2017 SUMMER CONFERENCE SPEAKERS' BIO AND 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


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.


Presenting: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 1:00-4:30 pm: Session 3 - National Geodetic Survey (NGS) - Datums & Control, Control Mark Datasheets, and Products & Services Updates (3.5 CEUs).

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. 

  • Matthew Beam is the General Counsel for ASPLS.  A native of 
  • Huntsville, Alabama., Mr Beam received a B.S. and M.S. from Samford University and graduated from Tulane Law School, where he was the Senior Notes and Comments Editor of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal.  Mr. Beam is a member of the Red Mountain Law Group where his practice focuses on administrative and regulatory proceedings, health care, regulatory compliance, commercial and employment litigation, and government affairs. He has represented government agencies, educational institutions, individuals (including physicians and attorneys), professional associations and corporate clients in administrative proceedings, state court, federal court, and before the Alabama Supreme Court. He is also a registered lobbyist and has assisted both government agencies and corporate clients with legislative issues.
Presenting: Thursday, October 19, 2017,  8 am – 4:30 pm: Session 4 - Surveyors’ Safety Seminar and Introduction to Mediation for the Land Surveyor (7 CEUs - FL & TN approved).  
Gators, Cell Phones, Snakes, OH MY - A Surveyor's Safety Seminar:  This course will explore the various ways that surveyors and their employees can get injured or killed on the job.  Once identified, the course will examine ways to prevent these injuries or deaths. This course is not designed to be a training course.  It is designed to teach surveyors how to look for and identify job specific safety issues to protect themselves, their co-workers and employees.
Introduction to Mediation for the Land Surveyor : This course will explore what mediation is, how it works, and the various roles land surveyors can play. This course is designed to be an introduction to mediation and a description of how land surveyors can utilize mediation to resolve disputes as experts, parties or mediators

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).


Elevation Certificate will cover the Elevation Certificates section by section to help participants verify forms are being completed correctly by both licensed professionals and local officials.  Specific focus will be applied to building diagrams since they are very important in floodplain management at the local level and insurance rating by the NFIP.  LOMA workshop will discuss the basics and types of LOMA as well as how to properly submit a LOMA.  

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.



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