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MSPS 63rd 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 11, 2015

Bulletproofing Your Surveys (or How to Keep Your Surveys from Being Thrown Out of Court)
Joseph Paiva

When a surveyor is hired as an expert witness, the process of giving testimony from the witness box is usually near the end of a long process. Go through the steps of bulletproofing your work to avoid having it discredited. Learn new procedures, practice better record–keeping, learn to be more comprehensive in analyzing facts, and be more thoughtful, clear and thorough in writing reports. Processes, methods and activities appreciated and welcomed by attorneys and the court will be addressed, together with ideas on how to adapt them to particular situations. Proven techniques for expert reports and expert testimony will be presented. Defensive measures to avoid detection of weaknesses by the opposing parties in any of the expert surveyor’s work and testimony will be covered. This session applies equally to gathering facts, analyzing and then presenting exhibits and testimony in court actions. Basic professional and ethical issues regarding the impartiality of the surveyor’s findings will also be discussed.

Re-engineering Surveyors & Surveying Businesses
Joseph Paiva

Surveyors often ponder their status as professionals — are they or aren’t they? Are the dynamics of business relationships with other professionals such as architects, engineers, lawyers, etc. peer to peer or something else? Examine what surveyors currently do and how it affects their self-perception and perceptions by others. How are these perceptions created? What might we do to alter them as individuals, as a group, and as businesses? What do we want our (true) image to be? What benefits do we offer, how do we make these less abstract to clients and other professionals? How might we re-engineer the way we represent ourselves as individuals, as well as our businesses and associations? Ways in which new initiatives may be introduced and actively manage will be discussed. This session encourages active involvement in the discussion by the session participants.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

General Session: State Board Update and the Complaint Process
Doreen Frost, Lisa Hanni, David Landecker

Updates on what is happening with the Board, the new statutes that went into effect in August 2014 and the complaint process.

A1. FEMA Floodplains – Updates for Surveyors
Ceil Strauss

Federal law updates now require elevations for older buildings in the floodplain, and base flood elevations. Learn about new requirements for when surveys are needed and hear about the newest online viewers and resources.

B1. Ethics
Lynette Dufresne, Lisa Hanni, David Landecker

Recognize the importance of ethics as it relates to the Minnesota Rules of Conduct. Create awareness of ethical issues as a Licensed Professional.

C1. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI): More than just a New Idea for Geomatics
Joseph Paiva

The basics of QA, QC and especially CQI are covered along with suggestions on how to concretely apply them to a geomatics practice. Benefits of quality management are presented and compared with the risks of not using them. This session will help you understand the overall scheme of quality management, and why such a structured approach is essential to maintaining consistent quality in your surveys.

A2. Minnesota’s LiDAR: Improving Our Understanding of the Data
Sean Vaughn

As we integrate LiDAR technology into our daily responsibilities, an understanding of the data is becoming more important. This session will address some key topics related to the current and future management, dissemination and utilization of Minnesota’s LiDAR Data. We will explore a variety of uses of LiDAR derived products. Examples covered will be represented as products from ArcGIS software, but the technicalities of ArcGIS will be minimized to highlight how the data are relevant across platforms.

  • Handouts not provided for this session

B2. Roadway & Highway Construction Work Zone Safety
Gary Robertson

This MNOSHA session will discuss what safety requirements must be observed when working around and in the proximity of roadways and highways. It will cover compliance with MNOSHA standards to help assure employee safety when working in these areas. Review the type of hazards that are found in highway work zones and the training and protection that are required to help avoid employee exposure to hazards.

C2. YP: Think Globally, Act Locally
Jon Gustafson & Marcus Hampton

Surveyors around the globe are facing a number of issues challenging our relevance — namely technological advances, commoditization of surveying services, and an aging workforce. This session will highlight how the YP movement will address these challenges and solidify our relevance as surveyors.

A3. Real Property Law Update
Scott Lucas, Shaun Redford, Jackie Rubi

A review of recent case law and statutory changes impacting on the use and ownership of real estate, including an analysis of the likely impact of the 2014 United States Supreme Court case Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States on bike trails and other uses of former railroad easements in Minnesota.

B3. Utilizing Media and Public Relations to Boost Your Business
Jess Myers

The media can be a powerful tool to help boost awareness of your surveying business as well as the importance of the professional surveying industry. Media and public relations professional Jess Myers offers some simple tips on how to work with the media to promote what you do.

  • Handouts not provided for this session

C3. Statewide PLSS Data Set
Bart Richardson

The Minnesota Geospatial Information Office’s (MnGeo) Parcels and Land Records Committee will outline plans that lay the ground work for maintaining PLSS data within ESRI’s Parcel Fabric. The goal is to collaborate with county surveyors and produce a statewide PLSS dataset with a high degree of accuracy.

  • Handouts not provided for this session

A4. A Torrens Law Primer
Scott Lucas, Shaun Redford, Jackie Rubi

A review of Torrens law, with a focus on the benefits of registering property from the owner’s perspective.

B4. Interoffice Communication
Cindy Hidde

Effective communication with staff is often the most recognized deficiency when a problem arises. Discuss what you can do to be more effective in your delivery from setting out the scope of work or mediating through a difficult situation. Exercises will be utilized throughout the discussion including an opportunity to relate specific communication scenarios within our field.

C4. Panel Discussion: End User Interaction with LiDAR Derived Data
Sean Vaughn, Preston Dowell, and Mike Smith

This interactive discussion will share three aspects of using LiDAR derived data. Sean Vaughn will show how MnTOPO can be used by a variety of end users. Preston Dowell will explain how to use the data for project planning and mapping GLO feature calls. Mike Smith will discuss how he utilizes LAS Tools to derive contours for preliminary plat design.

Friday, February 13, 2015

General Session: NSPS Update
Pat Smith

A5. Wisconsin Survey Modernization
Lisa Van Horn & Les Van Horn

Act 358 2013 — Wisconsin’s Survey Redefinition Bill — What it says and a look at the process of getting it approved.

B5. Outlook Email — Common and Not-So-Common Tips and Tricks
Holly Hanson

This topic will be presented in a very casual manner. Holly will start off the session with some common tips used with Outlook email — this interactive presentation depends on questions from the audience.

C5. Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Surveying
Chip Berniard

Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for photogrammetric aerial mapping provides surveyors with a revolutionary tool for collecting data that was once reserved for large photogrammetry specialists. UAS allow survey and geospatial professionals to collect large amounts of data in a short time. This session will include an update on the current FAA policy regarding UAS operations in the national airspace.

A6. Determining Boundaries: What Is the Scope of a Land Surveyor’s Responsibilities?
John Freemyer

There is a great deal of confusion about a land surveyor’s role in determining boundaries when a record description does not coincide with land use. Some authors advocate that a land surveyor should serve in something of a judicial role, while others advocate a land surveyor is simply a finder of facts. This session will examine the various positions and legal guidance on the topic.

B6. Email Etiquette/Tips & Tricks
Robert Noska

Learn how to apply CARE principles of customer service to your email etiquette. You will also learn valuable tips and tricks to incorporate into your daily email usage.

C6. Panel: MnDOT’s CORS/RTRN GNSS Network
Nate Anderson, Blaine McKeever, Richard Morey, and Dave Zenk

Panel presentation and Q&A session by the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Office of Land Management staff. Topics will include benefits of the CORS/RTRN GNSS network to the citizens of the State of Minnesota, the future of the network, how to access the network, best surveying practices for network users, and the coordinate system used by the network.

C7. Civil 3D Survey User-Defined Properties
Brian Levendowski

Civil 3D Survey User-defined properties.

A8. Researching the Records of Egan Field & Nowak: High, Wide and Handsome
Ron Murphy

Part 1 – The footsteps of E. T. Abbott, civil engineer and surveyor. Recollections of 1871 through 1937 which Mr. Abbott prepared at the request of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Part 2 – The development of old field notes and the retracement of subdivision plats by the old surveyors, with comments on the old plats they work from.

B8. The New Hennepin County Public Works Consulting Services Program and CERT Certification
Daniel Nickols

Hennepin County has created a revised method for the contracting with and the solicitation of Consulting Professionals that is based on a Master Agreement and the prequalification of Consultants in various Work Types with first consideration being given to CERT certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE). This session will describe the Consulting Services Program iand provide instructions to execute a Master Agreement with Hennepin County and submit prequalification documents. This session will also describe the CERT Certification process and benefits.

C8. Importing MnTOPO LiDAR Contours as Shape Files into CAD
Ladd Nelson

Contour data are freely available through the MnTOPO website and can be downloaded as ESRI-based shape files. Procedures will be demonstrated and discussed about how this information can be utilized in CAD-based applications.

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