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January 2012 The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter

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Happy New Year!
A New Year has arrived, and with it hopefully a renewed opportunity for TSPS members and their firms to forge forward. The past year was certainly tough economically, but things seemed to stabilize somewhat. Surveyors survived a legislative assault targeting the TBPLS, but must recognize that continued budget constraints will only mean another round will come again in 2013, so preparation in 2012 is paramount. Chapter President Jason Jernigan has some new ideas and initiatives planned for 2012, including a possible “free” Ethics seminar offering to Chapter 5 members. There is also talk of a Chapter sponsored seminar that could offer CEUs at a reduced cost to members.

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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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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)

As of December 30, Chapter 5 had a total member count of 182, including 137 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).

REMINDER: If you have not renewed your license with the TBPLS by 12/31/2011, you are in violation of TBPLS rules and your license is invalid. Signing and sealing any document with an invalid license can create serious issues for the Surveyor, the client, and the public.

Ten Questions with 2nd Vice President Justin Waldrip, RPLS…

1. How did you get started in the Surveying profession?

My dad is a surveyor, so my brother and I helped him in the field on the weekends growing up.

2. What is the biggest challenge facing the profession today?

I think the biggest challenge facing the profession of surveying is educating the public about our profession and its importance.

3. More than ever, a strong and united TSPS will be essential to protect the profession from the anticipated consolidation in the upcoming 2013 legislative session. What steps should members (and Chapter 5) be taking to prepare for this?

As members, we should be contacting our state representatives and spreading the word about the importance of keeping our existing board intact.

4. For you, why is it important to be an active member in TSPS?

I realize the importance of TSPS and understand the need for young surveyors to step up and take leadership roles in the society.

5. Your father and brother are in the profession, and you all work for the same company. Who's the boss, and how is it working with family?

Dad is and will always be the boss, after all he taught us how to survey. I love working with my family, we get along well, we communicate with each other and we take advantage of each other’s strengths to complete the job.

6. If you could make one change to the survey profession, what would it be?

I can think of some other professions I would like to change, but I can’t think of one thing to change about the surveying profession.

7. The 2011 Texas legislative session was a wake-up call to Surveyors. How should Surveyors be preparing for another anticipated licensing Board consolidation?

Meet with your local representative, tell them about the importance that our board serves to our profession and invite them to the Chapter meetings.

8. How can today's Surveyors keep pace with the rapid technological advancements that directly influence our profession?

Take the time to educate yourself. Read articles about new technology and how others are using it benefit them. I also like to ask for a demo. There are plenty of sales people who are delighted to show you what they have to offer.

9. As Membership Chairman, what plans do you have to try to grow the Chapter 5 membership?

I honestly think that Jason Jernigan’s proposal for TSPS to offer a free 4 credit hour seminar, just for being a member, could possibly be best way to attract new membership. Other than that, I think that reaching out to non-members, through word of mouth and other forms of media, about the benefits of membership and the importance to our profession is the next best way to build the membership.

10. Some are calling for a relaxation of the 4 year college degree requirement for licensure. Where do you stand on that issue?

As a graduate of TJC and UT Tyler I am a little biased. I understand that going to school can be difficult and expensive, but I think a 4 year degree brings a sense of respect to our profession.

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.

Committee Reports: The following Committee Chairs provide a monthly Report of their Committee’s activities each month. Anyone interested in assisting any of the Committees are encouraged to contact the respective Chairman.

Public Relations-Chairman Gary Matthews: The Committee is working on setting up library displays, with the South Garland Branch penciled in for March in conjunction with National Surveyors Week (March 18-24). Members are encouraged to check with their local libraries to see if an opportunity exists. These displays are always popular with the public, and easy to set up. If libraries are interested, we can arrange displays throughout the year, as they are an excellent way to educate the public about the surveying profession.

Jason Jernigan and Justin Waldrip conducted a Career Day presentation to three 8th grade classes at Sellers Middle School on December 1. The activity report prepared by Justin was submitted to Doug Loveday at TSPS for possible inclusion in a future TSPS publication.

Education-Chairman John Pierce: See the information about the Spring Semester survey course offerings in the Newsletter.

The next Certified Survey Technician testing will occur Saturday March 10. Sign up directly through the NSPS website.

Skills USA-Chairman Randall Marshall: Chapter 5 is actively involved with training of Duncanville HS students (up to 11) in preparation for upcoming survey competitions. An after school session was held on November 18. An extended training session was held on Saturday December 10, and volunteers included Randall, Andy Dobbs, Jim Nichols, and Chris Freeman. At least one more Saturday training is scheduled for sometime in January, and will include notekeeping, level loops, chaining, and field traverse procedures/techniques and calculations.

Membership-Chairman Justin Waldrip: Chapter 5 gained several new members over the past couple of months, probably due to attending the Annual Convention. Chapter 5 now has 182 total members, including 137 RPLS members.

Programs-Chairman Paul Mannel: Planning for the 2012 Meetings is ongoing. Members are encouraged to offer Program/Speaker ideas, so if you know of a Speaker or topic that would be of interest to our members, please contact Paul for scheduling.

  In the Rearview Mirror…

Well, we survived 2011…let’s hope 2012 brings renewed opportunity to our members and their businesses.

Career Day at Sellers Middle School submitted by Justin Waldrip

On December 1, 2011, TSPS Chapter 5 was invited to participate in Career Day 2011 at Sellers Middle School, a part of Garland I.S.D., in Garland, Texas.

Jason Jernigan and I volunteered for the role of guest speakers to present the profession of land surveying to the students. There were three separate sessions that occurred. Each session was comprised of varying numbers of eighth grade students.

We started each session showing a video, provided by TSPS, that gave a general overview of land surveying and some of its related professions. Next, we presented a PowerPoint that I prepared showing DCAD information, the plat of record of the middle school and aerial photography, ranging from 1995 to 2011, showing the changes that have taken place to the campus. Finally, we concluded each session by dividing the class up into two teams. We had each team guess the distance to three distinct places around the room and then revealed which team guessed closest to the actual measurement. We were able to accomplish the measurements by using a total station, prism with rod and two student volunteers.

Overall, I would have to say that it was a great experience for me and Jason. I think the students learned a lot about the guy behind the camera on the side of the road.

Chapter Officers for 2011-2012
The Executive Committee for Chapter 5 for 2011-2012 is as follows:

Jason Jernigan, RPLS                President jjernigan@halff.com
Paul Mannel, RPLS 1st Vice President paul.mannel@att.net
Justin Waldrip, RPLS 2nd Vice President jwaldrip2@arsengineers.com
John Pierce, RPLS Secretary/Treasurer jpierce@saminc.biz
John Melton, RPLS 1 year Director jmelton@ndmce.com
Richard Ortiz 1 year Director rich@crstex.com
Randall Marshall, SIT 2 year Director rmarshall@pkce.com
Gary Matthews, RPLS 2 year Director gmatthews@halff.com
Jerry Lehew, RPLS Past President jlehew@ntmwd.com
Chris Freeman, RPLS Chapter Representative chris.freeman@woolpert.com

Chapter 5 Committee Chairs 2011-12
Education John Pierce
       --SkillsUSA Randall Marshall
Public Relations Gary Matthews
Membership Justin Waldrip
Programs Paul Mannel
Nominating Jerry Lehew

   On the Horizon ...

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 TBPLS 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, offering CEU educational courses on Friday and Saturday. The annual budget is typically the main agenda topic, 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).

SKILLS USA @ Duncanville High School
Duncanville High School Engineering Dept. Teacher Bart Burnett has put out a call to Chapter 5 for RPLS’s and/or SIT’s to assist his survey students in their preparation for their District and State Survey competitions. Randall Marshall at Pacheco Koch (972-235-3031) is the Chapter 5 Skills Committee Chair, and he wants a pool of volunteers that can each spend a couple of hours/month for December-January assisting students. This is a highly successful initiative that Chapter 5 has been looked upon at a leader. Two current students are already making plans to attend TSTC (Waco) and Tyler JC next year.

Mr. Burnett has also been nominated for the SKILLS Teacher of the Year Award. The TSPS SKILLS Committee Chairman (Bill Coleman) and Executive Director Anne Glasgow will be writing a reference letter for him. Besides his local work related to the SKILLS surveying training and competitions, Bart has been instrumental with promoting Surveying within SKILLS, being the driving force for a national survey competition. We wish Bart all the luck, he is a worthy nominee.

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.
As an added bonus to students working for TSPS members of Chapter 5 or Chapter 2, Chapter 5 has scholarship funds available for those applying students. Funds typically cover the cost of the course textbook and/or necessary calculator. This is a great benefit for students, who can acquire a top notch library at little or no cost. In addition, students can apply for additional scholarship funds through TSFI to help cover the actual tuition fees.
The Chapter 5 Annual Tim Mireaur Memorial Golf Tournament, organized by Sean Flaherty for the past 12 years, raises scholarship funds to benefit the local employees of TSPS members so that our staff can advance their knowledge and position themselves for certification and licensure without having to leave the area.
It is important that we all understand the importance of having a local program. But without students, the program will face scrutiny from DCCCD. Encourage your staff to explore the course offerings and enroll in one of the courses. Classes begin January 17. Registration is currently available, visit the North Lake College page via www.dcccd.edu

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 GrazaT 6-9:30 PM
SRVY 1341 Land Surveying Pierce R 5-10 PM
SRVY 2305 GIS Applications Coleman M 6-10 PM
SRVY 2331 Geodetic Surveying and Mapping Karacic T 6-10 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).

Chapter 5 Membership…Recruit a Member!
There are currently 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.

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.

That makes sense…..
Complete & Finished ...submitted by David McCullah
No English dictionary has been able to explain the difference between the two words “complete” and “finished” in a way that is so easy to understand.

Some people say there is no difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED, but there is an explanation as told by a Newfoundlander: “When you marry the right one, you are COMPLETE….and when you marry the wrong one, you are FINISHED….and when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED.

End of story.

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 University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“Jamie will be taking on the key role of supporting our existing customer base on all survey products and will be helping with our ongoing sales efforts. We hope you share our excitement in adding such a well respected and knowledgeable person to our staff. Please join us in welcoming Jamie Gillis to Geomatic Resources” says Rodney Walsh, President of Geomatic Resources LLC.

Jamie can be reached via email at jg@geotx.com

About Geomatic Resources
Geomatic Resources LLC is one of the largest independent distributors of Leica Geosystems products in the United States, serving North Texas and Oklahoma from a sales, rental, service, support and training center adjacent to the DFW airport in Irving, Texas. Geomatic provides Surveying Professionals with state of the art GPS, Robotic, Total Station, Digital Level, Machine Control and HDS Laser Scanning solutions as well as a full range of Supplies and Accessories. For more information about Geomatic Resources visit www.geotx.com, email rw@geotx.com, or call 1-817-691-5328.



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Meeting Dates (speakers/programs To Be Determined)
January 10: Mickey Nowell, TSPS Govt. Affairs Committee Chairman
February 14
March 13
May 8
June 12
July 10
August 14
September 11
November 13

Annual Golf Tournament – TBD
Chapter 5 “Day at the Races” @ Lone Star Park – TBD

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 @ 7:30 on 2nd Tuesday

TSPS State Meetings & Events Calendar
February 24-25 TSPS Symposium in League City
February 25 TSPS Board of Directors Meeting 1-5p.m. in League City

October 10-13 Annual Convention in San Marcos

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Geomatic Resources, Courthouse Research Specialists, WDS, and GeoShack.
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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.

Archived News Letters:

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

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