The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter
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Thought for the Day….
--“You can never cross the ocean if you don’t have the
courage to lose sight of the shore." --Christopher Columbus
--“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” --Thomas
This ain’t no fish tale…..NEW RECORD!
reported in The Dallas Morning News on June 21st,
Chapter 5 President Bob Cummings
is in the record books.
set a new Texas fly rod record for
largemouth bass reported caught in private waters when he landed an 8.69
pounder on May 31.
inches long, and
easily eclipsed the old record of 5.93 pounds.
As of this printing, Bob wasn’t revealing the location of the
In any case,
congratulations to Bob!
Click Here for photo.
How I spent my Summer Vacation
adventures of Charlie Redd
Redd recently returned from a trip to the
to be exact.
For a quick read on Charlie’s week on
the African continent,
THANK YOU ADVERTISERS!
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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2010 Teachers Retreat @ North
The 2009 Teachers Retreat recently concluded in
the Houston area at
College had 38 high school
educators attending a 3 day event to learn about land surveying and
how to incorporate
surveying into their school lesson plans and classroom teachings.
For 2010, North Lake College
has been asked, and has accepted, the opportunity to submit to host
the event next June. The
college will present its application at the next TSPS Board Meeting,
to be held in Austin on Saturday August 29th.
The Chapter 5 Executive Board has tentatively approved the
assistance of Chapter 5, and Chapter 2 (Ft. Worth)
has accepted an invitation to assist Chapter 5, combining two
strong, progressive Chapters and their members and resources.
This will be a great opportunity for both Chapters to pull
resources and work together to put together an event that will cater
mostly to area high school educators, where existing survey programs
at Duncanville H.S. and Birdville H.S. are shining examples of the
fruits that can be gleened from such activity.
But first things first…the formal application to the TSPS
Board. At least one
other venue will likely apply, Midland College.
Stay tuned for further developments.
FALL SEMESTER 2009 (CLASSES START AUGUST 17TH)
Courses to be offered at the North
College, West Campus (DFW
ED Center), Royal Lane
in the Fall Semester 2009. Registration is now open.
Classes begin August 17th.
for link to Scholarship
1301 Introduction to Surveying (2 hr. lecture, 3 hr. lab, 3
credit hours)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 of errors. Calculation to determine precision and
error of closure. Prerequisite: SRVY 1315 or must be taken at same
time. Four-four hour-Saturday Labs will be required.
Will be offered Wednesdays 6:00 to 9:30 PM.
1309 Surveying Measurements (2 hr. lecture, 3 hr. lab, 3 credit
hours)An introductory course covering the equipment and hardware of
the profession necessary to measure horizontal and vertical
distances, in accordance with prevailing and applicable professional
standards, e.g. standards of the National Geodetic Survey, state and
local statues and regulations, professional standards, such as the
Texas Society of Professional Surveyors.
Prerequisite: SRVY 1301 and SRVY 1315. Four-four
hour-Saturday Labs will be required.
Will be offered Mondays 6:00 to 9:30 PM.
1315 Surveying Calculations (3 hr. lecture, 3 credit hours)An
induction to the mathematics used in surveying and mapping,
including algebra, plane trigonometry and plane, solid, and
analytical geometry. Prerequisite: None. Will be offered Mondays
6:00 to 8:45 PM.
2305 Geographic Information Systems Applications (2 hr. lecture,
3 hr. lab, 3 credit hours)A hands-on course with computer
applications providing additional conceptual understanding of
geographic information systems and practical applications using a
variety of Geographic Information System software. Prerequisite:
SRVY 1309. Four-four hour-Saturday Labs will be required.
Will be offered Wednesdays 6:00 to 9:30 PM.
1391 Surveying - Legal Principles I (3 hr. lecture, 3 credit hours)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 sketch. Will be offered on
Thursdays 6:00 to 8:50 PM.
This course will substitute for
Surveying - Legal Principles
I in the degree program.
In the Rearview
June Chapter meeting
had a strong turnout, with 45+ attendees.
Chapter 5 members
Glenn Breysacher and Wayne
Terry presented one of the most interesting programs in some
time on an apparent vacancy they discovered in
The presentation included many lessons for the
attendees, both professionally and ethically.
Also, recent area Trig*Star winners were guests of the
Chapter, and both winning students and teacher were recognized
and presented their monetary awards.
from the June 12 TBPLS Board meeting in
Paul Mannel and Chris Freeman were in attendance in the
packed TBPLS hearing and report on several items of interest.
First, dues for license renewals appear destined to be
going up each of the next 2 years.
It was Chris’s understanding that by 2011 license renewal
fees will be up to $400.
Also, the Board will decide by November 1st of
this year on how many CEU’s will be required by RPLS’s (remains
8 CEU’s for 2009).
Recent legislation gives the TBPLS the authority to require up
to 16 hours per year, beginning in 2011.
It was also stated that RPLS’s will be responsible for
keeping track of their CEU’s, and that the TBPLS will randomly
audit 5% of the registrants to check compliance.
Garey Gilley presented the complaints update, and stated
that the Board is on the verge of aggressively enforcing the Act
relating to unsigned/unsealed survey documents (mainly pipeline
easement exhibits) being produced related to oil and gas
activity. There was
also lively discussion on what constitutes sufficient
new public members to the Board were introduced, a Title lawyer
from San Saba and a P.E. from Southlake.
The Board awards 4 CEU’s to meeting attendees.
---Update from the recent
legislative session ended in a rather disappointing manner….but
hey, welcome to politics!
The session included several items impacting licensed
attempts to derail Qualification based contracting of
professional services came under assault, but was beaten back
several times in part due to a strong response from TSPS
this will be a recurring subject that we will need to monitor.
The TSPS initiative related to the GIS Disclaimer (HB
1677 & SB 1320) appeared headed for approval, but ultimately was
not passed due to the antics that stalled the entire legislative
The TSPS initiative related to increasing the CEU
requirement (HB 3114) was tweaked in that the TBPLS has the
authority to require up to 16 hours per year, and that must be
decided by the Board by November 1st of this year.
TSPS members should be aware that the state
Committee, chaired by
Pat Smith, did an outstanding job of monitoring the
legislative process, and worked diligently to protect and
promote the interests of Surveyors.
Legal Counsel Mark
Hanna was instrumental in this process.
Members should also recognize the continued importance of
contributing to SurPac
so that TSPS continues to have the ability to protect and
promote the survey profession.
from the TSPS June 13 Board Meeting:
Chapter Rep Chris Freeman was in
for the quarterly Board Meeting.
The Board was updated on the recent activities of the
Texas Legislature and TBPLS (see above).
At the Annual Ray Wisdom BBQ and Auction held in
Park following the Board
Meeting, Chapter 5 donated a Browning 12 gauge shotgun, and a
very nice rod and reel, as auction items.
The shotgun brought $1000, and the rod and reel hooked
another $275, with all proceeds benefiting the survey
scholarship fund of TSFI.
The overall amount netted at the Auction, with
auctioneering duties by Chapter 5 member
George Collis, was
reported to be $6,300.00.
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Welcome new Member
Chapter 5 has another new Member.
Welcome to Amy Rodriguez to the Chapter 5 family.
Hope to see you at an upcoming Meeting!
Congratulations new RPLS’s and SIT’s
posted following the June 12 TBPLS meeting, the following
Chapter 5 area people are recognized for their recent
success in passing the RPLS licensing exam or SIT
certification exam: new RPLS’s
and Tim Mankin,
and SIT’s Michael
Billingsley and Christopher
They all will be invited as guests to the July Chapter
meeting to be recognized, congratulated, and welcomed.
Be sure to seek them out and congratulate them on
SIT & RPLS Exam Study Groups
The Study Group will be inactive for the
next few months since the recent exams were just concluded in
The Saturday group study sessions most likely will
reconvene in August, in preparation for the scheduled
In the meantime, anyone anticipating taking either of the
October exams should utilize the next few months organizing
their study materials and getting a jump on their
You can never start preparing early enough.
You can also keep track of group
meetings and access study material through the following two
(214-346-6204) for information regarding the Study Groups
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Update on Invitation to former President
George W. Bush……
Back in late December of 2008, Chapter Program Chairman Chris
Freeman extended an invitation to soon to be ex President Bush
to attend a Chapter 5 meeting once he returned to Dallas and needed some good Tex Mex cuisine
and a friendly bunch to enjoy it with.
Well, Chris recently received a call from Bush’s local
office informing him that the ex President’s schedule is pretty
full right now, but that the former President appreciated the
invitation and will keep the offer in mind for the future.
A follow up call and conversation was had, and Chapter 5
was asked to resend an invitation in about six months.
So, you never know who might show up at the next Chapter
Out On the Horizon….
Chapter 5 meeting will be held
Tuesday July 14th
at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant on Lover’s Lane.
Guest Speaker will be
Davey Edwards, RPLS, LSLS who will present a program on the
Resources of the General Land Office.
Attendees will learn of the many sources of useful information
that is available to them, many of which can be accessed online.
Come join us for good food, great camaraderie, and interesting
professional food for thought and discussion.
TSPS Public Relations Committee is
Soliciting Your Input
The State PR Committee, chaired by Chapter 5’s
Chris Freeman, is asking for your input, ideas, and suggestions for a
project. The Committee is
putting together information to make available to members and their
firms related to Frequently
Asked Questions. The
idea is that you could have a link on your website or a printed brochure
available for your clients and/or the general public that explains
different aspects about a survey, types of surveys, survey requirements,
etc. so that people desiring survey services can better understand the
process. But, without input
from members, this effort will not be as strong as it could be.
Forward your ideas to Chris via email at
email@example.com so that the
Committee can incorporate your ideas in their efforts.
FYI, Chapter 5 has a FAQ link on our website.
Take a look at it for ideas.
Time is fast approaching for the annual Chapter
elections. For any
volunteer organization the lifeblood is its members.
Chapter 5 has a strong history of being a leader due to an active
and progressive membership.
New blood is essential for our continued success, as new ideas and
approaches lead us into the future.
The Nominating Committee, Chaired by
Raul Wong, Jr., is actively
Specifically, we will need at least 2 new 2 year Directors.
The positions represent a commitment, but should not be viewed as
a burden. Please consider
serving as the Chapter and profession move forward.
No Committee Reports submitted.
Certified Survey Technician Exam information…August
A CST exam is being planned by Chapter 2.
The date is Saturday August 8th, and the location will
probably be at the University
of North Texas campus in Denton.
Applications can be accessed via the state TSPS website (
www.tsps.org ), then click on the
For details, contact
Sharon Coleman by phone at 940-565-8215, or via email at
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.
TBPLS Board Meeting to be held in
on July 31, 2009.
The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings.
Check the Board website for a location map (www.txls.state.tx.us
TSPS Board Meeting to be held on
August 29, 2009 at the
Airport Hilton in Austin.
will take place at the same location on August 27-28.
This is a yearly gathering of members to strategize the direction
and priorities of the organization for the next year, and beyond.
Remember, the organization is only as strong as its membership,
so try to do your part to contribute.
And if you can’t attend, feel free to contact those Chapter
members who typically will attend (Bob Cummings, Wayne terry, Richard Ortiz,
Chris Freeman) so that your ideas can be heard.
it a Priority
Click here for links to
various Safety websites that might be helpful to your firm and staff.
CHAPTER 5 MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE:
July 14 --- Davey Edwards: Resources at the General Land Office
August 11 --- Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates: Forensic Surveying
September ? --- Joint Meeting with Chapter 2
October 22-24 --- TSPS Annual Convention in Austin
November 10 --- Leon Curtis: Flood Elevation Certificates
Chapter 5 Meetings are
Cantina LAREDO Restaurant
165 Inwood Village, Dallas, TX 75209
(Southeast Corner of Inwood & Lover’s Lane, next to Inwood Theater)
Social/Dinner Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (order from the menu)
Chapter Meeting: Business @ 7:00 pm, Program @ 7:30
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