March/April 2008                                                                            The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter


Hot Off the Press….

The Bois d’Arc Post is the Official Chapter 5 Newsletter.  It is intended for Chapter 5 members and supporters to share ideas and information of interest.  If you have any sort of information that would be of interest or beneficial to our members, please forward it so that we can include it in an upcoming edition.  Contact Chapter 5 President Robert Schneeberg (972-516-8855) or Chris Freeman (972-226-8181) to discuss your Newsletter contribution.  The Newsletter is maintained by Enterprise Operations, with maintenance funding provided by Lone Star Record & Abstract Services, Inc.

Thought for the Day….

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around……

Good ol’ Texas Advice…..

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.



Spotlight on…SKILLS USA Duncanville H.S. Survey Program

Hope everyone saw the nice write-up in the February issue of Metes and Bounds.  News is spreading to all corners of Texas about the rapid success of the Survey Program, due in large part to the dedication of the Faculty Advisor (Barton Burnett) and several Chapter 5 members and firms who have donated their time, efforts, and money.  Recent calls have been received from Chapter Presidents from Houston and San Antonio trying to learn how they can get similar programs in their area school districts.  Let’s keep the momentum going….we need to be in it for the long run.  It looks like North Lake College is going to allow the students to enroll in the Intro to Surveying class in the Fall.

At the March 11 Chapter meeting, a Silent Auction was held to benefit the Skills USA Duncanville High School Survey Program.  Katie Goodwin and Precise Land Records organized the activity, and $1,279.00 was raised.  Those funds will be forwarded to TSPS (state), where they will be matched dollar for dollar.  Thanks to all the individuals and companies that donated items for the auction, and for all of those who bid on items:  Rene Ortiz & Precise Land Records; Rodney Walsh, PLS & Geomatic Resources; Lennie Lueker, RPLS & Winkelmann & Associates, Inc.; Bart Burnett & Duncanville High School; Sean Flaherty, RPLS & The Wallace Group; Martha Compton, RPLS; Chris Freeman, RPLS; Paul Mannel, RPLS; Richard Ortiz & Lone Star Record & Abstract Services, Inc.; Scott Posey, RPLS & Survcon; Jason Jernigan, RPLS & Colin Henry, RPLS & Halff Associates; Jim Nichols, RPLS & Di Sciullo & Terry, Inc.; Neyfi Raful; and Cantina Laredo Restaurant.  Please let Katie know how much we appreciate her efforts.

Kudos to Richard Ortiz, who is offering several summer internships to the Duncanville High School survey students at Lone Star Record & Abstract Services, Inc.  He met with Faculty Advisor Barton Burnett at the school on March 7th to work out details and meet with students.  The internships will offer the students insight and experience into the abstracting and record research aspect of the surveying world.  Richard is hopeful that this initiative may lead to a Work Study Program.  Hopefully Richard’s lead will make others of us look for additional opportunities to extend to the students…..remember, enthusiasm is contagious.  Take a look at this link for the prototype:

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National Surveyors Week…March 16-22

Chapter 5 continues the tradition of organizing a local Library Display to highlight the Survey profession during the month of March, in conjunction with National Surveyors Week.  This year the display has been set up at the South Garland Branch Library located at 4845 Broadway Blvd. (corner of Broadway Blvd. and Oates Drive).  During the evening of March 4th, Robert Schneeberg, John Pierce, and Chris Freeman set out maps, drawings, instruments, calculators, books, plumb bobs, drafting tools, etc. in four display cases.  See photos via our website link.

 The annual display has always been well received, with lots of questions about the items and about surveying in general.  Library Director Bill Raley had already pulled over 30 survey related books from the library shelves and had them prominently displayed next to our display cases.  And he invited Chapter 5 to return in the summer to provide a week long Survey Program to elementary age children.  Thanks to Martha Compton, Midwest A&E, Robert Schneeberg, John Pierce, and Chris Freeman for display items.

Due to the popularity of the displays, Chapter 5 has decided to expand our displays to other area libraries throughout the year.  So, we need folks to stop by their libraries and offer to have Chapter 5 provide a monthlong Survey Display.  It’s really a great way to highlight our profession, with very little work required.  If you think you can help arrange for a Display, have neat items for a Display, or just need assistance or have questions, contact Chapter 5 President Robert Schneeberg (972/516-8855), Public Relations Chairman Wayne Terry (972/494-5031), or Chris Freeman (972/226-8181).


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Welcome New Members!!!…

Chapter new members include Shawn Miles, Edgar Garcia, and Robert Schwenkler.  Welcome to the Chapter 5 family, and hope to see you at our upcoming meetings and events.

In the Rearview Mirror…

n     February 12th meeting had 45 attendees to welcome TSPS President Coleen Johnson and TSPS Executive Director Anne Glasgow, both traveling up from Austin.  Special treat was the Presidential Award plaque presented by Scott Posey to the Garland ISD faculty and students who produced the survey career video last spring.

 March 11th meeting had 60 attendees to hear John Pierce’s presentation on the Certified Survey Technician program.  John reviewed the different testing levels, and local opportunities for exam preparation for interested field and office personnel.  Try and encourage your paraprofessionls to pursue their certification.  More info on the CST Program can be accessed through links via www.tsps.org or www.nspsmo.org  


                       

 

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FYI….

Did you see the February ’08 issue of Professional Surveyor Magazine....Chapter 5 member Tim Jackson authored an article on High Definition Laser Scanning.  Tim followed that up with an article in the March ’08 issue of POB Magazine, including the cover, with an article on scanning the DART tunnel between Mockingbird Lane and downtown Dallas.   

Did you know that Charlie Siever, Equipment Repair Technician at Midwest A&E, works on the Safety Team at Texas Motor Speedway?  As such, Charlie is positioned at the ready in a Safety Truck during all “hot track” activities, including practice, qualifying, and the actual race for NASCAR and Indy Racing League events.  In the event of an “incident”, Charlie and his team are most likely the first to arrive at the scene.  The TMS Safety Team was recently awarded the #1 Safety Team Award by NASCAR. (Can we put a TSPS “Three of these Men were Surveyors” bumper sticker on your Safety truck?).




SIT & RPLS Exam Study Groups   Submitted by Jason Jernigan, RPLS            

TSPS Chapter 5 holds study groups to help SIT and RPLS candidates prepare to take their exams.  The sessions are split up into two groups: those studying for the SIT and those studying for the RPLS.  The SIT group works problems from the NCEES practice exams, 1001 Solved Surveying Fundamentals Problems by Van Sickle, and the Land Surveyor Reference Manual by Harbin.  This group also reviews material for the business, grammar, and GIS questions on the SIT exam.  The RPLS group works the analytical and legal problems published on the TBPLS website and reviews anything else they can find to help prepare for the Texas specific exam.  Some of the books used to review for the RPLS exam include the Spry book, Decisions by Ken Gold, and Blacks Law Dictionary. 

The groups meet from 8 am to 12 noon on Saturdays on a bimonthly basis at Halff Associates, Inc., 1201 North Bowser Road, Richardson, TX 75081.  There are usually 8-20 participants total.  There is no fee for coming to courses and breakfast is provided.  Participants are asked to bring TBPLS approved calculators, pencils, paper, and relevant study material.  Everyone is welcome to bring questions for the group to work through. 

The group has met three times so far this year.  Attendance has been lower this year than in the past.  The last meeting before the April 2008 exams will be on March 29, 2008.  We will start up again in August to prepare for the October exams.  The groups are led by Jason Jernigan, RPLS, who can be contacted at jjernigan@halff.com or 214-346-6204.  The best way to keep track of group meetings is by joining one of these two Yahoo Groups:


Bulletin Board Odds ‘n Ends….

---National Surveyor’s Week is March 16-22…strut yer stuff!

---Geomatic Resources Open House is Monday March 17th at their new 4000 sq. ft. facility at 1223 Ira E. Woods (Hwy 26) Grapevine, TX 76051 .  Chapter 5 members are invited for a tour and join with Chapter 2 for their monthly meeting.  Food and drink is provided.  Please RSVP at (817) 691-5328. 

 

---next TBPLS Board Meeting to be held in Austin on Monday, June 9th.  The Board awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings.

---next TSPS Board Meeting to be held in Austin on Saturday, May 17th.  Following the meeting, TSPS will hold its Annual Picnic and Ray Wisdom Auction, which raises thousands of $$$ for surveying scholarships.  If you’ve never been, it’s a fun family event at a scenic location (Zilker Park), with plenty of tasty BBQ and cold drinks.

---High School Surveying & Mapping Camp June 8-11 at Tyler Junior College.  Check the TJC website for details http://eng-tech.tjc.edu/surveying.htm.  This is a great program for students to get an in depth look at surveying, at no cost to the student.

---High School Educator’s Retreat June 11-13.  To be held at Tyler Junior College, registration details coming soon.  Do you know a Teacher that would be interested?  This program last year is where the SKILLS USA Survey Program at Duncanville High School got started.



Opportunity for you….

--- TSPS Chapter 5 Day at the Races     Don’t forget, Saturday April 26th is the date set for our annual return to Lone Star Park.  Always a fun day, with covered seating area with an All You Can Eat Buffet.  All you need is some of that bonus check money to spend on a couple of long shots….contact Robert Schneeberg for tickets/info at 972/516-8855.  All inclusive $32.00 for Admission, Parking, Race Form and Buffet.

The 9th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Saturday May 17th at the Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris.  Always a great turnout, with a homemade breakfast provided by Linda Hernandez & Precise Land Records, lunch catered by Texas de Brasil, tons of prizes for the hackers, and scholarship funds raised for area paraprofessionals.  Get your team together for a fun day, organized again by Sean Flaherty (details: 214/747-3733).


 


In the Crosshairs…….  

The on again/off again/on again Denton/Tarrant County Line Seminar by Garey Gilley is tentatively set up for the afternoon of Wednesday April 2nd at the Trophy Club Country Club.  The seminar offers 4 TBPLS approved CEU’s (pending).  This will be jointly sponsored by Chapter 5 and Chapter 2.  Details are being worked out and will be forthcoming once finalized, but it appears the seminar will be held from 3-7pm, the cost will be $85.00, and includes a buffet dinner.  Should be great for both office techs and field personnel, as well as SIT’s and RPLS’s.  Stay tuned for details.


Tech Tips………….by Charlie Siever of  MIDWEST A&E

I can't count the number of times people have complained about the distance their total station shot compared to their tape (Power, Fiberglass, or Steel). YOU CANNOT DO THIS!   A total station is hand built & any tape is mass-produced. You can get close with a chain (Steel) if you use correct chaining procedures. These include, but are not limited to, alignment, tension, sag, & temperature. When your total station displays ONE measurement it has actually taken 10,000 shots! It then compares them to make sure they fall within known tolerances or not, and now it will display a distance or an error. You can get a steel chain calibrated at the National Bureau of Standards, but then you will still have to use correct chaining procedures. It's best to take your instrument to a shop with trained and certified repair technicians for calibration. Remember, if you are shooting vertical & horizontal distances it could be the angles that are off & not the distances.

Safety First…..Make it a Priority

Buckle up for Safety!


UPCOMING CHAPTER 5 MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS:

  • April 8 --- Stan Denegre, Attorney presenting on Deposition Preparation
  • April 26 --- TSPS Chapter 5 Day at Lone Star Park
  • May 20 --- Tim Wright, GIS Applications at TxDOT Dallas District
  • May 17 --- TSPS Annual Golf Tournament @ The Brickyard Golf Course
  • June 10 --- Sam Childers, Old Red Courthouse &Museum
  • July 8 --- Panel Discussion: Laser Scanning as a Survey Tool
  • August 19 --- John Clark, New Developments in Field to Office Data Transfer
  • September 9 --- Michael Parker (incoming TSPS President) Joint Meeting with Chapter 2: Install New Officers (held at Hard Eight BBQ in Coppell)
  • October 23-27 --- TSPS Annual Convention: Cruise to Cozumel
  • November 18 --- program yet to be determined. Any ideas???


Chapter 5 Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month 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



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Archived News Letters:

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

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