Monday, November 24, 2014

NSPS attends summit on P3 highway projects

NSPS attends summit on P3 highway projects

NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently attended a public-private partnership (P3) summit co-hosted by the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) and the law firm of Smith Curry & Hancock LLP. Other participants included the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and American Subcontractors Association (ASA). P3s provide opportunities for surveyors, as well as for private sector investment, assets and resources. Remarks on lending and surety options for P3s was provided by Ann Marie Mehlum, the Associate Administrator of Capital Access of the Small Business Administration (SBA), pictured here with Mr. Byrd. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

NSPS Congratulates 2014 Scholarship Program Winners

NSPS Congratulates 2014 Scholarship Program Winners

Each year the NSPS Foundation administers the National Society of Professional Surveyors/American Association for Geodetic Surveying scholarship program which includes 13 scholarships in a number of categories. The scholarship are provided by a variety of sponsors.

The 2014 winners are:

Matthew Boozer (PSU/Wilkes-Barre) – Nettie Dracup Memorial Scholarship

Theodore Frear (PSU/Wilkes-Barre) – AAGS Joseph F. Dracup Scholarship

Jacob Heck (Ohio State Univ.) – AAGS Graduate Fellowship

Anne Howell (University of Maine/Orono) – Schonstedt Scholarship in Surveying

Beau Immel (CSU-Fresno) – Berntsen International Scholarship in Surveying Technology

Juliana Jefferson (University of Nevada-Reno) – Cady McDonnell Memorial Scholarship

 Cade LaLonde (Ferris State University) – Schonstedt Scholarship in Surveying

 Tyrone LaRue (East Tennessee State University) – Nettie Dracup Memorial Scholarship

Stephanie Mazerolle (University of Maine/Orono) – Lowell H. and Dorothy Loving Undergraduate Scholarship

Megan Miller (Purdue University) – NSPS Scholarship

 Heather Nicholson (PSU/Wilkes-Barre) – Berntsen International Scholarship in Surveying

 Carlton Riddle (North Carolina A&T State University) – Fellows Scholarship

 Abiye Williams (Towson University, Community College of Baltimore) – NSPS Board of Governors Scholarship

Friday, November 14, 2014

ENR endorses NSPS-supported reform legislation

ENR, a major construction and engineering-related news magazine, has endorsed design-build and reverse auction legislation that NSPS is supporting in Congress. NSPS is part of a broad coalition of construction and professional services groups seeking these reforms when the Senate takes up the National Defense Authorization Act in the post-election, lame duck session.

Monday, November 10, 2014

200 Million CORS Data Files Served!

Users of the NGS-managed Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) network passed a notable milestone at the end of October, downloading the 200 millionth GPS data file from the network. These data enable users to determine centimeter-level positions consistent to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS)—the coordinate system that defines latitude, longitude, height, scale, gravity, and orientation for the Nation. Via the CORS network, users are able to simultaneously process their own GPS data with data from the network to support three-dimensional positioning, meteorology, space weather, and geophysical applications.

NGS dates back to 1807 when Thomas Jefferson signed legislation to establish the Survey of the Coast. The same basic techniques based on line-of-sight observations were used in geodetic surveying until GPS revolutionized the industry. This 200 millionth milestone exemplifies how NGS is steeped in tradition, while meeting the needs of its customers with accuracy and efficiency today and into the future.  

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

NSPS and ALTA representatives met November 5

NSPS and ALTA representatives met November 5 at ALTA’s downtown District of Columbia offices to discuss the status of the ongoing review of the ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey standards, and strategies for coordinating with Federal agencies regarding the appropriate use of the standards on projects for which they provide funding.

Pictured are: Kelly Lyn Romeo, ALTA Vice President; Curt Sumner, NSPS Executive Director; Michelle Korsmo, ALTA Chief Executive Officer; Gary Kent, NSPS ALTA/ACSM Committee Chair, and Joint ALTA/NSPS Committee Chair; Steve Gottheim, ALTA Legislative & Regulatory Counsel.  Also attending the meeting was NSPS Government Affairs consultant John Palatiello (not pictured)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ALTA/ACSM Question

I have a question that’s been bugging me, especially lately.  I have been getting Table A’s recently from some clients who are checking off items 20a and 20b.  I have been doing ALTA’s for years, but only recently have I been getting these items checked off.

I have spoken to several of my colleagues about it, particularly about 20b.  I get a different take on what needs to be done from everyone I talk to.

Can you tell me what your thoughts are regarding 20b?  I cannot get my head around what the limits of this might be, where do you stop?  And what is meant by the term “monument?”  I wonder if Lenders & Attorneys really understand what this means?

For reference, Table A, Item 20 reads as follows:

(a) Locate improvements within any offsite easements or servitudes benefitting the surveyed property that are disclosed in the Record Documents provided to the surveyor and that are observed in the process of conducting the survey (client to obtain necessary permissions). 
(b) Monuments placed (or a reference monument or witness to the corner) at all major corners of any offsite easements or servitudes benefitting the surveyed property and disclosed in Record Documents provided to the surveyor (client to obtain necessary permissions).

First and foremost it is important to remember that whether, and to what extent, any initially requested Table A items are to be addressed is to be negotiated between the responsible party (person/entity purchasing the survey) and the surveyor. The responsible party may very well be influenced by others (title company/attorney/etc.) regarding whether or not a particular Table A item is in fact desired/needed. Whether or not “lenders & attorneys really understand what is intended” by Table A items is a hard question to answer. It seems that often Table A items are initially requested, but dropped once the magnitude of the effort/cost to provide them is understood.

A key phrase here is “record documents provided to the surveyor”. This means that the surveyor is not required to exhaustively search out such documents during record research to collect boundary determination evidence.

20(a) is intended to basically treat (survey) off-site easements as if they were a fee parcel - locating improvements therein like fences, drives, observed evidence of utilities, etc.  But only within off-site easements that have been identified in documents provided to the surveyor.

20 (b) deals with setting a physical marker (iron pin/stake/etc., whatever is negotiated) at the major corners/break points along any easement/servitude that is “disclosed in the Record Documents”. A reason Item 20 (b) may be desired is to find out the physical limits of the easement or servitude.

The “client to obtain necessary permissions” phrase of course means the responsible party is to obtain permission (preferably written permission) from the owner for the surveyor to enter the offsite property upon which an easement or servitude lies.

Monday, November 3, 2014

NSPS PAC announces candidate support in November 4 election

The NSPS Political Action Committee (NSPS PAC) has distributed over $22,000 in support of 29 candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for the November 4 election. The NSPS PAC distributed to 5 Senatorial re-election campaigns, 1 Senatorial candidate, 21 House Representative re-election campaigns, and 2 candidates for the House.
The NSPS PAC disbursements include:
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Senate Candidate Thom Tillis (R-NC)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN)
Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA)
Rep. John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)
Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA)
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV)
House Candidate Donald Norcross (D-NJ)

House Candidate David Rouzer (R-NC)