2017 VAS Fall Seminar & Board Meeting
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2017 Fall Seminar & Board Meeting
Country Inn & Suites Woodbridge/Potomac Mills
2621 Prince William Parkway
Woodbridge, VA 22192

September 15-16, 2017


Registration Information

2017 VAS Fall Seminar & Board of Directors Meeting  Member
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT-Full Registration Ticket for registration before Sept. 4  $275 $300 
Regular Full Registration Ticket for registration after Sept. 4  $325  $350
Registration fee includes breakfast, sessions, lunch, and breaks.*Cancellations must be received by September 8, 2017 to receive a full refund minus the $50 processing fee. Any cancellations received after September 8, 2017 will not be refunded.    
 * 8 CEU/PDH will be awarded after attending the full Friday seminar    


Hotel Information

Reservations at the Country Inn & Suites Woodbridge/Potomac Mills can be made by calling the hotel's central reservation number at 1-800-830-5222. For directions to the hotel, click here.


 Friday, September 15  
7:00 AM- 8:00 AM
Breakfast  Lobby Area
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM           

WHO OWNS WHAT? Mean low water, mean high water, private property, state property and riparian rights!  

Virgina Room

Brief history of private/public property boundaries in Virginia related to tidal waters.

Kings Grants, high water boundaries, low water boundaries, and riparian rights evolution and application within the Commonwealth. 

Discussion with examples of incorrect property boundary surveys related to tidal waters over the years and a discussion of the problems such errors perpetuate into the future for property owners, localities and the Commonwealth.  Is it really that hard to delineate mean low water?  Technical versus practicable approaches to this issue.

Discussion of impacts to property ownership due to accretion, avulsion, and erosion and general riparian rights and their apportionment (including a discussion of the Groner vs. Foster court case and decision).

 Discussion of an interesting and unusual court case where riparian rights were claimed by an entity that did not own any adjoining highland property.  The case eventually went all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court.


Presenter: Robert B. (Ben) Stagg, LS #1983, Director of Shellfish Aquaculture Leasing and Mapping, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Engineering/Surveying Department, and owner of Stagg Surveying Services, PC.

Speaker Bio


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM -
5:00 PM
Improving the Accuracy of Your GIS - What's Good Enough? Virginia Room
  Due to progressing technologies, the level of accuracy and detail for spatial
data has been increasing rapidly over the years.  End users are expecting data to meet higher standards to provide for better analysis.  Software and hardware
have evolved making higher accuracy data collection more efficient and cost effective.
"Collect it right the first time, analyze it often." This workshop will discuss the uses
and issues surrounding the data supporting your modern day GIS.
  Presenters: Howard S. Hodder, Jr., MGIS, GISP, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.
Matthew D. Warner, PLS, Herbert, Rowland and Grubic, Inc.
Speaker Bios
12:00 PM Golf   
  Montclair Country Club (http://www.montclaircc.com/)

16500 Edgewood Drive

Montclair, VA 22025

Cost: $49 per person (includes box lunch) 

To sign up for golf, please email Tom Venetsanos at Tomvenetsanos@gmx.com

7:00 PM Dinner  
  Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill
2601 Prince William County Parkway, Woodbridge, VA 22192
To sign up for dinner, please email Tim Greenwood at 
 Saturday, September 16  
7:00 AM -
8:00 AM 
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM VAS Board of Directors Meeting  Virginia Room