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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

7:30–8:15 a.m.


8:15–10:15 a.m.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) (drones) as a Tool for Land Surveyors/with Fundamentals of Photogrammetry

In this session we will explore the business opportunities for using UAS as a tool for surveying and mapping, and we will discuss the projected costs of conducting UAS field survey activities. We will introduce the concepts of photogrammetry, handing of massive amounts of digital data, logistics and planning associated with UAS operations.

George Southard

10:15–10:35 a.m.


10:35–11:50 a.m.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) (drones) as a Tool for Land Surveyors/with Fundamentals of Photogrammetry (cont.)

In this session we will explore the business opportunities for using UAS as a tool for surveying and mapping, and we will discuss the projected costs of conducting UAS field survey activities. We will introduce the concepts of photogrammetry, handing of massive amounts of digital data, logistics and planning associated with UAS operations.

George Southard

12:00–1:00 p.m.


1:00–4:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Set-Up

1:00–2:00 p.m.

Business Law for Surveyors

A Presentation focused on the most often encountered aspects of business law for small to mid-sized companies in the Surveying and Mapping industry, including: Business Laws and Regulations, Fraudulent Misrepresentation, Incorporation and Legal Structures, Business Contracts, Employment Law and Human Resources.

George Southard

2:00–2:20 p.m.


2:20–4:00 p.m.

Business Law for Surveyors (cont.)

A Presentation focused on the most often encountered aspects of business law for small to mid-sized companies in the Surveying and Mapping industry, including: Business Laws and Regulations, Fraudulent Misrepresentation, Incorporation and Legal Structures, Business Contracts, Employment Law and Human Resources.

George Southard

4:10–4:50 p.m.

MSPS Business Meeting

4:50–7:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Networking Ice Breaker

6:00–9:45 p.m.

Optional Evening Event, Top Golf with Dinner

Come join us at Top Golf!

No golfing ability? No problem! Top Golf is a game that anyone can play (and win). Score points by hitting microchipped golf balls at giant dartboard-like targets on an outfield. The closer you get your ball to the center or "bullseye" and the further the distance, the more points earned.

The fun and games don't stop there –you can even indulge in delicious food and drinks while you play. What could be better?

Cost: $100
Included with price:

  • Unlimited Top Golf from 6:15pm-9:15pm
  • Dinner - a fajita buffet and sodas will be provided starting at 6:30pm (alcohol not included)
  • Transportation to and from Top Golf

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

7:30–8:15 a.m.

Registration, Exhibit Hall Open, Continental Breakfast

8:15–9:15 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
A1. Business Ethics for Land Surveyors (Professional)

This presentation is a discussion of the basic understanding of the role of ethical behavior in the profession of land surveying. Including concepts of the nature of ethical behavior including; principles, values and standards which are the foundation of individual, organizational, societal and professional ethical beliefs and practices. Factors influencing a business’ culture of ethical conduct.

George Southard

A2. Civil 3D: Surveying, from Field to Finish (Technical)

Collection and processing of survey data is the foundation to any transportation project. Management and use of this data can be a tedious process. This is where Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D comes in. This class will walk the attendee through the process of developing their own custom survey workflow and setup in Civil 3D. Learn about the Automatic Linework functions in Civil 3D, cutting down your post-survey processing time to a fraction of what it was before. Understand the integration of all the background elements, such as the figure prefix databases and description key sets. This class sends you on your way to truly efficient survey workflows. Once your setup is in place you will see monumental changes in your production, standardization of your surveying processes, and flexibility with your survey data like never before.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Develop a custom survey workflow with survey database tools
  • Effectively standardize surveying practices and workflows to improve efficiency and overall quality of deliverables
  • Understand the purpose of the Description Key Set, Figure Prefix Database and Linework Codeset
  • Drastically reduce post processing time using the automatic Linework functions in Civil 3D

Scott Mizsak

9:15–9:45 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors

9:45–10:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
B1. Strategies for Collaboration between the Title Insurer and the Surveyor (Professional)

A discussion, with audience participation, on how to help our clients; how to leverage our relationships with other parties, like the county surveyor; how to bring business to each other; and examples where collaboration brought maximum value to the client.

Matthew Foli and Wendy Ethen

B2. The Rectangular Land Surveys in the Minnesota Territory, 1847-1858 (revisited)

Thoughts on organizing a book describing how the rectangular land surveys spread across only a small portion of the United States in a very short period of time. Thoughts on the digital data now available.

Rod Squires

B3. Becoming a Drone Pilot (Technical)

This presentation is a detailed review of the steps needed to qualify for an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate (sometimes referred to a drone pilot’s license). Including a review of the study materials needed to pass the Knowledge Test for remote pilots and filing an application for the remote pilot certificate from the FAA.

George Southard

B4. CTC Express Tools: Tools that can help the Surveyor in Civil 3D (Vendor)

CTC Software has developed many tools that work within Autodesk Civil 3D. Among these tools are a handful that can make the Surveyors job more efficient. These tools include Survey Sweeper, Feature Line to Alignment, Survey Template Manager and the Layer Manager. This class will demonstrate the functionality of these tools and how they can save the company time and money.

Scott Mizsak

9:45–10:40 a.m.

MACS Meeting

10:45–11:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
C1. Real Property Law Updated (Professional)

A review of recent changes in real property law that are of interest to surveyors.

Shaun Redford

C2. Beyond Minnesota: Surveying the East, West, and Everything in Between (General)

As part of a surveying company that works nation-wide, we have had the great opportunity to survey beyond the borders of Minnesota. The session will cover topics that include: navigating the challenges of working out-of-state, understanding different state, county & local laws and customs, and working within various land systems throughout the United States.

Nate Carlson and Jay Wittstock

C3. Locating Demystified (Technical)

Good locates are vital to the survey process. This presentation provides an overview of how locating works as well as discussing what to look for in and from both public and private locators.

Christopher Koch

C4. Mass Data (Vendor)

Next generation surveying technology utilizing mass data.

Daniel Stong

11:45 a.m. –12:55 p.m.


1:00–1:55 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
D1. Minnesota PLSS Update (Professional)

Minnesota PLSS remonumentation is less than half complete. If we continue the status quote it will take us another 160 years to remonument the state. Come see what other states are doing and what we are looking at doing to speed this process up. Any questions and/or ideas would be appreciated and anticipated.

Patrick D. Veraguth

D2. NGS New Horizontal and Vertical Datums for 2022 and State Plane Coordinates (General)

NAVD88 and NAD83 will be replaced in 2022. The new reference frames will rely primarily on Global Positioning System (GPS) as well as an updated and time-tracked geoid model. This paradigm will be easier and more cost-effective to maintain. Learn how the new datums may affect your work and suggested actions needed to prepare for the new datums.

David Zenk

D3. Practical Application of ALTA/NSPS Survey Standards (Technical)

Marcus and Dave will present a synopsis of the ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Table A standards. The presentation is directed to crew chiefs, office and field technicians and is intended as a practical review of the standards for real world field and drafting applications. The intent is to help field staff to critically think through the process of gathering and evaluating site conditions as they are the “eyes” on the site which in turn will help office staff prepare the final surveys and exhibits which are a true representation the site being surveyed.

David Pemberton and Marcus Hampton

D4. Be in Sync with your Field and Office with new Tools from Trimble (Vendor)

In this session we will discuss new tools to be better connected between field and office. With a new version of Trimble Access, Trimble Business Center, and Trimble Sync Manager we can collaborate and take more of the office into the field as ever before. We will demonstrate some of these workflows that include uploading background imagery, referencing a plat with boundary search corners, wireless transfer, and enhanced field workflows. This is a great session for anyone using GNSS or robotic solutions as well as office management staff.

Jay Haskamp and Dylan Jones

2:00–2:55 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
E1. Who Owns the Road (Professional)

This session will discuss the various types of streets and the legal interests held by road authorities in those streets. This session will also cover ownership of underlying fee, the centerline rule and exceptions, calls to the road in a legal description, the creation and termination of streets, and the Marketable Title Act.

Samantha Juneau

E2. Building a Strategy for Statewide Parcels and the Need for Survey Control (General)

This presentation will provide summary of the statewide parcel data aggregation that is taking place, why it’s being done, who the target audience is, what progress has been made, challenges encountered, how the data is being used, and the need to integrate survey control and certified PLS corners.

Dan Ross and Mike Dolbow

E3. Panel Discussion: Field Data Best Practices (Technical)

This panel discussion will rely on audience participation to discuss various topics surrounding field data best practices. What should field notes contain? How necessary are field notes considering the evolution of electronic data? How is electronic data preserved? What electronic data from each job should be preserved? Curious what others may be doing? Come, participate and learn!

Dan Stueber

E4. An Introduction to Least Squares Adjustment in Carlson SurvNET (Vendor)

SurvNET is a Least Squares adjustment product produced by Carlson Software. The session will discuss the combination of both GNSS and conventional robotic total station data coupled with the creation of a low-distortion projection (LDP) coordinate system with an example work-flow for the data being presented.

Ladd Nelson

2:55–3:25 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors

3:25–4:20 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
F1. MnDOT's CORS/RTRN GNSS Network (Professional)

Presentation and Q&A session. 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.

Nathan Anderson

F2. MSPS Speakers Toolkit and Augmented Reality Sandbox (General)

The MSPS Speakers Toolkit provides customizable slideshow presentation templates to help surveyors with presentations about the profession. The AR Sandbox brings a new and exciting tool for attracting attention to the land surveying profession. Combining these tools with volunteers may help us finally get the word out about surveying. Learn where to find these tools and how to use them.

Chris Ambourn and Katie Cook

F3. Field Procedures for Section Monuments (Technical)

A technical track presentation designed for field crews, meant to highlight different types of monuments and evidence that field staff will encounter in PLSS states.

Chris Foley and Jay Wittstock

F4. How to Ensure Accuracy in Your Drone Survey

Steve will share his years of Surveying, Photogrammetry, and Drone experiences with the class. He will cover everything from getting your Part 107 FAA License, to picking the right drone for the right job, to correctly verifying drone data accuracy. The class will go away with a much better understanding of Drone Use in Surveying & Engineering Description coming soon.

Steve Zeets

4:25–5:20 p.m.

Chapter Meetings

5:30–7:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Social – Sponsored By Frontier Precision

7:00–9:00 p.m.

MLS Foundation Game Night – Sponsored by Frontier Precision

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Friday, February 15, 2019

7:30–8:15 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15–9:10 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
G1. Ethics Panel Discussion (Professional)

Ethics in surveying and related matters will be discussed in a panel format including representatives from around the state and both public and private surveying backgrounds.

Connie Villari

G2. The Advance of Free and Open Geospatial Data in Minnesota (General)

Recent years have seen numerous counties in Minnesota moving away from charging fees and licensing their GIS data to making it freely and openly available. This presentation will provide a contextual overview for the changes in data access policies and the benefits governments can leverage in making their data more accessible to the private, public, academic and non-profit sectors.

Geoff Maas and Len Kne

G3. Where is Government Lot 10?

Government Lot 10 is an island on a Lake in northern Minnesota. Its location is shown on the GLO survey and plat. The GLO plat shows 3 islands, but today there are 8. Why and how could how this happen? How do we resolve the discrepancy?

Preston Dowell

9:15–9:45 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors

9:45–10:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
H1. Adverse Possesssion Lawsuits: Why So Slow and Expensive? (Professional)

This presentation will cover the basic elements of litigating adverse possession, in addition to focusing on how these problems are solved. Real life examples will be discussed.

Ben Bohnsack

H2. Surveyors of the future, where are they? Round table discussion.

The surveying industry is facing demographic, recruitment and image problems. What is surveying? Where will the future surveyors come from? How do we reach them to get them into the industry? Kelly will facilitate an interactive discussion between panelists and attendees in order to start to tackling these problems.

Kelly Ness

H3. Emergency Surveying: Application of Reality Capture for investigation of the Wabasha Street Bluff Failure (Vendor)

On Saturday April 28th, 2018 at approximately 3:30pm, a rock slide occurred without warning and closed Wabasha Street in St. Paul, Minnesota. Despite happening in the middle of the afternoon in a dense urban environment, there were no injuries. The area was deemed unsafe and closed to the public until the site could be assessed by engineers and a plan to clean up and stabilize the bluff could be prepared. The City of St. Paul Surveyor’s Office along with Collin’s Engineers, and Barr Engineering, coordinated to provide UAS based aerial imagery, LIDAR point clouds, 3D Models and traditional survey products, to expediently represent the site conditions for decision makers.

This presentation will review the technical challenges and constraints presented by this project and provide multiple observations and lessons learned in the in the process of utilizing advanced technology to meet the rapidly evolving needs of this ‘emergency’ project.

Sam Gibson

10:45–11:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
I1. Preparing Minnesota's Coordinate System for 2022

Learn about the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s efforts to modernize the State Plane and County Coordinate Systems in preparation for the new reference frame to be released in 2022. This presentation will provide a brief history about coordinate systems in the state and discuss MnDOT’s efforts to prepare our coordinate systems for the future.

Geoff Bitner

I2. Enhancing Surveyor's Role in Land Planning and Management

Surveyors historically not only measured, marked, and delineated boundaries. They also were major actors in land and resource use planning and management. Modern technology, the importance of property rights, and the role of local government in land use determinations afford surveyors an opportunity to reclaim some of their traditional role in land and resource planning and management.

Earl Epstein

I3. LSIT and CST Prep Session

11:50 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Lunch: Awards and Recongition

1:30 p.m.

Board Meeting

11:50 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Teardown
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