T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter
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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 ChrisFreeman (972-226-8181) to discuss your Newsletter contribution. The
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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
The quickest way to double your money is to fold
it over and put it back in your pocket.
USADuncanville H.S. Survey
Hope everyone saw the nice write-up in the February issue of
Metes and Bounds.News is spreading to all corners of
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 NorthLakeCollege
is going to allow the students to enroll in the Intro to Surveying class in the
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 DuncanvilleHigh 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:
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
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,
MidwestA&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).
Trust the professionals for
accuracy and dependability.
Lone Star Record & Abstract Services,
Inc. provides fast, accurate, affordable research and document retrieval for:
Environmental Studies, Adjoiners, Bankruptcy Court Filings, Liens, Easements,
City Planning & Permitting, Civil Case Filings, Ownerships, County Civil Court
Filings, Probate Court Filings, UCC Filings, Deed Restrictions, Road Right of
Ways, and Oil & Gas Research.
Lone Star Record & Abstract Services,
Inc. has 20 years experience
providing in-depth research of public records for ownership, easements, liens,
encumbrances or other related searches. Additionally, the copy and retrieval
service of the company obtains copies of documents and court cases statewide
providing DEED SKETCH SERVICES when
requested, with all our research services. Helping you manage your tech
staffing resources. Please use our
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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…
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.
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
Your North Texas Leica Geosystems Dealer
Stop by our new 4000 sqft training & support center in Grapevine…
Geomatic Resources = Resources for the North Texas Surveyor…
-Large and Growing RTK Network.
-Three Technical Sales &
-GPS network rovers, GPS pairs,
Robots, and Total Stations available for Rent.
-Carlson Office Software and
-Monthly Training Classes and
custom on-site Training.
Call Rodney, Dave,
Ronna, or John today at 817-691-5328
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 GroupsSubmitted 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
The groups meet from
to on Saturdays on a bimonthly
basis at Halff Associates, Inc., 1201 North Bowser
Road, Richardson, TX75081.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-346-6204.The best way to keep track of group meetings
is by joining one of these two Yahoo Groups:
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 (ZilkerPark),
with plenty of tasty BBQ and cold drinks.
Surveying & Mapping Camp June 8-11 at TylerJunior 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.
Educator’s Retreat June 11-13.To be
held at TylerJunior
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 DuncanvilleHigh School got started.
Opportunity for you….
--- TSPS Chapter 5
Day at the RacesDon’t forget,
Saturday April 26th is the date set for our annual return to LoneStarPark.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 9thAnnual 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 ,
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.
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
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)
Social/Dinner Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (order from the menu)
Chapter Meeting: Business @ 7:00 pm, Program @ 7:30