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Wednesday morning sessions

Tony Manary: Standards of Practice

Objective: Review the established standards for the practice of surveying in the State of Alabama, as established by Alabama Code Section 34-11-1.

Description: 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.

Annette Bowman & Panel: Alabama 811

Summary: This will be a two part presentation. The first part will include information about Alabama's Underground Damage Prevention law and how it pertains to survey and design applications. The second part will be a panel discussion with experts to discuss real issues in the field, what others have done to improve the working relationship as part of damage prevention and what other areas need to be addressed to help keep Alabama safe and connected. This session will help ensure that Surveyors will know the requirements of Alabama's Underground Damage Prevention law as it pertains to their industry to ensure compliance with regulations.

Phillip Henderson: Update on ALIS (coming soon)


Learning Outcomes:

Wednesday Lunch session

Joseph Breighner: Creating Your Success Story

Joseph Breighner is the Executive Vice President and Chief Land Surveyor for Walter Schoel Engineering Company, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama.  He registered as a Professional Land Surveyor in Alabama in 1990, with over 35 years of experience in Land Surveying, Survey Mapping, GPS and Technologies. He served in numerous positions on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors from 2003 – 2013 and is a current Board Member of the Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Summary: A review of fundamental essentials to success

⸰ The People

⸰ The Technical

⸰ The Revenue

⸰ The Important

⸰ Leaving Your Footprint

Wednesday afternoon sessions

Scott Griffin: Field to Finish, in Carlson Software


Field to Finish is way to speed up CAD drafting so you can get 30% to 80% of the data collected in the filed drawn out for you back in the office. Example: You would get correct symbols placed at the point of a FH, 2D and 3D linework for edge of payment. It also allows you to do tree surveys quicker by making a table with all the tree information for them.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Learn how code things in the field to get linework drawn.
  • Learn how to code things in the field to get symbols coming in for trees and making tree tables.

Price Evans: Title Insurance Considerations for Land Surveyors

Summary: Real property law and title insurance considerations for land surveyors.

Course Content: Boundaries, Conveyances, Corrective Instruments, Record Maps, Resurveys, Title Insurance, New ALTA/NSPS Table A Requirements

Thursday morning session

Robert Martin:  Surveying with GPS, exploring the BLM standards for positional Accuracy

Robert Martins surveying career started in 1986 with Mickle, Wagner Engineering and Surveying in Fort Smith AR. In 1992 Robert was involved in the construction of Fremont Street in Las Vegas NV. In 1995 he started his own business focusing on construction layout in the Fort Smith and NW AR area. Robert then in 2000 sold his business and went to work with coworkers from Mickle Wagner that had started an Engineering firm and wanted him to create a surveying department for them. Leaving the engineering firm in 2006 Robert changed his career path and moved into Survey Sales with NEI. He has been with NEI since 2006 and has had the pleasure of helping surveyors in the SE US move into Trimble Surveying Equipment. In 2018 he started a surveying channel on YouTube called Surveying with Robert where he shares his knowledge of surveying and the use of surveying equipment with his fellow surveyors.

Summary: Proving my position with GPS is correct GPS surveying methods other than RTK? I can use my GPS when I don’t have a radio signal using PPK? I can survey when I don’t have a base station? How do I get Ground distances from my GPS using State Plane? These are a few of the questions that we all need answers to and we will be discussing during this presentation.

Thursday afternoon session

Tim Burch & Norman Ellerbrock: NSPS CST The Future of Surveying

Norman Ellerbrock obtained his BS in Business Administration in 1998. Norm obtained his Illinois PLS in 1996, Missouri PLS in 2001 and Iowa PLS in 2019. Norm has been on the CST Board since 2018.

Summary: This presentation will review the current status of the profession and what we can do to aid our professional staff

Learning Outcomes:

  • How can the NSPS CST program aid in your firms ability to train and evaluate staff
  • How can the NSPS CST program be in a better position moving into the future
  • NSPS CST program is recognized nationwide as an industry standard
  • State apprenticeship programs are using the NSPS CST

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