilene will instruct on how to apply the principles of a “Gradient Boundary Survey” to a river like the Canadian River. These “Prairie Rivers” offer many challenges not found on the “Hill Country Rivers” and Mr. Sheppard’s experience on the Canadian River will be a great asset. Chapter 16 surveyors will also discuss the history of the Texas Stateline and the Capitol of Texas Lands which were part of the XIT Ranch. We WILL NOT be offering any “Tree Identification Workshops”, I think you will see why on the drive up here, we will probably only show you an old cottonwood stump or two.

Fifth: We hope to model The High Plains Experience after the two other successful boundary seminars. The overall concepts taught will be the same. Our unique setting will allow us to add a little more history. We have already enjoyed the encouragement of surveyors around the state and look forward to hosting them at the seminar. The true test of support for any project like this is the participation and enjoyment of attendees. We are excited to share this project with you and will soon be sending out information about attending the course.

You can call (806) 374-4334 for information about the seminar.
R. Craig Alderman RPLS
High Plains Experience Development Group
TSPS West Area Representative
TSPS Course and Speaker Development Chair

2011 TSPS Annual Convention & Exhibits October 6-8
Don’t forget, this year Chapter 5 is co-hosting the Convention with Chapter 2. The site will be the Frisco Stonebriar Embassy Suites, next to the Dr. Pepper stadium. Mike Bearden is the Convention Committee Chairman, and has been busy with securing seminar presenters, sponsors, and all the other details that come with this event. There will be a need to get volunteers to assist with all the little details, so please help Mike and his Committee by offering to assist at whatever level you are able. It makes the event a great success.

SIT/RPLS Study Groups
Test time is almost here (April 8 and 9 in Austin).

You can also keep track of group meetings and access study material through the following two Yahoo groups. To reduce Spam I’ve restricted who can become a member. That won’t affect you if you’re already a member, but I will have to approve any new people who want to join. It could take about a day or so between the time you try to join the group and when you gain access.

  • SIT Study Group: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/land_surv/
  • RPLS Study Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rpls_study_group/

  • Thanks,
    PS - I'm retiring!! This series of three study groups meetings will be the last I lead it. After six years of running the study groups, I've decided to hand the reigns over to someone else. If you are interested in taking over, please let me know and I'll be happy to bring you up to speed.

    SKILLS USA Texas State High School Contest
    The 2011 State Survey Contest was held March 31-April 1 in Corpus Christi. Ten high school teams from around the State gathered to compete in both written and field exercise competitions. Chapter 5 area teams from Duncanville High School will be returning again this year, hoping to improve from their 3rd and 4th Place finishes from last year. The official results listed the top three teams as Birdville High School, Mansfield High School, Duncanville High School, and . It is obvious that the North Texas Chapters 2 and 5 have prioritized this activity as an opportunity for its members.

    Chapter 5 Membership … Recruit a Member!
    There are currently 140 members of Chapter 5. TSPS encourages all Chapters to work at increasing the membership. Encourage your co-workers, staff, and colleagues to consider joining TSPS. With the current possible legislative action related to the TBPLS, strength in numbers will be critical when we want a strong and united voice heard. If all members would recruit one other member, Chapter 5 would double in size. Paul Mannel is the Chapter 5 Membership Chairman, contact him or any other Chapter Officer for information or guidance.

    ---next TBPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for Friday Friday June 17th in Austin. The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings. Check the new Board website for information and meeting agenda (www.txls.state.tx.us).

    ---next TSPS Board of Directors Meeting to be held on Saturday June 25th in Austin. This is also the meeting that the annual Ray Wisdom Auction and BBQ is held following the Board meeting.

    Chapter 5 Committee Chairs 2010-11

    Education John Pierce
           --SkillsUSA Richard Ortiz
    Convention Planning Mike Bearden
    Membership Paul Mannel
    Programs Jason Jernigan
    Golf Tournament Sean Flaherty
    Day at Lone Star Park Robert Schneeberg
    Public Relations Chris Freeman


    Safety First…..Make it a Priority

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    2011 Monthly Meeting Dates (speakers/programs)

    April 12 - Mark Eder, TxDOT
    May 10 – Mike Lewis, PKCE: New ALTA Standards
    June 14 – James Harkin, Texas General Land Office
    July 12 – TBD
    August 9 – TBD
    September 13 – Installation of New Officers by Davey Edwards
    October 5-8 – Annual Convention in Frisco @ Stonebriar Embassy Suites
    November 8 – TBD
    December – No Meeting due to Holidays

    2011 Special Events

    Chapter 5 Golf Tournament – May 14 @ The Brickyard Golf Course
    Chapter 5 Day at Lone Star Park – June 4
    Annual Convention & Exhibits –co-hosted by Ch. 5 & 2 Oct. 5-8 in Frisco


       Monthly Chapter 5 Meetings are held at:
            Cantina LAREDO Restaurant
            165 Inwood Village, Dallas, TX 75209
            (Southeast Corner of Inwood & Lover’s Lane, next to Inwood Theater)
            Phone: 214/350-5227         www.cantinalaredo.com
            Social/Dinner Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (order from the menu)
            Chapter Meeting: Business @ 7:00 pm, Program @ 7:30 on 2nd Tuesday

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    Midwest A&E, Geomatic Resources, Courthouse Research Specialists, WDS, and GeoShack.
    Be sure to support our friends at these firms, they support us!!

    And thanks to the following firms for their contributions to the Chapter by placing a Business card in the Newsletter:

    The Wallace Group, Dunaway & Associates, R Delta Engineers, Winkelmann & Associates, Di Sciullo & Terry, Lamb-Star Engineering, Gonzalez-Schneeberg, and Halff Associates.

    Archived News Letters:

    Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Dallas Chapter No. 5
    P.O. Box 226933
    Dallas, Texas 75222

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