April 2009                                                             The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter 

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Thought for the Day….

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent that their fathers conquered.”

--Thomas Jefferson in 1802

10th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament

It’s that time of the year again folks…no, not Augusta and the Masters. It’s the Chapter 5 10th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament. We will return to our old stompin’ grounds, The Old Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris on Saturday April 25th for a 8am Shotgun start for our 4 Man Florida Scramble. Prices remain the same as last year, $80/player and $300 for Hole Sponsorship. Event Coordinator Sean Flaherty once again has worked diligently to organize one of the most successful Chapter 5 yearly events. 50% of the event proceeds are earmarked to the Chapter Scholarship Fund for local survey students.
Click here for the Link to the Event information and Sign-Up Sheet.


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 (972-226-8181).

TSPS-5 Advertisers should be encouraged to send advertisements in .JPG format at 72dpi/ppi

Business card sized at 2" * 3.5"
Half page ads sized at 5.5" * 4.25"
Full page ad's 11" * 8.5"
Other acceptable image file format as follows: .tif, .bmp, .gif

.PDF are acceptable but require re-formatting which may affect final image quality.

Other file formats will require reformatting and take longer to post. Advertisements may be sent as stand alone HTML based web code. For more specific web based advertising details please contact Chris Freeman at his email address: cfreeman@bhinc.com

Advertisements should be emailed to Chris Freeman at his email address: cfreeman@bhinc.com

Advertisements should be sent prior to Newsletter posting on the 1st of each month.

Advertising prices are listed on the TSPS-5.org Pro Listings page.


In the Rearview Mirror…

----The March meeting had a strong turnout, with 60+ attendees. Nedra Foster, Chair of the TBPLS, was our Guest Speaker. She presented a nice program on the licensing exam process. Other guests attending were Darrell Shine, Davey Edwards, and Bill Coleman. Recent SIT Chris Howard was also recognized for his accomplishment.

---Career Summit The Richardson Chamber of Commerce coordinated a Career Summit for Richardson ISD students on March 5th. Chapter 5 was contacted to participate, and a table was manned by Tim Marcinko, Jason Jernigan, Raul Wong, Don Levy, Brent Hayes, and Chris Freeman. In addition, MIDWEST A&E provided survey equipment for the always popular tech demos. This was an outstanding way for us to introduce surveying to over 500 hundred students. The key is to introduce Surveying at an early age, so that by high school they can be preparing themselves for college survey curriculum. Thanks to the volunteers!

---At the TSPS Spring Symposium held in Waco on March 20-21, a Friday night outing to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum was highlighted with a TSPS geocache monument being set at the base of the frontier Surveyor George Erath statue outside the Museum. Chapter 5 member Charlie Redd was instrumental in assisting the TSPS Public Relations Committee and Chapter 3 in guiding them through the geocache process. The monument and associated caches will involve TSPS in this fun and very popular activity, and expose many of its participants to our world of Surveying.
Click here for event photos:      Major Erath's Statue       Statue Spectators         TSPS Members

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  • County/Civil Court Filings

  • City Planning & Permitting

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  • Deed Restrictions

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    Certified Survey Technician exam prep classes continue…..

    The Dallas Chapter offers Certified Survey Technician Level I and Level II examination prep sessions prior to every monthly meeting.  John Pierce leads this effort, held prior to regular monthly Chapter meetings at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant (southeast corner of Inwood Road/Lover’s Lane, next to the Inwood Theater) from 5-6pm.  This is an excellent opportunity for both office and field staff to familiarize themselves and prepare for the various Certification exams.  There is no cost to attend, and all are welcome to attend and participate. 

    The Next scheduled session will be before the April 14th Chapter meeting at Cantina Laredo Restaurant
      For questions/info, contact John Pierce at 214-532-1667.

    SIT & RPLS Exam Study Groups  

    There will be three study group meetings before the April 2009 RPLS & SIT exams. The first meeting was Saturday, March 7, from 8am-noon at Halff Associates' Richardson office. The other two meetings were scheduled for March 21 and April 4.

    The RPLS group will go over analytical problems and legal terminology at the first meeting. The SIT group will work though problems from sample exams and spend additional time on the subjects people have questions about. Please bring any questions or analytical problems you might have found to the meeting and we'll try to work them as a group. This group is open to anyone who is studying to take the Texas RPLS or SIT exams this April or in the future. As always, there is no cost for the study group, and breakfast is provided for those who RSVP. Please RSVP to Jason Jernigan.

    You can also keep track of group meetings and access study material through the following two Yahoo groups:

    • SIT Study Group:                 http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/land_surv/
    • RPLS Study Group:                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rpls_study_group/

    Contact Jason Jernigan (214-346-6204) for information regarding the Study Groups and schedule



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    3rd Annual High School Educator’s Retreat for Surveying, Mapping & Geospatial Awareness

    The Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and Lone Star College-Montgomery will host the 3rd Annual High School Educator’s Retreat for Surveying, Mapping & Geospatial Awareness June 16-18, 2008 on the campus of Lone Star College-Montgomery (in The Woodlands-Conroe area, just off I-45).

    The purpose of the retreat is to share with a select number of high school teachers, counselors, and educators the professions of geospatial sciences and professional land surveying in Texas. There are now a few questions on the TEKS and TAKS tests that are related to land surveying. Additionally, in 2006, the George W. Bush High Growth Job Training Initiative identified the top 14 job sectors that are expected to add substantial numbers of new jobs to our nation’s economy. The Geospatial industry was rated among the top three. More and more educators in K-12 programs across our nation are recognizing the need to incorporate geospatial thinking in their curriculums.

    Registration is FREE OF CHARGE. Attendees will receive a $150 stipend, a mobile GPS unit, and lesson plans (with surveying-related material to aid in classroom instruction, posters and brochures promoting the industry, as well as information that was presented during the retreat.) In addition, attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs (16 contact hours) for their participation.

    TSPS Chapter Sponsored Educators must submit applications by April 24 to receive priority consideration. Applicants can expect to receive notification of acceptance beginning May 4, however, applications will continue to be accepted until all seats are filled. Maximum enrollment is 35 participants.   

    Applicants will be accepted based on the following criteria:  Chapter Affiliation (Sponsorship); Curriculum Specialty (Math, IT/Computer, Geography Teachers and Technology Counselors will receive first priority); and Date of application.  Note:  As enrollment is limited, school affiliation will also be considered if 2 or more employees from a single school apply for acceptance into the program. Hotel/Accommodations information is pending.

    Educators can fill out on online application at www.tsps.org. An Educator’s Retreat photo/icon is located on the home page … applicants just click on the photo and are transferred to the reg form.

    Initially, registration is limited to first-time participants. If we cannot fill the 35 spots with new attendees, we will open-up registration to individuals who participated the previous 2 years. We are asking that TSPS Chapters spread the word to local teachers first and offer to sponsor the $150 stipend. Individual companies are also welcome and encouraged to select and sponsor teachers from their communities.

    Please make this announcement at your next Chapter meeting and/or send an email to your chapter members if you have already had your meeting. Initially, registration will be limited to teachers contacted through TSPS, then if need be, information will be sent to a listserve of high school math and science teachers across the state and registration will be open to anyone. Remember that registration is limited to the first 35 educators who sign up – so find your teachers, raise your $150 stipend, and have them sign up as soon as possible. Thank you for your support of this year’s retreat.

    View Retreat Preliminary Schedule
    View Map/Directions to Lone Star College-Montgomery


    Bulletin Board Odds ‘n Ends….


    I found some surveying equipment along Ridge Road (FM 740) on Friday evening 02/20/2009 and it was still there on Saturday morning so I took it home with me. I would like to return this to its rightful owner. Please call/email me with the proper description and I will arrange to get it back to you.

    Thank you,
    Jason D. Thompson, RPLS


    Tyler Junior College


    Surveying Education Foundation of Texas, Inc.



    June 7-11, 2009

    Tyler Junior College Campus

    Open to all high school students graduating in 2009 or 2010. The residential camp, including room and meals, is provided at NO CHARGE to the camp participants.

    Information, including an on-line application, can be found at http://lumcontent.tjc.edu/surveying/Camps.shtml 

    or call Patti Williams at 903-510-2365 Application deadline is May 1, 2009

    Tyler Junior College gives equal consideration to all applicants for admission, employment and participation in its programs and activities without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.

    Out On the Horizon….

    The next Chapter 5 meeting will be held Tuesday April 14th at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant on Lover’s Lane.  Guest Speaker will be Scott Stockburger, P.E., who will present insight on Subsurface Utility Engineering, and how Surveyors are involved. Come join us for good food and great camaraderie.

    SkillsUSA state level survey competition will be held in Corpus Christi at the campus of Texas A&M-CC on April 1-4.  Duncanville High School will be sending 2 teams to this competition.  A total of 30 students statewide will compete.  Chapter 5 previously donated $750 to Duncanville H.S. to assist with competition related expenses.  Tim Jackson has devoted many hours with the students during the past few months, so let’s hope it pays off in a strong result.  Richard Ortiz and Chris Freeman travelled to Corpus to assist with monitoring and judging different portions of the competition.  Area firms contributing “goodies” for the students included MIDWEST, WDS, Geomatic Resources, Lone Star Record & Abstract, Lina T. Ramey & Associates, Dallas Aerial Surveys, and Bohannan Huston.  Thanks to the volunteer effort and donations!



    The Public Relations Committee of TSPS has been asked to design a informational card/brochure that members could provide to the public, clients, title companies, attorneys, etc. that might be able to contain  good general information related to professional surveying services.  My understanding is that once compiled and approved, TSPS could make this available to members for use on their company websites, or reproducible in hard copy form.  I understand that our state headquarters gets requests for such a brochure on a regular basis.

    My hope is that this solicitation will reach as many Texas Surveyors as possible.  Hopefully, by starting with the Chapter Presidents around the State, we can get this out quickly and start to receive feedback, ideas, suggestions, and possibly even some existing info cards that are already in use.  My goal is to have a draft version available by the next TSPS Board Meeting on June 13th so that the Committee can present the information to the Board for review, edits, and hopefully get a version approved so that members may benefit from another tool to aid in their business.

    I’m not sure if we are talking about one all encompassing document, such as a Frequently Asked Questions type brochure geared more for a potential client or a citizen who will need to utilize the professional services of a Land Surveyor, or if we also need a separate document that would be more geared at attorneys and title professionals.  We’re open to your suggestions.

    Please forward immediately to all Chapter Presidents and other interested parties, and have them forward this request to their members.

    Please forward all comments, ideas, suggestions, examples, etc. to Chris Freeman, RPLS, who is Chairman of the TSPS PR Committee.  For any Chapters that utilize a Chapter website with a Newsletter, please feel free to publish this solicitation to your membership.

    On behalf of the Public Relations Committee for the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, we thank you for your contributions to this effort that we hope will benefit both our members and the general public.

    Opportunities for You….

    Chapter Committees

    With new Chapter leaders comes the need for continued participation by Chapter members.  The strength of any volunteer organization is only as strong as the participation of its members.  Committees are always in need of people to lead and contribute.  There are typically 5 standing committees: Membership, Program, Public Relations & Education, Nominating, and Audit.  In addition, the President can assign a Special Committee (such as SkillsUSA) if so desired.  If you are interested in being part of the solution and helping our Chapter and profession move forward, please contact any of the Chapter officers.

    Newsletter Contributions

    If you would like to offer an article or share some news or information, you are more than welcome to do so.  The Newsletter is a service to Chapter 5 members, and your contributions are encouraged.  Whether it is a technical offering, a historical article, or just a neat photo or link that might be of interest to our members, please forward it for inclusion so that all may enjoy.

    ---next TBPLS Board Meeting to be held in Austin on June 12, 2009.  The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings.

    ---next TSPS Board Meeting to be held on June 13, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel in Austin.  The Annual Ray Wisdom Benefit Auction will follow the meeting, and is always a fun event for Surveyors, family, and friends with good eats and cold refreshments.


    Safety First…..Make it a Priority

    Click here for links to various Safety websites that might be helpful to your firm and staff.


    April 14 --- Scott Stockburger: Surveying for Subsurface Utility Engineering
    April 25 --- Annual Golf Tournament at The Brickyard
    May 12 --- Jack Avis: GIS as a Survey Tool
    June 9 --- Glenn Breysacher/Wayne Terry: Vacancy in Garland?
    July 14 --- Rob Hathaway, Delorme GIS: Geocaching for fun
    August 11 --- Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates: Forensic Surveying
    September ? --- Joint Meeting with Chapter 2
    October 22-24 --- TSPS Annual Convention in Austin
    November 10 --- Leon Curtis: Flood Elevation Certificates

    Chapter 5 Meetings are held at:
    Cantina LAREDO Restaurant
    165 Inwood Village, Dallas, TX 75209
    (Southeast Corner of Inwood & Lover’s Lane, next to Inwood Theater)
    Phone: 214/350-5227 www.cantinalaredo.com
    Social/Dinner Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (order from the menu)
    Chapter Meeting: Business @ 7:00 pm, Program @ 7:30

    Thanks to the following Full-Page Ad subscribers: Midwest A&E, Precise Land Records, Lone Star Record & Abstract, Geomatic Resources, WDS, GeoShack, and Dallas Aerial Surveys, Inc.

    Be sure to support our friends at these firms, they support us!!

    Archived News Letters:

    Texas Society of Professional Surveyors
    Dallas Chapter No. 5
    P.O. Box 226933
    Dallas, Texas 75222

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