2022 ASPLS Fall Conference

Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge
1155 Lodge Dr
Guntersville, AL 
35976

For room reservations click here, to register click here for members, or here for exhibitors.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Time  Session  Room 
4:00 - 6:00 PM Exhibitors Set Up Grandview Ballroom
6:00 - 8:00 PM ASPLS Board Meeting Dinner Boardroom
8:00 - 9:00 PM  Social Hour  Hickory Lounge 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Time Session Room 
7:00 - 8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors Grandview Ballroom
8:00 - 11:00 AM  Session 1 [3 PDH] – Speaker: Welcome and General Session for all - Deprecation of U S Survey Foot & Coming New Datum’s! (Panel) Camellia Room 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lunch with Exhibitors  Grandview Ballroom
12:00 – 3:00 PM Session 2A [3 PDH] – Buying or Selling the Engineering or Land Surveying Firm presented by Milton Denny TBD 
12:00 – 3:00 PM Session 2B [3 PDH] – Least Squares Adjustment presented by Bill Hazelton TBD 
3:00 - 6:00 PM State Park Activities    
6:00 PM    Casino Night!  Hickory Lounge 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Time Session Room 
7:00 - 8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors Grandview Ballroom
8:00 - 11:00 AM Session 3A [3 PDH] - Right of Way in Alabama presented by Jacob Pierce  TBD 
8:00 - 11:00 AM Session 3B [3 PDH] - Standards of Practice (part 1 of 2)  presented by Tony Manary TBD 
8:00 - 11:00 AM Session 3C [3 PDH] -  CST Training or Exam  TBD 
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch with Awards Presentation, Officer Installation [1 PDH] TBD 
1:00 - 3:00 PM  Session 4A [2 PDH] - SPCS 2022 presented by Bill Hazelton  TBD 
1:00 - 3:00 PM  Session 4B [2 PDH] - Standards of Practice (part 2 of 2) [1 hour] & Ethics [1 hour]  presented by Tony Manary TBD 
1:00 - 3:00 PM  Session 4C [2 PDH] - CST Training or Exam  TBD
3:00 - 3:15 PM Raffles with Exhibitors; Exhibits Close  Grandview Ballroom 
3:15 - 6:00 PM State Park Activities   
6:00 PM   Dinner, cookout sponsored by GEO-Tronics  Lakeside Pavilion 

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Time Session Room 
7:00 - 8:00 AM Breakfast Cafeteria
8:00 – 11:00 AM  Session 5A [3 PDH] – Best Practices in Drone Surveying presented by Logan Campbell, Aerotas TBD 
8:00 – 11:00 AM Session 5B [3 PDH] – The Affect of the Trail of Tears on the Government Land Office Surveys presented by Milton Denny TBD 

Total 15 PDHs 

Thank you for attending!

Course Descriptions

All courses are approved for continuing education in Florida and Alabama (and other self-reporting states).  Courses are being reviewed for Tennessee approval.

Deprecation of U S Survey Foot & Coming New Datum’s! A three hour forum covering the changes from U S Survey Foot to International Foot and the effect on the Professional Surveyor. Including short presentations by four speakers covering the proposed changes. Followed by a discussion on the future of Alabama surveying.

Speaker One: Why are we doing this? Presented by Milton Denny, PLS

After more than three hundred years surveyors are surveying in the same manner as George Washington, which is monuments found in the field without good spatial location.

The Bureau of Standards as of January 1, 2023 is deleting the use of the US Survey Foot. This is backed and in conjunction with National Geodetic Survey (NGS) plans to release new updated horizontal and vertical coordinate systems. Proposed is a worldwide coordinate system, called the International Terrestrial Reference Frame to relate coordinate systems to Tectonic Plate Movement, with possible point migration.

The great question is this something we want to do and how will we implement the plan?

Speaker Two: How are we going to do this? Presented by John D. Russell, PLS

The base for the new system will be based on State Plane Coordinates. The zones will be changed in many different ways to make the system as practical as possible.

The backbone of the new system will be the ALDOT Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS). This system will provide the surveyor location in real time. Many surveyors are already using this system in the current State Plane Coordinate System. All this will be in the International Survey foot.

Speaker Three: How difficult will this be? Steve Ramroop, Ph.D.,PLS - Troy University

Dr. Ramroop with give us an overview of the tools necessary to implement this system, and the training that may be available through Troy University.

Speaker Four: Tony Manary, PLS - 2 the Point Surveying

I see four options for ASPLS to implement this major change in how surveying in the future will be done in Alabama. After the options the floor will be open for questions of the panel, discussion and brainstorming. The society has the time to get this right. Will most likely result in changes to the survey laws in Alabama

Buying or Selling the Engineering or Land Surveying Firm: If you are the owner of a business, or the potential buyer of a business, you need to know the answers to the following questions: When is the right time to sell? When should I buy? How do I get the company ready to sell? What is a company worth? What is the equipment and records worth? How do I attract buyers? How do I limit the amount of taxes I have to pay? How do I as new owner become successful after the sale? How do I preserve my good name after the sale? Most professional’s only buy or sell a company once in their lifetime. Make sure you understand how the game is played before you make a costly mistake.

Many of the existing companies will be sold over the next ten years as many surveyors and engineers reach retirement age. Getting a company ready for sale can take a number of years, including finding or developing buyers, finding funding sources, and making the transition to new ownership. Don’t wait too long to get started, the owners who plan their exit from the company realize a better return on their investment.

Speaker Bio: Milton E. Denny is a registered surveyor in six states, and a veteran of land surveying, aerial mapping and GIS. His special interest has always been in project development and management of firms. He is a past president of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors, a Fellow in the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and served for many years on the Board of Direction. Mr. Denny is the author of many manuals dealing with surveying, mapping and GIS. He is a nationally known speaker and lecturer on these subjects and wrote a column called “The Business Side” for a trade magazine for many years. He was instrumental in the starting of a new member organization in the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping called the “Geographic and Land Information Society”.

Working with the Alabama SPCS 2022: This workshop will present the details of the proposed Alabama 2022 SPCS. The means of undertaking co-ordinate conversions between national and state systems will be discussed. Methods for traversing on the SPCS with geodetic precision will be discussed, as well as how to integrate GNSS observations into surveying. Vertical measurements will also be discussed, especially integrating them into other measurements.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Bill Hazelton is an Associate Professor at Troy University in the Geospatial Informatics Department. He has previously taught at a number of other higher-educational institutions in the US and Australia. He has been a licensed surveyor since 1985, worked in Antarctica for a year as a glaciologist, run a number of businesses, and has surveyed on three continents. Bill is a past president of the Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society and was a director of ASPRS.

Introduction to using Least Squares Adjustment: This workshop will discuss critical aspects of using least squares adjustment to a wide range of geospatial observation data. Building on an understanding of errors and their propagation, critical aspects of setting up data for adjustment, as well as analyzing the output of an adjustment, will be covered. ‘Things that can go wrong’ and ‘Traps for young players’ will also be discussed, so that practitioners can avoid common flaws in least squares use.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Bill Hazelton is an Associate Professor at Troy University in the Geospatial Informatics Department. He has previously taught at a number of other higher-educational institutions in the US and Australia. He has been a licensed surveyor since 1985, worked in Antarctica for a year as a glaciologist, run a number of businesses, and has surveyed on three continents. Bill is a past president of the Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society and was a director of ASPRS.

RIght of Way: Real world examples of dedicated ROW, platted ROW, vacated ROW, acquired ROW and the process involved. Also more contentious and debated topics such as Prescriptive ROW, 'Left Out' ROW (not included in legal descriptions) and even dig into how title is or is not held by individuals or organizations. Also new information on City Limits impacts ROW.

Speaker Bio: Jacob Pierce is the Geospatial Operations Manager with the Baldwin County Highway Department. He has a Bachelors in Forestry from Auburn University; a Masters in GIS from Auburn University and has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors since 2016 and has spoken at the ASPLS conference several times.

Best Practices in Drone Surveying: This course brings together all the best learnings from the past 7 years of drone surveying, for how to create a successful and profitable drone surveying program. Logan will discuss topics ranging from hardware and software selection to workflow and process considerations. He will also answer any questions you have about the current and future state of using drones in land surveying.

Speaker Bio: Logan Campbell is the Founder and CEO of Aerotas, which provides drone data processing for land surveyors and Civil Engineers. He founded Aerotas in 2014 and has since helped thousands of surveyors get the highest quality data out of their drone programs. Prior to founding Aerotas, Logan worked as a statistician in the financial services industry. Logan has an MBA from Harvard Business School and received his undergraduate degree from USC. Logan is a Certified Mapping Scientist with the ASPRS, and a CFA Charterholder. As a recognized industry expert, he regularly speaks at survey and drone conferences and writes in numerous land surveying publications.

About Aerotas: Aerotas provides drone data processing services for land surveyors and civil engineers throughout the United States. Aerotas is a technology-enabled services company that delivers survey-grade CAD files created from drone-collected data in days, not weeks. Data is handled by our expert team of Photogrammetrists and CAD Technicians who correct errors and perform quality assurance checks at each step in the data processing workflow. Drone photogrammetry and CAD drafting services are enabled by a combination of advanced technology, high-performance computing architecture, and human expertise — providing fast and predictable turnaround times, lower drone survey costs, and the most accurate deliverables anywhere to 900+ leading survey and civil engineering firms across the United States.

The Affect of the Trail of Tears on the Government Land Office Surveys (GLO): Indian lands were like a patchwork quilt on the landscape of the Mississippi Territory. Indian treaties and removal started long before statehood of Mississippi and Alabama. Most of this land belonged to the Five Civilized Tribes. The original GLO surveys were contracted around the Indian lands. After the Indian Removal Act of 1836 the previous Indian lands were surveyed by the government to be sold to immigrants. Who surveyed these lands and purchased them?

Spend time with Milton Denny exploring the history of surveying in your state. Understand how the GLO finished surveying these Indian lands. Find out how a modern survey along these lines may be effected by the original surveys along Indian boundary line.

Speaker Bio: Milton E. Denny is a registered surveyor in six states, and a veteran of land surveying, aerial mapping and GIS. His special interest has always been in project development and management of firms. He is a past president of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors, a Fellow in the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and served for many years on the Board of Direction. Mr. Denny is the author of many manuals dealing with surveying, mapping and GIS. He is a nationally known speaker and lecturer on these subjects and wrote a column called “The Business Side” for a trade magazine for many years. He was instrumental in the starting of a new member organization in the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping called the “Geographic and Land Information Society”.



Sign In

Log in

© Copyright 2022 :: Membership Software Powered by WildApricot.com  ::  Site Map

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software