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Welcome New Chapter 5 Members…
Chapter 5 has a new member. Please welcome the following to the Chapter 5 family; we hope to see you at the 2012 Chapter meetings and events:
Gary Williams, RPLS (Texas Heritage Surveying, LLC)
If you are an existing TSPS member, remember to renew your membership.
As of January 30, Chapter 5 had a total member count of 128, including 99 Registered members. Now is a good time to check with your co-workers and staff and encourage their involvement and membership in TSPS. Let’s see if we can’t get to 200 members in 2012. (Thanks to Brenda Null at TSPS for the membership information).
Congratulations new Surveyor In Training…
Please know that Wayne Lee is a recent successful candidate in earning his Surveyor In Training certificate. Wayne works at R-Delta Engineers in Garland, and was recently invited to the January Chapter 5 meeting to recognize his achievement. Best of luck on the road before you!
February Chapter Meeting Rescheduled!!!!!
NOTE: FEBRUARY 14 MEETING RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21 DUE TO VALENTINE'S DAY. SEE YOU on the 21st.
Ten Questions with TSPS Executive Director Anne Glasgow…
1. How did you get your start with Surveyors?
I worked at the American Congress for Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) in Washington DC from 1981 to 1991 when I came to Austin to set up the first dedicated office for the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors. During my time with the national organizations I served as Field Services Representative and Membership Director.
2. How long have you worked at TSPS, and how did that happen?
I came to Texas to open the TSPS office in July of 1991. I had been consulting with Jerry Goodson, Ralph Harris and others about what it would take for TSPS to set up an office. Formerly the organization had been under a multi-management contract. After many conversations and some trips to Austin, I applied for the job when it became available and I was fortunate to be the chosen candidate.
3. What is the biggest change you have noticed in the organization since being Executive Director of TSPS?
The members of the TSPS Board of Directors are becoming younger and for the first time we have a leadership team that didn’t personally know the founders of this organization. So TSPS may be experiencing some growing pains from different points of view, different ways of doing things and the utilization of new and different technologies to reach members of all ages.
4. What do you see as the biggest challenge facing TSPS, and how can that challenge be met?
As I said above, TSPS may be experiencing growing pains and the leaders and members of this organization must work together to determine the priorities that will keep TSPS strong, necessary, and successful. Change isn’t a bad thing but it can be painful and “we must all hang together or assuredly we will all hang separately”, as was stated so profoundly by Benjamin Franklin. There is still a big legislative challenge ahead and this organization can fight off such attacks most successfully by speaking with a strong, unified voice.
5. What are the three biggest benefits to being a TSPS member?
(1) A unified legislative voice; (2) A network of mentors and peers; and (3) Opportunities for personal and professional growth and development.
6. If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?
I’ve been fortunate to do some traveling abroad and have visited all 50 states but still on my bucket list is a trip to Australia and New Zealand. Could I have more than a week though?
7. What is the hardest part of your job that nobody knows about?
The job of an association executive is often described as being a juggler trying to see how many balls one can keep in the air. Fortunately I am a very organized person and I like the variety and the challenges that my job offers. No two days are ever alike.
8. Who is, or has been, the most interesting Surveyor you have dealt with over the years?
It has been interesting for me to serve 22 different Presidents of TSPS. Each has come to the Chair with different goals, objectives, biases, and personalities. I have enjoyed getting to know every one of them and to understand how best to support them during their year as President.
9. How can TSPS members energize non-members to join TSPS?
Many years ago I was talking to a surveyor at a conference and I asked him why he wasn’t a member of the organization (NSPS, at that time) and his answer rocked me back on my heels. He said simply, “I guess because no one has ever asked me.” I would encourage TSPS members to ASK non-members to join, sharing with them your experiences and the benefits you feel important whether it is: knowing who to call with a question, discounts on seminars, opportunities to develop and/or teach a course, or simply a friend to drink a beer with during convention. Every reason is valid.
What steps should TSPS be taking now to withstand another anticipated consolidation attempt in the upcoming 2013 legislative session?
(1) A good legislative plan; (2) A strong team to lead the initiatives; (3) Liaison with other organizations; (4) Building a strong network of relationships with legislators and supporting SurPAC; and (5) Speaking as one voice for the surveying profession
Light Squared Update (Source: Dallas Morning News 1/13/2012)
Officials: Broadband plan would disrupt GPS
JOAN LOWY, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tests show that even the modified plans of the company LightSquared to start up a national high-speed wireless broadband network would cause harmful interference with GPS signals, federal officials said in a letter released Friday.
"There appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations that would permit the LightSquared broadband service, as proposed, to operate in the next few years months or years without significant interference with GPS," officials said in a letter to the Commerce Department. They recommended no further testing.
The letter was signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari, and released by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The conclusion was based on an analysis of testing by a panel of experts on behalf of nine government departments and agencies. Their determination that LightSquared's plan can't be saved without dangerous interference with GPS could be a severe blow to the company's hopes to begin commercial service.
LightSquared accused the panel of bias and urged the Federal Communications Commission, which has jurisdiction over use of the electromagnetic spectrum, to retake control of the testing.
The expert panel has "deep ties with the same GPS manufacturers who have sold poorly designed equipment to America's farmers, public safety officials, military and government agencies," the company said in a statement. The statement said the panel didn't adequately investigate the impact of filtering technology on potential interference with precision GOP devices.
"The devices selected as part of the most recent round of testing include numerous obsolete and off-market GPS receivers that nearly guaranteed failure," the statement said.
LightSquared, which is based in Reston, Va., filed a complaint with the NASA inspector general earlier this week about the panel, the statement said.
The company has rights to use a section of the electromagnetic spectrum that abuts the portion used for GPS. Its broadband network would employ thousands of ground stations to receive satellite signals. The company has pitched the network as a wholesale alternative to existing broadband networks that could bring high-speed wireless to people left out today and lower the price.
The possibility of widespread GPS interference only became well-known to the GPS community — including first responders, agriculture, the military and aviation — about a year ago.
A coalition of business and other interests opposed to LightSquared's proposal welcomed the government agencies' conclusion.
"LightSquared has been afforded every possible opportunity to make its technical case and has failed to demonstrate that it can avoid interference to many critical GPS-based activities," said Dale Leibach, a spokesman for The Coalition to Save Our GPS.
FYI…Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum in Waco…in case you missed the Friday Luncheon at the Annual Convention, the Guest Speaker was Byron Johnson, Executive Director of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum. His presentation on the Museum and its tie in with frontier Texas Surveyors was quite interesting. He also informed attendees that any TSPS member (and a guest) are admitted FREE upon showing their TSPS membership card as a show of gratitude for the support TSPS has provided the Museum. For those who have never visited the Museum in Waco, it is well worth the stop, with an extensive display of survey related items. So next time you’re headed down I-35, drop in the Texas Ranger Museum and enjoy the Surveyor connection to Texas history. It’s located on the east side of the highway, along the south side of the mighty Brazos River.
In the Rearview Mirror…
The January 10 Chapter Meeting was a dandy. TSPS Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Mickey Nowell presented a nice program on how the Texas legislative process works, how the Governmental Affairs Committee works on behalf of TSPS members, and spoke on the recent Grassroots Initiative Meet & Greet Event that was held in Lufkin on January 5 with local east Texas state legislators. The TSPS leadership has made it clear that one of this year’s biggest and most important activities will be to strengthen the relationship between TSPS and state legislators ahead of the 2013 legislative session. TSPS President Davey Edwards was also in attendance to share his vision and encourage Chapter 5 members to coordinate with Chapter 2 to organize a similar event here in the Metroplex.
Chapter 5 President Jason Jernigan spoke of a busy year upcoming for the Chapter. Included are some new and innovative initiatives, including a free 4 hour Ethics seminar to Chapter 5 members. Details are yet to be finalized. An additional seminar in the summer is planned at a reduced cost to Chapter 5 memebres. December is also being planned that should provide reduced costs to members.
A motion was made, seconded, and passed by voice vote of meeting attendees to spend $1,500.00 for Trig*Star efforts in 2012. The past several years Chapter 5 has had increased participation by local high schools, as well as having State winners from our area. John Pierce leads the Chapter efforts.
SURPAC donations at the meeting totaled $142.00. At that pace, Chapter 5 members would contribute about $1500 for the year, which is almost 10% of the yearly TSPS goal of $16,000.00.
Committee Reports: were provided by various Chairmen:
current renewals total 128 members.
a Library Display has been organized for the March Surveyors Week at the South Garland Library. The display will be available for the public for all of March and April, an unprecedented amount of time, and a testament to the popularity of past Survey displays.
Certified Survey Technician testing is scheduled for Saturday March 10 at the DFW Education Center of North Lake College. A FREE 4 hour CEU seminar is being planned for March 31 for any registered Chapter 5 member. An additional reduced fee 8 hour seminar is being planned for June or July. Renew/Join to take advantage of the Chapter 5 Only benefit.
General fund total is $3,522, and the Scholarship Fund totals $4,000.00. The first rebate from the State office has been received. Invoices for the Chapter Online Newsletter will be sent out by the end of January, and should net $1500-$2000 dollars for the general fund.
Chapter 5 volunteers have had training visits to Duncanville High School before the Christmas break, and a couple more sessions on schedule prior to the District 6 Regional Survey Contest, which will be held Friday February 10 in Waco at TSTC. Volunteers are always welcome to help instruct students in field procedures, survey calculations, and notekeeping, as well as assisting in the proctoring and judging of the contests.
Members are encouraged to submit ideas for Chapter meeting programs to Chairman Paul Mannel. A partial slate has been arranged, with a few dates still open.
Reminder to members that the first TSPS Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting will be held in League City at 1 p.m. on Saturday February 25. Members are encouraged to attend, but they can also contact the Chapter 5 Representative (Chris Freeman 972-226-8181) with any questions/concerns that need to be taken for Board consideration.
Chapter Officers for 2011-2012
The Executive Committee for Chapter 5 for 2011-2012 is as follows:
Chapter 5 Committee Chairs 2011-12
On the Horizon ...
Certified Survey Technician testing on March 10
Education Committee Chairman John Pierce has arranged for Certified Survey Technician testing. It will be held Saturday March 10 at the North Lake College-DFW Learning Center (near SH 114/Freeport Parkway). Application is done directly through the NSPS website www.nspsmo.org
The next TBPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for Friday March 9th in Austin, and 4 CEUs are awarded to attendees of TBPLS Board meetings. See their website for meeting location and agenda information. (www.txls.state.tx.us).
The next TSPS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 25 at 1 p.m. at the South Shore Harbour Resort & Spa in League City, Texas. The meeting is in conjunction with TSPS Symposium, which offers CEU educational courses on Friday and Saturday. The annual budget is typically the main agenda topic at the Board meeting, but certainly not the only one. Also, various committees will be meeting and discussing their activities, so it’s a great time to get involved and offer your expertise and energy. Chapter Rep Chris Freeman will be attending to represent Chapter 5. If you have any matters that you would like Chris to take to the Board, feel free to contact him (972-226-8181).
National Weather Service Storm Spotter Classes
The National Weather Service is actively conducting their annual Storm Spotter classes at multiple locations across the Metroplex. The classes are very informative and relative, especially to surveyors who have personnel working outdoors. The classes are free and offer good information on recognizing elements of severe weather, as well as information on assisting the Weather Service with reporting severe weather. Check the following link for a class near you http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/skywarnsch.php?file=sptsch . These are great for families, individuals, Cub Scout/Boy Scout groups interested in learning more about our dynamic North Central Texas weather, and maybe being a volunteer Storm Spotter.
SKILLS USA @ Duncanville High School
The District 6 Regional Survey Contest will be held on Friday February 10 in Waco at the Texas State Technical College. High school survey teams from throughout the region will be competing to advance on to the state contest to be held in Corpus Christi in late March. If you would like to assist in monitoring, judging, and/or grading please contact Chapter SKILLS Committee Chairman Randall Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org
Free 4 hour CEU Seminar & Reduced Fee 8 Hour CEU Seminar Coming!!!
Chapter President Jason Jernigan is organizing a free 4 hour CEU seminar for Chapter 5 members, tentatively set for Saturday March 31 at the North Lake College-West Campus in Irving. This will be an excellent opportunity for Registered members to acquire necessary CEUs. The tentative topic is TBPLS Rules and the Complaint Process, with former TBPLS Chairman Doug Turner presenting. Stay tuned for details.
Additionally, the Chapter 5 Executive Committee is working on offering Chapter 5 members an 8 hour CEU seminar for a reduced fee. The idea being developed is to offer a seminar via webcast at several Halff Associates offices around the State (Richardson, Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio, McAllen, Houston) where attendees could participate in the seminar. Chapter 5 members would be eligible for a reduced registration fee, costs would be at a minimum due to Halff facilities being available at no charge, and monies generated beyond any expenses would be income for Chapter 5.
North Lake College Spring Semester Survey Courses
For the past 10 years, North Lake College of the Dallas County Community College District has offered a variety of college credit survey classes for DFW area students. These courses are recognized by the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying in satisfying the minimum 32 hour survey course hours. All courses are taught by current or past licensed RPLS’s.
Thanks to John Pierce for his continued efforts in maintaining the connection between TSPS and the DCCCD.
Survey courses being offered for the 2012 Spring semester include:
|Course ||Instructor ||Day & Time|
|SRVY 1301 Intro to Surveying w/ Lab ||Freeman ||W 6-9:30PM|
|SRVY 1309 Survey Measurements w/ Lab ||Henry ||T 6-9:30PM|
|SRVY 1315 Survey Calculations ||De La Graza||T 6-9:30 PM|
|SRVY 2344 Surveying Legal Principles II ||Jernigan ||W 6-9 PM|
2012 Texas and National Surveyors Week
TSPS and all Texas surveyors will celebrate Texas Surveyors Week March 18-24. Visit the NSPS website at www.nspsmo.org for Surveyors Week information. If you have an idea for an activity involving Chapter 5, please contact President Jason Jernigan or PR Committee Chairman Gary Matthews (they both work at Halff Associates). Gary has already arranged for a Library Display at the South Garland Library, but multiple displays are easily accommodated…just need folks to make the contact and get the dates set.
Save the Date…Saturday June 2, 13th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tourney
Golf Tournament Chairman Sean Flaherty has set the date for this year’s Chapter Golf Tournament for Saturday June 2nd at The Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris. This very popular event draws nearly 100 participants each year, with some attending from as far away as Tyler, Waco, Ft. Worth, and Austin. The event is known as a fun activity, with unbelieveable food and beverage, great prizes, and for raising thousands of dollars to benefit Chapter 5 educational activities. As the details are solidified, information will be provided. Stay tuned.
Chapter 5 Membership…Recruit a Member!
For 2011 there were 182 members of Chapter 5, including 137 Registered members. TSPS encourages all Chapters to work at increasing their membership. Encourage your co-workers, staff, and colleagues to consider joining TSPS. Invite non-members to the meetings. As we witnessed during the past legislative session with the action related to the TBPLS, strength in numbers, with a strong and united voice, will be critical when we likely face the issue again during the 2013 Legislature. If all members would recruit one other member, Chapter 5 would double in size. Justin Waldrip (ARS Engineers, Inc.) is the new Chapter 5 Membership Chairman; contact him or any other Chapter Officer for information or guidance.
Clean out your closets and equipment storage areas...
if you have survey items/equipment that is lying around and stuffed away in storage, the Duncanville H.S. SkillsUSA survey students would like to take those items off your hands. Dust that stuff off and bring it to a Chapter meeting, or call Chris Freeman (972-226-8181) so he can deliver items to the growing program at the school led by Faculty Advisor Bart Burnett. Chains, tapes, tripods, levels, calculators, flagging, safety vests………….you name it, they’ll take it…even broken equipment that can be dissected, scrapped for parts, whatever.
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.
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||JAMIE GILLIS JOINS GEOMATIC RESOURCES
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
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2012 Chapter 5 MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE
Chapter 5 Meetings typically held the second Tuesday of each month at:
| February 21 ||Duncanville H.S. Skills USA Survey Students (new date)|
| March 13 ||TBD|
| April 10 ||Jessica Baker, Certified Floodplain Manager|
| May 8 ||Bill O’Hara, Texas GLO Director of Surveying |
| June 12 ||Sally Rodriquez, History of White Rock Lake|
| July 10 ||TBD|
| August 14 ||TBD|
| September 11 ||New Officer Installation by Curtis Strong |
| November 13 ||Mark Fox, National Weather Service Storm Spotter Program|
| March 31 ||FREE 4 hour Seminar for Chapter 5 RPLS|
| June 2 ||13th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament, organized by Sean Flaherty|
Cantina LAREDO Restaurant
TSPS State Meetings & Events Calendar
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 to follow
| February 24-25 || TSPS Symposium in League City|
| February 25 || TSPS Board of Directors Meeting 1-5p.m. in League City |
| May 5 || TSPS Board of Directors Meeting & Ray Wisdom Picnic/Auction in Austin|
| August 16-18 || TSPS Strategic Planning in Montgomery (north of Houston)|
| August 18 || TSPS Board of Directors Meeting in Montgomery |
| October 10-13 || Annual Convention in San Marcos|
| October 11 || TSPS Board of Directors Meeting in San Marcos|
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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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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.
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