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May 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


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New ALTA/ACSM Standards effective as of February 23, 2011.
See the link on our Chapter website 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 All previous requirements are superseded by the new requirements as of February 23, 2011.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.

Chapter 5 Public Relations
The Chapter leadership recently voted to spend $200.00 to “adopt a county” in the Texas Almanac online version. We adopted Collin County. Our Chapter website is hyperlinked. And the sponsorship is good for 2 years. Check out this link to see your Chapter PR funds at work in a new and innovative manner, as well as the Chapter 5 Certificate of Adoption: http://www.texasalmanac.com/topics/government/collin-county

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  In the Rearview Mirror…

The April meeting was well attended by over 60. TxDOT Dallas District Survey Coordinator Mark Eder presented a program on new technologies that are being increasingly utilized by the DOT to acquire needed survey data while limiting the exposure of workers to the dangerous work environment along the highway. Updates were also provided on the legislative situation, which will be coming to and end at the end of May.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE—Agency Consolidation
April 27, 2011

This legislative session three bills have been filed relative to professional licensing agencies for Surveyors, Engineers, Architects and Geoscientists. They are HB 2480 (Rep. Geren), HB 2543 (Rep. Smith) and HB 3166 (Rep. Callegari). Neither HB 2480 nor HB 2543 has been heard in committee. Therefore, it is likely they are dead for the session.

HB 3166 was heard in the Government Efficiency and Reform committee on April 21. TSPS President John Watson and others testified in favor of the bill provided it would be revised so as to include the appropriate representation for the surveying profession. At the conclusion of TSPS testimony, Rep Callegari requested that President Watson and Mark Hanna make an appointment to meet with him personally to discuss concerns with the provisions of HB 3166. That meeting took place on April 27 and included President John Watson, Vice President Curtis Strong, Pat Smith, Anne Glasgow and Mark Hanna.

At the outset of the meeting, when asked our position, it was emphatically stated that TBPLS should be left alone. When asked what other options we might consider acceptable we responded that a consolidated administrative agency with independent licensing boards was an acceptable alternative. As a final compromise we would be willing to support a bill with one licensing board with equal representation for Architects, Engineers and Surveyors.

We anticipate that HB 3166 will be reported out of committee soon. It may or may not include the revisions we have requested. But we were assured that our concerns will be taken into account as the bill moves through the legislative process. Depending upon further revisions to the bill, the timing of a call to action for either support or opposition will be issued at the appropriate time as such action is required.

Chapter 5 Trig*Star Results submitted by John Pierce
The 2011 Results of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors-Dallas Chapter No. 5 are as follows:

First Place
Second Place
Third Place
Fourth Place
Fifth Place
Richard Wang, Flower Mound HS, Mary Walker, 100 in 14:41
Jain Adeesh, Flower Mound HS, Mary Walker, 100 in 16:40
Dennis Wu, Jasper HS, Plano, Jayne Fischer, 100 in 16:57
Dillon Lewis, Bishop Lynch HS, Jeff Morrow, 100 in 22:30
Linda Oh, The Hockaday School, Brooke Quinlan, 100 in 23:27

Last years State winner and third in the nation finished in 16:40 with a 78. One additional note, Ms Fischer at Jasper HS in Plano had 61 students participate with 18 scoring 100. The Dallas Chapter mailed 166 letters the end of January to virtually every high school in our seven county area. The following schools did participate:

Garland High School
Townview Science and Engineering, Dallas ISD
Bishop Lynch High Scool
The Hockaday School
Plano West High School
Williams High School, Plano ISD
Jasper High School, Plano ISD
Flower Mound High School, Lewisville ISD
Liberty High School, Frisco ISD
W.H. Adamson H. S., Dallas ISD
Seagoville H. S., Dallas ISD
Ferris H. S., Ferris ISD

Currently the top 3 teams statewide are from the Chapter 5 area! Award monies will go to the First and Second Place student and teacher.

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.


New Educational Opportunity Available
in the Texas Panhandle:
The High Plains Experience Seminar

May 12-14, 2011

LIT Ranch (near Channing, Texas) - Lodging at
Talon Point Retreat
16 CEUs
(Seminar limited to first 35 paid registrants)

The Historic 60,000 acre LIT Ranch, pronounced “lit” like you “lit the fire”, is a mixture of 1879 Pre-Emption surveys, standard “River Surveys” and Railroad Surveys filling the gaps in between. Many of the 1879 corners have been recovered in good condition.

Get more info on costs, instructors, lodging and registration HERE.
View and print a seminar registration form HERE.

You can also read the following article by Craig Alderman about this first-ever
High Plains Experience class:


The surveyors in West Texas have been blessed with a great opportunity. For many years the folks in this area have discussed the development of a West Texas Boundary Seminar similar to the very successful Brady and Concan events. We determined there are FIVE components necessary for a successful West Texas Boundary Seminar. First we needed a project site with willing land owner who has agreed to a long term use of their property. Second is a site with original or historical monuments to search for. Third is comfortable, affordable lodging close to the project site that can also double as a classroom. Fourth is a group of knowledgeable, interesting and dedicated instructors willing to share their experience with the attendees. Fifth and probably the most important is support of the surveying community.

Last year, with the help of Chapter 16 President J.D. Davis, the pieces to the puzzle began to fall into place.

First: The project site will be the historic 60,000 acre LIT Ranch (http://www.litranch.com) on the Canadian River just northeast of the historic town of Tascosa, now the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. The LIT (pronounced “lit”, like you “lit” the fire) is owned by Mr. Bill O’Brien. Bill is a wealth of local knowledge and will be a great asset for the course. Bill is also a skillful researcher and “corner hunter” having found many of the corners on his ranch. Bill and his assistant “Mellow” (the yellow Lab) spend many hours roaming the ranch on their Polaris Ranger enjoying their own style of surveying. Tascosa, formerly part of the LIT, was a “Wild West” town in every since of the word and even had its own version of a “Boot Hill Cemetery. The cemetery, now part of the Boy’s Ranch, can be seen when you visit the ranch. In the early days, Tascosa was frequented by the outlaw “Billy the Kid” who liked to “vacation” in Tascosa and was said to sell “stolen horses” along the river. Frenchy McCormick, said to be the last resident of Tascosa was respectfully referred to in her later years as “formerly a woman of the town”. Legendary Pioneer Surveyor Mr. W.D. Twichell spent much of his early years surveying in this area as describe in Texas was his Land. Having recently gained access to Twichell‘s 1880s map of Tascosa we hope to retrace some of his work around Tascosa.

Second: We have already recovered several of the original mounds (some with remains of Cottonwood witness trees) as located by Mr. Summerfield in his 1879 survey. There still is some question about the exact location of the upland river corners and this is something we are continuing to research. Hopefully some of the local surveyors will share their local knowledge of the area with us. The history of the LIT Ranch and Tascosa offers a unique opportunity to teach about Texas Surveying and its impact on the Panhandle. The Old Courthouse of Tascosa now serves as a museum and is a great window into the history of ranching and surveying in this area. The museum is now part of the Boys Ranch. There is still much of the ranch we have not explored and we look forward to many great experiences and opportunities to teach from. The first two classes at the High Plains Experience will have the opportunity to build “Twichell ‘s version of a corner” as described on page 67 of Texas was his Land. These mounds will be built in two types of soil where they were commonly set. The attendees following the first two classes will be able to see how these mounds” weather” giving the attendees a better idea what to look for as they search for similar mounds in the future.

Third: Talon Point Retreat, a beautiful twenty five minute drive from the LIT will be the lodging site for the seminar. Talon Point (http://talonpoint.net) is owned by the Panhandle Children’s Foundation, Inc. and is operated by Steve and Brenda Burks. Talon Point offers a large dining hall, several meeting rooms, a large stocked bass pond and 42 double occupancy rooms and one large suite, all set up like a motel. The retreat is a very popular destination for large groups ranging from “quilting groups to “motorcycle clubs”. This will be a great place for surveyors to relax after a hard, but fun day of surveying and the ladies will find the retreat very comfortable. The hospitality and food at Talon Point Retreat is certainly something to look forward to. The retreat is a 45 minute drive from the Amarillo International Airport.

Fourth: I am very excited about the group of surveyors leading the seminar. The instructors, all RPLS and LS, are surveyors that I have long respected. These surveyors all have the experience and knowledge that is important to pass on to other surveyors. Mr. Robby Christopher of Lubbock will instruct on What the TBPLS and the Public expect from Professional Surveyors. Mr. Michel Newton of Andrews will give insight into the working conditions of the early High Plains surveyors and will give instruction on “astronomical observations” used by these surveyors. Mr. Stan Piper of Gardendale will instruct on how to prepare record research and offer insight on how to use this research to locate monuments in the field. Mr. Piper will also discuss court cases relevant to this area. Mr. Maxey Sheppard of Abilene will instruct on how to apply the principles of a “Gradient Boundary Survey” to a river like the Canadian River. These “Prairie Rivers” offer many challenges not found on the “Hill Country Rivers” and Mr. Sheppard’s experience on the Canadian River will be a great asset. Chapter 16 surveyors will also discuss the history of the Texas Stateline and the Capitol of Texas Lands which were part of the XIT Ranch. We WILL NOT be offering any “Tree Identification Workshops”, I think you will see why on the drive up here, we will probably only show you an old cottonwood stump or two.

Fifth: We hope to model The High Plains Experience after the two other successful boundary seminars. The overall concepts taught will be the same. Our unique setting will allow us to add a little more history. We have already enjoyed the encouragement of surveyors around the state and look forward to hosting them at the seminar. The true test of support for any project like this is the participation and enjoyment of attendees. We are excited to share this project with you and will soon be sending out information about attending the course.

You can call (806) 374-4334 for information about the seminar.
R. Craig Alderman RPLS
High Plains Experience Development Group
TSPS West Area Representative
TSPS Course and Speaker Development Chair

  On the Horizon ...

Annual Golf Tournament is rapidly approaching. Sean Flaherty has got us set up for another fun day at The Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris on Saturday May 14. Shotgun start at 8 am, with the always popular Texas de Brazil lunch following the golfing. Plenty of door prizes, and scholarship monies will be raised for area surveying students.

Day at Lone Star Park – Saturday June 4
Robert Schneeberg is organizing a day at the horse track at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. This has been a popular activity over the years, and is good fun for members and their families, friends, and clients. Looks like the date will be Saturday June 4th. For $9, attendees would have access to a reserved seat in the enclosed air conditioned second level. Food and drink is extra. Contact Robert to get your tix today.

2011 Teachers Retreat Info…
Do you know a teacher who might want to learn about surveying? Then alert them to the following opportunity:

June 12-14, 2011 - Conrad Blucher Institute
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science, United States Department of Agriculture and the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors announces the USDA Geospatial Surveying Workshop Teacher Summer Workshop research experience.

Teachers are provided with a $250 stipend to attend a three-day workshop at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. Applications can be found at: http://gisc.tamucc.edu/USDA/Application.pdf fax to 361-825-5848 or email to Stacey.lyle@tamucc.edu.

Teachers will work with researchers and students to investigate geospatial and surveying concepts in use by the industry today. Topics include: using RTK-GPS, mapping sites, and producing topographic maps. The goal of the three-day workshop is to have teachers help with research and to assist in the publication of this research, while also learning about the technology and the science of surveying and mapping to help them in teaching students in Texas. Additionally, it is expected that the teachers will assist the industry in finding and directing students to seek education in the geospatial industry. The outcome of this workshop will be a published research paper with the teachers and researchers as authors.

Workshop Agenda
Sunday June 12th
12:30pm – 1:00pm: Welcome
Teachers, researchers, and students will register and introduce themselves.

Sunday June 12th
1:00pm – 4:00pm:USDA and Geospatial Surveying Science Presentations
Researchers and professional surveyors will discuss career opportunities in the fields of geospatial surveying and agriculture. Field demonstration of research and technology will be conducted. Presentations about the legal, scientific, mathematical, engineering, and technology used in industry will be presented.

Monday June 13th
9:00 am- 12:00pm: Teacher Workshop Teams
Teachers and researchers will be divided into teams that will address key questions of directing students into geospatial science and surveying industry.

12:00pm- 1:00pm: Lunch and Guest Speakers
Guest presenters of Students and Director of the Conrad Blucher Institute will give a presentation.

1:00pm- 3:00pm: Teacher Workshop Teams Results
Teachers and research will build an outline for the published paper of finding for the workshop. Results will be organized into key concepts and directives that geospatial surveying programs can use to attract more students into their field.

Tuesday June 14th
9:00 am- 10:00am: Teacher Workshop Teams Outline? Review
Teachers and researchers will review the outline for the? paper and make critical comments on concepts and directives.

10:00am – 12:00pm: Teacher Presentation and Discussion
Teachers will each present their analysis of the workshop with steps to assist in assisting increasing number of students entering into the field. This information will be introduced into final publication as summary and future efforts

2011 TSPS Annual Convention & Exhibits October 6-8
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 at whatever level you are able. It makes the event a great success.

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 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.

---next TBPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for Friday Friday June 17th 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 June 25th in Austin. This is also the meeting that the annual Ray Wisdom Auction and BBQ is held following the Board meeting.

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 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)

May 10 – Mike Lewis, PKCE: New ALTA Standards
June 14 – James Harkin, Texas General Land Office
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

Chapter 5 Golf Tournament – May 14 @ The Brickyard Golf Course
Chapter 5 Day at Lone Star Park – June 4
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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