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  • 13 Jun 2017 1:57 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    TVPLS is saddened by the passing of fellow land surveyor, Christopher Cockrell, PLS #22089, of Athens, AL on June 12, 2017.

    The visitation service will be at Friendship Church, on Lucas Ferry Road in Athens on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at noon. 

    http://obituaries.enewscourier.com/story/christopher-cockrell-1966-2017-938578751/print


  • 24 Feb 2017 4:29 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps is an exciting new exhibit from the Birmingham Public Library. Timed to coincide with Alabama’s upcoming bicentennial and using maps from the Library’s world class collection, this exhibit will tell the history of our state by introducing patrons to maps that depict Alabama’s development from the earliest days of exploration through the present day. The exhibit opens in the Gallery of the Central Library on Wednesday, March 1 and runs through Sunday, April 30. The entire exhibit is also available online at www.bplonline.org/ALmaps.

    The public is invited to attend the opening reception Sunday, March 5 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Gallery.


  • 22 Feb 2017 9:58 AM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    Please see the completion of a Calibration Baseline (CBL) which was managed by the late Dr. David Griffin of Troy University - file below.

    Dr. Griffin was informed of its completion in early December 2016.

    Please share the existence to Geomatics professionals in your network. 

    Troy_University_Geomatics_Sciences_CBL.pdf

  • 20 Jan 2017 3:41 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    Each year, through the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation, over $30,000 in scholarships funded by a variety of individuals, companies, and organizations are made available to encourage and support college education in geospatial sciences. These scholarships are a great opportunity for college students in surveying, mapping, geographic information systems, and geodetic science programs. The application deadline in March 31, 2017.

  • 20 Jan 2017 1:20 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    NSPS has embarked on a Workforce Development initiative.  We wanted to bring some of these items to your attention, including:

    Results of a poll indicating the demographics of the surveying profession can also be found at:
    http://www.nsps.us.com/resource/resmgr/workforce_development/Surveying_Profession_Demogra.pdf


  • 10 Oct 2016 9:52 AM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    The Tri-state Surveyors Advisory Board along with Surveyors Historical Society are proud to present

    "Japser Bilby, His Towers and the Transcontinental Traverse"

    Saturday November 5, 2016 in Osgood, Indiana. 

    As part of this seminar we will be visiting the nearby site of a Bilby tower, recently reconstructed as a monument to the man who invented them.  We will also be unveiling a new historical marker at the tower. This portion will be outside, so please dress for the weather. 

    Please click here for details and registration information.

    Seating is limited, so first come, first serve.

    Payment with your registration form will reserve your seat. No Walk-ins.

    No PO's or credit cards please. 

    Confirmations will be emailed when we receive your registration. 

    For questions, email rcoorsps@fuse.net or nichols.surveying@fuse.net

    See you at the tower.

    Rose Coors, PS

    Gary Nichols, PS


  • 07 Sep 2016 4:19 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    We are pleased to share the recent press release from Survey Oklahoma: 

    SurveyOklahoma | Career in Surveying

    On July 27, 2015, the Oklahoma Society of Land Surveyors (OSLS) and The State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (State Board) held a preliminary meeting to discuss the formation of a Task Force between the two groups with the purpose to promote the profession of Land Surveying in Oklahoma. The first official meeting of that Task force was held on September 18, 2015. At that meeting the objectives and goals of the Task Force were adopted.

    I.  Develop goals which will support:

                  A.           Surveying Education including Continuing Education

                  B.           Advancement of Professionalism and Leadership Development

                  C.           Advancement of the profession of surveying as it relates to public protection

    II.  Advise the State Board about surveying regulations and bring recommendations for revisions.

    III.  Study the effects of technological advancements within the profession

    One of the first of these objectives to be addressed was the future of Survey education in the State of Oklahoma. Discussions with each of the 4 colleges began almost immediately with the goal to determine what each of the respective programs need to grow and attract new students.

    At the same time the Task Force began working on a Career in Surveying campaign designed to attract high school students to the profession. After planning and discussions with various marketing firms, the Task Force began working on SurveyOklahoma, a campaign made up of print (poster and brochure) and digital aspects. The central focus of the campaign is the website; www.SurveyOklahoma.com.

    In August of 2016 after months of work on content and design the website launched and the campaign began. The campaign begins with a introductory e-mail to all public school counselors in the State of Oklahoma (over 1100) and is followed by each one receiving a campaign brochure and poster to display in their office. Both of these mediums are designed with the sole purpose to direct counselors and students to the website where they can find out all they want to know about the profession. Things such as: average pay, scholarships, history of surveying and much more.

    We would like to thank everyone who was involved in this portion of the campaign and look forward to the next phase


  • 25 Aug 2016 4:13 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    The Sustainable Forestry Initiative's (SFI) Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program provides grants for projects that support partnerships between organizations interested in improving forest management in the U.S. and Canada and responsible procurement globally.

    Web site for additional details: http://www.sfiprogram.org/community-conservation/conservation-community-partnerships-grant-program/

  • 15 Aug 2016 1:40 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    Master's in Survey Engineering Online Program Now Available

    Through University of Maine* 

    Surveying Engineering Concentration

    Professional Science Masters (PSM) Degree in Engineering and Business

    University of Maine

    Receive a master’s degree in surveying engineering on-line,

    no time on campus required

    Questions? Contact Ray Hintz

    PSM web site:  http://engineering.umaine.edu/home/psm/

    Apply to graduate school and the PSM surveying engineering degree at:

    http://www.umaine.edu/graduate/admissions/application-information

    Note: you do not have to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); this requirement will be waived. 

    To take a course without becoming a graduate student, complete the non-degree graduate form:http://www.umaine.edu/graduate/system/files/files/nondegree.pdf

    If accepted to the program by fall 2014 all students (not only Maine) will pay in-state graduate tuition for their entire curriculum.  Note it can take up to six weeks to process an application so out-of-state residents need to apply by July 2014 to receive the tuition discount.

    20 students took the first class in this curriculum – SVT 532 – in the Spring 2014 semester.

    All lectures are Windows media or mp4 files that students you play from the Internet at anytime.  You can watch them as many times as you desire.  All homework and exams are turned in via the internet.  Questions and answers are handled through e-mail, Skype, or video chats.

    BackgroundProfessional Science Masters (PSM) degree in Engineering and Business consists of 15 credits of engineering courses, nine credits of business courses, and six credits of applied field experience. Business and economics classes can include (all on-line):

    ·         BUA 605 Creating & Capturing Value in the Digital Economy (3 credits)

    ·         BUA 651 Financial Management (3 credits)

    ·         BUA 400 Introduction to Accounting (3 credits)

    ·         ECO 410 Accelerated Introductory Economics (3 credits)

    The on-line anchor course for the 15 credits of engineering courses is GEE 486 Advanced Project Management (3 cr. hr.). This is a required core competence as surveyors move into management positions. The remaining 12 credits of surveying courses would focus on the student’s discipline. Advanced courses in surveying engineering will build on concepts provided in an undergraduate degree in that discipline.  Students without an undergraduate degree in a surveying engineering discipline will be considered for the PSM degree but may require some prerequisite courses.

    Surveying Engineering Concentration of PSM Degree

    The concentration in Surveying Engineering is one of several options in the PSM degree. Students in the surveying engineering concentration will take four of the following five on-line core courses:

    ·         SVT 501 Advanced Adjustment Computations (3 credits)

    ·         SVT 511 Geodetic U.S. Public Land Survey Computations (3 credits)

    ·         SVT 531 Advanced Digital Photogrammetry (3 credits)

    ·         SVT 532 Survey Strategies in Use of Lidar (3 credits)

    ·         SVT 541 Geodesy (3 credits)

    With permission, other courses may be substituted for those listed for a track. Prior graduate courses that have been taken by students will be considered on a case by case basis.

    Tentative Schedule of Course Offerings of the Surveying Engineering Concentration

    Semester

    Course number and title

    Spring 2014

    SVT 532 Survey Strategies in Use of Lidar

    Fall 2014

    SVT 501 Advanced Adjustment Computations

    Fall 2014

    SVT 511 Geodetic U.S. Public Land Survey Computations

    Spring 2015

    SVT 531 Advanced Digital Photogrammetry

    SVT 532 Survey Strategies in Use of Lidar

    Spring 2015

    SVT 541 Geodesy

     

    In subsequent fall semesters SVT 501 and SVT 511 will be offered.

    In subsequent spring semesters SVT 531, SVT 532, and SVT 541 will be offered.

    Faculty:

    Raymond J. Hintz is a professor of surveying engineering technology and is responsible for all SVT graduate courses.  He has on-line teaching experience. 

    Course Descriptions of Surveying Engineering Courses Included in the Program

    ·         SVT 501 Advanced Adjustment Computations (3 credits) - direct formation of reduced form of normal equations; Cholesky decomposition and back substitution; using Cholesky algorithms for computing select variance-covariance terms; optimization of solutions via banded and column profile minimization;  recursive matrix partitioning; use of conjugate gradient procedures in solution efficiency; post-adjustment variance-covariance propagation for computed terms

    ·         SVT 511 Geodetic U.S. Public Land Survey Computations (3 credits) - review of townships, sections, closing corners, parenthetical distance and acreage; section subdivision, fractional rules; major changes in the 2009 Manual; the USPLS datum;  Mean bearing in geodesy;  geodetic coordinate geometry;  geodetic computations of single and double proportioning;  geodetic one, two, and three point control;  geodetic compass rule adjustment, grant boundary adjustment, irregular boundary adjustment, and meander line computations;  Geographic coordinate data base issues in an updatable system;  mega-adjustments and error propagation

    ·         SVT 531 Advanced Digital Photogrammetry (3 credits) - airborne GPS-IMU processing techniques; conversion between local cartesian and conventional mapping coordinate systems; techniques in automated pixel matching;  digital cameras and their calibration; optimization of automated photocoordinate measurement for aerotriangulation;  recursive partitioning techniques for aerotriangulation solution optimization; techniques for automated feature extraction;  synthesis of digital imagery and Lidar; image enhancements issues in orthophotos and mosaics; multi-ray considerations

    ·         SVT 532 Survey Strategies in Use of Lidar (3 credits) - Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) is an optical remote sensing technology that uses laser pulses to determine distance between the sensor and a surface or object. In the last 10 years, lidar has emerged as one of most important sources of data for topographic mapping, vegetation analysis, and 3D modeling of urban infrastructure.  Course topics will include types of Lidar sensors and their applications; integration of GPS-IMU with Lidar;  calibration; algorithms for elimination of non ground Lidar shots;  automated break line extraction processes; ground based mobile Lidar survey issues; Integration of survey control into Lidar data sets;  accuracy assessment of overlapping scanned data;  understanding the industry standard .las format; integration with other types of survey information; Lidargrammetry; classifying Lidar data by return number and layer; procedures for accuracy assessment; corridor mapping

    ·         SVT 541 Geodesy (3 credits) - Types of coordinate systems and mathematical models;  defining datums;  defining transformation parameters between datums;  Building of gravity models; Modeling continental drift;  Conventional celestial and terrestrial references frames, precession, nutation, and polar motion; spherical trigonometry and spherical harmonic expansions; Geodesic line, geodesic curvature, differential equations of the geodesic, direct and inverse solutions; Conformal mapping of the ellipsoidal surface

    FAQS

    (1)   I am from out of state, what tuition will I pay?

    THIS IS IMPORTANT!  If you apply for PSM surveying engr. and are accepted before fall 2014 courses start you will be in-state tuition no matter what state you live in!

    This will exist for the entire time during your PSM program.

    This tuition break for out of state residents stops after this date and you will pay out-of-state rates if not accepted to the PSM before fall 2014.

    (2)   Is there a time frame in which I must complete the PSM surveying engr. degree?

    The graduate school requires it is completed in six years.  it is assumed since working concurrently you may desire a reduced credit load.  It is assumed you will take at least one class each fall and spring semester unless you provide a reason why you need a leave of absence.

    (3)   I have taken accounting, business, and economics during my undergraduate degree,  Do I still have to take those suggested classes?

    No, you will work with your major advisor to take alternatives which enhance those previous courses.

    (4)   My bachelor’s degree is not surveying engineering.  Does this affect me?

    Each student will be treated individually for potential required prerequisite courses.

    (5)   What are the tuition rates? 

    Present rate for all graduate students if admitted to the PSM program by start of Fall 2014: 

    http://umaine.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees/fall-2013-spring-2014-maine-resident-in-state-tuition-and-fees/

    Out-of-state students admitted after Fall 2014 will pay out-of-state graduate tuition, which is currently:

    http://umaine.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees/fall-2013-spring-2014-non-resident-out-of-state-tuition-and-fees/

    Out-of-state students taking a course as a non-degree graduate student will pay out-of-state tuition.

    (6)   Ray had previously mentioned the Univ. of Maine could legally not offer on-line instruction to most other states.

    This problem has been resolved.  The University of Maine can offer on-line education to anyone anywhere.

    *This does not represent an endorsement by the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors

  • 15 Aug 2016 1:30 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    The Texas Society of Professional Surveyors has launched a web site promoting the field of land surveying.  You can view it at http://www.becomeatexassurveyor.com/colleges/ and direct those interested in the field there for more information. 

    The Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors also has a page promoting the career found at https://aspls.org/career.  A 5 minute video describing professional surveying can be viewed on the site.


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