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

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Thought for the Day….

--“Success seems to be connected with action.  Successful people keep moving.  They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”  --Conrad Hilton

10th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament…the results are in!

On April 25th, the TSPS Dallas Chapter 5 sponsored the 10th Annual Tim Mireur Golf Tournament.  This event has grown over the years in both participation and sponsorship.  This year there were 84 players and 10 Hole Sponsors.  This was an outstanding turnout considering the economy and how it has affected our industry.

This tournament was initiated 10 years ago by a handful of local surveyors wanting to play golf in a somewhat organized manner.  Now each year the number of players varies from 80-100, which 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, networking, and strong camaraderie.

This year was as good as it gets.  Starting out the morning with a homemade Tex-Mex breakfast sponsored by Rene Ortiz and Precise Land Records!  There were several ladies there that morning (and preparing the night before, I’m sure) preparing and serving the meal.  They outdid themselves, and everyone left fat and happy for a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.   

After play, everyone returned to the clubhouse for a fantastic lunch from Texas de Brazil.  Nothing like massive quantities of meat to fill a hearty appetite!

After lunch we completed the event by presenting awards and door prizes.  The 1st Place team was comprised of Bud Hodgin, Jeff Vick, Curtis Smith and Jon CooperRunners Up were Rodney Walsh, Sue Stewart, Paul Carlson and Dave Rowlett, and the 3rd Place Team was Dan Flaherty, Tom McKeever, Doug Mikeworth and Brian Meyer.  There were other awards given including the Longest Drive which was won by Chris Cox.  Not only did Chris get a prize, but he also was given the “holy grail” of this tournament, which is a hard-hat with a tee and TSPS golf ball on top…quite the shelf decoration.

Another accolade for this tournament is that part of the proceeds are now given to Dallas Chapter 5 to be used strictly for scholarships and education.  These monies will be used to pay for some survey-related classes, books and calculators for our local survey students.  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.

            Fulton Surveying, Inc.

            Geomatic Resources LLC

            Lamb-Star Engineering, L.P.

            Lina T. Ramey & Associates, Inc.

            Lone Star Record & Abstract Services, Inc.

            Midwest Architects & Engineers Supply, Inc.

            The Wallace Group, Inc.

            TSPS Chapter 2

            Western Data Systems, Inc.

Thanks to these sponsors, we are better able to promote and support our growing local survey classes.

Besides Precise Land Records, there are Special Thanks that need to go out to a few more individuals and companies.  Richard Ortiz and Lone Star Record & Abstract provided additional funds for prizes for the 1st Place participants.  John Nicholson and Midwest Architects & Engineers Supply also provided the trophies, an additional drink ticket for each player, and several more door prizes.  These companies went above and beyond!

Also a Special Thanks needs to go out to Sue Stewart and Fulton Surveying, and 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 or overlap of students and instructors for these classes.  Participation from both Chapters is really a win-win for our profession.

After the dust has settled and the expenses were paid, the Chapter netted $2,000.00 to go towards our local surveying Education.  If you or anyone is interested in speaking to someone about how these scholarships are awarded, please contact either John Pierce (214.631.7888) or Chris Freeman (972.226.8181 ext 106).  Or you can contact any one of the Chapter’s many active members and they can head you in the right direction.

Thanks again for everyone who participated, and another Special Thanks to our sponsors!!  I look forward to our 11th Tournament next spring.


Sean M. Flaherty
Tournament Chair


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 April meeting had a strong turnout, with 40+ attendees.  Scott Stockburger, P.E., was our Guest Speaker.  He presented a nice program on Sub Surface Engineering and how surveyors are involved in the accurate mapping of those utilities.   

---SkillsUSA State Survey Competition was held in Corpus Christi on April 2-4.  The Chapter 5 school, Duncanville High School, had two 3 person teams competing out of a total of 7 teams statewide.  Duncanville H.S. teams placed First and Fourth, and the Birdville H.S. team placed Third (remember, Chapter 5 donated a Total Station to them last Fall).  In addition, Chapter 5 had good representation with members Richard Ortiz and Chris Freeman assisting with judging and monitoring of the survey field exercises (Traverse and Level Loop).  Several Dallas area firms were able to quickly contribute and donate items for “goodie bags” for the 21 student competitors and 4 Faculty Advisors.  Special thanks to the following firms assisting with this endeavor, and for Richard Ortiz delivering the box of items to Corpus Christi: Lone Star Record & Abstract Services, Dallas Aerial Surveys, Halff Associates, Geomatic Resources, Bohannan Huston, AECOM, Western Data Systems, Lina T. Ramey & Associates, Carlson Desktop Solutions, and TxDOT Corpus Christi District.  What an outstanding effort by Chapter 5 area firms!!!

--- Chris Freeman and Bill Coleman represented TSPS at the televised Duncanville ISD School Board meeting on April 13th, where TSPS Chapter 5 was recognized for its support of the Duncanville High School Skills/USA survey program. 

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    Certified Survey Technician exam prep classes continue…..

    The next CST exam date is set for Saturday May 9th.  Now is the time to get registered and prepared for the exam.  Contact John Pierce for details/info.


    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: (you can access the archived stories as told by our old friend Ben Thomson, past Director of Surveys for the GLO) and .  Additionally, “This Week in Texas History” can be accessed locally via KVCE Radio 1160AM.


    Bulletin Board Odds ‘n Ends….


    I found some surveying equipment along Ridge Road (FM 740) on Friday evening 02/20/2009 and it was still there on Saturday morning so I took it home with me. I would like to return this to its rightful owner. Please call/email me with the proper description and I will arrange to get it back to you.

    Thank you,
    Jason D. Thompson, RPLS

    Out On the Horizon….

    The next Chapter 5 meeting will be held Tuesday May 12th at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant on Lover’s Lane.  Guest Speaker will be Jack Avis, RPLS who will present insight on utilizing GIS in our everyday business flow.  Come join us for good food,  great camaraderie, and good info for successful business practices.

    Chapter 5 goes racing at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie on Saturday May 30th.  This year our package is simplified…$13 ticket to the enclosed air conditioned sky boxes.  Food and drinks on your own.  Always a fun event for family and friends alike.  Contact Robert Schneeberg (972-516-8855) for ticket info. 
    Click here for Event Info.

    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 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.


     May 12 --- Jack Avis: GIS as a Survey Tool
    June 9 --- Glenn Breysacher/Wayne Terry: Vacancy in Garland?
    July 14 --- Rob Hathaway, Delorme GIS: Geocaching for fun
    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
    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, GeoShack, and Dallas Aerial Surveys, Inc.

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

    Archived News Letters:

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

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