Wednesday, October 19, 2016

NSPS, MAPPS Announce 2017 National Surveying, Mapping & Geospatial Conference


Frederick, MD – The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and MAPPS today announced they will jointly host the third annual national surveying, mapping, and geospatial conference, March 13-17, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Silver Spring, Maryland. The conference will bring together associations, professional societies, individuals, companies, and government agencies in the surveying, mapping and geospatial fields. It will focus on the profession in private practice, technological innovations and collaboration, and public policy.

Providing a forum for discussions on best practices, technology, issues and policies, the conference gives participants an opportunity to share information, knowledge and tools, as well as opens doors to new markets and facilitates collaboration on data acquisition, processing, applications and the use of new and emerging technology.  The program will also feature discussions of business practices and policy issues that directly impact companies in the private sector.

The overall conference will serve as an umbrella to include plenary sessions, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and social/networking activities designed to create synergy among the many vertical segments (technical disciplines, applications, and sectors) of the surveying, mapping and geospatial community.

NSPS will host the team presentations for its annual Student Competition on Monday, March 13. The NSPS annual General Membership meeting, and other business, committee and board meetings, will be scheduled throughout the week in order to allow NSPS leadership to more fully participate in conference activities. 

The conference will also include the MAPPS annual Federal Programs Conference March 14-15. Tuesday, March 14 will feature presentations by Federal agencies, the newly elected Administration, and members of Congress including briefings on programs, budgets, and requirements for the acquisition of geospatial services, data and products by contract from the private sector.

On Wednesday, March 15, MAPPS and NSPS members will visit some 200 Congressmen and Senators at the U.S. Capitol, advancing a common agenda of legislative issues that serve the public and engage the surveying and mapping community. Information on how to participate will be available soon. 

The Sheraton Silver Spring was selected as the site of the conference for its meeting facilities and proximity to the Washington Metro subway system to particularly provide to attendees easy access and transportation to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for visits with Congress.

“This conference builds on the partnership formed in 2014 by focusing on business practices, technology, and government programs and policy issues that affect the membership of both associations.  We are pleased to continue developing a national surveying and mapping conference intended to compliments, not compete with or duplicate, the continuing education opportunities provided by state surveying societies by focusing on business, technology, and policy issues, and providing an opportunity for engagement between practitioners and technology providers in a “vendor-neutral” setting,” said NSPS Executive Director Curtis W. Sumner, LS, and MAPPS Executive Director John M. Palatiello.

The website, www.surveyingandmapping.net, will include updates on program details and links to on-line registration. 
  
About NSPS
Having incorporated ACSM within NSPS in 2012, the organization is the preeminent national professional society working in affiliation with the respective state societies of professional surveyors and along with persons trained, registered, or interested in the profession of surveying and mapping. NSPS advances the sciences and disciplines within the profession and strives to establish and further common interests, objectives, and political efforts to help bind the surveying profession into a unified body in the United States. NSPS is the interface for the surveying profession with a multitude of national organizations in related fields, and with federal government entities.

About MAPPS

Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Help your NSPS Foundation Continue to respond to requests for Disaster Relief!

We recently placed and article in News & Views about disaster relief response to victims of flooding in Louisiana. With the recent storm Matthew pummeling the East Coast from Florida to Virginia there will undoubtedly be more need for disaster relief. You Can Help!!!
Small donations from a multitude of our fellow surveyors can insure that the Fund will be sufficiently supported to allow the Foundation to respond to pleas for assistance. Who knows, where, when a disaster will occur, or who will be affected by coming floods, storms, tornados, fires, or any other natural or man made disaster.
Certainly, times are still difficult for many of us, but a collection of small donations can be as effective as a few large ones. Send whatever you can afford. We will gratefully accept any donation you can make! Please mark Disaster Relief on your checks or make a donation online (Make a donation today!
https://nsps.site-ym.com/donations/donate.asp?id=13326.

Remember we are a tax deductible 501(C) 3 organization. Contact the NSPS office (trisha.milburn@nsps.us.com; 240-439-4615, ext. 105) for more information on how to contribute.

Help your NSPS Foundation Continue to respond to requests for Disaster Relief!

We recently placed and article in News & Views about disaster relief response to victims of flooding in Louisiana. With the recent storm Matthew pummeling the East Coast from Florida to Virginia there will undoubtedly be more need for disaster relief. You Can Help!!!

Small donations from a multitude of our fellow surveyors can insure that the Fund will be sufficiently supported to allow the Foundation to respond to pleas for assistance. Who knows, where, when a disaster will occur, or who will be affected by coming floods, storms, tornados, fires, or any other natural or man made disaster.

Certainly, times are still difficult for many of us, but a collection of small donations can be as effective as a few large ones. Send whatever you can afford. We will gratefully accept any donation you can make! Please mark Disaster Relief on your checks or make a donation online. Make a donation today! https://nsps.site-ym.com/donations/donate.asp?id=13326.

Remember we are a tax deductible 501(C) 3 organization. Contact the NSPS office (trisha.milburn@nsps.us.com; 240-439-4615, ext. 105) for more information on how to contribute.

Help your NSPS Foundation Continue to respond to requests for Disaster Relief!

We recently placed and article in News & Views about disaster relief response to victims of flooding in Louisiana. With the recent storm Matthew pummeling the East Coast from Florida to Virginia there will undoubtedly be more need for disaster relief. You Can Help!!!

Small donations from a multitude of our fellow surveyors can insure that the Fund will be sufficiently supported to allow the Foundation to respond to pleas for assistance. Who knows, where, when a disaster will occur, or who will be affected by coming floods, storms, tornados, fires, or any other natural or man made disaster.

Certainly, times are still difficult for many of us, but a collection of small donations can be as effective as a few large ones. Send whatever you can afford. We will gratefully accept any donation you can make! Please mark Disaster Relief on your checks or make a donation online. Make a donation today! https://nsps.site-ym.com/donations/donate.asp?id=13326.

Remember we are a tax deductible 501(C) 3 organization. Contact the NSPS office (trisha.milburn@nsps.us.com; 240-439-4615, ext. 105) for more information on how to contribute.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Become a Certified Survey Technician (CST)

No matter what the future holds, prepare to meet challenges head on. Future-proof your resume by becoming a Certified Survey Technician (CST). This unique four-level certification program indicates official recognition by NSPS that a person can perform surveying tasks at a specific technical level.
Show what you can do! Decide between the field or office track.  Visit www.nsps.us.com for more details.

ALTA/NSPS question

I have been asked by a client to show the outline of a "proposed" parcel that may be cut out of the parcel which is the subject of a ALTA/NSPS survey. Of course, the "proposed" parcel is not yet of record, nor has there been any access way designated for it should it be created. Can I do that and still be in compliance with the 2016 ALTA/NSPS standards?

Answer:
I see no problem with showing proposed parcels, easements, etc. as long as it is clear on the face of the survey that it is not an existing parcel, easement, etc. Oftentimes, this sort of thing is going to happen at closing, so the parcel/easement does not exist yet, but it may as part of the transaction, so they need to see it. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2016 NATIONAL TRIG-STAR WINNERS


The Richard E. Lomax National Trig-Star Awards are as follows:

1st Place:  Collin Free, Syracuse High School, Syracuse, UT
2nd Place: Avi Swartz, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, CO
3rd Place:  Aaron Sun, Ed W. Clark High School, Las Vegas, NV

Collin Free

Avi Swartz

Aaron Sun

 The Richard E. Lomax National Teaching Excellence Awards are as follows:

1st Place:   Ashley Martin, Syracuse High School, Syracuse, UT
2nd Place:  Dotty Dady, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, CO
3rd Place:   Saundra D. Jordan, Ed W. Clark High School, Las Vegas, NV

The first place student receives $2,000, second place student receives $1,000, and third place student receives $500.  The first place teacher receives $1,000, second place teacher receives $500, and third place teacher receives $250.  The Trig-Star Policy states that “the National Student and Teacher Awards be given to the winning students at or before the next state professional land surveying organization conference of the student’s home state.”

The following is a list of the remaining State Winners in the order of finish:
Junhee Lee, Iowa; Veronica Xinyu Gu, Minnesota; Thomas Szczesniak, Michigan; Dagin Lin, Connecticut; John Mastroberti, South Carolina; Yiwei Lyu, Pennsylvania; Tao Lu, Texas; Antonio Faraci, New York; Qingfeng Li, Wyoming; Giovanni Budi, North Carolina; Stephan Terry, Delaware; Alan Zho, South Dakota; Veronica Lahony Suarez Torres, Puerto Rico; Noah Paladino, New Jersey; Elizabeth Asp, North Dakota; William Quinn Marsh, California; Andrew Reimer-Berg, Oregon; Zander Rossman, Wisconsin; Travis Casey, Kansas; William Zhang, Alabama; Jelisa Holmquist, Montana; William Luqiu, Virginia; Nicholas Lillis, Maine; Walter Johnson, Kentucky; Madison Gaines, Maryland; Thomas Pointer, Missouri; Jeffery Mayolo, Washington; Timothy Kammerer, New Hampshire; Christian Lynch, Massachusetts; Wyatt Evan Turner, Georgia; Joel Niemi, Ohio; Haoxiang Li, Illinois; Tingyi Lu, Indiana; Drake Thomas, Alaska; Kael Stelek, Idaho.