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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

7:30–8:15 a.m.


8:15–10:15 a.m.

MN Supreme Court Ruling and Its Effect on Surveyors

This presentation will discuss how a licensed land surveyor uses an opinion of the courts in the daily practice of running or working for a private business, or being a county surveyor, or working for a public agency like the DNR or MNDOT.

David Meyers and Dennis Pederson

10:15–10:35 a.m.


10:35 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

Understanding Estoppel in the Context of the Practical Location of Boundaries and Roadway Abaondonment

The session will explore the legal concept of estoppel as applied to boundary location and roadway abandonment. Minnesota court cases will be described that illustrate when estoppel applies. Tips will be discussed for how the surveyor can gather evidence in making a case for estoppel.

Paul Voge

Noon–1:00 p.m.


1:00–2:00 p.m.

Boundary Agreements and Other Practical Non-Judicial Solutions to Boundary Problems

There can be significant advantages to resolving boundary disputes without litigation. This presentation will explore when non-judicial resolution is possible and how to structure, and prepare documents to accomplish, non-judicial resolution.

Paul Kilgore

2:00–2:20 p.m.


2:20–4:00 p.m.

Professional Ethics - A Facilitated Discussion

This session looks at the relationship between Ethics, Law, and Morality, seeking to show how they interact and how they are different. Ethical Conflict will be defined along with a proposed framework for resolving such conflicts. The Rules governing professional behavior as an LS in Minnesota will be examined, with some questions raised. Audience participation is required.

Rick Morey

4:00–4:50 p.m.

MSPS Annual Business Meeting

4:50–7:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Opens

Ice Breaker & Jam Session sponsored by Frontier Precision
Musicians — bring your instruments. No amps, please. Everyone is welcome to attend.

6:30–9:30 p.m.

Optional Dinner (Duluth Brewery Tour with Dinner)

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 9, 2017

7:30–8:15 a.m.

Registration, Exhibit Hall Opens, Continental Breakfast

8:15–9:15 a.m.

General Session – The State of Surveying Education in Minnesota

Education is a vital part of the Land Surveying profession and its future. This session will discuss the current status of Land Surveying education in Minnesota and Nationally, and what the future of such education might look like.

Eric Fuller

  • No Handouts Provided

9:15–9:45 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors

9:45–10:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A1. The Past, Present, and Future of Trunk Highway 53 in Virginia

This presentation will give an overview of the sequence of right of way acquisitions for Trunk Highway 53 through the Mesabi Iron Range in Virginia. It will discuss the impact the relocation over the Rouchleau Pit had on current acquisition practices and it will also provide a glimpse of what the future holds for the highway after mining has been completed.

Dawna Butcher

  • No Handouts Provided

A2. Real World UAS Workflows

There are several reasons why land surveyors are increasingly adding drones to their portfolio of instruments. While the drone will not replace the instruments we use daily, they might complement them. Attendees will be presented examples where UAS was used to add value to traditional surveying services.

Kelly Ness

  • No Handouts Provided

A3. The New Construction Staking Paradigm/Paradox

Description to come

Connie Villari

  • No Handouts Provided

A4. Vendor Session – Advanced Field to Finish Using SurvCE and Carlson Software

Field to Finish is defined as the coding of survey measurements such that the final drawing is completed to the maximum extent possible. It is a major source of time savings for survey firms. Topics to be covered include symbol and linework coding, tree surveys and manhole and pipe surveys. Advanced topics include building drafting based on mixture of taped and total station/GPS measurements, symbol scaling and rotation in 2D (such as for drainage grates), drawing of symbols such as poles and trees in 3D, drawing tree trunks and drip lines to scale, merging of trees into contiguous tree lines and wooded areas, tree table reports and storm and sanitary sewer line drafting based on field codes.

Bruce Carlson

10:45–11:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

B1. The Evolution of the 5th PM Grid System

In 1815 the Government Land Office began the survey of the Missouri Territory for Land Grants to pay the soldiers after the war of 1812. Deputy Surveyors Joseph C. Brown and Prospect Robins began the survey of the 5th Principal Meridian which became the largest Land Survey Base in the United States. Who were these two men and how was the Initial Point Established? Over the next 100 years the Meridian was extended north 168 Townships through six states? How were the survey procedures refined as they projected the grid? What were some of the difficulties encountered?

Don Borcherding

B2. Managing your PLSS data in the ESRI Parcel Fabric

This presentation discusses the ESRI Parcel Fabric, its data structure, ways in which one can input and manage the Public Land Survey and monumentation control information. We will discuss the advantages to this data model and review its Quality Control capabilities, Record Level Metadata and Least Squares Adjustment functionality.

Frank Conkling

B3. “You want me to do what!” RLS’s and more

History of Torrens System History of and why Torrens System in MN Who controls the Torrens System in MN What a PLS needs to know about Torrens Land Subdivision of Torrens Lands Who must check and approve proposed land divisions and authority to require a plat or RLS. What must be shown on a plat or RLS. How existing easements need to be shown and identified. Examples of good and poor RLS's and plats. Role of Client's Attoreney.

Ben Anderson and Kim Brzezinski

B4. Vendor Session - Accuracy & Precision with Modern Surveying Technologies

Today’s technological advances have added new tools that may be utilized in our daily surveying activities. We are now able to measure more productively and in different ways than in the past. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This session examines how the same fundamental principles that we have always utilized apply in the use of the technology to assure that we maintain accuracy and precision in the measurement product demanded by our clients.

Tim Kerr

  • No Handouts Provided

11:45 a.m.–12:55 p.m.


1:00–1:55 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

C1. Landmark Boundaries by Practical Location in Minnesota

Lawyers and Surveyors regularly work together when boundary disputes arise. One of the more common legal remedies is an Action to Determine a Boundary by Practical Location. What do lawyers look for and what do the cases say about what is needed to prove up this type of claim?

Nancy K. Landmark

C2. Mediation Skills and Their Benefits for the Land Surveyor

This session will explore the benefits that mediation skills may have in working with adversarial neighbors, tips in how to gain the confidence of the parties involved in a dispute, how to effectively work with the neighbors in opening the lines of communication between them to resolve their dispute, and when the use of mediation skills is appropriate. This program is of benefit for any land surveyor involved with property boundary surveying.

Aimee Gourlay and Tony Blumentritt, Professional Land Surveyor, Johnson & Scofield Inc

C3. NSPS Certified Survey Technician Program

This session will provide an overview of the NSPS CST Program: What it is; How to apply; And some considerations for the potential examinee.

Rick Morey

C4. Vendor Session - Scanning Historical Records

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.

Mike Stiff and Preston Dowell

2:00–2:55 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

D1. Omitted Lands within the PLSS in Minnesota

This session will examine the factors that the federal court uses to determine if lands within the PLSS have been erroneously or fraudulently omitted during the course of the original survey. Minnesota omitted land cases will be illustrated

Paul Voge

D2. Flood Mapping Update

This presentation will focus on: (1) several new and updated web sites that make it easier to locate sites in the floodplain and obtain helpful resources, (2) updates on where we have updated county Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps and flood elevation data, (3) the timing for new data in many counties around the state over the next 2-3 years, and (4) the common map appeal options (LOMA-out as shown, LOMA with LiDAR, LOMA with survey, & LOMR-F). There will also be a brief review of the types of flood zones and when flood insurance is mandatory.

Ceil Strauss

D3. NSPS-Young Surveyors Network - The Who, What, Where, and Why?

The NSPS-YSN or Young Surveyors Network has been striving in the past years to establish itself as a group for younger (under 35) surveyors to communicate locally, regionally, and nationally. Recently the NSPS-YSN has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NSPS, officially establishing a partnership in which they can work hand-in-hand. The group continues to work towards encouraging new memberships and friendships in order to help preserve and reinvigorate the future of the ever-evolving surveying profession.

Dan Kvaal

D4. Vendor Session - The Next Generation Land Surveyor

Over the past four decades technological innovation has drastically changed the land surveying industry - most, but not all of the changes has been for the good. The general public and many in the design industry think Google Earth can replace the land surveyor, point number management is cumbersome, LiDAR contour maps are often spastic looking, and CAD errors are far too commonplace. Obviously there needs to be a pivot in how technology is utilized to overcome these and many other problems. This class will begin with some land surveying software history, the present state, and the future. We will present how newer core technology and education can solve the above problems. The future will no longer be just delivering 2D monochrome plots but rendered surveys with embedded information in both 2D and interactive 3D using screen and VR headsets. This future will be demonstrated in a field to finish example.

Richard Harrison

2:55–3:25 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors

3:25–4:20 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

E1. Tree Identification Topic: “Original” Bearing and Line Trees

You work your way to a section corner and begin attempting to locate nearby bearing trees. What might those trees look like today? Will those trees be spectacular giants or declining, broken shells of their former selves? While this presentation cannot cover all possibilities – we’ll look at decay resistance and longevity of Minnesota species in addition to how trees age. Finishing the discussion with a look at 5 common genera used as “original” bearing trees in Minnesota.

Dave Hanson

E2. MN DOT ROW Platting Review

Minnesota statutes, Section 505.03 requires that a proposed preliminary plat that abuts a state highway be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for written comments. MnDOT receives hundreds of plats and site plans for review each year. Some of these successfully meet MnDOT requirements with one review, while others require several revisions and re-submittals. This presentation outlines: the level of detail MnDOT would like to see; what areas within MnDOT review the plats and site plans and what their concerns are; how long it typically takes to receive a response from MnDOT; what surveys/right-of-way information MnDOT has that could assist in the development of the plats and site plans; and the key lessons learned with past plat reviews.

Tod Sherman and Brad Canaday

E3. Why GIS Needs Survey Quality Data to be Accurate

To accurately map cadastre a good network of survey control is needed. In this presentation you will see what an area looks like before being adjusted to survey control in the Parcel Fabric and areas where there is a lack on control that cannot be adjusted.

Ryan Stovern

E4. Vendor Session - The Trimble Sx10 is Redefining Survey Workflows While Reducing Costs

Over time you will see products that can evolve and become smaller or faster. There are other times when technology takes a major leap forward and forces us to take a look at our workflows. Come take a look at why this new instrument will save you time and money.

Dustin Harr

4:25–5:20 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

F1. Chapter Meetings

F2. Windows 10 Update Considerations

In this session we will go over some of the exciting new features included in Windows 10 and what should be considered before moving an organization or small business to Windows 10. Some of the key discussion points will be about Cortana, the Edge browser, OneDrive, cloud services, hardware considerations, etc.

Tom Hadrava

F3. Developing a Statewide PLS Line Running Notes Geodatabase: What ecologists can learn from surveyors

For years, ecologists have used the Public Land Survey (PLS) field notes as a source of historic information concerning pre-settlement vegetation, as well as the natural distribution, range, and ecology of trees. Since completing a statewide bearing tree database in 1996, ecologists in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have used bearing tree data to better understand forest resources. But Minnesota is more than forests. To understand prairies, marshes, woodlands, riparian forests, and historic surface waters, the line notes are required. For the past 20 years the MNDNR has been steadily but slowly working on the PLS linenote geodatabase, which holds verbatim surveyor's notes for every kind referenced point. Finally, we hope to complete this project by the year's end and make access to it public.

John Almendinger

F4. Vendor Session - TIN Modeling with 3DR Drones and Site Scan

Drones are coming to the survey world! We will be looking at how the industry is using drones for capturing large amounts of existing site information. We will then look at how to bring that data into a model to aid in the design process.

John McManmon

5:30–7:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Reception and MLS Foundation Auction

Friday, February 10, 2017

7:30–8:15 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15–9:10 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

G1. The Growth and Decline of the 1890 Plat of St. Louis: Surveying and Community Development

In 1890 a plat was developed along the St. Louis River between the Northern Pacific Railroad and the St. Louis River. The Original 1860 Land Survey corner monuments were reestablished in the 1890 survey and plat monuments set to guide the layout of this Subdivision. The St. Louis Terminal Railroad accessed the plat along the St. Louis River temporarily with the Cities of Superior and Duluth. There were numerous businesses: a flour mill, saw mill, brickyard, lock factory, machine shop, and wood millwork plant. A train depot, hotel and post office. This once burgeoning community is now a woodland reserve with little evidence of past developments. Recent section corner and plat monument recovery field work; along with the past plat developments will be the focus of this presentation.

Tony Lueck

G2. Survey Students And Educators Panel Discussion

Description to come

Kelly Ness

  • No Handouts Provided

G3. Hydrographic Surveying Methods

Jim, Katie and Aaron will discuss historical and modern hydrographic survey methods employed by the Corps of Engineers, while highlighting interesting projects and challenges.

Katie Cook, James Mrozek, and Aaron Albertson

  • No Handouts Provided

9:15–9:45 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors

9:45–10:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

H1. Judicial Resolution of Boundary Disputes for Abstract Properties

Presentation will include methods and procedures for resolving boundary disputes, including samples

Huck Andresen

H2. Amusement Park Surveying

Surveying amusement rides

Dennis Honsa

  • No Handouts Provided

H3. Update on UAS Regulations

This session will outline the new Part 107 Small UAS regulations and how they will impact commercial UAS operations.

Jay Haskamp

10:45–11:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

I1. Boundary by Practical Location: How it Affects Property Boundary Lines

Under the doctrine of Boundary by Practical Location, landowners can change boundary lines by agreement or conduct - even for Torrens property. This presentation will include a review of what the doctrine of Boundary by Practical Location is, and how it affects property lines.

Scott Lucas and Shaun Redford

I2. Panel: MnDOT’s CORS/RTRN GNSS Network

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, updates on transitioning to the new software IP address, and the coordinate system used by the network.

Nathan Anderson, Blaine McKeever, and Peter Jenkins

I3. Vendor Session - 3D Spacial Technologies

We have always worked in 3D environment, but have been restricted to expressing our result in a 2D space. The measurement systems of today permit us to express our measurements in space and time to a much greater extent that has ever been possible. These capabilities are of great assistance in assuring quality of measurement in both the field and office. Scanning, advanced modeling, image processing and other methods assist us in detecting issues with our measurements. Further we are able provide richer deliverable products to our clients. We examine the utilization of the current 3D spatial technologies in this session.

Tim Kerr

  • No Handouts Provided

11:45–1:30 p.m.

Awards & Recognition Luncheon

1:30 p.m.


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