2020 Annual Convention
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Session Descriptions  
    
   Speaker Bios 
    
                 
 Thursday, April 30, 2020
 
    
   Educational Session (Morning Session)
 
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM              
 Eminent Domain, the "Takings Clause", & the Surveyor
   Presenter: Kristopher Kline, 2Point, Inc.  
   The concept of Eminent Domain has become of more immediate concern to land surveyors in recent years. This session considers restrictions against uncompensated takings as found both in the state and U.S. Constitution, and illustrates how these concepts can create unexpected complications for land use professionals. Along with the layout of new gas lines, power lines, and highways, associated problems can arise in less obvious circumstances such as construction and maintenance of storm drainage systems, and changes in street grades. The framework of “Right of Entry” rules associated with eminent domain is also discussed.  
   4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
      

 Educational Session (Morning Session)  
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Data Processing for UAV
 
   Presenters: Radha Kandukuri and Zachary Shuman, Woolpert
 
   This session will explore the use cases of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for surveying applications and the challenges and workflows for processing the data. The unique aspects of UAV data will be highlighted through case studies and interactive demonstrations.
 
   4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded
 
      
   Educational Session (Morning Session)  
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM  


VDOT - Prescriptive Easements, Survey Manual, & Right of Entry Updates

 
   Presenter: Reed Adams, VDOT
 
   This session will review the guidance document incorporated into the Survey Manual from DPOR concerning prescriptive easements, code changes to the Code of Virginia concerning right of entry, and Survey Manual updates.
 
   4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
      
   Educational Session (Afternoon Session)  
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  Making Tracks: Railroad Property  
   Presenter: Kristopher Kline, 2Point, Inc.  
  Numerous lawsuits emphasize the problems facing the surveyor who attempts to determine the limits and nature of property rights associated with rail lines. This session focuses on railroad easements and rights of way with a specific focus on understanding how the courts determine the location and ownership of a rail corridor. This session includes hands-on problems for the student.
 
   4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
      
   Educational Session (Afternoon Session)  
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  NGS and Municipal 2022 Approach  
   Presenters: Ryan Hippenstiel, NGS; Randy Smith, City of VA Beach; Katherine Marchello, City of Norfolk
 
   This session is a presentation of field operation methods by local NGS staff. The discussion will review the use of geoid models and multiple datums in the NGS field checks. An overview will follow how NGS field crews are preparing for the 2022 datum shift and basic operations from field to finish. The City of Norfolk and the City of Virginia Beach will take a closer look at the use of field monumentation and passive control for city projects. Issues that may be on the horizon for surveyors and the cities in coordinating on local projects with multiple datums, both current and historical, as well as the deliverables and the effect of a datum change will also be reviewed.
 
   4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
    
  Educational Session (Afternoon Session)
 
1:00 PM -
5:00 PM

 Town Hall Workforce Development
 
  Presenters: Robert Mann, Draper Aden Associates; Donna Carvana, VA Department of Labor and Industry; and Nicole Anderson, VA Department of Veterans Services
 
  How do we grow a more diversified pool of talent for our Survey projects? This presentation will discuss the current status of Workforce Development in local communities, the public schools and Community Colleges. We will talk about programs, that you can setup in your office, to help develop current and future talent. The Virginia Department of Labor will review where the state is on this subject and what type of resources are available. Joining the Department of Labor will be a representative from the Virginia Department of Veteran Services. Specifically, the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program. The VAS Workforce Development Committee will also lead a conversation on how the VAS and the NSPS might be able to support the Surveying community in this effort and how each Surveyor might help the cause.
 
  4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded
 
    
    

  Friday, May 1, 2020
 
      
   Educational Session (All Day Session)  
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  


Railroad Safety Certification



 Presenters: Derrick Barnhill, L.S., Woolpert and Chris Buehren, Accumark
 
   This session will provide the training for CSX and Norfolk Southern Roadway Worker Protection Certification to meet the FRA (49 CFR part 214) Regulation. The Roadway Worker Protection (FRA RWP) requirements were imposed by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Railroad Workplace Safety Rules (49 CFR part 214) to provide Safety, Security, Environmental, Ethics and Roadway Worker compliance training for workers within the railroad Right-of-Way. The regulation governs work on railroad property within twenty-five feet of any track and requires that all independent contractors and their employees who are roadway workers on railroad property receive annual On-Track Safety Training.

Attendees will be given a short certification exam at the end of the day. Upon successful completion of the test, you will be given a signed card that shows that you have successfully passed the safety course. Successful completion of this course will allow you to enter and work within a railroad r/w under the supervision of a CSX or NS Railroad Flagman. This railroad safety certification has to be renewed yearly.

You will need to purchase the REQUIRED Materials for CSX and NS Roadway Worker Protection Training Session.  The materials cost $65. Process payment on the registration form.

 
   8 CEUs/PDHs Awarded
 
    
      
   Educational Session (Morning Session)  
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM  APELSCIDLA Town Hall  
   Presenters: Vickie McEntire Anglin, L.S., Doyle Allen, L.S., Michael Zmuda, P.E., L.S.  
   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). Topics which the licensing board will discuss include a board overview, relevant legislation in the General Assembly, regulatory review, and disciplinary actions.  
   4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
      
   Educational Session (Morning Session)
 
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM  
Effective Contracts and Proposals

 
   Presenter: Bill Beardslee PE, PLS, PP
 
    Most design professionals engulf themselves with their technological needs. They also need to have an understanding of the laws applicable to their profession and the laws relating to the contracts and proposals they sign. This session describes the elements of a basic contract for professional services and discusses the pitfalls created by not following these elements, along with other important business writing needs.  
   4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
    

 Educational Session (Afternoon Session)
 
1:00 PM -
5:00 PM
 
Client Communications - The Lifeblood of Business

 
   Presenter: Bill Beardslee PE, PLS, PP
 
   From the initial pre-proposal meeting to as-built completion, no technical skill or knowledge is as important to sustaining business as the communication between the professional, the client, and the staff.
 
   4 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
      
  Educational Session (Afternoon Session)
 
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 Introduction to the NSPS CST Program 
  Presenter: David Ashley, Draper Aden Associates
 
  Discussion of the benefits of the CST for you and your field and office technicians.
 
  2 CEUs/PDHs Awarded
 
    

 Educational Session (Afternoon Session)  
3:00 PM-
5:00 PM
 
John Foster Drainage

 
   Presenter: Larry Brownley, Draper Arden Associates
 
   The session will cover the basic drainage that a land surveyor can practice with a LS license in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Also it will provide an overview of the quantity or volume control  requirements for stormwater design, defined by the current, VDOT Drainage Manual. Plus, the session will cover the difference between what a land surveyor can practice and what a land surveyor B can practice related to stormwater drainage design and site plans. In addition, the session will cover an overview of the quality or pollutant control requirements for a project site, per Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulations. Finally, what changed the 16% rule or the simplified method established by the Chesapeake Bay Act and what is the run off reduction method.
 
   2 CEUs/PDHs Awarded  
      

 Special 1-Hour Sessions Presented By Exhibitors on Friday, May 1
 
    
  Tech Session (Morning 1-Hour)
 
8:00 AM -
9:00 AM

 Carlson SurvNET Network Least Squares 
  Presenters: James Carlson and Mike Jiantonio, Carlson Software
 
  Adjustment setting Ground Control Points (GCP) for Aligning Field and Scan Data.
 
  1 CEU/PDH Awarded  
    
 Tech Session (Morning 1-Hour)
 
9:00 AM -
10:00 AM

 An Honest Look at Scanning Total Stations
 
  Presenter: Greg Perkins, Leica Geosystems
 
  When the first MultiStation appeared on the market in 2013, the fast, high-precision total station-laser scanner combo was hailed as an innovation that would revolutionize the world of surveying by providing scanning capabilities in a traditional survey workflow. For some surveyors, it was exactly the instrument needed to open new doors of opportunity for working with 3D point clouds. For others, the benefits weren’t so clear. Fast forward seven years, and surveyors now have several makes and models of “scanning total stations” to choose from. This no-nonsense presentation will give you a rundown on what a scanning total station is, when you should (and shouldn’t) use it, how you can conduct a straightforward evaluation of capabilities, and what you should expect from the field and office software. If you’ve been thinking about investing in a new total station or laser scanner, attend this presentation first to make sure you’re fully informed.  
  1 CEU/PDH Awarded
 
    
  Tech Session (Morning 1-Hour)
 
9:00 AM -
10:00 AM

 
Remotely Share Data Between the Field
 

 
  Presenters: Grant Stickler, Duncan-Parnell and Sean Chard, Trimble Navigation 
 
  Send files for stakeout remotely from the office. Stakeout from these files in the field. Demonstrate remote support capabilities in the field through the internet. Send file from the field to the office using the cloud.
 
  1 CEU/PDH Awarded
 
    

 Tech Session (Morning 1-Hour)
 
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 Equipment Maintenance and Field Calibration
 
  Presenter: Charles W. Lawley, III, Transit and Level
 
  Maintaining and repairing today's survey equipment has become increasingly important since the beginning of the new, electronic age. This discussion will focus on topics that include the importance of scheduling time in your organization to perform this much needed maintenance and adjustment. We will discuss the differences in what you can do yourself in the field and what a service center can provide. We will provide a basic understanding and process for field calibrations on conventional total stations and robotic total stations.  We will finish the presentation by discussing other sources of error and recommendations on how to reduce this.
 
   1 CEU/PDH Awarded
 
    
   Tech Session (Morning 1-Hour)
 
10:00 AM -
11:00 AM
 
The Applications of High Definition Airborne LiDAR
 
  Presenter: John Lesko, II, Axis Geospatial
 
  Axis Geospatial has acquired and processed high definition airborne LiDAR in support of projects over a wide range of terrain types for various purposes. This session will review project approaches and deliverables for airborne LiDAR acquired for and in support of environmental, utility and transportation projects.
 
  1 CEU/PDH Awarded  
    
  Tech Session (Morning 1-Hour)
 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Addressing FEMA's Flood Opening Compliance Regulations 
  Presenter: Kurt Luecke, Floodproofing.com
 
  This session will review FEMA's Technical Bulletin 1-08 and ASCE 24-14 regulations for foundation openings including the important role they play in mitigating flood damage and lowering NFIP insurance costs. It will also highlight FEMA/ASCE guidance used to evaluate both Non-Engineered and Engineered openings and how to address them on the Elevation Certificate to assure they meet all compliance and coverage requirements outlined within.

After the session, participants will have a thorough understanding of existing guidance governing foundation flood openings, encapsulations, applicable codes and their importance to designing a more sustainable structure.

 
  1 CEU/PDH Awarded
 
    
  Tech Session (Morning 1-Hour)
 
11:00 AM -
12:00 PM

 


How to Plan a Mapping Project with Remote Sensing Technology

 
  Presenter: Robert Kundrick, PLS,GPI Geospatial, Inc.
 
  There are several options in the remote sensing toolbox such as Digital Photography and LiDAR from aerial and ground based solutions. With todays advanced mapping sensors and delivery platforms, we can provide accurate cost-effective mapping for design build, transportation, environmental and land development projects. Join GPI Geospatial as we showcase the latest technology in digital mapping and help you determine what’s the best mapping application for your project. The session will cover project planning, when to use imagery/LiDAR or both and final delivery options. 
 
  1 CEU/PDH Awarded