Friday, September 11, 2015

NSPS Radio Hour — Sept. 14, 11 a.m. EDT

At 14, Jacob Heck helped his father with a survey of the family farm. Today, he is nearing the end of his PhD at Ohio State. Jacob’s story between these two milestones in his career has taken him through the Surveying Engineering program at Michigan Tech, summer surveying jobs, projects in South America, and recently being named among the 12 (under the age of 35) NCEES Emerging Engineers and Surveyors.

Join host Curt Sumner for a discussion with Jacob about his experiences and perspectives on surveying.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

International Young Surveyors Group to meet in Minnesota

The FIG Young Surveyors Network meeting will be held on Wednesday February 10, 2016 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, MN 55372. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS) Annual meeting to be held from February 10-12, 2013. The FIG Young Surveyors Network meeting will feature presentations from various surveying industry leaders, an FIG Young Surveyors Network business meeting, and access to the MSPS meetings, presentations and events. Additional details will be presented as arrangements are finalized. For information about the FIG Young Surveyor’s Network, please visit the website  Please consider attending and/or sponsoring an attendee!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

President Obama pledges Alaska hydro surveys, nautical charts

During a trip to Alaska this week to highlight climate change issues, President Obama pledged to map and chart waters of the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas, areas in Alaska where maps and charts are nonexistent or outdated.  No details on funding levels were released by the White House.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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ALTA/NSPS question

Question:  One interpretation of Item 15 in Table A is that this item does not require rectified orthophotography, etc. but rather it allows the surveyor to use alternative methods to locate certain features (i.e. parking stripes) relative to a boundary as long as he provides an adequate discussion of the methodology and its ramifications. Withstanding that interpretation, if the surveyor elects to “hand shoot” all features on a property, he or she has met the requirements of Item 15. Is this a proper interpretation, or does checking #15 require the surveyor to include these technologies? Thanks for your opinion. 

Answer:   The idea on item 15 was to provide a way under the standards for a surveyor to save a client some time and money on locating some features that all parties – title company, lender and client – agree can be adequately addressed without fieldwork (or as much fieldwork as would otherwise be required pursuant to the standards). If the item is checked, the assumption is that there was some meeting of the minds (and agreement) between the surveyor and the other 3 parties as to an approach and its shortcomings (i.e., completeness and precision). The agreed-upon approach would then, as you note, be documented and explained on the face of the survey pursuant to the requirements stated in Item 15. My feeling is that if none of those alternate methods were employed, then Item 15 is not applicable and should not be certified to. I do know that some clients check that item off without having any idea of what it means (maybe it sounds like a good idea). In those cases, I tell surveyors that they should ask the client what they had in mind when they checked it off and if they say “it sounded like a way to save some money,” I would be prepared to discuss with them what the possibilities and ramifications are (in addition to outlining the restrictions spelled out in the item itself). In short, I don’t think Item 15 requires such approaches, but if they are not used, then Item 15 is irrelevant – it doesn’t apply and shouldn’t be included in the certification

Friday, August 7, 2015

NSPS Radio Hour — August 10, 11 a.m. EDT

When author/physician/attorney William J. Morton was a guest on the NSPS Radio Hour in January 2012, he talked about his keen interest in surveying, and about a new book he wanted to write. The book, Andrew Ellicott: The Stargazer Who Defined America, is now completed. It tells the story of the four-year long expedition to survey the boundary which was established between the United States and Spain by the signing of the Pinckney Treaty in 1795. Join Host Curt Sumner as he and Bill Morton talk about Morton’s adventures in researching for the new book, and about his hero Ellicott.

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