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

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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



New ALTA/ACSM Standards effective as of February 23, 2011.
Click here for the new Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys. All previous requirements are superseded by the new requirements as of February 23, 2011. We have arranged for Mike Lewis, RPLS, to present a program on this important topic to attendees of the May 10 Chapter 5 meeting.

In the Rearview Mirror…
The February meeting was well attended by over 40, as Mick Maguire of the North Central Texas Council of Governments was the featured speaker and presented a program to attendees on resources available that Surveyors might utilize.

John Pierce presided over the latest round of Certified Survey Technician testing on Saturday February 12 at the West Campus of North Lake College in Irving. The NSPS certification program is a good avenue for paraprofessionals to gain survey certifications that are recognized nationwide.

TBPLS Status Update
At the time of this posting, developments regarding Governor Perry’s stated intention to suspend funding for the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying were being addressed by the TSPS leadership and Governmental Affairs Committee. While the initial announcement on February 7th caught TSPS members and leaders by surprise, much effort has been put forth to understand the legislative process and potential players that might be involved. Only then will TSPS be able to formulate its plan of action for a united and concerted response.

Incoming TSPS President and Chapter 2 Representative Davey Edwards spoke about these matters at the Chapter 2 monthly meeting on February 21. While still early in the fact finding process, the short term goal of TSPS leadership is to find a safe place for its licensing Board to survive the impending budget battles. Davey said of utmost concern is to find a Board where Surveyors would have equal representation amongst Board members. The Board overseeing Architects and Landscape Architects is presently one of the better options available. Surprisingly, the General Land Office is not interested in the administering of the present Board, so that option appears to be disappearing. Response from the Engineering Board has been lukewarm, at best, and the ability to have equal Board representation probably unattainable.

What members need to prepare for is quick and united response to proposals for potential legislative efforts. Davey said this would probably have to be done before March 10/11, so you can see that time is short.

There are some who believe the logical place for Surveyors, if forced to consolidate with another licensing Board, might be with the lawyers. Stay tuned, remain in contact with your local Chapter leaders, and be prepared to contact your local legislative representatives to voice your opinion.

From TSPS President John Watson….TBPLS Issue

Texas Society of Professional Surveyors
Board of Directors

As everyone is aware TBPLS is under fire from the Governor’s Office to consolidate. Per normal protocol as outlined by our Bylaws and committee directives our Gov.’t Affairs Committee and EXCOM have been diligently monitoring this situation, meeting with strategic legislatures and administrators as well as other professional organizations. The legislative process is very unique and not always straight forward in perception. I want to take this opportunity to bring all of you up to speed on exactly what we know and how we are handling this situation. Much of the information below is based on “off record” conversations and rumors except for a few facts.

It has been confirmed that there is NO move for consolidation with TDLR. We do not fit with their agency, they have confirmed this and so has the Legislature. Second it is confirmed that we will NOT consolidate with the GLO.

Officially there are no bills filed as of this date for any changes to TBPLS. Because there has not been any official action TSPS can only continue to monitor the situation and hope to roughly steer the direction of any potential action. As several of us have discussed we would all prefer to be left alone. We have heard a positive rumor that we may be left alone, but this is in direct conflict from information from our meeting with the Governor’s Office and other legislators. Everyone must keep a very important fact in the back of their minds as we navigate this sensitive time. The Governor has line-item veto power over the budget. If we come through this session with no consolidation we carry a huge risk of our budget being cut and TBPLS basically being defunct for the next two years. The Governor has publically named us and his office has put us on notice of their desire for changes. Also there is even a larger chance that we would have to go through this process again during the next session.

That being said here is what we have as options. There is a potential bill to be filed soon from Representative Geren’s Office that would consolidate us with the Architects. We are requesting a copy of the draft so perhaps we can at least prepare for support or objection. For this route we are hoping for a new board with equal representation. The Architects have been very communicative with us and are allowing us to provide input. Representative Smith will facilitate a meeting for us with TSPE and the Engineers’ Board in order to create a bill that would attach us administratively with the Engineers’ Board. So now we know of two potential bills consolidating us and/or attaching us administratively and we have some say in their language. Our benefit is that this gives us options and potential bargaining power. Finally we have had considerable meetings and discussions with the Geoscientists. They are in the same boat as we are. They too have heard rumors of bills consolidating them with both the Engineers and/or Architects. They are trying to become semi-autonomous and have asked us if we would like to go with them. At this time we feel their chances of semi-autonomy are slim as they have no billed prepared and no legislator to carry it.

As you know Representative Callegari is the chair of the committee that will oversee any of these bills. As you may also know he is a past friend of TSPS. We heard a very positive rumor yesterday at the Capitol that he called the Engineers and Architects together to discuss a combined agency that would combine the boards of the Surveyors, Engineers and Architects under one administrative agency. In other words all three Boards would remain independent, but would be consolidated administratively only. Basically we would all share administrative resources. In my opinion this is a great idea. There is also a possibility that we could help write the bill.

Again and for now all we can do is continue to monitor the various bill filings and continue to exercise as much influence on their direction as we can. We are being fed information from the various groups and legislators. I have requested a Special Board Meeting of TSPS that will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2011 in Austin. Per our Bylaws you will be receiving an official notice that will be mailed two weeks prior to the meeting. Everyone must keep in mind that at this special meeting we can only discuss and take possible action on this single subject. By the time of the meeting we will know exactly what bills have been filed and what are our official options. These will be presented to our Board and we can then decide what is the best path for TSPS and the profession.

Because of the “tricky” nature, for lack of a better term, of the legislative process we have managed this situation with the best means possible. Because of the short notice and looming deadline to file any legislation there was no other proactive direction for us to have taken. Self-autonomy is a daunting task and could no way be accomplished in two weeks. Attaching ourselves administratively to any other organization would have been proven futile. Again requesting to be left alone has huge risks, but we can still fight any consolidation legislation. Being combined with either the Engineers or Architects have many positive benefits for us so long as we receive equal representation. It will be the decision for you, the Board of Directors, to determine our actual path once all options are officially on the table.

Please continue to follow the Legislative Updates in email blast form, the various blog posts from EXCOM on the website as well as other email. The TSPS blog is called “Lone Star Lines” and there is a graphic link on the website. I encourage communication and comments from you. Please let me know your thoughts and any concerns from your constituents. As directed by our Bylaws and with advice from Government Affairs, EXCOM and you I will continue to do my best to manage this situation for the best possible outcome for our members and the profession as a whole.

Respectfully Submitted,
John F. Watson, RPLS
Texas Society of Professional Surveyors

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    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

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    On the Horizon ...
    --- Surveying America Event set for Saturday March 19. In conjunction with National Surveyors Week (March 20-26), the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) has organized a great event to highlight Surveyors and promote the survey profession. The event attempts to have as many Surveyors as possible occupy a monument (or any location, for that matter) and obtain latitude and longitude so that position can be forwarded to NSPS. They ask that the “observation” be at least 30 minutes long, and it can be done utilizing typical survey grade equipment used by Surveyors, or even hand held GPS devices. The event is to be a fun event for all, while also an event that draws attention to Surveyors and the profession.

    An attempt to set a record for the Guinness World Book of Records is part of the fun and excitement associated with the event. To set a record for the most people simultaneously performing GPS observations, participants will have to observe between 12-12pm CST on Saturday March 19th. This is your chance to be a part of history!

    TSPS is hoping for a strong participation from its members and Chapters, as Texas obviously has the opportunity to exploit its geographic size and its number of Surveyors to lead this activity. There is talk from the Chapter Presidents Committee and the Public relations Committee to have a “challenge” amongst the Chapters as a way to encourage participation. A link is available via the TSPS website where participants can obtain event information, Data Submittal Forms, and ideas to assist in promoting our profession.

    SIT/RPLS Study Groups
    April is getting close! Halff Associates will host three study groups before the April exams for anyone studying for the SIT or RPLS exam. If you’ve come before – welcome back! If this is your first time we look forward to meeting you. Anyone from any company is more than welcome to come.

    Here is what we do: SIT candidates study in their own group. Everyone is encouraged to bring books or study material and a TBPLS approved calculator. There is no formal lecture. It is just a bunch of people working through problems to prepare for the NCEES exam. The group moves at whatever pace the participants set. It is a great opportunity to learn from your peers and meet people from different companies. Chances are if you’re having trouble with a certain subject or problem, one of the other people in the group knows the answer and can help you with it.

    RPLS candidates also meet in their own group and work through analytical problems. Several topics from the legal portion of the exam also come up, but the main focus of the group is the analytical portion. It tends to be harder to study for alone. Analytical problems are notoriously hard to come by, so if you have any, please bring them. Bring your TBPLS approved calculator and some colored pencils for deed sketches.

    The first meeting this year was held Saturday, February 19, from 8am-noon at Halff Associates’ Richardson office. The next two meetings are scheduled for March 19 and April 2 in the same time slot. As always, there is no charge for the groups and breakfast is provided for those who RSVP. Please RSVP to me by replying to this e-mail.

    You can also keep track of group meetings and access study material through the following two Yahoo groups. To reduce Spam I’ve restricted who can become a member. That won’t affect you if you’re already a member, but I will have to approve any new people who want to join. It could take about a day or so between the time you try to join the group and when you gain access.


    PS - I'm retiring!! This series of three study groups meetings will be the last I lead it. After six years of running the study groups, I've decided to hand the reigns over to someone else. If you are interested in taking over, please let me know and I'll be happy to bring you up to speed.

    SKILLS USA Texas State High School Contest
    The 2011 State Survey Contest is scheduled for March 24 & 25 in Corpus Christi. High school teams from around the State will gather to compete in both written and field exercise competitions. Chapter 5 area teams from Duncanville High School will be returning again this year, hoping to improve from their 3rd and 4th Place finishes last year. Good Luck!

    Tim Mireaur Memorial Golf Tournament
    Golf Tournament Chairman Sean Flaherty reports that this year’s Tournament has been set for Saturday May 14th at The Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris. There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start, with the always popular Texas de Brazil lunch to follow. Watch for details on signing up.

    Chapter 5 Membership…Recruit a Member!
    There are currently 140 members of Chapter 5. TSPS is encouraging 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.

    ---next TBPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for Friday March 11th in Austin. The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings. Check the new Board website for information and meeting agenda (www.txls.state.tx.us).

    ---next TSPS Board of Directors Meeting to be held on Saturday March 19th in Austin. This is a Special Meeting requested by President John Watson to deal specifically and solely with the ongoing TBPLS issue. Location and time is: 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held at this LCRA facility:

    Redbud Center
    3601 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin, TX 78703

    It is at the corner of Redbud Trail and Lake Austin Blvd. After you have passed through the light, make an immediate left into the driveway for this building. You will see the fencing with the name of the building at the entrance.

    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
    Public Relations Chris Freeman


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    2011 Monthly Meeting Dates (speakers/programs)

    March 8 – Open Floor Discussion: TBPLS Issue
    April 12 - Mark Eder, TxDOT
    May 10 – Mike Lewis, PKCE: New ALTA Standards
    June 14 – TBD
    July 12 – TBD
    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

    Surveying USA – March 19
    Texas & National Surveyor’s Week – March 20-26
    Chapter 5 Golf Tournament – May 14 @ The Brickyard Golf Course
    Chapter 5 Day at Lone Star Park – TBD
    Annual Convention & Exhibits –co-hosted by Chapter 5 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

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    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, Dal-Tech, Bohannan Huston, Inc., R Delta Engineers, Winkelmann & Associates, Di Sciullo & Terry,   Lamb-Star Engineering, Gonzalez-Schneeberg, Stantec, 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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