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2019 Winter Seminar

We are excited to have Charlie Tucker present "AREMA's Railroad Surveying 101" at our 2019 Winter Seminar! Registration is now open.

When: Friday, December 6, 2019
8:00am-4:30pm (Registration opens at 7:30am)
Where: DoubleTree Park Place by Hilton
1500 Park Place Blvd
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55416
United States
Contact: MSPS Headquarters

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7:30 AM - 8:00 AM   – Registration
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM   – Presentation (Railroad Surveying Part 1)
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM   – Break
9:45 AM - 11:45 AM  – Presentation (Railroad Surveying Part 2)
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM – Lunch
12:45 PM - 02:15 PMPresentation (Railroad Surveying Part 3)
02:15 PM - 02:30 PM – Break
02:30 PM - 04:30 PMPresentation (Railroad Surveying Part 4)


Professional Development Hours (PDHs): 7

Attorneys are able to claim 7 CLE credit hours for attending this seminar.  


Join us at the MSPS 2019 Winter Seminar for a four-part session with Charlie Tucker, Farnsworth Group, for his presentation "AREMA's Railroad Surveying 101." Read more about the course below.

AREMA's Railroad Surveying 101

The course begins with the "dirty dozen", a list of the 12 most common blunders, poor assumptions and bad guesses that railroad professionals see on an everyday basis coming to them from non-railroad professionals and agencies that kill or delay projects that involve crossing or bordering a railroad. Upon completing this seminar, the surveyor should be much more aware of the issues and requirements to be addressed prior to tackling a railroad-related project. The surveyor should now be more confident that railroad related work and railroad boundary skills can be managed under his area of expertise. Typical participants benefiting the most from this course are those with limited exposure to the railway industry; or railroaders with highly specialized positions. For example, a surveyor-engineer well versed in highway/street design but with some exposure to railway boundaries would gain valuable knowledge about track, railroad cadastre, railroad terminology; theory, and railway operations typically unfamiliar to those outside the industry.

The course was assembled by an ad-hoc committee of over 20 surveyors within the ranks of AREMA, in various committees, that saw a need to teach the next generation of survey professionals and railroad technical professionals what had been common knowledge in the industry and was rapidly disappearing as senior railroaders retired and took their institutional knowledge with them.



Charlie Tucker is a highly skilled railroad surveyor and project manager, possessing 37 years of experience in and around the railroad industry. He is considered an expert on railroad surveying and records – expertise he honed during his 15 years working for Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. He is well-versed in the needs of small, large, and industrial-scale railroads. While working for ATSF, Charlie held a variety of positions that provided him with an intimate working knowledge of the industry. He served as engineer aide, survey technician, field engineer, office engineer, assistant roadmaster, roadmaster, and tunnel construction roadmaster. Charlie is extremely skilled in the surveying, design, layout, and construction of infrastructure and public works around operating railroads. Since leaving the railroad in 1996, he has been with FARNSWORTH GROUP, Inc. as a railroad project manager in many diverse projects across the country, including functioning as an acting Chief Engineer for multiple shortline railroad start-ups.

He recently served as the sub-committee chairman for the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association’s (AREMA) Pipeline and Utility Crossing Committee I (“Roadway”/ SC-5), which writes and updates the railway industry’s suggested standards. In addition, Charlie serves on AREMA Committee 18, “Shortline & Light Density Railroads” where he is currently the committee secretary. He teaches classes nationwide to professional engineers and surveyors on railroad design fundamentals and has served as an expert witness in numerous railroad-related lawsuits.

In his free time, Charlie volunteers as an assistant archivist at the Colorado Railroad Museum at Golden, Colorado and raises Scottish Terriers.



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