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August 2013 The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter

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 Words of Wisdom

" By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. " - Confucious

" However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. " - Winston Churchill

  In the Rearview Mirror...

The July Chapter meeting was held at Spring Creek BBQ in Addison. The scheduled speaker was TSPS Legal Counsel Mark Hanna, but due to a late work related issue he was not able to travel to Dallas for the meeting. We hope Mark can reschedule.

Chapter Committee Report


Chris Freeman has engaged in a discussion with author Susanne Starling (Land Is The Cry) regarding a Scouting event planned for early November at Dallas Heritage Park that traditionally has 300-700 attendees. City staff is interested in incorporating “frontier surveyors” into the event, that will also include a Civil War battle re-enactment. Ms. Starling is interested in early surveying equipment and techniques being a part of that event, so anyone with chains, instruments, compasses, tools, etc. from the day….stay tuned.

Johnny Ingram from northeast Texas has stepped up to help coordinate the TSPS efforts, and will be contacting Chapter 5 as the plan takes shape.

Chapter 5 was a financial sponsor for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics summer camp offered by Richland College June 10-28, 2013. The campers, generally of middle school age, are divided into teams. Then they enjoy the practical application of the four disciplines through use of the college's machine shop equipment to build ± 3 foot long rockets. The rockets are constructed of PVC, with sheet metal fins, and ultimately powered by compressed air. Launch day was June 28, the final day of camp. Chapter 5's representative was in attendance and was very favorably impressed with the campers and the staff at the event. Teams launched their rockets over a body of water aiming for panel-type targets on the opposite side. All in all, it seemed the college had successfully managed to make learning fun, a pretty good trick these days. Chapter 5 was a contributing Sponsor for the camp, with the hope to establish a relationship and be able to incorporate some surveying into the activities in the years to come.

The rocket on the elevated launch pad is in front, left of center.

Team Brandon was this year's winner. The camper to the right is holding the winning rocket.

Chapter 5 support is appreciated…
On another PR matter, Chapter 5 recently contributed Chapter monies in support of the SaGES conference at UT-Tyler. It is a gathering of Geomatics academic faculty. Click Here for a link to the letter of appreciation that was sent to Chapter 5 for its support. The Chapter is a strong supporter of surveying education and related activities, including SKILLS USA, Trig*Star, North Lake College survey classes/scholarships, TSFI scholarships, Tyler JC Surveying Program textbook fund, High School Educator’s Retreat, Tyler JC High School Survey Camp, Richland College STEM Camp, and other activities. Members can be proud of the support provided to this variety of activities.

EDUCATION: (John Pierce):
The next CST exam will be given on Saturday September 14, at the West Campus of North Lake College in Irving. You may sign up through TSPS. On-line or paper exams are available. ( http://tsps.org/calendar/cst-exam-dfw-airport-texas-0 ) or at www.nsps.us.com.

FALL COURSES AT NORTH LAKE COLLEGE. Registration is open now, Classes start Monday, August 26, 2013 and run until Thursday December 12, 2013.

This fall North Lake College will offer four surveying courses. They are as follows:

SRVY 1301 Introduction to Surveying on Wednesdays
SRVY 1315 Surveying Calculations on Thursdays
SRVY 2331 Geodetic Surveying and Mapping on Thursdays
SRVY 2343 Legal Principles I on Wednesdays

SRVY 1301 Introduction to Surveying: 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 errors. Calculation to determine precision and error of closure. Meets on Wednesday evenings. (5 PM to 9 PM) (will have four Saturday labs required). The Class will meet on the West Campus (1401 Royal Lane, DFW Airport, TX)

SRVY 1315 Surveying Calculations: An introduction to the mathematics used in surveying and mapping, including algebra, plane trigonometry, and plane, solid, and analytical geometry. Meets on Thursday evenings. (5 PM to 8 PM) The Class will meet on the West Campus (1401 Royal Lane, DFW Airport, TX)

SRVY 2331 Geodetic Surveying and Mapping: A study of field astronomy, Polaris and solar observations, State Plane Coordinates Systems, and Global Positioning System. Meets on Thursday evenings. (5 PM to 9:15 PM)(will have four Saturday labs required)

The Class will meet on the South Campus (Northeast corner of MacArthur and Shady Grove, Irving)

SRVY 2343 Surveying Legal Principles I: 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 record sketch. Meets on Wednesday evenings.(5 PM to 8 PM) The Class will meet on the South Campus (Northeast corner of MacArthur and Shady Grove, Irving)

Scholarships are available, Scholarship form is attached.


See the scholarship application:
North Lake App.docx

Our State Trig*Star winner Adeesh Jain of Flower Mound High School has one more title to add to his resume, that of National Trig*Star winner. Awesome achievement! NSPS awards him $2000, and the teacher was awarded $1000……….nice haul.

This summer North Lake College offered and made SRVY 1315 Surveying Calculations with ten students all of which are Construction Management majors. SRVY 1315 has replaced Plain Trig as the math course.

North Lake College students James Swaim and Jeffery Montanya passed the SIT exam in April. Congratulations! And best of luck in your continued pursuit of obtaining your surveying license.

TREASURER'S REPORT: (John Pierce): John reported the following financial information. The General fund has $5204 and the Scholarship fund has $5554. The Chapter recently donated $300 to the Moore Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund.

CHAPTER REP: (Chris Freeman): The next regularly scheduled TSPS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 10 at the Y. O. Ranch Hotel in Kerrville, Texas. Come down and join in the discussions of the Strategic Planning that occurs on Friday August 9. Your ideas and thoughts of where TSPS needs to go are valuable for TSPS to be vibrant and healthy.

Are you aware of this???...

TBPLS Board Approves New Proposed Rules


TBPLS has received a request from the City of Rowlett asking that all land surveying crews needing access to any City maintained Infrastructure or facility (i.e., wastewater manholes, lift stations, water tanks, water pump stations, valve stacks, storm water manholes and inlets, fiber optic systems) please contact the municipality before accessing the facility or structure for topographical data or elevations.

The City infrastructure must remain secure for all facilities and the City must be informed of any entry into any structure. Any survey crews caught entering any structure or facility without first notifying the municipality will be given a Class C citation for gaining unlawful access as mandated by the City of Rowlett Public Works/Infrastructure Services Director Tim Rogers. The right of way agent or Infrastructure Services Division needs to know who accesses its infrastructure at any time and whom to contact for issues concerning their access. In Rowlett, Please contact:

Ryan Corbello
Right-Of-Way Agent/Infrastructure Services
3901 Main Street
Rowlett, TX 75088

NSPS Information from TSPS Executive Director DJ Kyle:

NSPS Defends the Surveying Profession

LightSquared-During the debates about the LightSquared proposal over the past couple of years, NSPS has been at the forefront of the issue. NSPS was the first organization to offer a forum for a representative of LightSquared and a representative of the GPS industry to state their respective perspectives. NSPS followed up by keeping the issue uppermost in the minds of surveyors, legislators, federal agencies, and other entities that would be affected by the implementation of the plan proposed by LightSquared. NSPS continues to monitor the issue, and remains in touch with the FCC as it undergoes new leadership to make sure the interests of surveyors and other high-precision GPS users are protected.

GIS line as a County Boundary (VA)- NSPS assists state societies when issues arise that can be detrimental to surveyors and the public they serve. In a recent Virginia case, a bill to use a line drawn from a GIS map as a new boundary line between two counties had passed both Houses of the Virginia legislature, and was on the Governor’s list for signature before the Virginia Society of Surveyors (VAS) became aware of it. The NSPS Executive Director joined with other VAS members to explain the dangers related to such action, resulting in a renegotiation of the Bill and a plan that would utilize proper procedures for the establishment of this “boundary line”.

Improper Contracting Procedures-On a continual basis, NSPS reacts to information it receives (typically from a professional surveyor) regarding improper contracting procedures employed by federal (and state) contracting officers in procuring professional surveying services. Quick action by NSPS in notifying the contracting officer of these improper actions has resulted in a near 100% success rate in getting such action reversed. In accordance with the federal Brooks Act (and in general, the “mini-Brooks Acts” in the respective states), the procurement of professional surveying services is to be conducted using Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) procedures rather that soliciting bids from professional surveyors.

Upholding Standards- NSPS has long been a partner with ALTA in the development and updating of the ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey Requirements. The NSPS ALTA/ACSM Committee Chair and the NSPS Executive Director routinely assist surveyors nationwide in dealing with unreasonable client, attorney, and title industry mandates for what surveyors “have to do”. Sometimes advice is given to the surveyor, and upon request, there is direct intervention with a third party to explain the ALTA/ACSM requirements. The relationship between NSPS, ALTA, and the Lenders Council has resulted in periodic amendments/clarification of the ALTA/ACSM standards that are beneficial to professional surveyors.

When issues like ExpressMap come up, the NSPS team also gets involved to explore the issue and to take appropriate action for advocacy and explanations.

NCEES - NSPS is a member of the NCEES Participating Organizations Liaison Council (POLC), and is an active participant in the NCEES Surveyors Forum. Through the Forum, NSPS provides the perspective of the surveying profession and works with the surveyors who are members of the respective licensing boards to encourage NCEES to be sensitive to issues of importance to surveyors. NCEES depends on NSPS to identify practicing surveyors to contribute to the various studies conducted by NCEES to insure that the Fundamentals and Principles/Practice licensing exams for surveyors reflect current trends, practices, and technologies.

ABET -ABET is the organization that provides accreditation for educational programs leading to professional careers in surveying (and engineering/technology disciplines). ABET is comprised of societies that represent the interests of the various professional disciplines. To insure that its accreditation is in concert with the needs of a particular profession, ABET designates a Lead Society from among its member societies to perform the evaluation of programs for accreditation. For the surveying/geomatics programs, NSPS is the Lead Society because it is recognized that the evaluation of programs leading to a career in surveying should be evaluated by surveyors.

FYI, the August Chapter meeting Program will have Pat Smith as our Speaker discussing NSPS and the information related to the upcoming vote by TSPS members to join NSPS for an additional $40 annual fee to their TSPS membership fee. The vote by members will take place at the business meeting at the Annual Convention. Pat is a VP with NSPS, and works with SAM, Inc. in Austin.

   On the Horizon ...

New Chapter leadership is on the horizon, with elections due to occur in August and new officer installation in September. While Justin Waldrip will be winding up his year, incoming President Pat Baldasaro is probably lining up his plans and strategy for his tenure. Two new Directors will also be elected, so any members interested in serving at the Officer level and/or at the committee level are always encouraged and welcomed.

Jason Jernigan is the Chairman of the Nominating Committee and welcomes anyone who would like to nominate a member for an Officer position, or if anyone would like to volunteer themselves as a nominee.

TBPLS Board Meeting Info
Posted by plsadmin on Friday, June 21st, 2013 in News.

The next meeting of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying will be August 2, 2013 at 9 am in Austin. The meeting to follow will be held in Arlington, TX at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel and Convention Center on October 31, 2013 at 1:30 pm. This meeting will be in conjunction with Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Annual Meeting..

The last meeting of the year will be held on December 13, 2013 at 9 am; location TBA.

See their website for meeting location and agenda information. (www.txls.state.tx.us ).

SIT and RPLS Study Groups
If you are preparing for either of the exams, the following study groups have proven very helpful for candidates in their preparation. The groups will typically meet in person as the exam date nears. Soon a schedule will be out for the preparation for the upcoming April exams.
SIT Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/land_surv/
RPLS Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rpls_study_group/

Don’t Forget…Annual Convention in 2013 will be held in Arlington at the Sheraton Convention Center. Chapters 2 & 5 will co-host the event for the second time in 3 years. Richard Ortiz will be the co-Chair for the Convention Committee to plan the event. So there will be many opportunities for members to volunteer to help plan for the best convention ever.


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August 13Pat Smith, NSPS VP, will speak on the NSPS issue (at The Mecca Restaurant in Dallas)
September 10New Officer Installation by Incoming TSPS President Shane Neally
October 8TBD
No Meetings in November and December

Chapter 5 Meetings typically held the second Tuesday of each month.

Mecca Restaurant
5815 Live Oak Street
Phone: 214-352-0051

Social/Dinner Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (order from the menu)
Chapter Meeting: Business @ 7:00 pm, Program to follow.

If you have an idea for a Meeting, let Pat Baldasaro (972-250-2727) know so he can schedule it.

TSPS 2013 Board of Directors Meetings & Events Calendar

August 9 & 10Strategic Planning & BoD Meeting, Kerrville
October 30 - November 2    TSPS Annual Convention, Arlington

Chapter 5 Officers

Justin Waldrip, RPLS                President jwaldrip2@arsengineers.com
Patrick Baldasaro, RPLS 1st Vice President pbaldasaro@dal-tech.com
Andy Dobbs, RPLS 2nd Vice President andy.dobbs@kimley-horn.com
John Pierce, RPLS Secretary/Treasurer jpierce@saminc.biz
Robert Schneeberg, RPLS 2 year Director Robert.schneeberg@gs-engineers.com
Richard Ortiz 2 year Director rich@crstex.com
Mark Yale, RPLS 1 year Director myale@dunaway-assoc.com
Gary Matthews, RPLS 1 year Director rpls5574@gmail.com
Jason Jernigan, RPLS Past President jjernigan@halff.com
Chris Freeman, RPLS Chapter Rep cfreeman@ltraengineers.com
Mark Williams, RPLS Communications markw@rsh.com

Chapter 5 Committee Chairs for 2012 - 2013
Education John Pierce
       -SkillsUSA Justin Waldrip
Public Relations Gary Matthews
Membership Andy Dobbs
Programs Pat Baldasaro
Nominating Jason Jernigan
Seminars Jason Jernigan


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