August 2009                                                             The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter 

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Thought for the Day….

---“The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching.”
--Dennis Green

--“In business you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate”
--Dr. Chester L. Karrass

Charlie Redd appointed Chapter 5 Director

At the 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

Jim Boswell
, 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.


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).

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Business card sized at 2" * 3.5"
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2010 Teachers Retreat @ North Lake College?

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.





Courses to be offered at the North Lake College, West Campus (DFW ED Center), Royal Lane and 14th Street, Irving, TX in the Fall Semester 2009. Registration is now open.

Classes begin August 17th.  Click here for link to Scholarship Application.

SRVY 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.

SRVY 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.

SRVY 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.

SRVY 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.

CNBT 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 SRVY 2343 Surveying - Legal Principles I in the degree program.


In the Rearview Mirror…

----The July Chapter meeting had a strong turnout, with 60+/- attendees. Chapter 2 member Davey Edwards 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 achievement.

SurPac 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 early enough.

    You can also keep track of group meetings and access study material through the following two Yahoo groups: 



    Contact Rene 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.


    Opportunities for You….

    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.

    Chapter Committees
    No Committee Reports submitted.

    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.

    ---next 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 ( ).

    ---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.


    Safety First…..Make it a Priority

    Click here for links to various Safety websites that might be helpful to your firm and staff.


    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 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
    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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    Archived News Letters:

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

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