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Episode 34 - 7-8-2020

In its continuing effort to provide opportunities for listeners to get to know the NSPS Officers, not only as the organization’s leaders, but also as fellow Surveyors, Curt Sumner recently interviewed current NSPS Secretary Craig Amey for this episode of “Surveyor Says!”

Episode 32 - 6-25-2020

Curt’s conversation for this “Future Focus” episode with Jared Wilson, Assistant Professor and Faculty Coordinator – Surveying and Mapping at East Tennessee State University, covers how distance learning from online university programs are the future of the profession and helping to maintain our “essential service” status. Thanks for joining us for another “Future Focus” here on this episode of “Surveyor Says!”

 

Episode 31 - 6-10-2020

Today's installment of “Future Focus” features our current NSPS Vice President, Amanda Allred. Amanda shares with Curt about how she found surveying, working in several different states in a male dominated profession, and getting involved with the New Mexico Professional Surveyor society and NSPS.  

 

Episode 29 - 5-27-2020

Our latest edition of “Future Focus” episode of the NSPS “Surveyor Says!” podcast is a discussion with Kyle Schultze, a licensed surveyor from Illinois. Kyle will be serving as the Surveying Merit Badge coordinator for the 2021 Boy Scout Jamboree, held every four years in West Virginia. Curt and Kyle discuss all the work, time and support that goes into a typical Jamboree including hands-on with some of the high-tech equipment used by today’s profession. Interested in volunteering? Email us at info@nsps.us.com.

Episode 28 - 5-20-2020

Our latest edition of “Future Focus” episode of the NSPS “Surveyor Says!” podcast is a discussion with Chris Jepson, Vice President of the Land Surveyors Association of Washington (LSAW). Curt and Chris got together recently to talk about growing up a son of a surveyor, working his way through the ranks and what he sees for the future of surveying associations. (Spoiler: it will include more technology, social media and lots of mentoring!) Thanks for listening!

Episode 27 - 5-15-2020

This past week, the annual FIG Working Week was to be held in Amsterdam but was cancelled as another victim of COVID-19, so we asked John Hohol, NSPS FIG Chair, to catch us up on the history of NSPS with FIG. Our latest edition in our “Future Focus” series captured his conversation with Executive Director Curt Sumner. John shares about his involvement with young surveyors worldwide and how he sees their involvement as our profession’s future.

Episode 23 - 4-15-2020

Our latest edition of “Future Focus” episode of the NSPS “Surveyor Says!” podcast is a discussion with Jim Coan, NSPS Director for Washington and Past President of the Land Surveyors Association of Washington (LSAW). Jim and Tim Burch, NSPS Vice President sat down recently to talk about Jim’s introduction to surveying on the East Coast, the transition to the West Coast and how he’s helped many great young surveyors along the way. A refreshing interview to inspire the mentors in all of us, so thanks for listening!

 

Episode 20 - 4-1-2020

Our latest Young Surveyors Network edition of “Future Focus” episode of the NSPS “Surveyor Says!” podcast is a discussion with Anna Rios, RPLS and organizer of the Women’s Surveyor Summit. Anna and Tim Burch, NSPS Vice President recently discussed the how Anna found her way into surveying, what motivates her to dedicate loads of energy into her work and where she sees the profession going. Great conversation with an inspiring young surveyor!

 

Episode 19 - 3-18-2020

Part A - Dr. Michael Dennis, a geodesist and State Plane Coordinate System 2022 Project Manager for NGS, joins us to talk about the deprecation of the US Survey Foot and adoption of the “The Foot” at the end of 2021. This action is in conjunction with the realization of the North American Terrestrial Reference Frame or NATRF of 2022.

For additional information, please visit the NGS website at geodesy.noaa.gov

Part B - This is the second part of our “Future Focus” discussion with Dr. Michael Dennis, a geodesist and State Plane Coordinate System 2022 Project Manager for NGS. He joins us to talk about the proposed State Plane Coordinate System of 2022 and what exactly is changing from NAD83 to the new system. He gets into the weeds with the potential of new zone configurations and the zone layer concept.

 

Episode 17 - 3-4-2020

This episode of “Surveyor Says!” features our next “Future Focus” discussion with NSPS leadership. Our guest today has been Mark Sargent, the incoming NSPS President. NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner recently talked with Mark to talk his career, how important it is that our future generations can discover surveying, and why being involved in professional surveying associations has been an important priority in his career.

 

Episode 16 - 2-26-2020

This episode of “Surveyor Says!” features our next “Future Focus” spotlight on education. Today’s guests are David Acosta, PLS, and Adjunct Professor Geomatics/Surveying Program at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM along with Chris Pappas, NSPS Director for New Mexico. NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner recently sat down with David and Chris to talk about the program at NMSU and the challenges faced by college programs and the surveying profession.

 

Episode 14 - 2-12-2020

Today’s episode of “Future Focus” is our first face-to-face group podcast because the important topic. Our guests today are from the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association (IPLSA) and have organized a task force focusing on workforce development, and more specifically, an apprenticeship program for technicians. We sat down during the recent IPLSA Annual conference to talk about the program after a well-received panel discussion earlier in the program. Thanks for listening to the latest “Future Focus” episode on this edition of “Surveyor Says!”

 

Episode 13 - 2-5-2020

Today’s installment of “Future Focus” features NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner and his guest, current NSPS President Lisa Van Horn. Curt and Lisa recently sat down to chat about what has been happening within NSPS and how the profession and organization are changing with the times. Thanks for listening to “Surveyor Says!”

Episode 12 - 1-29-2020

Today’s episode will be a combination of two of our series, “The Young Surveyor’s Network Edition” and “Future Focus.” The guest for this conversation is Ben and Cameron Lowe, identical twins from the great state of Texas and second-generation surveyors. Sit back and enjoy the raw energy and passion of these young surveyors and hear their story.

Episode 10 - 1-15-2020

This episode of “Surveyor Says!” unveils our latest series, “Future Focus” and our guest today is Kory Allred, a PLS, Ph.D. and Program Director of the Surveying Program at Parkland College in Champaign, IL.

Kory shares his story on how he entered the profession, what led him to pursue and obtain his doctorate, and what he thinks about what our next generation of surveyors will need to know to succeed.

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