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 May 2010                                                             The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter 

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Thought for the Day….


-  No man ever listened himself out of a job.     – Calvin Coolidge


-Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time. - Unknown         


Note of Gratitude…the following was sent to all Chapter 5 members from Robert Young regarding the $500.00 donation by Chapter 5 to assist with travel expenses for Barton Burnett to attend and present at the 2010 ACSM Conference held in April in Phoenix:


I am sending this to Chris Freeman in hopes that he can let others know that your decision and action to send the $500.00 is appreciated more than you probably know.


Dear Chapter Five - "the chapter that Gets things done"


THANK YOU for your financial support of Barton Burnett to the ACSM/ GITA conference this year.  Your $500.00 is greatly appreciated and the only money that TSPS was able to muster.  Your continued dedication and actions that have lead to and continue to lead to SUCCESS for the education of surveyors, the public, and OUR FUTURE SURVEYORS is recognized and greatly appreciated by myself and many others.


Wanted to send a REAL LETTER, and made the e-decision format, as I know that with the tool of email, you can spread the word that your chapter donation was received and applied to a great purpose.  Bart did an outstanding job, as you will hear in the future as he represented our State, Skills USA, Duncanville High School, and TSPS in a very professional and effective manner in his presentations both formal, and one on one.


Bart used every opportunity to "spread the word" and I have confidence Skills USA will be a door that many young people enter the Surveying profession as the direct result of being active in the process of leadership and skills that makes up the Skills USA program.






Robert L. Young


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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).

TSPS-5 Advertisers should be encouraged to send advertisements in .JPG format at 72dpi/ppi

Business card sized at 2" * 3.5"
Half page ads sized at 5.5" * 4.25"
Full page ad's 11" * 8.5"
Other acceptable image file format as follows: .tif, .bmp, .gif

.PDF are acceptable but require re-formatting which may affect final image quality.

Other file formats will require reformatting and take longer to post. Advertisements may be sent as stand alone HTML based web code. For more specific web based advertising details please contact Chris Freeman at his email address: cfreeman@bhinc.com

Advertisements should be emailed to Chris Freeman at his email address: cfreeman@bhinc.com

Advertisements should be sent prior to Newsletter posting on the 1st of each month.

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Chapter Officers for 2009-2010

The Executive Committee for Chapter 5 for 2009-2010 is as follows:

  • Raul Wong, Jr.        President

  • Jerry Lehew            1st Vice President

  • Jason Jernigan         2nd Vice President

  • John Pierce              Secretary/Treasurer

  • Charlie Redd          1 year Director   

  • Richard Ortiz           1 year Director

  • Colin Henry             2 year Director

  • Fred Bemenderfer    2 year Director

  • Bob  Cummings       Past President

  • Chris Freeman         Chapter Representative


Chapter 5  Committee Chairs

  • Education                John Pierce

  •        --Skills USA            Jerry Lehew

  •        --Teachers Retreat   Colin Henry

  • Nominating Bob Cummings

  • Membership Richard Ortiz

  • Programs Paul Mannel

  • Golf Tournament Sean Flaherty

  • Day at Lone Star Park Robert Schneeberg

  • Public Relations Chris Freeman

  • Governmental Liaison Charlie Redd

If you are interested in assisting on any of the above Committees, please contact the respective Committee Chairman.  Your volunteer service is appreciated.


Memorial Day Remembered Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

General John A. Logan
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [LC-B8172- 6403 DLC (b&w film neg.)]


Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:    
We cherish too, the Poppy red
              That grows on fields where valor led,
              It seems to signal to the skies
              That blood of heroes never dies.


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In the Rearview Mirror…

--- We had a great turnout for our April monthly meeting, with Barton Burnett from Duncanville High School presenting an informative program on the activities of the Skills USA survey program, and what the next step is in the journey.  There were 30+ attendees.

---Texas Trig*Star winner….Congratulations are in order to Tyler Fugere of Flower Mound High School as the 2010 State of Texas Trig*Star Competition winner.  Tyler and his Trig teacher will be invited to an upcoming Chapter meeting to receive their awards.                                     


---Certified Survey Technician test date set….the next scheduled exam date for any of the Certified Survey Technician levels has been scheduled for Saturday August 14th at the West Campus of North Lake College.  This certification program is a great way for your paraprofessional staff to document their skill levels, both for office and field personnel.  You can download a practice test on the NSPS website via the CST link:    ( www.nspsmo.org ). For information regarding any aspect of the testing, contact John Pierce at 214-532-1667.


 --Annual Golf Tournament …..The 11th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament was held May 1st at the Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris.  Although the official audit has not yet been reported, preliminary reports from Chairman Sean Flaherty are that approximately $2,500.00 was raised for the Chapter scholarship fund.  There were nearly 80 golfers participating in this fun event, and there were plenty of prizes, food, and cold drinks.  Thanks to all the individuals and firms that pitched in for this great event.


---Texas One Call System to cease operations….As a consequence of a legal setback, Texas One Call System (“TOCS”) has determined to end its operations as a notification center in Texas.  Theywill wind down their operations over the next several weeks.
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of its Texas Excavation Safety System. You may contact Dig TESS at (972) 231-5497.



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    Opportunities for You….


    ----2010 Teachers Retreat: Planning is nearly complete for the 2010 Teachers Retreat, which will be hosted by North Lake College, and jointly sponsored by TSPS Chapter 5 (Dallas) and Chapter 2 (North Central).  The dates are set, June 15-17.  With an expected 40+ high school educators attending, the hope is to have 25-30 Surveyors committed to volunteer some of their time during the Retreat to assist in the various activities that will familiarize the teachers with what Surveyors do.  Heading the Chapter 5 team is new Director Colin Henry.  Some of the Guest Speakers have already committees, including Keynote Speaker Brian Autio.  Also speaking are Nedra Foster and Darrell Shine.  There are classroom activities, as well as field exercises planned.  And more than anything, it is just casual interaction between Surveyors and educators that go such a long way in sharing who we are and what we do that will really dictate the success of the event.  Be a part of it!  Get on the Volunteer List by contacting Jerry Lehew at 972-442-5405.






    --TECH TIPS: Network RTK …submitted by Chris Nelms (GeoShack)

    The development of Networks for GPS Surveying has been in my opinion one of the best advancements in Survey technology in a number of years.  To be able to survey with less gear and have the same or better accuracy is great.  Many larger survey firms have streamlined their crews with a network rover in addition to the traditional total station and level the crews carry.  Some smaller start-up or new to gps companies have started with a network rover instead of a traditional base/transmitter/rover system.  Here are some functional things to consider about using a Network RTK system.

    Is the majority of my survey work within the area covered by the reference network?  For many rural surveyors this will not be the case as most reference networks cover metropolitan areas.  Check the map provided by your vendor.  As the network grows so will your work availability with the receiver.

    Is there good data coverage for the receiver or external modem to connect with the internet while in the field?  It is a good idea to check the AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc. coverage maps for the principle areas you work.  You may know of a few locations in town where your cell may drop while in a call and the same is true for a GPS data modem.  I have driven on 1604 near Babcock and will lose a call in San Antonio, as well as driving down a hill on Bee Caves road in Austin.  The coverage in a metropolitan area is good so you may never have a problem.  It is important to note that positional tolerance is also tighter in a metropolitan area.

    If I get work out of my network area or out of state will my receiver work with other RTK networks?  All RTK receivers can adapt to work with any network provider.  It is up to the network provider to accommodate your brand of gear so check with local vendors.  There are several states that provide free network RTK corrections to the public.  You simply program your receiver to accept the format being universally broadcast.

    If you want to use your existing “recently paid for” equipment without a built-in cell modem, you will need to consider battery life.  You can connect to a network with a data compatible cell phone but carry a spare battery as some only last for three to four hours of continuous use.  Most external modems(i.e. Airlink Raven) plug directly into the receiver.  The operating time of a Rover receiver battery is reduced to accommodate the modem.  So be prepared with an extra battery if you are spending the day in the field instead of running out to complete a quick elevation certificate.

    Can I use my base station with a network rover in a remote area?  Yes.  If you are using older gear with a built in radio modem then it is simple to change back to your original means of RTK.  With new network receivers a standard radio modem is not necessarily built-in but can be added.  There is a survey practice rule to follow should you switch between network and base station on the same project/job, but it works fine.  Otherwise set two points and gather static data on them with the network rover, use your total station for the day with those points, and adjust to the two post processed points back at the office.


    One of the best ways to determine whether to use a Network rover is to ask a surveyor who has one at the next TSPS meeting.  As with any tool, proper training is important for effective and accurate use.  I hope this information is helpful.


    --Governor Perry appoints new Chairman to the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying

    Gov. Rick Perry has named D.G. (Greg) Smyth of Uvalde chair of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The board protects Texas residents by regulating and licensing land surveyors.

    Smyth is president of D.G. Smyth and Company Inc. He is a member of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and a life member and past state president of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors. He is also charter president of Chapter 22 of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and is past president of the Dilley Independent School District School Board. Smyth attended Southwest Texas Junior College and Texas A&M University.







    DATE:  JUNE 5, 2010

    TIME: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

    LOCATION: Richard Moya Park (just minutes from the Austin Airport Hilton, site of the TSPS Quarterly Board Meeting)


    ENTRY FEE:  No cost. Each team must supply and cook donated meats for auction event


    This year we are inviting six BBQ teams to participate in a cook off at the Ray Wisdom Auction. TSPS will accept the first five teams that register as participants in this year’s event. Teams can be sponsored by TSPS Chapters, student groups or companies and are limited to four members per team. Each team will prepare two competition meats for judging by the TSPS Executive Committee.


    COMPETITION MEATS:  Pork spare ribs and whole chicken

    Cooking must be complete by 4:30 and judging will begin between 4:30 and 5:00.


    ***DONATED MEATS:  Sausage, pre-cooked brisket – Each team should prepare enough donated meat to feed 25 diners (sausage and brisket donated by J-B Foods)




    Contact Paul Carey at txsurvey@att.net to register or for more details.



      --Monthly Meeting Program/Speaker ideas?  If you have an idea regarding a Speaker or meeting Program, contact Program Committee Chairman Paul Mannel (817) 293-1914.  Good programs mean good attendance and greater activity.


    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 Friday June 4th at 9 am at the TCEQ building.  The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings.  Check the Board website for a location map (www.txls.state.tx.us ).


    ---next TSPS Board Meeting to be held on Saturday June 5th, 2010 in Austin.  The Annual Ray Wisdom Auction and BBQ will follow the Board Meeting.  Stop by and partake of the proceedings and the Committee work, as this is the governing body of your organization.  The BBQ/Auction is a fun family event.


    ---Future annual convention dates and locations were approved by the TSPS Board of Directors:

                 2011 – Embassy Suites, Frisco – Oct. 6-8

                     2012 – Embassy Suites, San Marcos – Oct. 11-13

                     2013 – Sheraton, Arlington – Oct. 31-Nov. 2

                     2014 – Westin Galleria, Houston – Nov. 1-3

                     2015 – Sheraton, Dallas – Nov. 12-14


    Safety First…..Make it a Priority

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             2010 Monthly Meeting Dates (speakers/programs)

    • June 8   TBD  Mark Eder, TxDOT Dallas District Survey Coordinator

    • July 13   John Warren, Dallas County Clerk (tentative)

    • August 10   Scott Dunham, Mobile Lidar Scanning

    • September 14  Joint Meeting with Chapter 2 & new Officer Installation

    • Annual Convention in Houston October 21-23

    •  November 9   TBD

    •  December – No Meeting



             2010 Special Events Schedule

    •  June 12       Day @ Lone Star Park (tentative

    • June 15-17  4th Annual TSPS Educators Retreat @ North Lake College – West Campus

    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 Records & Abstract, Geomatic Resources,  Courthouse Research Specialists, and WDS.

    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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