T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter
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Thought for the Day….
“Getting an idea
should be like sitting down on a pin; it should make you jump up and do
something.” – E.L. Simpson
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” -- Henry Cain
Remember what Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, as it is particularly
applicable to Surveyors: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go,
instead, where there is no path and leave a trail”.
Friendly Texas Advice…..
“He’s full of wind as a corn eatin’ horse.”
"You can't tell how deep a well is by measuring the length of the pump
Chapter Election Results Are In…..Changing
of the Guard
The ballots have been tallied and verified, and a new group
of Chapter leaders are in place to take Chapter 5 forward. Hats off to
Robert Schneeberg and his service to Chapter 5 and its members. Robert did
an outstanding job as Chapter President. The year was highlighted by good
solid meeting attendance, another great Golf Tournament under the direction
of Sean Flaherty, great first year strides for the local SkillsUSA program
at Duncanville High School, and record amounts of funds raised for various
Chapter projects. Dallas is looked upon from Chapters and TSPS members
across the State as a leader, and we did not disappoint.
The following members were formally installed as Officers at the Joint
Meeting with Chapter 2 on September 9th at the Hard Eight BBQ Restaurant in
Coppell, with incoming TSPS President Michael Parker performing the installation ceremony:
Chapter 5 Officers installed by Incoming TSPS President
President – Bob Cummings, RPLS
1st VP – Wayne Terry, RPLS, LSLS
2nd VP – Raul Wong, RPLS
Secretary/Treasurer – John Pierce, RPLS
1 Year Director – Jason Jernigan, RPLS
1 Year Director – Tim Jackson, RPLS
2 Year Director – Scott Posey, RPLS
2 Year Director – Richard Ortiz
Robert Schneeberg, RPLS, will transition to Past President, and Chris
Freeman, RPLS will continue to serve as Chapter Representative at the state
Contact Info for Chapter 5 Officers 2008-2009: Click Here
Ten Questions with Bob Cummings…..
New Chapter 5 Bob Cummings gets the “Red Carpet Treatment” from his staff
at Lamb Star following installation the night before.
1. How long have you been involved in the land surveying profession?
I started as a draftsman for a small survey firm in Plano in 1974.
2. What originally attracted you to the profession?
I enjoyed the diversity of the work and saw that I could create a career in
surveying if I applied myself. The learning experiences and encouragement
from “seminars” put on by people like John Pierce and Gary Gilley (yes, they
were teaching us way back then, too) were instrumental in developing the
skills and knowledge needed to pass the exams for registration.
3. What do you see as the greatest benefit to being a TSPS member?
I see benefits from the associations and interactions with my peers, sharing
thoughts concerning the profession.
4. What is the biggest challenge facing the profession?
Finding ways to attract the right people to the profession and creating
avenues for them to develop a career in surveying.
5. What is the biggest challenge for TSPS as an association?
See #4 above
6. How does your employer feel about your TSPS involvement?
I am grateful that Lamb-Star has given me full support in my TSPS and survey
career endeavors. They have supported and participated in Chapter activities
as well as entrusted me with the creation of the firm’s survey department.
7. What is your top priority for the Dallas Chapter?
My priority for the Chapter is to focus on determining how we can best serve
our membership and their needs, while working to increase our Chapter’s
presence at the state level.
8. How do we encourage the professional non-member to participate and join
I believe we first have to find ways to just get them in the door. We need
to continue the programs we have at the monthly meetings, and each of us has
to get involved in bringing others to the meetings.
9. If you could change one thing about our association at the state level,
what would it be, and why?
I have not been involved enough at the state level to answer this
effectively. This is a good question for the future.
10. Do you foresee the day when surveyors won’t be necessary?
No. I believe that our profession will continue to provide a service to the
public that perpetuates the history of the land and its uses.
Duncanville H.S. Survey
The students have returned and are anxious to move forward to learn more survey
skills and increase their awareness of the future opportunities that may lie
ahead. The professionals and firms of Chapter 5 need to actively support and
nurture this program….there are so many ways how you can be part of the
Try to be part of the solution by offering your time and knowledge to these very
motivated students at Duncanville High School. To find out how you and/or your
firm can assist in these efforts, contact John Pierce (email@example.com)
or Bill Coleman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
North Lake College Survey
Classes…free books and calculators!!!
That’s right. Chapter 5 has made the decision to assist any student working
for a TSPS member from either Chapter 5 or Chapter 2. The assistance will be
in the form of providing the textbook and calculator for students in courses
SRVY 1301, Introduction to Surveying and SRVY 1315, Surveying Calculations.
To receive the scholarship monies, an application must be completed and
submitted. Thank you Chapter 5 members, sponsors, and newsletter advertisers
for making this service possible to assist the paraprofessionals who aspire
to educate themselves. Contact John Pierce at 214-631-7888 for information
or the scholarship application. Although too late for the current Fall
semester, it’s not too early to start planning for the Spring 2009 semester
next January. Also, several new course offerings are being prepared for the
In the Rearview
August 19th Meeting at Cantina Laredo Restaurant
had 55 attendees to hear Barton Burnett, Faculty Advisor to the
Skills USA Survey Program at Duncanville High School, update us on
the growing interest statewide in survey programs at the high school level.
Two of the Duncanville program students were also present to give their
testimonials on the program, and to ask for continued assistance and
guidance from Chapter 5.
A special presentation was
made at the meeting. John Clark of Geomatic Resources
presented new survey equipment and software to John Pierce. The donated
items (data collectors, cables, software, and training) will be utilized in
the various survey courses that are available at North Lake College. Also
contributing besides Geomatic Resources was Carlson Software
and Carlson Desktop Solutions. Assosciate Dean of Construction
Management & Technology at North Lake College, Mike Cooley, was invited, but
was unable to attend due to a conflict.
John Pierce (standing)
receiving donated data collectors and software from John Clark, Rodney
Walsh, and Donald Levy...
An additional donation was
announced. Justin Waldrip of ARS Engineers told attendees
that his firm was donating 3 used Total Stations and 3 Data Collectors to
TSPS Chapter 5. In conjunction with that donation, valued at $2,500.00,
Midwest Surveyors donated their services to calibrate the equipment
($1,200.00 value) so that it is functional and ready to go. They also
have agreed to donate 3 used tripods, prism poles, and prisms. This
donation will allow our Chapter to provide high school survey programs with
nice equipment to learn and perform real field activities and procedures.
Thanks to all of you for helping Chapter 5 help others!
Midwest A&E employees
Duane(l) and Charlie(r) presenting the calibrated Total Station donated by
ARS Engineers with tripod and prism pole to Chapter 5 Rep. Chris Freeman
SurPac donations of
$165 were collected at the meeting and forwarded to Anne Glasgow.
There were 8 attendees for the
CST exam preparation held prior to the dinner meeting. John Pierce
conducted the session.
TSPS Strategic Planning was conducted in San Antonio on
8/22. Chapter 5 members participating were incoming Director Richard Ortiz
and Chapter Rep Chris Freeman. Strategic Planning is held annually as a
means to get TSPS members together from all across Texas to brainstorm and
strategize for the year(s) ahead, setting Society goals, and mapping out
strategies to accomplish Society goals. Some of the focus at this year’s
session included: Membership, Education, and
September 9th Joint Meeting with Chapter 2
was held at the Hard Eight BBQ Restaurant in Coppell. 80+ attendees for the
installation of Officers for each Chapter, with incoming state TSPS
President Michael Parker doing the honors. An informal evening,
but special at the same time.
80+ members and guests from Chapters 2 & 5 at the Annual Joint
special presentation was conducted to recognize Garey Gilley for
his contribution to both Chapters’ scholarship funds from his donation
this past April from proceeds from his Tarrant-Denton County Line seminar.
September 17th Chapter 2 1st Annual
Golf Tournament was a great success, with several Teams coming west from
the Chapter 5 area. A perfect day weather wise, although the Grounds Crew
at the Trophy Club will need weeks to repair the stompin’ the course took
from 80+ Surveyors. Hats off to Rodney Walsh, Rhonna Stenger, etal for all
Charlie Siever spent a couple of hours speaking to the
14 students in the Introduction to Surveying class at
North Lake College,
talking about equipment care and maintenance. Always a worthwhile topic to
people using survey equipment. Thanks Charlie, we owe you a cold one.
Chris Freeman was invited to give a presentation about
surveying and career opportunities to a group of 20 students at North Lake
College. Chris spoke to the Introduction to Construction Technology class
for 2 hours, showing the TSPS survey video, demonstrating a Total Station,
and answering lots of questions.
Certified Survey Technician exam
prep classes continue...
Beginning with the May monthly meeting,
the Dallas Chapter began offering Certified Survey Technician Level I and
Level II examination prep sessions prior to every monthly meeting. John
Pierce leads this effort, to be 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. Next
scheduled session will be before the November 18th Chapter
meeting at Cantina Laredo Restaurant. For questions/info, contact John
Pierce at 214-532-1667.
Chapter 5 member Chris Freeman was
recently nominated by the state Nominating Committee as a candidate for 2nd
Vice President at the State level. He currently serves as the Chapter 5 Rep
at Board meetings, representing the interests of Chapter 5 and its members.
Be sure to consider Chris when you receive your ballot. In addition,
incoming TSPS President Michael Parker has asked Chris to Chair the Public
Relations Committee. Chris has served on the Committee the past 2 years.
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SIT & RPLS Exam Study Groups Submitted by Jason Jernigan, RPLS
The study groups to help SIT and RPLS candidates
prepare to take their exams are now actively meeting. 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
The groups meet from 8 am to 12 noon on Saturdays 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 by Halff Associates.
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 first study group on August 23 went very well.
There were a total of 12 attendees evenly split between the two groups. The
RPLS group covered a summary of boundary law from the Harbin book and other
sources. They also reviewed how to manually inverse between coordinates,
worked two basic analytical problems and discussed test taking techniques.
The SIT group worked through and discussed the AM portion of an NCEES review
test. The group has met several times since August, and the date for the
next study group is October 4. All meetings are FREE and will be from
8am-noon at Halff Associates, Inc., 1201 North Bowser Road, Richardson, TX
75081. Contact Jason Jernigan at 214-346-6204 or
email@example.com for more information.
Bulletin Board Odds ‘n Ends….
Welcome New Members!
Joining TSPS and Chapter 5 in August were Matt
Gould, RPLS and Hyrme Roach.
Matt is the Survey Manager at the Frisco office of Cobb Fendley & Associates.
Hyrme is an employee at Owens Surveying in Greenville. Hope to see ya’ll at
upcoming Chapter 5 meetings and events. Welcome to Chapter 5!
Chapter 5 will return to the
Nicholson Library in downtown Garland for a month long Survey display.
This will be the third display at the Library, which usually does not offer
repeat displays. Our success there and the interest by patrons makes us the
exception. If you’re in the neighborhood, drop by to check it out during
the month of October.
NGS Calibration Baseline in Garland - Update!
Efforts are under
way to establish an NGS Calibration Baseline, possibly in north Garland.
Chapter 5 members Wayne Terry and
Glenn Breysacher have a potential
site, and the City of Garland may lend support in construction of the
monuments. Wayne is coordinating with NGS on required procedures and
equipment. Chapter 5 ExCom has tentatively agreed to donate funds for
Wayne and Glenn
have scouted potential sites, and are awaiting approval from NGS. Wayne has
also inquired about including the TSPS logo on the monument disk, which also
will need approval. While no set timetable is in place, best guess/hope is
to get approval for the establishment for early 2009. We’ll keep you posted
as news is available.
Shake down the thunder…Anchors Away
5 member Fred Bemenderfer
recently returned from San
Diego where he had traveled for his son Daniel’s graduation ceremony from the
US Marine Corp’s
Basic Training at Camp Pendleton. Daniel is spending the next 6 weeks at
Camp Lejuene, NC for Marine Combat Engineering Training.
the son of Fred’s cousin, Thomas Bemenderfer, a senior walk-on offensive lineman
at Notre Dame, was recently awarded a scholarship by the coaching staff for the
second consecutive year.
5 member John Melton
relates that his son John is in the Navy and based out of San Diego. John had
the unique experience of being able to travel aboard his son’s ship from Pearl
Harbor to San Diego. During the voyage, John was able to mix and mingle with
the hundreds of sailors and marines who dutifully serve our country, and even
got the opportunity to participate in firing weapons. As an added bonus, John
was able to see his son receive a promotion.
Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class John Melton aboard the USS
Comstock LSD 45
On the Horizon….
The next Chapter 5 meeting will be held
Tuesday November 18th at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant on Lover’s
Lane. Guest Speaker will be State Senator John Carona. Also,
TSPS SurPac Chairman Bob Seipel will be attending to update members on
the upcoming legislative session, and the importance of SurPac to our
profession to protect and strengthen our interests. Annual recognition
awards will also be presented by Past President Robert Schneeberg. Come
join us, this will also be the first meeting with new President Bob
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 if so
desired. If interested in being part of the solution and helping our
Chapter and profession move forward, please contact any of the Chapter officers.
Career Day & School Presentations
Do you have
kids in elementary, middle, or high school? If yes, it’s a perfect
opportunity to offer to present information about Surveying to students.
The Chapter can assist you with material if needed. Or, if you need someone
else to do a presentation to school or Scouting groups, contact Chris
Freeman (972-226-8181) so he can arrange a speaker. The presentations
always are well received, and increase our visibility to the public and give
kids alternative career possibilities.
Tech Tips………….by Charlie Siever of
Charlie’s gone racin’! A monthly
contributor, we gave Charlie a break this month. He’ll be back in November. He
did mention that everyone needs to continue to take care with your equipment.
At times like these, everyone must make it a priority to minimize equipment
Safety First…..Make it a
UPCOMING CHAPTER 5 MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS:
October 23-27 --- TSPS Annual Convention:
Cruise to Cozumel
November 18 --- Bob Seipel, TSPS SurPac
Chairman & State Senator John Carona (Cantina Laredo Restaurant)
---next TBPLS Board Meeting to be held in
Houston on Friday, October 17th. The Board awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of
---next TSPS Board Meeting to be held in the
Gulf of Mexico during the Cruise Convention in October.
Chapter 5 Meetings are
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
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