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July 2011 The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter

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News from the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveyors
The TBPLS “survived” the legislative session intact as is. This comes to the relief of Surveyors across the State, who feared that the effort to consolidate the Board into a multi profession Board without equal representation would put Surveyors at risk. We must all understand that we need to begin preparing now for the same scenario in two years….so please do your part: raise monies and donate to SurPac, and begin now to get to know your local legislators.

Take a look at the TBPLS website, it looks like it is being updated with more useful information and resources for users. http://txls.state.tx.us/

At the June 17 Board meeting, new members were introduced. Two new amendments to rules were adopted: Board Rule 661.41(b) – Applications; and Board Rule 661.55 – Firm Registrations.

The Board has indicated that they will begin a new policy of publicizing the names of Surveyors that receive disciplinary judgment. Previously these cases were anonymous.

There is increasing discussion that the Board will pursue discussion of the future possibility requiring licensure of GIS professionals, photogrammetrists, construction surveyors, and other associated geospatial professionals.

The TBPLS offers an online 4 hour Ethics CEU course through its website.

Results from the April licensing exam have been posted. There are 57 new RPLS’s, of which 20 are from other states besides Texas. There are 2 new LSLS’s, and 18 newly certified SIT's.

Next TBPLS meeting is scheduled for Friday September 16 in Austin. 4 CEU credits are awarded for attendees to the meetings.

  In the Rearview Mirror…

The June Chapter meeting was well attended by over 50 members and guests. The Texas Trig*Star 1st and 2nd Place winners and their teacher were dinner guests, and were honored with their award monies. The program speaker was James Harkin from the Texas General Land Office, who presented a program on the resources available to Surveyors at the agency.

TSPS Quarterly Board Meeting & Ray Wisdom BBQ & Auction…..Recap
The 2nd Board Meeting of 2011 took place on Saturday June 25 in Austin. Chapter Rep Chris Freeman was in attendance to represent Chapter 5. A lively discussion was had related to the recently concluded 82nd legislative session. Following the meeting, many joined in the fun of the Annual Ray Wisdom BBQ & Auction. Chapter 5 donated several items to the Auction, which benefits the Texas Surveyor’s Foundation, Inc. (TSFI) scholarship fund for Texas surveying students.

A few notes from the TSPS Board Meeting:

  • The 3rd Quarter Board meeting will be on August 27, 2011 at the Waco Hilton
    • Committee meeting space and the Chapter Presidents Forum and Luncheon will occur at this meeting. This is also an important meeting because Strategic Planning will take place on Friday. Any and all TSPS members are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate to help guide the future of the Society.
  • The Education Committee has made it even easier for any Chapter to purchase a TSPS brand seminar and hold it at the Chapter level. The Board passed changes to the seminar fees, essentially dropping the fees by half in an effort to facilitate use by Chapters to educate their members at reasonable costs.
  • The TBPLS will start identify the names of the RPLS’s that have been found in violation of Board rules.
  • The Ray Wisdom BBQ & Auction was a great success. We all had a great time and raised just over $6900 for scholarships.

12th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament
submitted by Tournament Chairman Sean Flaherty

On May 14th, the TSPS Dallas Chapter 5 sponsored the 12th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament. This year’s event hosted 90 players and 14 Hole Sponsors. This was a great turnout.

This tournament was initiated 12 years ago for some camaraderie with the local surveyors. The tournament continues to grow in popularity each year, and now includes family members, clients, vendors and suppliers, engineers, architects, and other professionals and non-professionals in our industry. It is not only a chance to play golf with some buddies and/or co-workers, but a great avenue for building client relations and networking.

We kicked off with breakfast tacos provided by Richard Ortiz (Courthouse Research Specialists)...great start to the day. After play, everyone returned to the clubhouse for a fantastic lunch from Texas de Brazil. It doesn’t get much better then that!

After lunch we completed the event by presenting awards and door prizes. The 1st Place team was comprised of Brad Bernhard, Mike McKay, Dave Springob and some guy named Sean Flaherty; Runners Up were Robert Lampkin, Scott Hall, Shawn Wiser and Richard Ortiz; and the 3rd Place Team was Don Szczeny, Justin Waldrip, Scott Posey and Joe Hart. Additional awards given included the Long Drive which was won by Zach Buchanan. Of course Zach also received the “holy grail” of this tournament, which is a hard-hat with a tee and TSPS golf ball on top…nice touch.

The largest accolade for this tournament is that a portion of the proceeds are given to Dallas Chapter 5 and designated for scholarships and education. These monies will be used to pay for survey-related classes, books and calculators for our local survey students who work for TSPS members from both Chapter 5 and Chapter 2. This is a tremendous opportunity to promote our industry and enhance the awareness of land surveying at the local level.

Every year we have several companies and individuals that sponsor this tournament. This year the Hole Sponsors included the following:

    ARS Engineers, Inc.
    Courthouse Research Specialists
    Gorrondona & Associates, Inc.
    Lamb-Star Engineering, L.P.
    Lina T. Ramey & Associates, Inc.
    McLaughlin Brunson Insurance Agency LLP
    Midwest Architects & Engineers Supply, Inc.
    Stanger Surveying
    Surveying and Mapping, Inc.
    The Wallace Group, Inc.
    TSPS Chapter 2
    Western Data Systems, Inc.
    Westwood Professional Services
    Woolpert, Inc.
Thanks to these sponsors we are better able to promote our local survey classes.

We need to give Special Thanks to John Nicholson and Midwest Architects & Engineers Supply. They give extra each year and this year was no exception, with them providing the 1st Place prizes (putter and wedges), 2 additional drink tickets for each player, and several more door prizes. They always go above and beyond!

We would also like to recognize TSPS Chapter 2 (Fort Worth) for assisting in this fundraiser, and promoting these survey classes and students. With Dallas and Fort Worth being so close in proximity, there is a lot of overlap of students and instructors for these classes. Participation from both Chapters is a great testament to that partnership.

Once we balanced the income and expenses, the Chapter netted $2,720.44 to go towards Education. This is the fourth year that this tournament has provided funds to local scholarships, and the total amount donated for these 4 years is $10,477.08. That is really fantastic!!

If anyone needs more information on how these funds are designated, please contact either John Pierce (214.631.7888) or Chris Freeman (972.226.8181).

Thanks again for everyone who participated, and another Special Thanks to our sponsors!! I look forward to our 13th Tournament next spring.

Tyler Junior College – 2011 High School Surveying & Mapping Camp
Submitted by Joshua Ortiz, Senior-to-be at Creekview High School

This year at Tyler Junior College was full of eye opening experiences. I find it easier to learn and comprehend information taught through hands-on curriculum about surveying, and the 2011 summer camp was just that. We did a variety of activities, from researching plat information at the Smith County courthouse, to learning how to navigate various CAD applications needed to complete a successful survey. The curriculum taught was insightful and innovative to new resources for performing our work accurately. We leaned how to use total stations. Working with very skilled RPLS’s, we shot points allowing us to have hands on training with the piece of equipment. Also we learned the unique history behind surveying, which included chaining distances and identifying trees. These older methods allow me and other up-and-coming surveyors to have skills that don’t necessarily use high tech devices. So in other words, we are not just pressing buttons, we are understanding what they mean and manipulating them to our advantages. One example of applying and pirating this information would be, on the ride home with my father, (Richard Ortiz). Me and the friend who attended the camp with me (Johnathan Penny) started to identify trees which we could not do before attending the camp. Also, when my dad started to explain property boundaries and things of that nature, our camp experiences allowed us to better grasp the concept. This also helped us to better understand the fundamentals of surveying. From the geocaching exercise to the LiDAR scanning demonstrations, I am ready for the future of surveying. All in all, this camp allowed me to further my knowledge and insight beyond what I already have. I enjoyed my experiences at Tyler Junior College and look forward to attending again in 2012.

Benefit for Tracy Posey – Fight Against Breast Cancer!!
Submitted by Sean Flaherty

Tracy’s Story: Tracy is the mother of three beautiful children and the wife of Scott Posey. Tracy was diagnosed on Monday February 14, 2011 with Stage II Ductal Carcinoma Breast Cancer. The GOOD news is it was caught very, very early! Her mother had passed away from breast cancer 12 years ago. In January 2011 during Tracy’s annual routine mammogram, an anomaly was noticed in the mammogram image. With her mother’s history, more testing was performed and Tracy was later diagnosed with breast cancer. Tracy has been undergoing chemotherapy and will be facing upcoming surgery and other medical treatments. Tracy is positive and strong in her will to beat this disease with her family and friends’ support & love.

Tracy’s Warriors (friends) hosted a benefit fundraiser in her honor on Sunday, June 26th in Waxahachie. The fundraiser was held at a sports bar called Fat Daddy’s. There was a great turnout as more then 500 people attended the event during that afternoon and evening.

During the benefit, you could purchase T-shirts and bracelets to honor the event. There were over 150 items to purchase in a Silent Auction. There were 17 items in the Live Auction, and the bids went high for items such as Cowboy tickets, Ranger tickets, a gas grill, an autographed soccer ball by David Beckam, football by Peyton Manning, and a basketball by our “World Champion” Dallas Mavericks!!

Mike Crow, the Manager of “The Ranch” radio station also organized several country western bands to volunteer to play at the event. This included popular names such as Chris Rivers, Brian Smith, Phil Hamilton, Brian Keene, Jimmy Jones, Bo Philips, Kyle Venable and many others.

The Benefit Committee was Co-Chaired by Cara Roberson and Bridget Flaherty, and they put in countless hours to organize a great event. The best part of the event was netting over $25,000.00 for the Posey family!! That was FANTASTIC!!

The Posey family was touched and elated with the turnout and support of this event.

THANKS again to everyone who supported such a great cause!!

If anyone still wants to make a contribution, please contact Sean Flaherty at (wk) 214-747-3733 or (cell) 469-446-6909.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – 82nd Legislature Recap

1. HB 2411 GIS Disclaimer Bill successfully passed and becomes law on September 1. The Bill was initiated by TSPS, and is often referred to as the GIS Disclaimer Bill, affectively requiring a disclaimer be attached to documents prepared by governmental entities so that the public is aware that the data is not survey data prepared by surveyors.

2. Consolidation

At this time the 82nd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature is over. While the Legislature remains in Special Session, no actions relative to state agency consolidation will occur. On June 2, 2011 TSPS Governmental Affairs members Mark Hanna, Anne Glasgow and Pat Smith met with the Governor’s budget staff to discuss the consolidation action outcomes of the session and any further actions the Governor’s office may be considering relative to HB 1, the budget bill. As you have been made aware by prior updates, throughout all of the actions relative to consolidation TBPLS has remained a line item for agency funding in HB 1. TSPS was assured, at this meeting, that the Governor’s office has no intention to make any changes/revisions to passed version of HB 1. Therefore TBPLS will remain fully funded for the 2012-2013 biennium.

The TSPS Executive Committee and Governmental Affairs Committee wishes to thank all TSPS members for their prompt reaction and participation in the Calls To Action that were issued during the session. It was the response and member contacts to House representatives, made in a timely fashion, that resulted in the ability to hold off any TBPLS consolidations during this legislative session.

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.


  On the Horizon ...

July Chapter Meeting – Michael Evans is the scheduled Speaker, and he will present his take on the recently concluded legislative session, as well as his take on the state of TSPS, and his vision of the future of TSPS.

The next TBPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for Friday September 16 in Austin, and 4 CEUs are awarded to attendees. See their website for meeting location and agenda information. (www.txls.state.tx.us ).

TSPS Strategic Planning & 3rdQuarter Board Meeting – This year Strategic Planning will take place on Friday August 26 at the Waco Hilton Hotel. This is where incoming state President Davey Edwards will layout his plan for the coming year, as well as gather input from members and Committees. Committee activity will occur on Saturday morning before the Board Meeting, which should commence following lunch. Please make an attempt to attend and participate, as the strength of any organization is only as strong as its members.

Fall Semester North Lake College Survey Courses – Registration Now Open
Five college credit survey courses will be offered during the Fall semester at North Lake College, and registration is now open. The classes are held at either the West campus (Irving, near the north end of DFW Airport) or the South campus (south Irving, MacArthur Blvd. @ Shady Grove Road). Chapter 5 provides scholarship opportunities for any student who works for a TSPS member of either Chapter 5 or Chapter 2. Additional scholarship monies may be available through other sources such as the Texas Surveyors Foundation, Inc. (TSFI). Click here for a list and description of the courses, and the Scholarship applications. It is important that the local survey community support this program, and encourage their employees to enroll. With recent educational budget cuts from the legislature, this program will face increased scrutiny if the program does not sustain itself. Over the past 5 years there have been several recently certified SIT’s and RPLS’s that have used these courses to satisfy college credit requirements of the TBPLS.

2011 TSPS Annual Convention & Exhibits October 5-8
Don’t forget, this year Chapter 5 is co-hosting the Convention with Chapter 2. The site will be the Frisco Stonebriar Embassy Suites, next to the Dr. Pepper stadium. Mike Bearden is the Convention Committee Chairman, and has been busy with securing seminar presenters, sponsors, and all the other details that come with this event. There will be a need to get volunteers to assist with all the little details, so please help Mike and his Committee by offering to assist. It makes the event a great success. Contact Mike Bearden at (972) 400-1689.

Chapter Elections are on the horizon
Before you know it, the ballot for the Chapter elections will be prepared and distributed to the membership. The Chapter is in need of fresh ideas, enthusiasm, and the input and participation from its younger members. Serving as a Chapter officer should not be viewed as a burden, but rather an opportunity to help lead the Chapter in its activities and direction. The ballot will be distributed in late July or early August, with the installation of the new officers at the September 13 Chapter meeting. If you would like to be considered as a Chapter officer, please contact current President Jerry Lehew. Also, if you are interested in working on one or more of the Chapter committees, currently or down the road, there is always a place for volunteers. Remember, any volunteer organization will only be as strong as its members. Help keep Chapter 5 as a leader in our state organization.

Chapter 5 Membership…Recruit a Member!
There are currently 140 members of Chapter 5. TSPS encourages all Chapters to work at increasing the membership. Encourage your co-workers, staff, and colleagues to consider joining TSPS. With the current possible legislative action related to the TBPLS, strength in numbers will be critical when we want a strong and united voice heard. If all members would recruit one other member, Chapter 5 would double in size. Paul Mannel is the Chapter 5 Membership Chairman, contact him or any other Chapter Officer for information or guidance.

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.

Chapter Officers for 2010-2011
The Executive Committee for Chapter 5 for 2010-2011 is as follows:

Jerry Lehew, RPLS                President
Jason Jernigan, RPLS 1st Vice President
Paul Mannel, RPLS 2nd Vice President
John Pierce, RPLS Secretary/Treasurer
Fred Bemenderfer, RPLS 1 year Director
Colin Henry, RPLS 1 year Director
John Melton, RPLS 2 year Director
Richard Ortiz 2 year Director
Raul Wong, Jr., PE, RPLS Past President
Chris Freeman, RPLS Chapter Representative

Chapter 5 Committee Chairs 2010-11
Education John Pierce
       --SkillsUSA Richard Ortiz
Convention Planning Mike Bearden
Membership Paul Mannel
Programs Jason Jernigan
Golf Tournament Sean Flaherty
Day at Lone Star Park Robert Schneeberg
Nominating Raul Wong, Jr.
Public Relations Chris Freeman


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2011 Monthly Meeting Dates (speakers/programs)

July 12 – Michael Evans, RPLS, LSLS
August 9 – TBD
September 13 – Installation of New Officers by Davey Edwards
October 5-8 – Annual Convention in Frisco @ Stonebriar Embassy Suites
November 8 – TBD
December – No Meeting due to Holidays

2011 Special Events

Annual Convention & Exhibits –co-hosted by Ch. 5 & 2 Oct. 5-8 in Frisco

Monthly Chapter 5 Meetings are held 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

Thanks to the following Full-Page Ad subscribers:
Midwest A&E, Geomatic Resources, Courthouse Research Specialists, WDS, and GeoShack.
Be sure to support our friends at these firms, they support us!!

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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