2017 SUMMER CONFERENCE SPEAKERS' BIO AND
Rachael Dollins is originally from Panama City, Florida, Rachael Dollins migrated to Alabama via The University of Alabama, graduating in 1999. Now, planted in Birmingham, Rachael runs Dollins Law with a focus on partnering with small business owners and entrepreneurs. She provides companies with business legal solutions be it establishment, contracts, copyright filings, lease agreement negotiations, dissolution; as well as focusing on client personal needs, such as estate planning, adoption,to traffic citations.
Presenting: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 1:00-4:30 pm Session 2 - Understanding the Essential Elements of a Contract and Relevant Implications to Land Surveyors (3.5 CEUs - FL & TN approved).
The course aims to teach the basic elements of a legal contract: Offer, Consideration, Acceptance, and Mutuality. Each element and essential additional elements of legally binding contracts will be defined, discussed, and applied to the profession of land surveyors. Discussion will include the creation of a proper contract, understanding the terms of a contract, and common mistakes made contractually in the land surveying profession.
Denis Riordan, Gulf CCoast Region Geodetic Advisor, NOAA, National Geodetic Survey Mr. Riordan is a Geodesist with the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) and serves as the Geodetic Advisor for the NGS Gulf Coast Region (AL, FL, LA, & MS). He works to guide, assist, and support those that use NGS products and services (products like the National Spatial Reference Frame (NSRS), which is the foundation for position, height, distance, direction, gravity, and shoreline for the United States and its territories). He helps those in the surveying, mapping, GIS, and remote sensing fields, which are groups that frequently use NGS products and services. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Surveying and Mapping, is licensed as a Professional Surveyor and Mapper in the State of Florida, and has worked for over ten years with private industry in the land surveying field prior to joining NGS.
DATUMS & CONTROL: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going: The mission of NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is "to define, maintain and provide access to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) to meet our nation's economic, social, and environmental needs." The NSRS is the nation's system of latitude, longitude, height (geometric and orthometric), and the related geophysical and geodetic models and tools, which provides a consistent spatial reference framework for the nation.Preparations are underway by NGS for a comprehensive NSRS makeover that will determine and publish a new generation of horizontal and vertical datums in 2022. This presentation will give a background of the current U.S. horizontal & vertical datums, why it is necessary to update the current datums, and what preparationsare being madeto produce those new datums (reference frames).
NGS CONTROL MARK DATASHEETS:What’s in Them and How to Get Them: Upon request, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) currently produces over 20,000 copies ofcontrol mark datasheets per month. These datasheets provide extensive current and historical information about those marks. This presentation will step through the NGS control mark datasheet and the various information that is contained in those sheets, along with the various means of retrieving them.
NGS PRODUCTS & SERVICES UPDATES: Presentation Overview:The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) provides many products and services related to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). The NSRS is that system of latitude, longitude, height, scale, and gravity that defines the datums and coordinate system for the U.S. This presentation will provide an update as to some of the most recent improvements to the models, tools, and information related to the NSRS.
Thomas Brooks, PLS is a registered Professional Surveyor in Alabama and eight other state with over twenty-six years of experience. Mr. Brooks has held responsibilities for pipeline surveys and has supervised thirty survey crews and tasked with the job of ensuring that all employees are properly trained in the job they performed.
Becca Fricke-Croft, CFM is the training and Outreach Lead for the FEMA Region X Regional Service Center. As a former elected official and local floodplain manager, she possesses a unique perspective of the communication and training needs of local community officials, engineers and surveyors. Ms. Fricke provides online and in person training on a number of topics related to the National Flood Insurance Program, with a special emphasis on the floodplain development review process, building inspections, and Elevation Certificates.Presenting: Thursday, October 19, 2017, 8 am – 5:00 pm: Session 5 -
Elevation Certificate and LOMA Workshop (7.5 CEUs - Elevation Certificate ONLY is FL and TN approved for 4 CEUs).
Susan Han is an attorney at Nettles Han Law, LLC and a member of Red Mountain Law Group. Ms. Han has practiced property and employment law. In her property work, she has represented commercial and private property owners, banks, and title insurers in real estate and real property litigations involving reformation. encroachment, easement, boundary, quiet title, and trespass disputes.
Presenting: Firday, October 20, 2017, 8 - 11:30 am: Session 6 - Navigation, Litigation and the Courtroom: The Surveyor as Expert or Fact Witness (3.5 CEUs - FL and TN approved).
The course teaches surveyors, who are often called to testify in depositions or at trial, the basics regarding litigation and providing witness testimony, In understanding the litigation process, surveyors can learn how to be a more effective witness and surveyor. Surveyors in all states may be called to serve as witnesses in deposition or at trial and, thus, will benefit from an understand of the litigation process and direct and cross examination at trial.
George Southard has served in numerous positions in the geospatial profession, including: director of Business Operations at Analytical Surveys, International Sales Manager at Leica Geosystems, Director of Programs for Trimble Navigation. In 2012 Mr. Southard founded GSKS Associates LLC a privated consulting firm specializing advocacy and education in the geospatial marketplace.
Presenting: Friday, October 20, 2017, 8 - 11:30 am: Session 7 - Business Law for Land Survey Companies (3.5 CEUs - TN approved).
In order to help the small business owners in the Land Survey profession this Small Business Law curriculum covers everything from hiring employees, to choosing the right insurance policies and basic understanding of legal risks and responsibilities as a business owner or manager.