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MSPS 60th Annual Meeting Presentations

Wednesday, February 15

Part 1: Minnesota Water Boundaries / Riparian Rights

Huck Andreson
This presentation will cover water boundaries, ownership of lake beds and streams, riparian rights and duties of land owners, survey issues relating to riparian rights, and regulation of riparian rights by governmental entities.

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Part 2 – Legal Description Interpretation

John Matonich
This session will address key issues with regard to Property Descriptions. Included will be information on understanding the purpose of a land description and who should prepare one, along with the importance of intent. It will cover survey terminology and definitions. There will be a section on essential elements of a description, as well as types of descriptions and common errors found. A presentation and discussion on several pertinent court cases pertaining to descriptions will also be a part of this session.

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Thursday, February 16

A1: Importance of a Strong National Association and its Lobbying Efforts

John Matonich
As with the need for your state organization, there are national issues that affect the surveying profession daily. Whether it is legislative, agency driven, or simply something that can be a benefit to us all, we need a national voice looking out for our interests. This presentation will speak of the benefits and obligations of our national voice: NSPS. The presentation will also discuss some of our recent legislative initiatives and challenges.

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B1: Understanding Grid and Ground – Coordinates and Distances

Steve Richter
As project coordinates change from project to project, it becomes increasingly difficult to understand the proper relationship between GPS and those project coordinates. In this session we will discuss the relationship between grid and ground coordinates as well as distances when working with different coordinate systems like Minnesota County and State Plane. Some of the objectives of this session will be:

  • Basic understanding on the Minnesota Grid Coordinate System
  • Basic understanding of State Plane Coordinate Systems
  • Techniques for converting Grid coordinates to Ground Coordinates
  • Grid distances vs. Ground distances
  • Proper relation between GPS and Conventional

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C1: Accuracy and Precision

Chris Rotegard
This session will enable you to get the maximum accuracy out of your survey equipment. We will cover equipment error sources in surveys, field equipment checks, calibrations and service information.

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A2: State Board Update

David Landecker
Having a license is a privilege, not a right. You have worked diligently in obtaining your Land Surveyors license through education, experience, and examination. In turn, it is your professional obligation to follow the Minnesota Statutes and Rules together with the Professional Conduct you attested to when you applied to become licensed. Come get a Board update and have an interactive discussion with one of the Land Survey members of the AELSLAGID.

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B2: Prefurbia – Sustainable Land Development Design

Rick Harrison
Learn how the sustainable land development design methods of Prefurbia, made possible by precision spatial geometry, can enhance your land surveying practice by offering land developers and builders a more attractive, safer, efficient, livable, and profitable plan from your staff.

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C2: The New NAD83(2011) Adjustment in MN

Dave Zenk
The National Geodetic Survey has readjusted the passive mark network throughout the United States to reflect the most accurate positions of the CORS network. The adjustment results and their impacts on Minnesota will be discussed.

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A3: 2011 ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey Requirements

Curt Sumner
A review of changes to the ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey Requirements in the 2011 version which went into effect on February 23, 2011. The presentation will include the most up-to-date comments about the new version that have been received, in particular from the title attorney and lender perspectives.

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B3: Preventing and Resolving Business Disputes

Carolyn Chalmers
The surveyor curriculum you studied probably did not include people skills. But these skills are critical for success and satisfaction in work. This workshop focuses on:

  • Skills to prevent disputes, such as clarifying expectations, avoiding surprises and conducting difficult conversations, and
  • Skills to de-escalate disputes that arise, such as active listening, reflection and questions.

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C3: DATA: Acquisition, Collaboration, Management, and Extraction

Steve Richter
This fun and interactive session will focus on data collection with multiple survey tools and the latest technology to create a collaborative approach to a survey project. This collaborative approach to data acquisition will demonstrate how GNSS data can be integrated properly with Total Station and Scanning data, as well as georeferenced imagery. Topics to be addressed will include collection techniques, compatibility issues, as well as proper management of the data once collection is done. The management process will involve bringing all of this data together and providing a final deliverable to the client. Make sure not to miss this project workflow session. This session will show how powerful your data can be for you.

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A4: Preserving and Distributing Minnesota’s Original Field Notes and Plats

John Hoshal
Funded by a Cultural Heritage grant from the MN Historical Society in 2010, the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office, in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, has digitized and published nearly 310,000 pages containing Minnesota’s original land survey field notes. Created between 1847 and 1911, the field notes serve as the legal foundation for land ownership in the state. They are uniquely valuable for historical, environmental, genealogical and legal purposes. This presentation will provide an overview of the field notes, review earlier efforts to digitize the original survey plats, and recent activities and processes used to capture and distribute the field notes.

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B4: Strategies for a Successful Surveying Business

John Matonich
Most Surveyors who run a surveying business do so because they love surveying, not because they want to be business owners. This session is intended to provide a better understanding of the aspects of managing a successful business. The presentation will cover various tools, principals, and theories used to improve the performance of a business. No matter the size of your firm, this presentation will cover many things that can help you have a more successful business. It will cover topics including knowing your clients and your employees. Also, the financial factors such as billing rates, overhead factors, and chargeability will be covered. Finding, hiring, and releasing employees will be discussed along with your legal responsibilities affecting each of them. The presentation will also cover the aspects of a good contract and some of the pitfalls of contract negotiation.

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C4: Status and Use of LiDAR Data in Minnesota

Tim Loesch
This presentation will describe the status and products produced by the State of Minnesota High Resolution Elevation Project and how to access and view the various types of information that are being developed as part of this project.

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A5: Retracement Surveys & Retracement Surveyors

Ron Murphy
Mr. Murphy will be speaking about retracement surveys and retracement surveyors, primarily from his experience and that of his peers. He is a student of surveyor records, surveyors, and their methods. God help us all!

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C5: Streamlining Survey Workflows Using GIS

John Mackiewicz & Justin Hansen
The survey workflow has evolved over time from compass and tape, to transit, total station and GPS. Recording field data has evolved from field books to data collectors and drafting has grown from the drafting board to computer aided drafting desktop computers. Each of these workflows brings with it some legacy of the past, some good, some just traditional. There is new technology that changes the field/office workflow by leveraging the precision of RTK and VRS, the streamlined workflow of GIS, and the connectivity of the field to the office. This presentation will discuss the very recent advances in GIS that gives surveyors access to the GIS market using their existing tools and providing a very efficient, modern survey accurate workflow.

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Friday, February 17

A6: Litigation of Legal Descriptions

Scott Lucas
A review of how disputes concerning legal descriptions are resolved in Minnesota, for both abstract and Torrens properties.

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B6: Winning Contracts with Successful Proposals and Presentations

John Matonich
In today’s economic climate, competition to secure new business is greater than ever. This session is intended to provide a better understanding of how to prepare proposals and presentations that set your firm apart from your competitors. The seminar will cover various tools, principals, and theories used to improve your chances of securing new contracts. No matter the size of your firm, this presentation will cover many things that can help you be successful. It will cover topics including how to prepare RFQs and RFPs as well as describing the basics of each. You will be given specific examples of formats and cover letters that are proven to meet owner’s expectations when looking to award contracts. Information on how to identify who the Ultimate Decision Makers are and how to invoke the “Power of 3” will be explored. Finally, you will be shown how to create specific, tailored proposals and presentations full of strategies that will hook your audience and reward you with new business.

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C6: Introduction to Hydrographic Surveying

Juergen Brunkhorst
When the water is coming in over your waders it is time to consider alternative methods. This session will introduce you to Hydrographic Surveying. Learn about applications, sounding equipment, vessels, dredging, software, tidal datums, education, and much more.

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A7: Why Land Surveyors Get Sued, and How to Avoid it

Matt Pfohl
A review of land surveyor liability issues, including some of the cases in which they have been named as defendants. It will also include a brief review of how to avoid litigation.

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C7: Mapping Road Surface Conditions Using UAV Mapping Systems

Ahmad Elaksher
This session introduces an innovative Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-based digital imaging system focusing on efficient collection of surface condition data over rural roads. The system consists of a low cost model helicopter equipped with a digital camera, a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver and an Inertial Navigation System (INS), and a geomagnetic sensor. A set of image processing algorithms has been developed for precise orientation of the acquired images, and generation of 3D road surface models and orthoimages which allow for accurate measurement of the size and the dimension of the road surface distresses. The developed system has been tested over several test sites with roads of various surface distresses. The experiments show that the system is capable of providing three-dimensional information of surface distresses for road condition assessment. The comparison of the derived 3D information with the onsite manual measurements of the road distresses reveals a difference of about one centimeter, demonstrating the potential of the presented system for future practice.

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C8: Image Assisted Surveying

Chris Rotegard
What is Image Assisted Surveying? In this session we will discuss image assisted surveying techniques and how it can benefit your company. More than taking photos, Image Assisted Surveying & Image Notes are not just a gimmick. They speed up the daily surveying process and add profit to your bottom line.

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A9: Establishing Access to Real Property by Use

Shawn Redford
This session is a review of how easements, dedication, and cartways are established by law.

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B9: Minnesota Public Land Survey Records: A Final Overview?

Rod Squires
A description of the records available to the modern land surveyor.

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C9: Work Zone Traffic Control

Mike Leaf
This session will follow the outline of the Minnesota Field Manual, and will provide a common sense approach to Work Zone Traffic Control.

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A10: From the Application to Register to the Certificate of Title, How Does it Happen? What is the Roll of the Surveyor? and, Registered Land Surveys: Unique Uses (and Pitfalls for the Unwary!)

David Meyers
Surveyors play an important part in the title registration, but most do not see the entire process. This program will follow a simple title Registration from the Application through the final Order and Decree. We will also explain how and when a Registered Land Survey may be used. This session will emphasize areas of Torrens law surveyors need to know.

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B10: Defusing Neighborly Disputes

Madaline Barnes
Surveyors often find themselves right in the middle of someone else’s boundary dispute, a challenge not covered by their technical training. This session will offer some ideas about how to deal with such situations. The most important strategy is for the surveyor to get out of the middle of the dispute, but, as many will have discovered by hard experience, ignoring or avoiding the warring parties is not very effective. Instead, the speaker will discuss some ways to engage the warring parties as allies in the process of establishing boundaries instead of being barriers to completing the task, thereby allowing the surveyor to get the job done and in the process move the conflict toward resolution.

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C10: MnDOT Geodetic Web-based Products

Mar Alojado & Theo Brown
When all the geodetic control data were migrated from the old-fashioned, stand alone DataEase to versatile Oracle database, and mapping was converted from the cumbersome MicroStation to real-time ArcGIS, the handling and shipping of paper products and the phone calls were significantly reduced as the Geodetic Unit races into cyberspace. Today, myriads of digital map & data files pertaining to geodetic control monuments and their accessories can be had at the click of the mouse. During this session, you will learn how to navigate to the website where all of these applications are accessible. There will also be an overview of each product so you will know what specific resources to use in your daily surveying schemes.

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