June 2009                                                             The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter 

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Thought for the Day….

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”  --Robert Louis Stevenson

"What we must decide is how we are valuable rather than how valuable we are.”   --Edgar Z. Friedenberg  



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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In the Rearview Mirror…

---The May meeting had a strong turnout, with 40+ attendees.  Jack Avis, RPLS, traveled up from Austin to be our Guest Speaker.  He presented a nice program on GIS and how Surveyors should be utilizing it in their everyday business.   Barton Burnett (Duncanville H.S.) presented an Award of Recognition to Richard Ortiz for his many hours of service to the Skills/USA program at the school.     

 ---Three individuals took the Certified Survey Technician Level 1 exam on May 9th, including 2 high school students.  One of the high school students and another examinee passed.  The high schooler is a student at Duncanville High School, and was a member of the 1st Place Team at the Skills/USA Survey statewide competition held in April.  

--- Some 60+ Chapter 5 members, family, and friends ventured out to Lone Star Park on Saturday May 30th to enjoy a day at the races.  Organized by Robert Schneeberg, good time was had by all.  Some small fortunes were made, and then lost, ….so no one was able to hang up their surveying boots. 

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    Legislative Update…

    The current session of the Texas Legislature has ended.  Bills that affected TSPS members included HB 1667 (GIS Disclaimer) and HB 3114 (Increased CEU requirement) had both passed in both the House and Senate, but due to politicking and stalling, many bills, including the referenced bills,  did not make it through the process to become official.  So, at this time neither of the bills is law

    SIT & RPLS Exam Study Groups  

    The Study Group will be inactive for the next few months since the recent exams were just concluded in late April.  The Saturday group study sessions most likely will reconvene in August, in preparation for the scheduled October exams.  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 preparations.  You can never start preparing early enough.

    You can also keep track of group meetings and access study material through the following two Yahoo groups: 



    Contact Jason Jernigan (214-346-6204) for information regarding the Study Groups and schedule.     



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    SAVE TEXAS HISTORY!  General Land Office Historic Preservation Program

    Created by Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in 2004, the Texas General Land Office Save Texas History Program is a highly successful initiative to conserve the historic maps and documents of the very history that binds those documents together.

    The Texas General Land Office Archives was first compiled just after the Texas Revolution and now contains over 35 million documents dating back to 1720.  The Archives is considered one of the premier state resources for historical research and serves as the repository for Texas land records and maps.

    The conservation process for these historic documents is a delicate and time-consuming one.  For most maps, the treatment includes removal of surface dirt, water baths, deacidification, flattening, mending tears, reducing stains, removing old repair materials such as tape and varnish, and replacement of old backings with special Japanese Kozo paper.  Through this process, the GLO has already saved hundreds of historic maps.  But at least 400 more maps still need your help.

    Next time you’re in Austin, stop by and visit the Map vault at the General Land Office.  You’ll find a surveyor friendly staff, and you’ll be amazed at the number of incredibly beautiful maps.  Walking out of the GLO office without purchasing a couple of maps is hard to do.  For more info on the GLO and the Save Texas History Program, refer to these links: www.savetexashistory.org (you can access the archived stories as told by our old friend Ben Thomson, past Director of Surveys for the GLO) and www.glo.state.tx.us .  Additionally, “This Week in Texas History” can be accessed locally via KVCE Radio 1160AM.


    Out On the Horizon….

    The next Chapter 5 meeting will be held Tuesday June 9th at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant on Lover’s Lane.  Guest Speaker will be Glenn Breysacher, RPLS (City Surveyor for Garland) and Wayne Terry, RPLS, LSLS who will present a program on a possible Vacancy they discovered while surveying in Garland.    We will also honor the recent Trig*Star winners and their teachers at the meeting.  Come join us for good food, great camaraderie, and interesting professional food for thought and discussion.

    Opportunities for You….

    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 Freeman via email at cfreeman@bhinc.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.

    Chapter Committees

    No Committee Reports submitted.

    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.

    ---next TBPLS Board Meeting to be held in Austin on June 12, 2009.  The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings.

    ---next TSPS Board Meeting to be held on June 13, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel in Austin.  The Annual Ray Wisdom Benefit Auction will follow the meeting, and is always a fun event for Surveyors, family, and friends with good eats and cold refreshments.  A BBQ Cook-off contest is part of the event, so organize your team now.


    Safety First…..Make it a Priority

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


    June 9 --- Glenn Breysacher/Wayne Terry: Vacancy in Garland?
    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 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

    Thanks to the following Full-Page Ad subscribers: Midwest A&E, Precise Land Records, Lone Star Record & Abstract, Geomatic Resources, WDS, and Dallas Aerial Surveys, Inc.

    Be sure to support our friends at these firms, they support us!!

    Archived News Letters:

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    Dallas Chapter No. 5
    P.O. Box 226933
    Dallas, Texas 75222

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