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December 2013 The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter

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Words to Live By...

" Ability may get you to the top but it's character that will keep you there. " - Abraham Lincoln

" We'll never know the worth of water 'till the well goes dry. " - Scottish Proverb

  In the Rearview Mirror...

The Annual Convention, co-hosted by Chapter 5, came and went without any major glitches. Thanks to the many Chapter 5 members who answered the bell when the call went out for volunteers to assist with all the things that need to happen for a smooth sailing event. There were 500+ paid attendees, with another 200+ vendors/guests/speakers/students in attendance. TSPS president Curtis Strong wrapped up his successful term and has passed the gavel on to Shane Neally for the next year. The Thursday night costume party was a big hit, as well as the Awards Gala on Friday night. Chapter 5 member John Pierce was awarded the Eminent Educator Award, honoring the many years he has devoted to educating DFW area students. Congratulations, John!

Chapter 5 members met for the final time in 2013 on Tuesday November 12 at the north Dallas offices of Dal-Tech Engineers, Inc. A catered dinner from Maggiano’s, compliments of Dal-Tech, was a nice ending to another busy year for the Chapter. The Guest Speaker was Camille Thomason, P.E., from the TxDOT Consultant Contracts Office. She provided a thorough and informative program on the present TxDOT contracting procedures and requirements for both Surveyors and Engineers.

The Chapter collected $98.00 for SurPac at the meeting. How much have you contributed this year? Don’t be the guy who let’s everyone else do all the work and make all the donations…and piggyback reaping all the benefits.

Check this Out...The following information was made available by Eric Ward, RPLS, President of the TSPS Alamo Chapter. It’s good info to know when talking about opportunities in surveying, especially to middle and high school students. So, if you have the opportunity to visit a school for Career Day, or present a program to Scouts, be sure to mention some of the facts as listed in the link provided:


Chapter 5 Committee Reports

Treasurer (John Pierce) John reported that there is $2,180.00 in the General Fund, and $3,429.00 in the Scholarship Fund. Nice healthy accounts given all the generous donations the Chapter made to a variety of causes during 2013.

Education (John Pierce) John reported that the next Certified Survey Technician exam date has been scheduled for Saturday March 8. The testing site will be the DFW Learning Center at the North Lake College-West Campus, just off SH 114 at Freeport Parkway in Irving.

Membership (Pat Baldasaro) Pat reports that the Chapter is soliciting Sponsorships from various businesses. All members are encouraged to promote TSPS to their professional and para professional staff, and to encourage them to attend Chapter meetings and to serve on any of the committees. Volunteer organizations are only as strong as their membership. Be active.

Public Relations (Gary Matthews) Big D Fleur-de-Lis Boy Scout Event – (November 9, 2013) Gary reported that Chapter 5 assistance was provided to a Boy Scout event that may end up in the Guinness Book of World Records. Chris Freeman coordinated a Lina T. Ramey & Associates, Inc. survey crew to measure the outline of a Fleur-de-Lis image at Fair Park. Area Scouts had collected 200,000+ aluminum cans for a donation project, and contacted Chris since they needed an official measurement to submit. An added benefit from the volunteer activity is that Council Ten now is connected to Chapter 5 for a variety of potential opportunities including presentations at Troop meetings and proctoring the Survey Merit Badge. Stay tuned for the World Record results……and watch for an upcoming article in the state TSPS newsletter or magazine.

Public Relations Report 12-05-2013

Sellers Academy Career Day – (December 5, 2013) On December 5, Chapter 5 President Patrick Baldasaro, PR Chair Gary Matthews and member Josh Nottingham made presentations of surveying as a profession to three successive groups of students at Sellers Academy of the Garland ISD. The presentation started with a brief definition of surveying, followed by a short video entitled "Your Career as a Surveyor", followed by a question and answer session. After the questions, slides of aerial photos of the school with the plat outline referenced, from original construction to 2011, were shown to illustrate the expansions and the part the surveyor plays. Lastly, the students took turns guessing and then shooting distances, turning angles and running the prism pole. The students seemed to enjoy it, particularly the hands-on part. Chapter 5 has presented at the Sellers Career Day for ten consecutive years.

Skills USA (currently no Chairman)
Chapter Board of Directors voted in favor of donating $500 to Bart Burnett to assist with his brand new Skills survey program at Dubiski H.S. in Grand Prairie ISD. Bart expects at least one survey team for regional competition, and is anxious to get connected with TSPS Chapter 5.

High school teacher Bart Burnett, formerly with Duncanville H.S., has contacted Chapter 5 and requested assistance with his students at Dubiski Career High School (Grand Prairie ISD) for at least one team as they prepare for the District 6 contests. Bart has requested the following from Chapter 5:

1) Have someone come by and talk to my beginning classes.
2) Get a TSPS surveyor who would be willing to take my team under their wing and help train/guide them like we did at Duncanville.

Bart BurnettDubiski Career High School, Engineering Instructor SkillsUSA Texas District 6 Director (972 343-7856)

Help Wanted
Chapter 5 members,
We are currently looking to fill the Committee Chair for Skills and I would like to call on members who may be interested in taking on this important responsibility. In addition, I would also like to hear from those who can donate some time to this worthy cause. I understand this is a large request and that is why I hope we can find several members who can spare some time to help.

Please contact me if you any questions or if you have interest in this position. Your time and effort would be greatly appreciated, not only by Chapter 5 but also those we can teach along the way.

Thank you,
Patrick Baldasaro
Chapter 5 President

NSPS Items
At the business meeting held on Thursday October 31 in conjunction with the TSPS Annual Convention, the Board of Directors and attending members approved the idea of TSPS members joining NSPS through a $40 annual increase in membership dues. The increase and NSPS membership will occur starting in 2015, and is dependent upon approval of a Memorandum of Understanding, which for all indications should not be an issue. The benefits to TSPS members is membership and voice in a national surveying organization, looking out for surveying interests at the national level much like TSPS looks out for surveying interests at the state level. Nearly all state survey associations across the nation have either already approved membership into NSPS, or are on a path to join as is TSPS. To that end, the following NSPS related information was provided by TSPS Executive Director DJ Kyle:

FAA Unveils 'Roadmap' for UAV Approvals
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released its first annual Roadmap outlining efforts needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV) into the nation's airspace. The plan includes numerous references to surveying, aerial photography, and aerial mapping as major anticipated applications of UAV technology.

Senators Oppose Davis-Bacon Policy on Survey Crews, Seek Labor Department Explanation
U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Pat Roberts (R-KS), members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), have added their voices to the chorus of those expressing concern for the new Labor Department policy classifying members of survey crews as "laborers and mechanics" under the Davis-Bacon Act. The Senators sent a letter to the Secretary of Labor requesting documents and asking to be briefed on the policy. For complete background on the Davis-Bacon issue, see the special information page created on the NSPS website.

Membership Map

   On the Horizon ...

TBPLS Board Meeting Info
The next meeting of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying will be held on December 13, 2013 at 9 am; location TBA. Exam results should be released at this meeting. See their website for meeting location and agenda information. (www.txls.state.tx.us)

Certfied Survey Technician exams
John Pierce has reserved March 8 as the next testing date for the CST exams. Details will be forthcoming.

SAVE THE DATE 15th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament
Sean Flaherty, who successfully organized a great Tournament for the Convention with Rodney Walsh, and who annually organizes the best TSPS chapter tournament, has already got a date reserved for the annual Chapter 5 Tournament. The date is Saturday, April 26 at the Old Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris. And yes, Texas de Brazil is coming back to feed the hungry hackers. So save the date, it’s a great time that generates several thousand dollars to the Chapter 5 scholarship coffers and brings the local survey community together for a fun-filled day.


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No Meeting scheduled for December ... Happy Holidays!
No meetings have been scheduled as of yet for 2014. Stay tuned.

Chapter 5 Meetings typically held the second Tuesday of each month.
Social/Dinner Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (order from the menu)
Chapter Meeting: Business @ 7:00 pm, Program to follow.

If you have an idea for a Meeting, let Pat Baldasaro (972-250-2727) know so he can schedule it.

Chapter 5 Officers

Patrick Baldasaro, RPLS                President                       pbaldasaro@dal-tech.com
Scott Posey, RPLS 1st Vice President scott.posey@lamb-star.com
Tim Mankin, RPLS 2nd Vice President tmankin@peisersurveying.com
John Pierce, RPLS Secretary/Treasurer jpierce@saminc.biz
Robert Schneeberg, RPLS 1 year Director Robert.schneeberg@gs-engineers.com
Richard Ortiz 1 year Director rich@crstex.com
Eric Kreiner, RPLS 2 year Director ekreiner@saminc.biz
Gary Matthews, RPLS 2 year Director rpls5574@gmail.com
Justin Waldrip, RPLS Past President jwaldrip2@arsengineers.com
Mark Williams, RPLS Communications markw@rsh.com

Adopted Rules Now Available on TBPLS Site

The rules adopted by the TBPLS Board on August 2, 2013 became effective August 28, 2013 and are now posted on their web site. Just click on:

Adopted Rules

Forms impacted by these rule changes are being modified. If you have any questions, please contact the Board office or visit their site at www.txls.texas.gov.


A special THANKS to all the individuals and firms that have renewed their advertising in the Chapter 5 Newsletter. The funds generated from the ads go into the General Fund of the Chapter, and help with educational and promotional events and activities throughout the year that benefit our members and profession. The rates are purposefully priced at favorable rates to provide maximum benefit to our supporters and sponsors. If you or your firm is interested in adding your business card or larger ad, please contact Chris Freeman (214-979-1144).

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