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Anna Burroughs SIT, Texas Young Surveyors Network Director who represents TSPS on the NSPS Young Surveyors Network joins host Curt Sumner to discuss the NSPS Young Surveyors meeting being held this weekend during the NSPS Fall business meetings in Arizona.
NSPS President Tony Cavell, President-Elect Jan Fokens, and Vice President Kim Leavitt join host Curt Sumner for a discussion about NSPS activities as the organization heads into the fourth quarter of 2016, and about the upcoming NSPS Fall business meetings scheduled for Sept. 29/30 in Arizona.
In June of this year, host Curt Sumner was joined by NGS representatives to discuss the future of the NGS Regional Advisor Program. Be sure to join him for a conversation with Scott Martin (CA) and Gary Thompson (NC) for a discussion about the concept of State Geodetic Coordinators, and the responsibilities of that position.
Join host Curt Sumner for his discussion with Joseph Romano about an agreement between NSPS and the United States Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for mutually advantageous educational, developmental and political activities. They will also discuss the upcoming USIBD 2016 Symposium, to be held in Atlanta on Oct. 16-17.
Stan Emerick joins host Curt Sumner to discuss the Osage Treaty Line Initiative undertaken by the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors to attempt to recover evidence of the "southern expedition" which was one of two components of survey to establish the line.
Join host Curt Sumner and his guest Glen Thurow for a discussion on the state of surveying education in general and the contemplated cancellation of the New Mexico State University program; the growing push against occupational licensing; the falling numbers of those taking the FS and PS exams.
Nick works for a company called Garsdale Design in the UK doing work in the field of Building Information Management BIM and also City Information Management, join Curt as he talks to Nick.
Amanda Allred is a professional licensed surveyor in New Mexico, a member of the NSPS Board of Directors, a mentor, and a young Mom running a surveying business. Amanda joins host Curt Sumner for a discussion on a variety of topics.
Have you ever thought about whether, or which type of insurance is required for your "drone"; what is involved in cyber liability; or how you might be affected by employment practices liability? NSPS Insurance Program manager Lisa Isom joins host Curt Sumner to discuss these and other matters.
Jim Vianna and Brian Magee join host Curt Sumner for a conversation about Colvin, and in particular about the upcoming Surveyors Historical Society rendezvous event (September 28- October 1) which is focused on Colvin's work in the Adirondack Wilderness.
To harness the collective mind power of a community to innovate upon any problem or opportunity. Gary along with Nidhi Chaudhary, VP of Challenge Success for HeroX, join host Curt Sumner for a conversation about how HeroX works.
Kelly Edinger (Director, Solutions Delivery) and Mike Arntzen (Sr. Director of Cloud Services, and CIO) join host Curt Sumner for a conversation about Amaxra's concepts for serving the surveying profession.
Uppermost in the minds of many Professional Surveyors is the future of our beloved profession, including the question, "how will we find, educate, and mentor the next generation." Tony Nettleman has gone through the educational process, the licensure process (both as a surveyor and an attorney), and is currently an instructor in the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi ABET-accredited program. Tony will join host Curt Sumner for a conversation about his perspectives on this, and other issues.
Guests Steve Crossland, Chairman of Washington's LLLT Board; Bob Zierman, a boundary dispute attorney in Washington state; and Gary Kent (well known to surveyors nationwide) will join Curt Sumner in a conversation which began during a January 2015 radio show to explore how an LLLT program might be developed to improve neighbor and surveyor-attorney relationships to advance the surveyors' mission of protecting property rights, and advancing the surveying profession.
NGS Geodetic Advisor Branch Chief Ross Mackay, along with Northeast Advisor Dan Martin and Pacific Southwest Advisor Dana Caccamise, will join host Curt Sumner for a discussion on NGS’ transition to a Regional Geodetic Advisor program.
Charlie will join host Curt Sumner to discuss Ownership Transition strategies for professional surveyors.
Jim Coan, PLS (WA) has spent many years educating surveying technicians through his connection with Renton Technical College, Seattle University, and other venues. He joins host Curt Sumner to discuss this critical matter.
ACE President and CEO Jack Kalavritinos and ACE volunteer Melanie Smith join host Curt Sumner to talk about this program, and how surveyors can be a part of it as yet another means for attracting young people into surveying careers.
Join host Curt Sumner for a discussion with James Kavanagh about surveying organizations and about his experiences, which include some of the largest civil engineering projects in Europe, and mapping Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East while working for the United Nations. James has broad experience of surveying in many countries around the world, including Ireland, UK, Belgium, the Seychelles, Palestine, Philippines, Syria, and Egypt.
Recently installed NSPS President Tony Cavell (LA) will join host Curt Sumner to discuss his vision for NSPS for the coming year, and beyond. Having served as the representative to NSPS for the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors (LSPS) prior to his positions in NSPS leadership, Tony well understands the critical dynamic of cooperation among those in leadership and the membership at large.
Join host Curt Sumner and his guest John Perry, founder and CEO of Altavian Inc., a Florida firm that provides drones to collect data for construction, and fulfilling some traditional surveying and mapping requirements, everything from environmental surveys, topography and volumetric surveys, as well as expanding in inspection-related services. He notes that, “Drone use in surveying, engineering and construction is dramatically rising".
Join Curt and his guest as they discuss more insurance details.
Joining host Curt Sumner for a discussion on the topic will be Frank Lenik. Frank has many titles and responsibilities in NSPS, one of which is as Chair/coordinator for National Surveyors Week activities. Joining Frank will be Galen Scott with NOAA/NGS to discuss tying the GPS on Bench Marks campaign with National Surveyors Week.
NSPS Government Affairs consultant John Palatiello discusses the four (4) major topics to be addressed as part of the annual visits with legislators and their respective staff during NSPS Capitol Hill Day March 16. NSPS members will be joined by members of MAPPS for this important event.
Louie Bush with Bowman Consulting and Steve Hutsell with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) join host Curt Sumner to discuss the topic of Civil Information Management.
Join host Curt Sumner for a conversation with Jim Weldon with Rust-oleum. Curt and Jim will discuss a new product/process called Spray Smart” created for surveyors and others who mark in the outdoors.
John is retiring soon as CEO of Rowe, Inc. in Flint, and host Curt Sumner convinced John to join him for a chat about his career, life, and future activities.
The lead person for our Young Surveyors Neywork is Amanda Askren, a young surveyor in the state of Washington. Amanda joins host Curt Sumner to talk the initiative.
Join host Curt Sumner as he discusses this valuable program with Bob Smith and Patrick Cochrane, two surveyors who have long shared their time and expertise to make a difference.
Donald Buhler, Branch Chief, BLM Cadastral Survey and Lands, and Ron Scherler, formerly with BLM and currently serving as CFedS Training support, join host Curt Sumner to discuss the current status of the program, as well as its projected future.
Lisa Van Horn, NSPS Public Relations Committee Chair, joins host Curt Sumner to talk about the efforts of this committee going into 2016, along with a number of other outreach proposals and options for NSPS and the surveying community to utilize in promoting the profession.
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Gary Kent joins host Curt Sumner to discuss a series of issues facing the surveying profession, from challenges to state licensing laws with regard to specific surveying activities (such as hydrography) for which some feel certifications are sufficient proof of competence; to challenges from those who think licensing is unnecessary altogether, or at most should apply only to surveying activities related to land boundaries.
Join host Curt Sumner for his discussion with the candidates: Jan Fokens (President-Elect) along with Kim Leavitt and Rick Howard (Vice President). The election will be conducted primarily online, but will include mailing of ballots to members for whom NSPS has no active email address.
The "Boundary Hunter" will join host Curt Sumner to share his experiences. Ken Allred will reveal the story behind the title on his business card, and share his experiences as a professional surveyor, adjunct professor, and politician in Alberta, Canada over the past 50 years.
John Palatiello (his company is our Government Affairs consultant) is going to joins Curt for a wrap-up of the NSPS activities in the federal arena in 2015. They talk some about our 2016 conference coming up in March, during which we will hold our annual Capitol Hill Day visits for our members with their respective legislators in DC (fun, fun, fun).
Join host Curt Sumner and his guest Michael Pallamary from La Jolla, CA for a discussion about the upcoming Future of Surveying Forum, to be hosted by NCEES in early 2015, and to which both are invited participants. Also hear Michael’s comments regarding his experiences working with Curt Brown, whose ideas he says are still relevant, valuable, and worthy of being part of the discussion in the upcoming Forum.
Surveyors are the key element for land tenure systems in the developing world, says Rex Parry, who is working on an “app for use in defining the rough outline for land boundaries in developing countries, which will then be formalized by professional surveyors, creating great opportunities for the profession. Join Rex as he discusses his concept with host Curt Sumner.
Surveyor, instructor, author Kris Kline will join host Curt Sumner for a discussion of his latest projects, including delving into the Public Trust Doctrine. Kris says he is learning from his workshops that a large swath of the country is actually affected by it, and many are presently fighting with various parties over limits of the doctrine.
Join Curt and his guest as they discuss more questions about insurance.
John Hohol, NSPS Head of Delegation to FIG, and FIG Foundation Chair will join host Curt Sumner to discuss the latest from FIG, and the potential for NSPS to host the 2022 FIG Congress in the United States. NSPS last hosted the FIG Congress in 2012. John and Curt will also discuss FIG associated activities regarding international standards for property (buildings) and land measurement.
Please join host Curt Sumner and his guest Jim Demma, a professional surveyor/attorney in Maryland for a conversation about Jim's experiences, included how being a professional survey has assisted him in his legal practice.
Denny DeMeyer and John Thalacker, appeared on the NSPS Radio Hour back in July 2015 to talk about the Surveyors Historical Society 2015 Rendezvous. Now that the Rendezvous is over, they again join host Curt Sumner to recap the event.
Photojournalist Ian Martin resides in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA where he is a member of the city’s Planning Commission. His book, A Town of Divine Proportion, the Golden Rectangles of Carmel-by-the-Sea, explores the thought that part of the city was designed on the geometric concept known as The Golden Rectangle”. Ian will join host Curt Sumner to explore this idea, and discuss the story of the Golden Rectangle’s origins and history.
Stan Emerick, History Committee Chairman for the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors, joins host Curt Sumner to provide more details regarding the background associated with the two events scheduled in October to celebrate Joseph C. Brown, and the Bicentennial of the Fifth Principal Meridian (see article above).
Join Curt and his guest Ron Whitehead, President of the National Association of County Surveyors.
Join host Curt Sumner and his guest Jacob Hack, a young surveyor who is completing his Phd at Ohio State,as they talk about his work in South America and Antarctica, as well as his perspectives on the Future of Surveying.
David Holland, County Surveyor/ Henrico County, VA; NSPS Board of Directors member (representing VA). Curt and David talk about trips he has orchestrated for surveyors, and is looking into for the next few years.
08/24/15 Guest Gary Kent
Join host Curt Sumner for Part 2 of their discussion about the proposed additions/amendments for the 2016 version of the standards.
Gary Kent, Chair of the Joint ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Committee, joins host Curt Sumner for a report from the Committee.
Join Host Curt Sumner as he and Bill Morton talk about Morton’s adventures in researching for the new book, and about his hero Ellicott.
Host Curt Sumner will continue the series of discussions with Lisa Isom on the latest news concerning insurance protection for surveyors, their companies, and their employees. Lisa's company manages Insurance Program NSPS has set up for its members.
Are you, or do you know someone under the age of 40 who is a leader within our profession? Among other things, Neil Sandler and Gavin Schrock with xyHt magazine will be talking about their plan to profile 40 such geospatial practitioners as the magazine formerly known as Professional Surveyor celebrates it first anniversary.
You may have noticed the preceding article by Rick Pryce. He will join host Curt Sumner for an update on the equipment theft problem (especially in Florida), and about some of his other activities.
Join Curt and his guests as they discuss NSPS today.
Denny DeMeyer and John Thalacker, members of the 2015 Surveyors Historical Society Rendezvous Committee, join host Curt Sumner to discuss the incentive for the theme of the event, as well as some background on the individuals whose work will be highlighted. They will also talk about the activities that are scheduled during the September 9-13, 2015 event.
NSPS President Jon Warren and NSPS President-Elect Tony Cavell join host Curt Sumner for an update on NSPS activities during the first quarter of their current terms.
Recently elected NSPS Vice President Jan Fokens (MI) and Secretary Tim Burch (IL) join Curt to more fully introduce them to NSPS members, and other listeners, and to talk about their vision for the organization.
David Marquardt, A.L.S. joins host Curt Sumner to talk about his research and experiences as a Senior Alberta Land Surveyor, and his international experience working with Engineering Ministries International.
Join Curt and his guest Bob Miller. Bob is the current NSPS Treasurer (recently elected to his first term, replacing the person who served for about 8 years).
Join Curt and his guest as the talk insurance that you may never have thought about.
NSPS ABET Committee Chair and Member Society Liaison Jason Racette with join host Curt Sumner to discuss a number of issues related to the role of NSPS as the Lead Society within ABET for the evaluation of college programs seeking accreditation, or re-accreditation, through ABET.
Join Curt and his guest John Palatiello and JB Byrd discussing the recently completed joint NSPS/MAPPS Surveying and Mapping Conference which included a very successful day of visiting legislators on Capitol Hill.
Kris is a surveyor/author/seminar instructor from North Carolina. The topic is Riparian Law, especially related to upland waterways.
Join Curt and his guest Charles Larzelere, Staff Surveyor for PVE Sheffler LLC, a consulting firm in Pennsylvania. Among its services is assisting the oil, coal, and gas industry to resolve problems with surface tracts resulting from chain of title issues and boundary issues before any work begins on a well unit .
Join host Curt Sumner and Joe Paiva (GeoLearn) for a conversation about the upcoming broadcasts, and an overview of the benefits social media can bring to any organization, or business.
Curt will be joined by two young surveyors from the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana. Be sure to listen as private practice surveyor Bradley "BJ" Roberts P.L.S., and Stanley J. Ard, P.L.S., P.S, with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, share their perspectives.
Some readers of NSPS News & Views will recognize the name of Tom Little from having heard him speak about flood issues, and Smart Vent products. Tom joins host Curt Sumner to share his experiences and expertise in this all-important field.
Join host Curt Sumner and Dr. Dick Elgin, second generation surveyor, professor, and long-time collector and student of surveying equipment, for an enlightening conversation.
J. Anthony (Tony) Cavell, PLS, CFEDS will join host Curt Sumner for the second of two interviews with the candidates for the office of NSPS President-Elect. The election will take place electronically, beginning within the next few weeks.
Glen Thurow, former NSPS Governor for the New Mexico Professional Surveyors, and who is developing online training materials for the NSPS Certified Survey Technician (CST) program, joins host Curt Sumner.
Join host Curt Sumner and his guest as they talk more insurance and the land surveyor.
Jerry Penry, RLS (NE and SD) as he joins host Curt Sumner to talk about some of his activities, including recovery of 1850’s GLO stones, recovery of monuments on the USC&GS network of the 98th Meridian Survey, on the Missouri River Commission, and in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Join host Curt Sumner, Gary Kent, Steve Crossland (Chair of WA LLLT Board), and Robert Zierman (Attorney focusing on boundary dispute resolution) as they explore the possibilities. How can/should Licensed Surveyors be involved in mediation/conflict resolution in conjunction with their professional practice?
Paul Carey, President-Elect for the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors (TSPS), joins host Curt Sumner to discuss his research on the long history of the John McMullen Grant.
Host Curt Sumner is joined by President Al Jamieson, ALS and Executive Director Brian Munday of the Alberta Land Surveyors Association. Among the topics to be discussed are the differences in the activities and responsibilities between surveying organizations in Canada and NSPS, and perhaps other countries.
Join host Curt Sumner and his guests Matt Lindvall and Anthony Suttle, two young surveyors who own Peak Geomatics, LLC located in Johnson City, TN. Both are graduates of the Land Surveying Program at East Tennessee State University, and Matt has a BA in Economics from Southern Methodist University. We will be talking about their motivations for entering the surveying profession, and their perspectives on an approach for utilizing their education, along with technological advancements, to create a successful business in professional surveying.
To close out the 2015 NSPS Radio Hour agenda, host Curt Sumner and NSPS Insurance Program consultant Lisa Isom will continue their ongoing dialog regarding insurance coverage issues related to Professional Surveyors, their companies, and their employees.
Peter Bolton King, Global Residential Director for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), is spearheading an international initiative among the representative bodies of the international property and related professions, working as the International Ethics Standards Coalition (IES), with the goal of increasing public trust by improving ethical consistency, perceptions and enforcement.
Kris Kline is president of 2Point Inc. located in Alexander, N.C. He has authored numerous articles, and presents workshops throughout the United States on topics of interest to surveyors. Kris will again join host Curt Sumner to discuss a couple of workshop topics he has recently developed, recount some of his recent experiences in researching and presenting workshops in various states, and talk with Curt about misconceptions surveyors (and the public) may have about the power and/or authority of Boards of Examination/Registration/Licensure.
The results of the November 2014 national elections will significantly change the composition of the U.S. Senate, and fortified the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Will this have a positive impact on getting things accomplished to benefit the economy, and the country? Join NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John Palatiello as he discusses the issue with host Curt Sumner.
Driven by the rapid evolution of digital photography and personal computing in recent years, regular cameras are rapidly changing the way surveyors work worldwide. Haim Zelikovsky, CEO of Datumate, will discuss with host Curt Sumner the revolution driven by the new generation of close-range photogrammetry software tools, allowing surveying with regular cameras and drafting of CAD plans directly on images.
Charles A. "Tony" Nettleman, III is the grandson of the well-known educator Walt Robillard. Tony is a PhD Candidate, a Florida P.S.M. (#6853), a Land Surveying Engineering Consultant and University of Florida Research Fellow. As one of the "young surveyors," Tony will share with host Curt Sumner and the listening audience his perspectives on the future of the profession and the educational system needed to maintain it.
Lisa Isom and host Curt Sumner will continue the ongoing dialog about the NSPS insurance program, and specifics on a variety of potential issues.
When Mike Brown participated in the NSPS TrigStar program in 1998 as a high school student, it convinced him to switch his career focus from engineering to surveying. He is now a Professional Surveyor who is licensed in multiple states. Join Mike as he talks with host Curt Sumner about his journey.
The discussion about the role of surveyors in GIS, and the role of GIS in surveying, has been ongoing for several years, often in a heated manner. Join host Curt Sumner as he welcomes Gary Kent and Bruce Joffe to discuss the current dialog that is taking place.
NSPS Past President Bob Dahn will join host Curt Sumner for a discussion about the “Innocent Surveying Mistake” that made national headlines earlier this year related to the placement of a $1.9 million home on the wrong property in Rhode Island. However, it wasn’t a mistake made by a surveyor. Listen to learn the facts.
"“Welcome to the Flood Zone”. Professional Surveyor Jim Nadeau began the newsletter a few years ago with the intent to “guide, assist, and educate all interested parties in regards to flood zone issues”. Join Jim and host Curt Sumner for a discussion about the newsletter, and about Jim’s perspectives on the surveying profession.
Join host Curt Sumner as he welcomes members of the NSPS team, led by Jason Racette.
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will be the focus of discussion when host Curt Sumner welcomes Paul Rooney and Stuart Rooney from FEMAs Risk Analysis Division. Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), Elevation Certificates, the FEMA mapping process, and Letters of Map Amendment (LOMAs) will be discussed.
Karen Zollman has written a novel about the colorful experiences of women surveying in the Pacific Northwest. Join Karen and host Curt Sumner as they discuss what prompted Karen to write the book, and why she did so as a novel rather than as a biography.
Join Curt and his guest Lisa Isom as they discuss insurance.
Join host Curt Sumner, American Surveyor Publisher Allen Cheves, and former NM NSPS Director Glen Thurow for a discussion of the new CST
Join Chairman Jerry Juarez (NV), and Committee members Bob Miller (PA) and Tony Gregory (IN) as they join host Curt Sumner to discuss the various aspects of the program. The NSPS Trig-Star program is a well-established and long-running event that typically involves more than a thousand high school students annually, at the local and state level.
Ken Creighton is the Director of Professional Standards at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Ken joins host Curt Sumner to discuss International Standards and will specifically provide an update about the project, process and details of the work of the International Property Measurement Standards Coalition. The IPMSC is a group of 44 professional and not-for-profit organizations from around the world, committed to the development and implementation of an international standard for measuring property assets.
Join host Curt Sumner and his guest Lisa Isom as they talk insurance.
As reported in NSPS News & Views, NSPS is among the organizations that have expressed support for the 3DEP program. Kevin T. Gallagher, Associate Director, Core Science Systems with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) joins host Curt Sumner to discuss the program, and the multiple uses for the data it will provide, including the potential for new industries that might emerge to provide "value added" services utilizing the data.
Join Wendell as he discusses SurveyorConnect.com, and other topics, with host Curt Sumner.
The final installment of the three-part series on UAVs will feature Jeff Lovin PS, Director of Geospatial Services at Woolpert, a company already using UAV/UAS technology for its work on government funded projects.
The second in a three-part series on UAVs will feature Greg Winton, Esq., The Aviation Law Firm, Annapolis, MD, discussing legal issues and requirements for UAV operations.
NSPS Radio Hour will begin a three-part series on UAVs. The first show will be an overview of general information about UAVs, as related to surveying/surveyors, presented by NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John Palatiello.
NSPS has posted a number of pieces about the "Digital Coast Act" that is soon to be introduced in the U.S. Congress. Join host Curt Sumner as he discusses the details of the Bill, and how it affects surveyors, with NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John (JB) Byrd. Byrd will inform listeners how they can urge their respective legislators to co-sponsor and/or support the legislation
Join Curt Sumner and his guests Neil Sandler and contributor Gavin Schrock as they talk about the name change of Professional Surveyor magazine to xyHt.
Join Curt and his guest Lisa to learn about Lisa's impressive collection, which includes a 1935 publication about the 150th anniversary of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad and the naming of a train for George Washington who founded the railroad as the George Washington Railroad, Chesapeake & Ohio Lines, in 1785.
Join host Curt Sumner and his guest Lisa Isom as they discuss liability insurance.
Join Curt and his guests Joe Dolan and Bob Dahn with the NSPS Foundation as they talk about the work the Foundations does (scholarships, projects, disaster relief, etc.). Joe is the current Chair.
Jeff Lucas, Gary Kent, and Robert Zierman are among a group of people who have been discussing the future of the surveying profession, especially the true role of the surveyor in determining boundary line/corner locations. Jjoin host Curt Sumner to continue that dialog, bringing their respective views regarding a potential expanded role for the surveyor in dispute resolution.
Join host Curt Sumner and his guests from the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG). Ric Moore PLS, Executive Director, and Ray Mathe PLS, Senior Registrar Land Surveyor, will discuss a variety of issues, including the first survey laws requiring a record of survey, and a recently discovered document dated 1891 which is thought to be the first license issued in the United States for a Land Surveyor.
Join host Curt Sumner and his guest as they discuss more insurance.
Join Curt and his guest NSPS President Pat Smith (TX).as they discuss Pat' s perspectives on the implications of the 100% joint membership program and his vision for the short and long term future for NSPS.
Join Curt and his guest Mediator/Arbitrator Kenneth Cloke as they discuss disputes that involve surveyors.
Join Curt and his guest as they continue the discussion on insurance needs of the land surveyor.
Join Curt and his guest Glen Mattioli, Ph.D., Director of UNAVCO which is a non-profit membership-governed consortium that facilitates and participates in research and education using geodesy plus related science, technology, and engineering fields.
Robert W. Zierman, Esq. leads Justice Smiles, pllc, a firm whose work methodology seeks to resolve – not escalate – Boundary Dispute Law matters. He joins host Curt Sumner to discuss a potential for surveyors to become critical players in the resolution of land ownership issues, not just presenters of the “facts”.