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Milton Denny: Important Boundary Corners of the State of Alabama

All states have a story about how its state boundaries were determined. But few have the complex situation that comprised the state of Alabama. From being part of Georgia, then the Mississippi Territory, before becoming its own Territory, then a state of its own. Throw in being part of England, Spain and France and you have a great story. Some boundaries are on water, some old Indian treaties, some by agreement between state leaders, and some being a latitudes or Meridians.
Spend some time with Milton Denny as he spins this tale of the history of the great State of Alabama. Learn the status of the current corners and the effort of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors working to perpetuate this Alabama history. This work gives ASPLS meaning.

About Milton Denny: Licensed as a surveyor in seven states.  He has written and provided seminar services on business and marketing topics for the surveying and mapping community nationwide for 40-plus years.

Thomas Brooks: Ethics

An updated presentation focusing on the different types of ethics and the grey area within professional ethics. This fulfills the state requirement for licensed land surveyors of 1 hour of Ethics classes each year.

About Thomas Brooks: Survey Manager for Hunt, Guillot & Associates (HGA). He has over 29 years experience as a Professional Land Surveyor (AL #17521), Tennessee Professional Survey (TN#2118) and Professional Surveyor and Mapper (FL#6780). He is also a licensed Surveyor in 12 other states. Thomas is responsible for the routing, detailed mapping, property master development, describing and platting for major transportation pipelines. This responsibility requires a detailed knowledge of how existing right‐of‐ways, easements and other types of encumbrances impact the placement of new easements. Thomas has taught continuing education courses in Right‐of‐ways, Standards, Photogrammetry Support, and other topics throughout the Southeast as well as at ACSM National Conference

Jacob Pierce: New Geomatics Reference Network

The Geomatics Reference Network™ (GRN™) is a cloud-based platform and repository for all types of historical and modern geomatics data. Map content inside the GRN™ is sourced from contributions along with publicly available data from the geomatics and engineering communities.

The primary mission of the GRN is to store and disseminate geomatics information to professionals for better decision making and following in the footsteps of our predecessors. The GRN currently has over 5,000 real-world located property corners and right of way monuments, along with the ability to contribute historical maps and other documents. The GRN is a private, secure, browser-based mapping application with national content, but local solutions for the surveying community.

About Jacob Pierce: Bachelors in Forestry, Auburn University; Masters in GIS, Auburn University. Served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors since 2016.

Gary Kent: ALTA Surveys

This program will be a review of the upcoming new 2021 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys. The process of revising the Standards will be explained and each of the many revisions/modifications to the 2016 Standards will be put into context and explained. An explanation of the purpose for and application of ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys will also be provided, particularly in the context of the 2021 revisions. In addition, the program will answer a wide variety of Frequently Asked Questions with the goal of helping professional surveyors provide a more complete survey with fewer problems on all sides.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, attendees will be able to:
a.    Explain the purpose for and application of ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys
b.    Outline the process of, and considerations accounted for, in revising the 2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards
c.    Identify the modifications to the 2016 standards that resulting in the 2021 standards
d.    Explain the answers to a wide variety of Frequently Asked Questions relating to ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys

About Gary Kent: Gary is chair of the NSPS committee on the ALTA/NSPS Standards and is the liaison to NSPS for the American Land Title Association (ALTA). In addition to presenting seminars on this topic, he also helps to answer questions in “News and Views.”

Milton Denny: Learn how to Proof an Original GLO Corner in Alabama

The old timers knew how to proof or sometimes called proving a corner meant. Much of this skill has been lost to many modern surveyors that think the correct location is found in their computer or in the GPS equipment. Let Milton walk you through the office and field steps necessary to locate or proof a field corner. We all know the pin farm dilemma that has come about because surveyors understand very little about rules of evidences.

Start with copies of field notes and section corner plats. Try to find any corner recovery cards or records. These could be from BLM (GLO), Forest Service, CCC, WPA or county courthouse. Also from any old surveys or private surveyors notes. Study the material carefully. Then to the field to recover the corners. Computers and GPS are survey tools not determining evidence.

About Milton Denny: Licensed as a surveyor in seven states.  He has written and provided seminar services on business and marketing topics for the surveying and mapping community nationwide for 40-plus years.

Membership Meeting

Discuss the current state of affairs of land surveying within Alabama and provide feedback for ASPLS initiatives.  Non-members are welcome to attend this session, earn 1 PDH, and eat lunch.  However, only members may vote on any motions.

Thomas Brooks: Standards of Practice

An in depth lecture and attendee participation and discussion of the current Standards of Practice for Surveying in the State of Alabama effective January 1, 2017. The discussion will analyze the definition of Surveying (Rule No. 1.02), Surveying Standards for field and office (Rule No. 1.03), Vertical Control and Topographic Surveys (Rule No. 1.04) and the Miscellaneous Section (Rule 1.05). The discussion will also cover the different types of surveys and the accuracy requirements for field and office work, monumentation of corners, and the preparation of legal descriptions. Attendee participation is encouraged and real world examples will be presented and discussed.

This course qualifies for the state requirement for licensed land surveyors of 4 PDHs for standards of practice every 2 years.

About Thomas Brooks: Survey Manager for Hunt, Guillot & Associates (HGA). He has over 29 years experience as a Professional Land Surveyor (AL #17521), Tennessee Professional Survey (TN#2118) and Professional Surveyor and Mapper (FL#6780). He is also a licensed Surveyor in 12 other states. Thomas is responsible for the routing, detailed mapping, property master development, describing and platting for major transportation pipelines. This responsibility requires a detailed knowledge of how existing right‐of‐ways, easements and other types of encumbrances impact the placement of new easements. Thomas has taught continuing education courses in Right‐of‐ways, Standards, Photogrammetry Support, and other topics throughout the Southeast as well as at ACSM National Conference

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