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

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 Words of Wisdom

" Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile. " - Mary Beard

" Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. " - Martin Luther King

Happy New Year to you and your families. Let’s be thankful for our blessings and hopeful that 2013 will be good for all.

  In the Rearview Mirror...

2012 is behind us now, and hopefully good times are ahead for 2013. Remember to renew your TSPS membership, and hopefully you already renewed your license.

Chapter Committee Reports: were provided by various Chairmen:

PUBLIC RELATIONS (Gary Matthews): If you have PR opportunities for Chapter 5, please coordinate them with Gary Matthews (214-739-4741). Gary is active in promoting the survey profession, but it is something all TSPS members can and should do.

EDUCATION: (John Pierce) A full slate of Survey courses will be offered at North Lake College for the Spring semester. Registration is ongoing, and can be done online. The Chapter has scholarship monies available to employees of registered members. Contact John for details. Click here for Courses and info.

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
See Map: Here

TREASURER’S REPORT: (John Pierce): At last report in November, the Chapter had funds in both the General Account as well as the Scholarship Account.

SKILLS USA (Randall Marshall): 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.
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 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 Director, and can assist members with state related issues.

   On the Horizon ...

Start 2013 off right, and join your fellow members at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant on Lovers Lane in Dallas for dinner and to welcome Guest Speaker Tony Estrada, Executive Director of the TBPLS. We are also expecting Board Investigator Garey Gilley to be in attendance. Hopefully you are aware that currently the TBPLS rules are being amended, so all surveyors should be monitoring and offering input in that process. Also, with the upcoming 2013 legislative session, TSPS leadership and the Governmental Affairs Committee (chaired by Mickey Nowell) are being vigilant in case potential legislation detrimental to either the Board or surveyors surfaces. Don’t miss this important meeting. Also be aware that Chapter 5 member Jerry Lehew was recently appointed TBPLS Liaison by TSPS President Curtis Strong…so Chapter 5 will be close to any and all activity at the TBPLS.

The next TBPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for Friday March 8 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 15-16 at the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas in conjunction with the TSPS Symposium.

Chapter 5 will be participating at the Sellers Middle School (Garland ISD) Career Day on December 6. Several volunteers are coordinating the efforts that traditionally allow for presentations to three different groups of 8th graders. This will make for the 7th straight year that Chapter 5 has presented students a view on surveying career options.

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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Safety First…..Make it a Priority

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


Meeting Dates
January 8Tony Estrada, TBPLS Executive Director
February 12Dan Smith, History of the Bankhead Highway
March 12 TBD
April 9DJ Kyle, TSPS Executive Director
May 7TBD
June 11TBD
July 9TBD
August 13TBD
September 10New Officer Installation by Incoming TSPS President Jim Gillis
November 12TBD

Annual Golf Tournament TBD
Chapter 5 free* 4 hour Ethics Seminar TBD (*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 know so he can schedule it.

TSPS 2013 Board of Directors Meetings & Events Calendar

February 15-16 TSPS 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 2 TSPS Annual Convention, Arlington

Chapter Officers for 2013

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


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 (214-979-1144).

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

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