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Mark your calendar now for the MSPS 2016 Annual Meeting on February 10-12, 2016 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake. Participants will enjoy Mystic’s fresh meeting space, lodging in the new hotel, and many onsite activities available to attendees.

2/10/2016 to 2/12/2016
When: February 10–12, 2016
Where: Mystic Lake Casino
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW
Prior Lake, Minnesota  55372
United States


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Mark your calendar now for the MSPS 2016 Annual Meeting on February 10-12, 2016.  We’re excited to announce this event will return to Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake. Participants will enjoy Mystic’s fresh meeting space, lodging in their new hotel, and the many onsite activities available to attendees.

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Cost

 

One Day

Two days

Three Days

 

By 1/18/16

After 1/18/16

By 1/18/16

After 1/18/16

By 1/18/16

After 1/18/16

Member

$190

$230

$350

$390

$500

$540

Firm Member

$180

$220

$340

$380

$490

$530

Technical/Training Member

$80

$120

$150

$190

$210

$250

Life Member/Student

$40

$80

$75

$115

$115

$155

Non-Member

$290

$320

$460

$500

$630

$670

Members

Single Day
By 1/18/16: $190
After 1/18/16: $230

Two Days
By 1/18/16: $350
After 1/18/16: $390

Three Days
By 1/18/16: $500
After 1/18/16: $540

Firm Members

Single Day
By 1/18/16: $180
After 1/18/16: $220

Two Days
By 1/18/16: $340
After 1/18/16: $380

Three Days
By 1/18/16: $490
After 1/18/16: $530

Technical/Training Members

Single Day
By 1/18/16: $80
After 1/18/16: $120

Two Days
By 1/18/16: $150
After 1/18/16: $190

Three Days
By 1/18/16: $210
After 1/18/16: $250

Life Member/Student

Single Day
By 1/18/16: $40
After 1/18/16: $80

Two Days
By 1/18/16: $75
After 1/18/16: $115

Three Days
By 1/18/16: $115
After 1/18/16: $155

Non-Members

Single Day
By 1/18/16: $290
After 1/18/16: $320

Two Days
By 1/18/16: $460
After 1/18/16: $500

Three Days
By 1/18/16: $630
After 1/18/16: $670

 

Agenda

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

7:30–8:15 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:15–10:15 a.m.

The NEW 2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards

Gary Kent

The Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys have been revised. The new version – the ALTA/NSPS Standards - will become effective February 23, 2016. A copy of the new Standards will be provided, and participants will be briefed on the revision process. The most significant modifications for 2016 will be highlighted and explained. A review of the various research, field, drafting and certification requirements of the standards, and of the twenty Table A requirements will also be covered.


10:15–10:30 a.m.

Break


10:30 a.m.–Noon

ALTA - continued


Noon–1:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:00–2:15 p.m.

ALTA - continued


2:15–2:35 p.m.

Break


2:35–4:35 p.m.

Ethics, Professional Conduct and the Competent Practice of Surveying

Gary Kent

Professional Surveyors can find themselves in situations that place them in tenuous positions requiring careful consideration as to their conduct and practice. We will examine regulations related to professional conduct (code of ethics), statutes that link to ethical conduct, the NSPS Creed and Canon, and the ethical considerations in state and national survey standards. Examples and scenarios will be offered for discussion and contemplation.


4:35 p.m.

Adjourn


4:35–7:30 p.m.

Ice Breaker & Jam Session

Musicians — bring your instruments. No amps, please. Everyone is welcome to attend.


6:45–9:45 p.m.

Optional Dinner (Horse & Hunt Club)

Wednesday dinner is open to all conference attendees who wish to register for this optional event. If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the registration form (additional fee charged for this event).


Thursday, February 11, 2016

7:30–8:15 a.m.

Registration, Exhibit Hall Opens, Continental Breakfast


8:15–9:15 a.m.

Business Meeting & NSPS Update


9:15–9:45 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors


9:45–10:40 a.m.

General Session

A1. Anyone Could Lead Perfect People

Gary Kent

Anyone could lead perfect people - if there were any ... This quote from Robert Greenleaf’s seminal essay The Servant as Leader, captures the essence of leadership. We live in an imperfect world filled with nothing but imperfect people, and in order to be effective leaders, we must be able to deal with that fact or we are - as Greenleaf said – “disqualified from leading.”


10:45–11:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A2. Ethics Professional Conduct and the Competent Practice of Surveying

Gary Kent

Professional Surveyors can find themselves in situations that place them in tenuous positions requiring careful consideration as to their conduct and practice. We will examine regulations related to professional conduct (code of ethics), statutes that link to ethical conduct, the NSPS Creed and Canon, and the ethical considerations in state and national survey standards. Examples and scenarios will be offered for discussion and contemplation.

B2. The Future of Making Things for Infrastructure

Terry Bennett

Technology has always been a disruptor to established processes. Over the next 20 years, population growth, urbanization, and economic expansion are set to push demand for infrastructure to unprecedented levels. Trends in technology are going to disrupt the way industry professionals across the surveying and civil engineering sectors, plan, design, build, and maintain the world’s infrastructure to tackle those changes. This session will focus on the intersection of technology and human ambition through the lens of these impending disruptions and what they will usher in with this new era in infrastructure.

C2. The Surveyor and Technology: The Past, the Present, and the Future

Bryn Fosburgh

Technology has transformed many industries by improving productivity and reducing rework. As one of the first industries to embrace these technological changes, the surveying profession has made significant productivity and quality improvements in the way we measure. In the future, we will find more and more consumer based technologies entering the professional world. Concepts such as crowd sourcing will become a part of our professional life, and how we as surveyors adapt to these changes will define our future.


11:45 a.m.–12:55 p.m.

Lunch


1:00–1:55 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A3. Water Boundaries in Minnesota – Case Law Synopsis

John Freemyer

This session will highlight brief statements of the Minnesota Supreme Court that deal with some fundamental issues of water boundaries.

B3. Bureau of Land Management Cadastral Surveying

Don Buhler

C3. The Hidden Value of a Map: How to Supercharge Your Career and Business with the Power of Accuracy

Ken Mooyman

Building construction, city planning, disaster recovery, UAVs, robotic lawn mowers, autonomous cars ... all of these diverse applications have one thing in common: The need for a dynamic, information-rich, high-accuracy map. For surveying professionals, the growing demand for high-accuracy geospatial data presents a significant opportunity. Learn how innovative solutions are empowering surveyors to extend their capabilities and pioneer new markets.


1:55–2:20 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors


2:20–3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A4. The Amended CIC Plat Manual

Mike Winfield

Discussion of the substantial changes to the MSPS/MACS CIC Plat Manual reflecting the 2010 amendment to the CIC Act including CIC plat examples.

B4. Marijuana Grows on Public Lands

Jeremy Leese

Overview of the recent influx of large-scale marijuana grows on public lands that are controlled by Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

and...

An Overview of Methamphetamine Labs

Jeremy Leese

Overview of the danger of meth labs, the chemicals and processes used to manufacture methamphetamine, as well as details of the potential dangers to those who encounter them.

C4. Further Thoughts on the Rectangular Land Surveys in Minnesota

Rod Squires

A status report of my continuing attempts to provide metadata for the digital collection of General Land Office field notes and plats.


3:20–4:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A5. Torrens Issues for MN Surveyor

Matthew Foli

Torrens property has different rules. Once you are done with the field work, you need to know how the Torrens recording system differs from abstract. Tips to save your client time and money, while making you look brilliant.

B5. Understanding and Preventing Lyme Disease: Reducing Occupational Risk

Betty Maloney, MD

This presentation provides an overview of Lyme disease and highlights prevention practices that can reduce the occupational risks of developing the infection.

C5. Leveraging Scanning Technology

Chris Mavis

A discussion and demonstration of examples related to point cloud collection, visualization, and analysis of data collected in Hennepin County with their new total station scanner.


4:15–6:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Reception & MLS Foundation Auction


6:30 p.m.

Social at Meadows Grill


Friday, February 12, 2016

7:30–8:15 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:15–9:10 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A6. Chapter Meetings

B6. NSPS Student Competition Update

Kelly Ness


9:15–9:45 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors


9:45–10:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A7. Real Property Law Update, 2016

Scott Lucas, Shaun Redford, and Katie Wahlberg

A review of recent developments in case law and statutes which affect real estate law.

B7. Vendor Session: Frontier Precision… Implementing New Geospatial Technologies for Efficient Data Capture

Steve Richter

GPS, Robotic Total Stations, Scanning… these devices have revolutionized today’s land surveyor. As innovations continue to be refined and improved, even newer technologies are changing the surveying landscape. This session will give updates on advances in the surveying industry today and the future.

C7.Vendor Session: CTC…AutoCAD Civil 3D: Handling Scope Creep in Your Topo Surveys

Brian Levendowski

Incorporating additional topo data into a completed Civil 3D database and surface can be challenging. Reduce rework by setting up your initial topo to account for scope creep. See how to import the new data directly into your existing survey database, and more importantly, your surface.


10:45–11:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A8. The Care and Feeding of Attorneys: What Lawyers Want From Surveyors

Scott Lucas, Shaun Redford, and Katie Wahlberg

This will be a case study review of what attorneys look for from surveyors in transactions and litigation.

B8. Vendor Session: Frontier Precision… Implementing New Geospatial Technologies for Efficient Data Capture (B7 continued)

Steve Richter

GPS, Robotic Total Stations, Scanning… these devices have revolutionized today’s land surveyor. As innovations continue to be refined and improved, even newer technologies are changing the surveying landscape. This session will give updates on advances in the surveying industry today and the future.

C8. Vendor Session: Carlson Software…A Comparative Study of Elevational Accuracy of On-line Terrain Data Sources

Aaron Newman

As the online availability of digital terrain data continues to increase, land development firms utilize this information for preliminary design and cost scenarios. Explore surface model creation with data from a variety of sources - field survey, Google Earth, Contours, LIDAR/Scan Data - and discuss a “best-practice” approach.


11:45–1:30 p.m.

Lunch, Awards, Passing the Gavel, and Last Chance to Visit Exhibitors


1:30 p.m.

Exhibits Close


1:30–2:25 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A9. Transformation of MnDOT Legal Descriptions

Dawna Butcher & Larry Sodergren

Ever wonder who came up with the State’s Right of Way Descriptions? We tell the story of the roads in Minnesota beginning at the Pre-Territorial time and progressing to the current methods of acquiring right of way.

B9. Vendor Session: Leica Geosystems…Leica Nova MS60 - The World’s First Self-learning MultiStation

Chris Rotegard

Scanning with the Leica Nova MS60 has been made simpler through the instant creation of point clouds with overlaid measured points and 3D models in one view. Visualizations are clearer and easier to see on an all-new 5” screen. The Leica Nova MultiStation will truly deliver the new experience in measuring technology.

C9. MnDOT’s Geodetic Monument Viewer

Mar Alojado

This interactive web tool allows users to find information on geodetic monuments in Minnesota, adjacent states, and Canada. Learn some tips and tricks for accessing adjusted coordinates, elevations, to-reach description, location photos and links by navigating around the map.


2:30–3:25 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A10. Mayhem in Minneapolis

Chris Mavis & Tim Eklund

Hennepin County is in the process of using COGO Parcel Mapping for Minneapolis. Hennepin County staff will be discussing the value of the Minneapolis Re-Monumentation effort in terms of accurately creating parcels in Minneapolis.

B10. Vendor Session: RDO…How Drones Can Work for You

Daniel Stong

Overview of current drone technology and why it’s here to stay.

C10. Vendor Session: Hybridge Imaging…Keys to Successfully Digitizing Survey Records

Mike Stiff & Preston Dowell

As survey records age, the condition deteriorates, but the importance does not. We will discuss how to streamline the scanning process to ensure a successful digitization project.


3:25 p.m.

Adjourn

 

Registration

The full meeting fee includes: program materials (available online), certificate of participation, refreshments, luncheons, ice breaker, exhibits and auction.

Free Technical and LSIT Membership

If you are a non-member technical/LSIT surveyor and have never been an MSPS member, you can receive a complimentary MSPS membership by registering for the conference at the MSPS Technical/Training Member rate. Membership fees will be waived with payment of the conference registration as long as both the registration form and membership application are completed and mailed to the MSPS office at 1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252, St. Paul, MN 55114.

Download the special membership/conference registration form

Annual Map Contest

Entries will be judged in three categories:

Subdivision Plat, C.I.C., and RLS
Boundary and/or Topographic Survey
A.L.T.A. Survey.

A student category is also included. The entry fee is $5 per map. Submission deadline is January 21. Cash, prizes, and certificates will be awarded, and maps will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall Thursday through early Friday afternoon. See map contest form for details.

See map contest form for details.

Planning Committee

Chairman: Preston Dowell
Members: Tony Blumentritt, Terry Freeman, Jon Gustafson, Marcus Hampton, Pete Jenkins, Chris Mavis, Kelly Ness, Dennis Olmstead, Dan Skinner, Rod Squires, Connie Villari and Paul Vogel.

Location & Lodging

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, which is this year’s conference headquarters. Reservations should be made directly with the hotel, referring to the MSPS Annual Meeting, and should be made prior to the cutoff date of January 22, 2016.

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd.
Prior Lake, MN 55372
(952) 445-9000 or (800) 262-7799
Room rates: $115 single or double

Vendor Social & MLS Foundation Auction

Outbid your friends and coworkers on items up for sale and participate in some fun, new activities. Cash bar opens at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.

Interested in Exhibiting?

View complete exhibitor details.

Handouts

A link will be provided prior to the conference for attendees to download speaker materials.

Continuing Education

PDH forms will be given to attendees when they arrive at the conference. Attendees are responsible for tracking and keeping record of which sessions they attend, particularly if they deviate from their registration selections.

Exhibits

Exhibits take place on both Thursday and Friday. Stop by and visit our exhibitors and sustaining members, as well as representatives of educational institutions. Continental breakfast and refreshments will be served in the exhibit hall. Exhibits open at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.


FIG Meeting

This year the events committee has worked hard to improve YOUR Annual Meeting.

FIG Young Surveyors North American Meeting
We are thrilled to welcome the 2nd FIG Young Surveyors North American meeting which is being held on Wednesday, February 10, 2015 in conjunction with the 2016 MSPS Annual Meeting. With the theme “The Future of Surveying... You!” key industry leaders from the BLM, NGS, NSPS, NCEES, Trimble, Autodesk, and Leica will present their visions on the future of surveying and how new technologies will impact it. Complete details and registration information is available at https://goo.gl/IbvayI.

The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) is an international organization representing surveyors worldwide. It is a federation of national member associations (NSPS is the US member) and covers the whole range of professional fields within the geospatial community. More information about FIG: www.fig.net.

The FIG Young Surveyors Network (YSN) was established in 2006 to help encourage young surveyor involvement in FIG and the surveying community. Today the FIG YSN is very active: holding meetings of young surveyors in regions around the world as well as participating in FIG activities. The FIG Young Surveyors North American Network (YSNA) was established in 2014 and represents young surveyors in North America which includes the U.S., Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. More information: www.fig.net/organisation/networks/ys

Vendor Sessions
Several sessions will be presented by registered vendors focusing on specific tools and technologies they provide which may be of interest to the MSPS membership. Check sessions B and C on Friday for details.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds (minus a $25 processing fee) for cancellations prior to January 11, 2016; 50 percent prior to February 1, 2016; and no refunds thereafter. Substitutions are permitted. Please fax cancellation/substitution requests to MSPS at (651) 290-2266 or email lisak@mnsurveyor.com.

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