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

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 Words of Wisdom

" The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often comprised of a multitude of strands. " - Victor Hugo





  In the Rearview Mirror...

The January Chapter meeting was a good one to get the year started…TBPLS Executive Director Marcelino “Tony” Estrada was the guest speaker, and spoke on TBPLS issues and procedures. TBPLS Investigator Garey Gilley was also present. The meeting had +/- 35 attendees on a rainy north Texas night.

SURPAC donations collected at the meeting totaled $96. Although the Texas Legislature is in session and we are prevented from making political donations, it is important that we continue to collect monies for future donations. Failure to do so will put us at a distinct disadvantage to other competing (and better financed) interests. Do your part to contribute to the cause.

Chris Freeman projects $1,800-$2,000 to be collected from vendors advertising in the Chapter 5 online newsletter. Invoices have been sent out. Monies collected go to the Chapter General Fund.





    1. Chapter Quarterly Report (submitted by Justin Waldrip to TSPS for inclusion in the Board of Directors packet for the TSPS Board meeting on 2/16)

    Click Here for Report

    2. Chapter Executive Committee Meeting Minutes 1/21/13



    Call to Order
    Chapter 5 Executive Committee (ExCom) meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Justin Waldrip. Present were Andy Dobbs, John Pierce, Randall Marshall, Gary Matthews, Richard Ortiz and Jason Jernigan. Absent were Pat Baldasaro, Robert Schneeberg and Chris Freeman, due to illness and prior commitments.
    Mr. Waldrip reminded the ExCom members in attendance the first quarterly chapter reports were due on January 22nd and to please submit committee reports.

    Committee Reports:

      1. Membership – Richard Ortiz
      Mr. Waldrip presented a list that had been generated at the state level of TSPS that listed the members who had not renewed their membership for 2013. Names on the list were discussed and divided up amongst the ExCom committee to reach out to these individuals to encourage their renewal.
      Mr. Ortiz started a discussion about how to draw new members to our Chapter that resulted in some great ideas being suggested. New membership incentives were the revolving theme for the discussion. The incentives discussed included tickets to local sporting events, gift cards, restaurant discounts, and special new membership rates.

      2. Education – John Pierce
      Mr. Pierce reported that six surveying classes were offered this spring semester, at North Lake College, but only two classes made. The two classes to make this semester are SRVY 1315 – Surveying Calculations and SRVY 2305 – GIS Applications with 10 students and 8 students in each class respectively.
      Mr. Pierce said that we are still awaiting word from the state about Trig*Star, but normally we will send out 166 letters to every high school in the seven county area around the first of February.
      Mr. Pierce reminded everyone that the next CST exam would be offered on February 9th and the next exam would be offered on May 11th.

        a. Seminars – Jason Jernigan
        Mr. Jernigan named Garey Gilley as the speaker for this year’s Free Acts, Rules & Ethics Seminar. The seminar was determined to be on March 9th at North Lake College pending on classroom availability. Mr. Jernigan informed everyone that Mr. Gilley would not accept an honorarium fee for presenting. Because of the savings passed on by Mr. Gilley we will be able to use some of the money earmarked for the seminar to afford catering this year.
        Mr. Jernigan also presented some preliminary ideas for a summer seminar to be held at Halff Associates either in June or July. There were discussions about the topics and whether to offer two 4 CEU classes or one 8 CEU class.

      3. Public Relations – Gary Matthews
      Mr. Matthews shared with the ExCom about presenting at Career Day at Sellers Middle School in Garland, Texas.
      Mr. Matthews also informed the ExCom about the Garland Public Library surveying equipment display in March and April.

      4. Skills USA – Randall Marshall
      Mr. Marshall presented to the ExCom the many Skills events that had taken place since November involving Chapter 5 volunteers.
      Mr. Marshall brought to the attention of the ExCom that some equipment had been donated by Jacobs Engineering for the Skills program and was curious about the donation process. There was a discussion about how to disperse the donated equipment that included some ideas about creating a “Starter Pack” for schools that begin or have a certain number of students involved in the surveying portion of Skills. In the end Mr. Pierce informed Mr. Marshall of the necessary process to make the donation “official”.
      Mr. Marshall brought up the request for a State Certification for the Skills program and the request for aid in establishing a National Competition. It was determined that the National Competition should be handled by Skills USA and that at this time the State Certification was improbable.
      Mr. Marshall also mentioned the District Competition will be held on March 1st at TSTC in Waco.

      5. Convention Committee – Richard Ortiz, Andy Dobbs, & Robert Schneeberg
      Mr. Ortiz brought up some ideas that he had for the upcoming convention. The ideas presented were about what to do on Friday night which included a tour of Cowboys Stadium or a murder mystery dinner. Mr. Pierce also had a couple of suggestions for guest speakers for the luncheon.
      Mr. Waldrip brought up the request by the TBPLS to have their board meeting on Friday afternoon at the convention and to also have it printed in the convention schedule of events.
      Since we are all new to hosting a convention, it was decided that we would more clarification as to what our role will be during the symposium.

      6. Treasurer’s Report – John Pierce
      Mr. Pierce reported the following current totals:
        Cash on hand = $21.63
        General fund = $3,500
        Scholarship fund = $4,800
      The Chapter collected $84 in November 2012, $116 in January 2013 and an additional $120 from November 2011 was located for SURPAC.

      Other Business
      Mr. Waldrip asked how we needed to respond to the Chapter Boundary Issue. It was decided that Mr. Jernigan would contact Jerry Lehew who is a Director at the state level, have the issue discussed at the next Board Meeting in February.
      Meeting Adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

      3. Chapter Committee Reports…


PUBLIC RELATIONS (Gary Matthews):
          Dec. 6, 2012 – Sellars University, Garland, Texas
President Justin Waldrip, assisted by Gary Matthews, provided a presentation on the profession of surveying for Sellars University (Middle School) Career Day. The presentation included a slide show with aspects of both boundary surveying and platting as they have applied to the school's expansions over the years. The presentation included hands on time for students with a total station measuring distances, and a distance-guessing completion between student teams, as originally implemented by President Waldrip and Past President Jason Jernigan. This was followed by a question and answer period that proved interesting to all parties.



          March-April survey equipment display
The south branch of the Garland Public Library will once again present Chapter 5's display of antique-to-not so-old surveying equipment and associated information just in time for National Surveyor's Week. We're told the surveying display is one of the most popular the library presents, and the display will run all of March and April at the library's request. If you're in Garland, please drop by to see it.



EDUCATION: (John Pierce):
North Lake College offered six surveying courses for the Spring term, but only SRVY 1315 Surveying Calculations and SRVY 2305 GIS Applications had enough students enroll.
A CST exam will be offered on February 9th and May 9th.
The Dallas Chapter will send out 166 letters to every high school in out seven county area about Trig*Star around the first of February. We normally have ten or twelve schools take part and look forward to having another State Trig*Star winner.

Respectfully submitted,
John Pierce, RPLS


Next Certified Survey Technician testing is scheduled for Saturday February 9, 2013 at the DFW Education Center of North Lake College.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
CST Exam - DFW Airport, Texas

Proctor: John Pierce
Contact: jpierce@saminc.biz

Deadline for application through TSPS office:
Thursday, January 10, 2013

Click HERE for Certified Survey Technician Application

North Lake College (West Campus)
North Lake College (West Campus)
1401 Royal Lane
DFW Airport, TX75261-2107
Phone:972-860-7873
See Map: Here


TREASURER’S REPORT: (John Pierce): ): John reported the following financial information at the January 8 Chapter meeting: $21.63 in cash on hand; $3627 in the General Fund; and $5327 in the Scholarship Fund. John expects approximately $2000 to be deducted from the Scholarship Fund once the Spring Semester courses at North Lake College begin (late January). John also stated that the Chapter has not yet received its Dues allotment payment from the State.

SKILLS USA (Randall Marshall):
Below you will find a report for the SkillsUSA Committee from October 2012 to January 2013:

SkillsUSA Training Days
November 2nd, 2012 – TSTC – SkillsUSA Regional Meeting – Waco, TX
December 8th, 2012 – Duncanville HS – Duncanville, Texas
December 15th, 2012 – Duncanville HS – Duncanville, Texas
January 26th, 2013 – Duncanville HS – Duncanville, Texas – Future Meeting

SkillsUSA Competition Days
March 1st, 2013 – TSTC – SkillsUSA District Competition – Waco, Texas – Future Event

Volunteers

Bill Coleman – 11/02/2012; 12/14/2012
Jason Jernigan – 11/02/2012
Vas Kalogirou – 11/02/2012
Andy Dobbs – 11/02/2012
Ron Parker – 11/02/2012
Randall Marshall – 11/02/2012; 12/08/2012; 12/14/2012
Richard Ortiz – 12/14/2012

Event Reviews

11/02/2012
TSTC – SkillsUSA Regional Meeting – Waco, TX
     On November 2nd Bill Coleman, Jason Jernigan, Vas Kalogirou, Andy Dobbs and myself met with Ron Parker at TSTC in Waco, Texas to teach high school students the basic principles about what surveying is. We had approximately 17 kids participate in the two-part course that showed them how differential leveling and total station traversing works as well as the survey calculation principals that go along with them. This event included students from surrounding high schools that are already involved with the surveying portion of SkillsUSA as well as a few fresh faces. Overall the sessions went very well and we hope that some of the new students will become involved their high school’s SkillsUSA surveying programs. Robinson High School, just southeast of Waco, Texas was one of the schools there and the SkillsUSA instructors are looking to add Surveying as one of the course/competitions that they participate in.


12/08/2012
DHS – SkillsUSA Duncanville High School Surveying Training – Duncanville, TX
     On December 8th I met with Bart Burnett at Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas to teach high school students the basic principal about what surveying is. We had approximately 8 kids participate in this event that showed them how differential leveling works as well as the survey calculation principals that go along with them. This event included a few students that were already involved with the surveying portion of SkillsUSA as well as a few new students. Overall the session went very well and students seem to be quick in picking up the surveying principles being taught to them.

12/14/2012

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center – SkillsUSA Duncanville High School Volunteer Project – Cedar Hill, TX
     On December 14th, 2012, Bill Coleman, Richard Ortiz and I met with Bart Burnett and 14 students at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center in Cedar Hill, Texas to assist Duncanville High School with a volunteer project they are taking on for SkillsUSA. The first goal of the day was to monument Dogwood Canyon’s West Loop Trail at 1/10th of mile intervals for a total of 1.3 miles. The students measured the intervals using a measuring wheel because the Audubon Center was interested in showing the intervals based on slope distances. Once the intervals were measured out, the students monumented the distance markers with a 4” by 4” wood post in concrete. In addition the West Loop trail was mapped using a handheld GPS unit that took shots every few seconds along the trail.
     The second activity that students participated in was the process of looking for boundary corners on one of the tracts owned by the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center. The students learned about some of the tools that we use as surveyors to locate property monumentation to be used in resolving a boundary.
     Future goals of the project include having the students run a level loop along the trail to provide elevations at every 1/10th mile marker. With the trail having approximately 150 feet of elevation change this should give the survey teams a great opportunity to practice their leveling. (See attached sheets for photos)

Upcoming Events

03/01/2013
SkillsUSA District Competition at TSTC – Waco, Texas
     On March 1st, 2013 TSTC, in Waco, will be hosting the SkillsUSA District Competition. Anyone interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Randall Marshall ((361)876-3445), and he will provide you further details via email

Sincerely,

RLM

Randall Marshall, R.P.L.S.
Telephone: (361) 876-3445
Email: rmarshall@pkce.com

On December 14th, 2012, Bill Coleman, Richard Ortiz and I met with Bart Burnett and 14 students at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center in Cedar Hill, Texas to assist Duncanville High School with a volunteer project they are taking on for SkillsUSA. The first goal of the day was to monument Dogwood Canyon’s West Loop Trail at 1/10th of mile intervals for a total of 1.3 miles. The students measured the intervals using a measuring wheel because the Audubon Center was interested in showing the intervals based on slope distances. Once the intervals were measured out, the students monumented the distance markers with a 4” by 4” wood post in concrete. In addition the West Loop trail was mapped using a handheld GPS unit that took shots every few seconds along the trail.
The second activity that students participated in was the process of looking for boundary corners on one of the tracts owned by the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center. The students learned about some of the tools that we use as surveyors to locate property monumentation to be used in resolving a boundary.
Future goals of the project include having the students run a level loop along the trail to provide elevations at every 1/10th mile marker. With the trail having approximately 150 feet of elevation change this should give the survey teams a great opportunity to practice their leveling.
We will have a few training sessions at Duncanville High School and the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center in January and February in Preparation for the SkillsUSA district competition in Waco, Texas on Friday March 1st. Any help would be greatly appreciated and if you would like to volunteer please let me know and I will include you on the volunteer email list.

Randall Marshall, R.P.L.S.
Telephone: (361) 876-3445
Email: rmarshall@pkce.com

CHAPTER REP (Chris Freeman): If you have an issue that you would like to take to the TSPS state leaders, feel free to contact Chris and he will help guide you in that process. If possible, try to attend a TSPS Board of Directors meeting, and especially the various committee meetings held prior to the afternoon Board meeting. Any member can attend the committee meetings, where members work on a variety of topics and issues. Also, be aware that Chapter 5’s own Jerry Lehew is a TSPS Director, and can assist members with state related issues. Jerry is also the TSPS Liaison to the TBPLS, so if you have a question or issue related to the TBPLS, then Jerry is a good source for such matters.



   On the Horizon ...


FREE (to Chapter 5 RPLS’s) 4 CEU hour Ethics/TBPLS Board Rules Seminar
will be presented by TBPLS Investigator Garey Gilley on the morning of Saturday April 13 at the DFW learning Center (same site as last year). This is a great benefit to members, and Chapter 5 is the only Chapter to offer this benefit.




The next TBPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for Friday March 1 at 9 a.m., 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 regularly scheduled TSPS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 16 at the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas in conjunction with the TSPS Symposium. View the Board packet in its entirety through the following link: http://tsps.org/board-directors-book-feb-16-2013-meeting


Various committees will be meeting, discussing, and strategizing. Below is a schedule as provided by Executive Director D J Kyle:

The schedule is as follows:

    Thursday, February 14th
    4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Education Committee Meeting - Bar
    Saturday, February 16th
    9:00 am – 11:00 am Governmental Affairs – Copano Room
    10:30 am – 12:00 pm Chapter President’s Forum – Matagorda Room
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch on Own – Buffet in Restaurant
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Board of Director’s Meeting – Ballroom B


See you in Corpus Christi.

DJ Kyle
Executive Director
Texas Society of Professional Surveyors
TSPS |www.tsps.org
(512) 327-7871




Sean Flaherty has made the arrangements for the 2013 Chapter 5 Golf Tournament. The date is Saturday April 27 at The Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris. Registration info and sponsorship opportunity info will follow once details are finalized. Sean does a tremendous job organizing this popular event that benefits the Chapter 5 Scholarship Fund.




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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2013 Chapter 5 MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

Meeting Dates
February 12Dan Smith, History of the Bankhead Highway
March 12 Viewing of 1980's TSA film, "Surveying, Texas Style"
April 9DJ Kyle, TSPS Executive Director
May 14Brian Thompson, Leica, will provide a hands-on terrestrial laser scanning demo
June 11TBD
July 9TBD
August 13TBD
September 10New Officer Installation by Incoming TSPS President Jim Gillis
October 8TBD
No Meetings in November and December


Annual Golf Tournament Saturday, April 27 @ The Brickyard G.C. in Ferris

Chapter 5 free* 4 hour Ethics Seminar April 13 8a.m.-noon @ DFW Learning Center (*free to Chapter 5 members)



Chapter 5 Meetings typically held the second Tuesday of each month 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 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

February 15-16TSPS Symposium & BoD Meeting, Corpus Christi
May 4BoD Meeting and Ray Wisdom Benefit Picnic & Auction, Austin
August 10-11Strategic Planning & BoD Meeting, Kerrville
October 30-November 2TSPS Annual Convention, Arlington




Chapter Officers

Justin Waldrip, RPLS                President jwaldrip2@arsengineers.com
Patrick Baldasaro, RPLS 1st Vice President pbaldasaro@dal-tech.com
Andy Dobbs, RPLS 2nd Vice President adobbs@pkce.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
Randall Marshall, RPLS 1 year Director rmarshall@pkce.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 Randall Marshall
Public Relations Gary Matthews
Membership Andy Dobbs
Programs Pat Baldasaro
Nominating Jason Jernigan
Seminars Jason Jernigan







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