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MSPS 62nd Annual Meeting Presentation Handouts

Please note: This page contains all presentations that MSPS has. If you do not see a session listed, we do not have any slides or handouts for that session.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Leveraging GIS within the Hennepin County Survey Division
Chris Mavis

A discussion of examples and benefits around using GIS technology for workflows and projects within the Hennepin County Survey Division.


The St. Louis County Land Explorer
Andrea Grygo

The St. Louis County Land Explorer is a web application that allows end users to interact with St. Louis County parcel and GIS data. This presentation will show you what data are available and explain the GIS services they are based on, and how to access the GIS services from your desktop and mobile device.


GPS/GNSS Technology Workshop
Eric Gakstatter

The current state of GPS and GNSS technology, including both satellites and receivers, will be discussed; as well as how navigation satellite systems are changing and what we can expect to see in GNSS receivers over the next few years.

  • Handouts not provided for this session

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Florida’s Minimum Technical Standards
W. Lamar Evers

Learn about the history of surveying standards in Florida from the early 1960s until present day, including problems encountered with the implementation of statutorily mandated standards.


A1 What Every Surveyor Should Know about Mechanic’s Liens and Business Contracts
Scott Lucas, Shaun Redford, & Jackie Rubi

A review of the basics of Minnesota law regarding mechanic’s liens and business contracts, with a special emphasis on issues of importance to surveyors.


B1 Mobile Devices and Operating Systems: Where are they heading and why does it matter?
Eric Gakstatter

Smartphones, handhelds and tablets have changed significantly since the iPhone/iPad and Android-based devices were introduced, but most of the software we use for data collection still runs on Windows. When can we expect software vendors to convert their software to iOS and Android, or can we?


C1 Introduction to Web-Based Mapping
Ladd Nelson

Explore how a variety of technology tools permit data extraction and creation of digital maps from DWG files into online sources. Learn how to leverage technology tools to share your site plans across the web and permit collaboration of data-viewing outside of the CAD environment.


A2 Real Property Law Update
Scott Lucas, Shaun Redford, & Jackie Rubi

A review of recent case law and statutory changes impacting the use and ownership of real estate.


B2 Where Is the State Line? I-90 Bridge over the Mississippi River
Keith Kallin

Where was the center of the main channel of the Mississippi River in 1848? Evidence will be presented for both sides of the story.


C2 Datum Transformations: Nightmare on GIS Street
Eric Gakstatter

As the cost of acquiring high-precision geospatial data declines, the science and software workflows behind managing geospatial datasets becomes increasingly important in order to maintain the accuracy and integrity of the data.


A3 The Description Does Not Fit. Now What? (The Reason We Are Licensed)
Clint McLagan

What a land surveyor should do if the possession or monumentation is different from the description


B3 Constructing Riparian Boundaries in a GIS with Remote Sensing
Bill Brown

A review of lake shore boundaries in the Hennepin County base map reveals inconsistencies with Minnesota law and case law. This presentation describes the process thatHennepin County is following to accurately delineate the ordinary high water line of public waters, using published elevations, raw LiDAR data, orthophotography, and contour lines.

  • Handouts not provided for this session

C3 ArcGIS Explorer: An Alternative to Google Earth
Josh Stearns

ESRI, the leader in GIS software, has a free GIS viewer called ArcGIS Explorer that you need to know about. If you use Google Earth to view data, you will want to see ArcGIS Explorer in action. We will demonstrate the free basemaps and layers available and discuss the uses of ArcGIS Explorer.


A4 The Description Does Not Fit. Now What? — Continued


B4 About those Field Notes
Rod Squires

The digital collection of the public land survey field notes is an extremely valuable resource. It allows you to look at the volumes that were digitized and ask questions about the nature of the field notes and the nature of the digitization effort.

  • Handouts not provided for this session

C4 Machine Control: From Design to Field with AutoCAD Civil 3D and Trimble Business Center – HCE
Brian Levendowski & Taylor Richardson

From the design to the job site, Trimble Business Center - HCE and AutoCAD Civil 3D will streamline your machine control workflows. See how Civil 3D designs can easily be exported and shared with contractors for use in machine control.

  • Handouts not provided for this session

Friday, February 21, 2014

A5 The Rebranding of the National Society of Professional Surveyors
W. Lamar Evers

An update on present status of NSPS, where we have been and where we are going.

  • Handouts not provided for this session

B5 MNOSHA Inspection and Updates
Gary Robertson

This presentation will discuss how the inspection process works, including how organizations are chosen for inspection, the different types and priorities of inspections, how an inspection is conducted, and the criteria for how citations and penalties are issued.


C5 Robotic Total Station Field Maintenance
Jay Haskamp

This will be a technical session with some informative tips on getting the most out of your Robotic Total Stations. We will discuss necessary field checks when working with Robotic Total Stations along with radio link troubleshooting, tips, and tricks. Field collimations, techniques on electronic level adjustments, and optical plummet adjustments will be demonstrated.


A6 Flying Under the Radar
Peter Jenkins

This session will introduce the audience to how MnDOT’s Photogrammetric Unit became interested in purchasing and operating a UAS (Unmanned Aerial System). There will be an explanation of how this tool will be used and what products and services the Photo Unit plans to deliver.


B6 Connecting the Dots through Communication
Dave Landecker & Cynthia Hidde

Effective communications with your staff, clients or the public is often the most recognized deficiency when a problem or situation arises. Learn what you can do to be more effective in your delivery from setting out the scope of work, mediating through a difficult situation, representing a client, or marketing your services or the profession to the public and other organizations.


C6 Laser Scanning Accuracy and Precision
Greg Schneider

Understanding the important technical aspects of laser scanning/remote sensing technology to help eliminate unexpected challenges leading to project success.

  • Handouts not provided for this session

C7 Field and Office Connected
Josh Nave

Using cloud data exchange in a web browser format to increase productivity, manage assets, and track your projects.


A8 NGS Update
Dave Zenk

Session will include a broad range of topics updating the audience on several activities by NGS including OPUS, GRAV-D, MN Level Network, Geoid Slope Validation Survey, and others.


B8 Gopher State One Call and You: How Minnesota Can Work Together to Promote Excavation Safety
Estelle Richard

This presentation will cover the basic services Gopher State One Call provides to the public, how they can contact us for locate requests, and the information they need to know before and after they contact us.


C8 Drafting in the Field: Survey Workflows in Civil 3D
Brian Levendowski

Learn about developing your own custom survey workflow and setup in Civil 3D, automatic line-work functions, and cutting down your post-survey processing time to a fraction of what it was before. Understand the integration of all background elements, such as Figure Prefix Databases and Description Key Sets. Once your setup is in place you will see monumental changes in your production rates, standardization of your surveying processes and flexibility with your survey data like never before.


A9 The Retracement Surveyor Judiciously Applies Decisions of the Courts to the Practice of Land Surveying
Ron Murphy

Differences between the workings of the courts and the work of the retracement surveyor, and things the retracement surveyor should not be doing.


B9 Using the General Land Office Surveys for Archaeology
Elizabeth Hobbs

General Land Office Surveys provide our earliest site specific records of the Minnesota landscape and vegetation. MnDOT is using them to create historic landscape and vegetation models to use for modeling the potential for finding archaeological sites.


C9 GNSS Precision
Steve Richter

We will discuss some of the changes happening within the GPS/GPSS real-time measurement technology; review the traditional Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) precisions and accuracy techniques; and introduce the new Precision-based RTK algorithms. This is a technical session that all GPS field crews should attend.

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