2019 Annual Convention
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  Session Descriptions  
Thursday, April 25, 2019  
  Educational Session #1 (All Day Session)
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Unlikely Easements and Servitudes: Created, Modified, Extinguished  
  Presented by:  Kristopher Kline, 2Point, Inc.  
  This session focuses on incorporeal rights and servitudes that are created or modified by actions, implication or operation of law rather than by express language in the record documents.  Part I of the session considers “non-standard” methods that can create incorporeal rights, including: Implication, Estoppel, Common Scheme Doctrine, Custom, Prescription and Part Performance. Part II covers mechanisms that can modify or extinguish a servitude, including: Estoppel, Cessation of Purpose, Frustration of Purpose, Adverse Possession/Castle Associates Rule, and Part Performance.  
  8 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
Educational Session #2 (All Day Session)  
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
CST Exam Prep  
  Presented by:  George Wigfield, PLS (retired) and Donald R. Falken, Jr., LS, CST IV, Washington Metro Area Transit Authority  
  This session will provide an introduction to the NSPS Certified Survey Technician (CST) Program and it's examination. Topics to be presented include the calculator policy, how to take a test, basic surveying, math review, first aid, significant figures, safety, public lands, sample test, and much more.  You must bring a scientific calculator this review class.  
  Certificate of Completion Awarded (no CEU credits)
  Educational Session #3 (Morning Session)  
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

2022 National Spatial Reference System Modernization

  Presented by:  Scott Lokken, NOAA  
  A feature of this session will be a discussion of the new 2022 datums and related changes to the State Plane Coordinate system. Demonstration of NGS Toolkit items including the new NGS Coordinate Conversion and Transformation Tool, Datasheet retrieval tools and other miscellaneous applications, and OPUS (Static, RS, Sharing and a OPUS projects) will be included.
  4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
  Educational Session #4 (Morning Session)  
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Merging Survey Data from Multiple Collection Platforms
  Presented by:  Rob Kundrick, P.L.S.;  Joe Kovach, S.P.; Jonathan Austin, GPI Geospatial, Inc.  
  There are several platforms that can be used to collect data for high accuracy mapping projects. These include terrestrial LiDAR, mobile LiDAR, aerial LiDAR, and traditional photogrammetry.  On many occasions, a single platform cannot meet all of a project’s needs.  Utilizing multiple acquisition platforms and technologies to secure data for a single project has proven to be a safe, cost effective, and schedule-friendly alternative for our transportation clients and is becoming more common.  Whether it is combining mobile and aerial LiDAR or traditional photogrammetry and ground survey, there can be many advantages to using multiple technologies. Some include a cost savings for both the client and project owner; achieving high accuracies in key locations of large project areas; reduction of survey schedule; safety; and increasing coverage footprint by the reduction of obscured areas. Along with any advancement in technological approaches, there are many challenges that are associated with merging multiple data sets to create a seamless product.  Potential challenges include mismatches in the calibration or alignment; gaps, overlaps, and differences caused by different collection times between; and different resolutions causing variations in surface models.   This session will explore the advantages and challenges using a current project example in which multiple technologies were performed.  
  4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
  Educational Session #5 (Afternoon Session)  
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 2022 and You; a Surveyor’s Perspective on Implementation  
  Presented by:  Vickie M. Anglin, LS, County of Fairfax  
  In 2022 National Geodetic Survey launches a new National Spatial Reference System. How will surveyors adapt to the changes coming with the new datum? What will surveyors do to work with time dependent positioning? What are the practical changes that must take place for us to be 2022 ready? How will we know we are ready? Join us for a discussion of change management and practical concerns for implementing a new datum.  
  4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
  Educational Session #6 (Afternoon Session)  
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Business Ethics for Land Surveyors  
  Presented by:  George Southard, GSKS Associates, Inc.  
  This session is a discussion of the basic understanding of the role of ethical behavior in the profession of land surveying. The presentation will include concepts about the nature of ethical behavior including; principles, values and standards which are the foundation of individual, organizational, societal and professional ethical beliefs and practices.  Factors influencing a business’ culture of ethical conduct, challenges of functioning in an increasingly non-ethical business climate will be discussed.  
  4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
Friday, April 26, 2019    
  Educational Session #7 (All Day Session)  
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Building the Business of Laser Scanning for Your Firm in Today’s Landscape (Morning)

Presented by: Brian M. Elbe, PS, Reality Capture Consultant, Leica Geosystems Inc.
  The first part of the session will cover the types of scanners and their benefits, key features to look for if considering a purchase, basic field methodology and registration methods. Next, we will take a look at the benefits of using scanning for survey workflows, the types of survey projects it is used for and integrated surveying. Finally we will discuss what it takes to successfully enter new markets for your firm and show specific return on investment examples.  
Mobile Mapping: The Importance of Each Sensor for a Complete and Accurate
Solution (Morning)
  Presented by: Jason Ellis, Application Engineer, Leica Geosystems Inc.  
  This session will outline each sensor and its role within a mobile mapping solution. Understanding the accuracy of each sensor and how it combines to other sensors for a tightly coupled, highly accurate solution; plus the importance of timing and lever arm measurements. Last a general discussion on what additional types of measurements sensors, e.g. Thermal Imaging, can be combined to a mobile mapping system to gather additional information for better decision making in the office.  
Accuracy & Precision in Survey Measurements (Afternoon)
  Presented by: Tim Kerr, Senior Support Engineer, Geomatics, Leica Geosystems Inc.
  This afternoon portion of this daylong session provides an overview of accuracy and precision as it relates to modern surveying equipment and measurement systems. This starts with a quick review on the basic concept of accuracy, precision, and error theory. The remainder of the discussion will focus on how these principles apply to the total station, leveling, and GNSS technologies that we utilize today. Participants will leave with a practical understanding of how these issues impact the deliverable provided to their client, as well as how to achieve the most precise result while still maintaining a maximum of efficiency and productivity.  
  8 CEUs/PDHs Awarded
  Educational Session #8 (Morning Session)  
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM UAS, is it the Right Tool for Your Surveying Application?  
  Presented by: David Barton, Draper Aden Associates  
  In the world of surveying and mapping, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have been gaining exposure. This session will discuss specific use cases and the benefits and challenges of planning and utilizing these high resolution, easily deployable tools.  
  4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
  Educational Session #9 (Morning Session)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
FEMA and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

  Presented by:  Kurt Luecke, Flood Mitigation Specialist; Floodproofing.com/Smart Vent Products
  This FEMA and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) session will provide up to date information on the NFIP extension and its current status. It will review how these changes will affect Elevation Certificate services you provide and what information you need to know to educate your clients. Private flood insurance is a growing market segment. This session will also review the differences these polices have as compared to the NFIP program. It will provide an in depth look into how the Elevation Certificate is utilized by the insurance industry to rate a property's flood risk for NFIP flood insurance, as well as explain how a local municipality uses the form to enforce its floodplain management ordinance. As Community Rating System (CRS) communities grow and face more stringent flood construction requirements, the session will review how you can be better equipped in the field. It will include a full discussion of flood vent compliance as it continues to be the number one red flag that translates into higher flood insurance premiums for your clients. At the end of this upbeat session, participants will be better equipped to complete the Elevation Certificate correctly and accurately.  
  4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  

Educational Session #10 (Morning Session)  
8:00 AM-
12:00 PM
Managing the Survey Division of an A/E Firm
  Presented by:  Bruce Frederick, LS; Tom Rust, PE, Pennoni Associates  
  This session will review what goes in to managing an Engineering/Surveying firm from both a surveyors and an engineer’s prospective. Some of the topics discussed will include marketing, project manager development, business acumen, client diversity, staff mentoring, engineers and surveyors working together to achieve business goals and an overall look into the four pillars of a successful firm: get the work, perform the work, bill for the work, and get paid for the work. The objective of this session is to review some of the elements that make an A/E firm successful.  
  4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
Educational Session #11 (Afternoon Session)  
1:30 PM-
5:30 PM

Becoming a UAS (Drone) Pilot: Rules, Regulations, and FAA Exam Prep

  Presented by:  George Southard, GSKS Associates, Inc.  
  This session is a detailed review of the steps needed to qualify for an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate (sometimes referred to a drone pilot’s license). In August 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a set of rules allowing commercial operations using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for the first time. These rules are designed to allow for the safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System and include a provision for the licensing of UAS operators. This licensing or certification process includes studying for and passing a Knowledge Test for remote pilots, filing an application for the remote pilot certificate, and getting security clearance through the TSA. The objective of this session is to help potential remote pilots navigate through the many documents, regulations, and study materials provided by the FAA.  
  4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  

Educational Session #12 (Afternoon Session)  
1:30 PM-
5:30 PM


  Presented by:  Vickie M. Anglin, L.S., Doyle Allen, L.S., Michael Zmuda, P.E., L.S., Kathleen (Kate) Nosbisch, Executive Director
  This "town hall" session will feature a report and a Q&A with members of the Land Surveyors Section of the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA Board) and Executive Director. Topics with the licensing board will include a board overview, relevant legislation in the General Assembly, regulatory review, recent Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) report, and disciplinary actions.  
  4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded