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Thought for the Day….
---“The secret to success is to start from scratch and
keep on scratching.”
--“In business you
don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate”
Charlie Redd appointed Chapter 5 Director
Chapter ExCom meeting held on July 13th, Charlie Redd was
approved by unanimous vote to be appointed to fulfill the
Director term left vacant by the resignation of Scott Posey.
Then, after a motion and second, Charlie was approved by voice
vote at the July Chapter meeting by attendees. Due to work
commitments, Scott thought it best to vacate his remaining 14
months so that someone could fill the position and commitments
that come with the position. Charlie brings years of experience
and ideas, and has recently been active in the promotion of
Geocaching. He recently was appointed by Chapter President Bob
Cummings as Chair of a committee to assist the City of Dallas in
its transition with the Survey section of the Public Works
Department. Click here to see the letter that Chapter 5 sent to
the City of Dallas regarding their decision to drastically cut
the Survey section within the Public Works department.
Welcome New Members!
A hearty welcome to a new member to Chapter 5. Transferring up from the
Capitol Chapter in Austin is
RPLS. Jim has been active in the Capitol Chapter , serving on the
Convention Committee (remember, this year’s convention is set for
Austin) and the Chapter ExCom. Jim also is serving on the state Ethics
Committee, chaired by David McDow. It’ll be nice to have an active
member who may bring some fresh ideas to our group.
Certified Survey Technician examination date set
for September 12th
A CST exam is scheduled for
Saturday September 12th at the DFW Learning Center near SH 114 and
Freeport Parkway in Irving. Examinees can take the exam online and
receive instantaneous exam results, or opt for a paper exam. There are
several levels of CST exams, for both field and office staff. It is a
great way for paraprofessionals to obtain a certified level competency,
and good for companies to demonstrate levels of competency of staff to
clients. Space is limited for the online option. For information on the
CST exam application call John Pierce at 214-631-7888.
THANK YOU ADVERTISERS!
A special THANKS to all the individuals and firms that have
renewed their advertising in the Chapter 5 Newsletter. The funds generated
from the ads go into the General Fund of the Chapter, and help with
educational and promotional events and activities throughout the year that
benefit our members and profession. The rates are purposefully priced at
favorable rates to provide maximum benefit to our supporters and sponsors.
If you or your firm is interested in adding your business card or larger
ad, please contact Chris Freeman (972-226-8181).
TSPS-5 Advertisers should be encouraged to send
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specific web based advertising details please contact Chris Freeman at his email
Advertisements should be emailed to Chris Freeman at his email address:
Advertisements should be sent prior to Newsletter posting on the 1st of
Advertising prices are listed on the
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2010 Teachers Retreat @ North
As reported last month, North Lake College in
Irving will be submitting an application to the TSPS Board of
Directors at the August 29 Board Meeting in Austin to host the 2010
High School Educators Retreat next June. Wayne
Terry has been appointed by Bob Cummings to organize a
committee comprised of a couple members from both Chapter 5 and
Chapter 2 to compile pertinent information that would assist North
Lake College in their presentation to the Board. Both Chapters have
agreed to support North Lake in hosting the event by supplying
volunteers, logistical and financial support, as well as promoting
the event to local high school educators. This should be something
we all can be a part of, and an event that will expose our
profession to a group of teachers that can incorporate surveying
into their classroom curriculum.
FALL SEMESTER 2009 (CLASSES START AUGUST 17TH)
Courses to be offered at the North
College, West Campus (DFW
ED Center), Royal Lane
in the Fall Semester 2009. Registration is now open.
Classes begin August 17th.
for link to Scholarship
1301 Introduction to Surveying (2 hr. lecture, 3 hr. lab, 3
credit hours)An overview of the surveying profession. The history of
surveying and its impact on the world. Review of the mathematics
used in surveying. Introduction to basic surveying equipment with
emphasis on measurements. Instruction on surveying procedures and
the limitation of errors. Calculation to determine precision and
error of closure. Prerequisite: SRVY 1315 or must be taken at same
time. Four-four hour-Saturday Labs will be required.
Will be offered Wednesdays 6:00 to 9:30 PM.
1309 Surveying Measurements (2 hr. lecture, 3 hr. lab, 3 credit
hours)An introductory course covering the equipment and hardware of
the profession necessary to measure horizontal and vertical
distances, in accordance with prevailing and applicable professional
standards, e.g. standards of the National Geodetic Survey, state and
local statues and regulations, professional standards, such as the
Texas Society of Professional Surveyors.
Prerequisite: SRVY 1301 and SRVY 1315. Four-four
hour-Saturday Labs will be required.
Will be offered Mondays 6:00 to 9:30 PM.
1315 Surveying Calculations (3 hr. lecture, 3 credit hours)An
induction to the mathematics used in surveying and mapping,
including algebra, plane trigonometry and plane, solid, and
analytical geometry. Prerequisite: None. Will be offered Mondays
6:00 to 8:45 PM.
2305 Geographic Information Systems Applications (2 hr. lecture,
3 hr. lab, 3 credit hours)A hands-on course with computer
applications providing additional conceptual understanding of
geographic information systems and practical applications using a
variety of Geographic Information System software. Prerequisite:
SRVY 1309. Four-four hour-Saturday Labs will be required.
Will be offered Wednesdays 6:00 to 9:30 PM.
1391 Surveying - Legal Principles I (3 hr. lecture, 3 credit hours)The
study of location, conveyance, ownership and transfer of real
property under the laws of the State of
Texas. Emphasis on the history of
disposition of public land, interpreting written descriptions,
dignity of calls and evidence, record search of public and private
land records and preparation of a deed sketch. Will be offered on
Thursdays 6:00 to 8:50 PM.
This course will substitute for
Surveying - Legal Principles
I in the degree program.
In the Rearview
Chapter meeting had a strong turnout, with 60+/- attendees.
Chapter 2 member
visited and presented an interesting program on the many
valuable survey resources that are available through the Texas
General Land Office, many via the agency’s website.
---Also, recent successful SIT (Michael
Billingsley) and RPLS (Tim
Mankin) were guests of the
Chapter. They were introduced and recognized for their professional
donations of $140.00 were collected and
forwarded to the TSPS office in Austin. Remember, these donations make
it possible to have the opportunity to form relationships with those who
make the laws of the land. Without those relationships, we will be at
the mercy of groups that are better financed. Individuals can send
personal checks to the state TSPS office, made out to “SurPac”.
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SIT & RPLS Exam Study Groups
The Study Group has been inactive since the
April exam, but will soon be reconvening. The group will meet
several times on Saturday mornings at the Halff Associates
office in Richardson in preparation for the scheduled October
exams. Details to be determined. In the meantime, anyone
anticipating taking either of the October exams should utilize
the next few months organizing their study materials and getting
a jump on their preparations. You can never start preparing
You can also keep track of group
meetings and access study material through the following two
Salinas (214-217-6602) for information regarding the
Study Groups and schedule.
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Out On the Horizon….
The next Chapter 5 meeting will be held
Tuesday August 11th at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant on Lover’s
Lane. Guest Speaker will be Rebecca Dugger, P.E.,
who is the Director of the Trinity River Corridor Project. She will
share with us insight into the various activities of the project. Come
join us for good food, great camaraderie, and interesting professional
food for thought and discussion.
Joint Meeting with
TSPS Chapter 2
is scheduled to be held on Monday evening, September 21st, at the
Spring Creek BBQ in Grapevine. Incoming TSPS President Alan McLain
will travel from Houston to install the new Officers of both Chapter 2
and 5. Be sure to plan on attending and welcoming Alan to the Metroplex
and celebrating the changing of the guard for Chapter 5.
The Texas Map Society
"will be holding its
fall meeting in Arlington in October at UT-Arlington. As part of the
event, a 4 hour EARLY TEXAS LAND SURVEYING exercise is planned for the
afternoon of Friday, October 2nd. Four 10 person teams will perform a
closed traverse using antique chain and compass.
The Texas General Land
Office, with Survey Director Bill O’Hara,
will be providing personnel, as well as local volunteer Metroplex
Surveyors to perform the field exercise and calculations. Ample
opportunity to ask questions and use the various instruments will be
available for observers. This is a great opportunity to share our
profession with the public. Come join in the fun, and to learn more of
The Texas Map Society see this link:
For any questions, contact Chris Freeman @ 972-226-8181.
TSPS Public Relations Committee is
Soliciting Your Input
Geocache Update The
TSPS geocache that was placed on the grounds of the
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum in
Waco at last Spring’s Symposium continues to generate activity. As
you may recall, Chapter 5
member and newly appointed Director Charlie Redd coordinated efforts
on behalf of TSPS to establish a geocache at the Museum, which has a
very prominent Surveyor exhibit. Charlie reports that since its official
establishment, some geocachers have hunted our cache down. Several have
reported the cache as missing, but TSPS has verified that indeed our
cache is still there! Several of the “travel bugs” that were stashed
inside for geocachers to take and track their movements have travelled
from Waco to Nebraska and Colorado.
TSPS Chapter 2 Annual Golf
Tournament set for September
30th. The 2nd Annual Chapter 2 Golf Tournament is scheduled for
Wednesday September 30th at
The Trophy Club Golf Course. The 4 man best ball format will
commence with a 2 pm shot gun start, with registration beginning at 1
pm. Following the golf, a dinner with awards and prizes will conclude
the festivities. Proceeds benefit the Chapter 2 scholarship fund. Hole
sponsorships are available, and prize donations are welcome.
Rodney Walsh and
Ronna Stenger at
Geomatic Resources are
coordinating the efforts.
Click here for the link to sign up your team.
Chapter 5 Elections
Time is fast approaching for the annual Chapter elections. For any
volunteer organization the lifeblood is its members. Chapter 5 has a
strong history of being a leader due to an active and progressive
membership. New blood is essential for our continued success, as new
ideas and approaches lead us into the future. The Nominating Committee,
Chaired by Raul Wong, Jr., is actively
seeking candidates. Specifically, we will need at least 2 new 2 year
Directors. The positions represent a commitment, but should not be
viewed as a burden. Please consider serving as the Chapter and
profession move forward.
No Committee Reports
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.
TBPLS Board Meeting to be held in Austin on October 30, 2009. The
TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings. Check the Board
website for a location map (www.txls.state.tx.us ).
---next TSPS Board
Meeting to be held on August 29, 2009 at the
Airport Hilton in Austin. Strategic Planning will take place at the
same location on August 27-28. This is a yearly gathering of members to
strategize the direction and priorities of the organization for the next
year, and beyond. Remember, the organization is only as strong as its
membership, so try to do your part to contribute. And if you can’t
attend, feel free to contact those Chapter members who typically will
attend (Bob Cummings, Wayne Terry, Richard Ortiz, Chris Freeman) so that
your ideas can be heard.
it a Priority
Click here for links to
various Safety websites that might be helpful to your firm and staff.
CHAPTER 5 MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE:
July 14 --- Davey Edwards: Resources at the General Land Office
August 11 --- Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates: Forensic Surveying
September ? --- Joint Meeting with Chapter 2
October 22-24 --- TSPS Annual Convention in Austin
November 10 --- Leon Curtis: Flood Elevation Certificates
Chapter 5 Meetings are
Cantina LAREDO Restaurant
165 Inwood Village, Dallas, TX 75209
(Southeast Corner of Inwood & Lover’s Lane, next to Inwood Theater)
Social/Dinner Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (order from the menu)
Chapter Meeting: Business @ 7:00 pm, Program @ 7:30
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