SEMINAR DESCRIPTIONS BY DAY



Wednesday

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Donation Land Claims
Royce Hill

Using T. 4 S., R. 2 W., W.M., (Champoeg) as the primary case study area, this seminar will provide donation land claim (DLC) historical information helpful in understanding the process, interpreting the record, and resolving gap and overlap conflicts between adjoining DLCs, and between DLCs and the Rectangular Survey System.  Topics to be traversed include Provisional claims, Territorial claims, The Donation Act, notification, notification adjustments, DLC contract and special instructions, official survey, field adjustments, post-survey adjustments, temporary plats, Surveyor General’s plats, Secretary’s plats, Land Office plats, post-plat adjustments, certification, post-certification adjustments, and patent.

Master Title Plats and Historical Indexes
Jodi Murphy

This is an introduction to land records.  The presentation will go over what Land Status Records are comprised of (Master Title Plats, Historical Indexes, Control Document Index, LR2000) and how to read and interpret the information.

Case Studies and Weird Tales from the Darker Side of Boundary Line
Lee Spurgeon

This class looks at several real world case studies of contentious jobs and looks at methods used to solve ambiguous deed problems, preparing survey maps that will probably end up in court, and methods used to get survey evidence admitted into court.

Exposed: Risk Management for Surveyors
Laura Ledbetter

New opportunities are on the horizon for those considering and using UAVs.  With this opportunity comes greater exposure.  In this session, we will review UAV exposures and insurance coverage options.  In addition, we will review claim scenarios, risk management practices, and changes in the insurance industry to keep in mind when assessing your firm’s practices.

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Donation Land Claims (Continued)
Royce Hill

Using T. 4 S., R. 2 W., W.M., (Champoeg) as the primary case study area, this seminar will provide donation land claim (DLC) historical information helpful in understanding the process, interpreting the record, and resolving gap and overlap conflicts between adjoining DLCs, and between DLCs and the Rectangular Survey System.  Topics to be traversed include Provisional claims, Territorial claims, The Donation Act, notification, notification adjustments, DLC contract and special instructions, official survey, field adjustments, post-survey adjustments, temporary plats, Surveyor General’s plats, Secretary’s plats, Land Office plats, post-plat adjustments, certification, post-certification adjustments, and patent.

Case Studies (Local Points of Control)
Kyle Hensley

Discussion of several recent BLM survey projects.  Evaluation of local monuments both of record, and not of record, and how these factored into the final decision; all based upon interpretation of the Manual of Surveying Instructions.  

Tax Update In Light of the Recent Election
Mike Gordon, CPA

Mike will be giving you a thorough and up-to-date view of our current tax world and how it will relate to your business and personal situations. Then, he will get out his crystal ball and discuss what we might see coming down the road in 2017 due to the new administration in Washington. This will be a DO NOT MISS session!

Facilitating Physics - Surveying Technologies at Oregon State Police
Trooper William Bush, Oregon State Police 

This talk will discuss the application of basic surveying practices to capture available evidence in criminal investigations and establish the foundation for advance analysis. How evolving technology is changing the landscape of data capture and the subsequent applications. 

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch Program
Curt Sumner, NSPS


1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

BPA Right-of-Way Surveys – Retracing High Voltage Strip Descriptions
Kelly Miller, Phil McNinch

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) operates over 15,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, and BPA’s Rights-of-Ways stretch across the Pacific Northwest.  This presentation will explain what you need to know --- and how to get the information you need --- when surveying a BPA Right-of-Way.  The session will explore land descriptions used by BPA to acquire Right-of-Way, and assess survey methods used to retrace strip descriptions.  This discussion will highlight some unique aspects of BPA Right-of-Way surveys, and will show you how to use the records available by request from BPA to support your survey.

Hidden Secrets of Old Surveys
Leonard Rydell

The stability of land ownership in Oregon depends upon stability of our monumentation system.  Often, it appears insurmountable to “follow in the footsteps” of the original surveyor, but is it really?  The presentation will present case examples of following the original surveyors, what they implied but didn’t write down, hints and thought processes to analyze and determine their original intent, how to tell if you are “really done” when you finish your survey and a list of items to include in the record for those that follow in your footsteps.

How to Run a More Successful Land Survey Business
Mike Pallamary

Mr. Pallamary opened his surveying practice in 1981, operating as Precision Survey & Mapping, building it into a 12-person firm.  He sold his business in 2000 to a 45-person firm where he became an Associate Vice-President of a subsidiary of a Forbes 500 privately held firm.  Mr. Pallamary resumed his practice as a sole proprietor in 2001 where he provides services as a Land Surveyor, a Land Use Consultant as well as expert witness services across the State of California.  Mr. Pallamary will discuss various business options and the fundamental tools needed to run a successful surveying business while dealing with contemporary challenges associated with running a business.  

Fundamentals of Geodesy and Geodetic Datums
David Doyle

This program details the historical and contemporary developments of the horizontal and vertical geodetic datums of the United States including: the Bessel reference system, U.S. Standard Datum, North American Datum, North American Datum of 1927, North American Datum of 1983, First, Second, Third and Fourth General Vertical Adjustments, the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988. The program highlights the development of reference ellipsoids, geoid models and contemporary global coordinate systems such as the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF) and the World Geodetic System of 1984 (WGS 84), and describes the efforts of the National Geodetic Survey to modernize the reference systems of the United States.

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

The Cascadia: What's Shaking Oregon?
Althea Rizzo

An introduction to the regional effects of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and efforts to get better prepared. 

Using and Reporting Ambiguous Data
Evan Page

We are supposed to form opinions by coming to reasonable conclusions based upon the best available evidence.  Sometimes that’s much easier said than done.  What about those projects where some of the evidence leads to one conclusion and an equal set of evidence leads to another?  What about when you can’t find any evidence that agrees with any other to lead to any clear conclusions?  Can a well-reasoned opinion leave open questions, or must you always provide a definite answer?  We will discuss what it takes to pull good answers out of mixed data, making the complex understandable for our clients while keeping them properly informed, and how to provide an opinion when no clear answer can be found.

Curt Brown Chronicles
Mike Pallamary

Mr. Pallamary will present the teachings of the late Curtis M. Brown, Professional Land Surveyor as espoused in his authoritative textbooks, Boundary Control and Legal Principles & Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location, both of which are authoritative textbooks and legal references for Land Surveyors across the United States.  Mr. Pallamary, as the author, will also discuss The Curt Brown Chronicles.  Mr. Pallamary is the owner of Mr. Brown’s lectures and papers.  He worked closely with Mr. Brown. They co-authored a local book, “The History of San Diego Land Surveying Experiences.”

Fundamentals of Geodesy and Geodetic Datums (Continued)
David Doyle

This program details the historical and contemporary developments of the horizontal and vertical geodetic datums of the United States including: the Bessel reference system, U.S. Standard Datum, North American Datum, North American Datum of 1927, North American Datum of 1983, First, Second, Third and Fourth General Vertical Adjustments, the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988. The program highlights the development of reference ellipsoids, geoid models and contemporary global coordinate systems such as the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF) and the World Geodetic System of 1984 (WGS 84), and describes the efforts of the National Geodetic Survey to modernize the reference systems of the United States.

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Reception Social
Check out our vendor hosts here.

7:00 p.m.

Young Surveyors Open House Meet Up


Thursday

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Datum Transformations
David Doyle

This presentation covers the relationship of and transformations between the several horizontal/geometric and vertical geodetic datums most commonly used in the United States. These include: The North American Datum of 1927 (NAD 27), the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83), the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF), the World Geodetic System of 1984 (WGS 84), the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88). The presentation specifically demonstrates and examines the gridded utilities NADCON, GEOCON, GEOCON11 and VERTCON developed by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), the commonly used 3-parameter abridged Molodensky transformations computed by the U.S. Defense Mapping Agency (DMA), and the more rigorous 14-parameter Helmert transformations supported by the NGS utility HTDP (Horizontal Time Dependent Positioning).

The Dam Fiasco at Bull Flat: A Look Back at the 1913-1914 Tumalo Project
Mike Berry

Over a hundred years ago, land speculation and investment around the town of Tumalo and nearby Bull Flat was fueled by the promise of a new dam to be built to create Tumalo Reservoir. The ensuing fiasco cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, ruined reputations and dashed dreams. Mike will relate the history of what went wrong and how it shaped the development of Central Oregon.

    Problems Facing Our Future
    Curt Sumner, John Byrd, Bob Neathamer

    This session will address current examples of the age-old concerns regarding the challenges perceived to be threatening to the surveying profession. The panel will interact with attendees regarding these perceptions in an effort to gauge whether they may also be opportunities.

    Ethics
    Mike Pallamary

    In order to define ethical conduct, one needs to have the technical skills necessary to understand the problem.  Mr. Pallamary will discuss the application of ethics in the surveying profession as well as pitfalls and traps to avoid.  Mr. Pallamary will also present a number of ethical situations that face Land Surveyors.

    High School Program
    Jason Martin, To The Point Land Surveying, LLC

    10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    Datum Transformations (Continued)
    David Doyle

    This presentation covers the relationship of and transformations between the several horizontal/geometric and vertical geodetic datums most commonly used in the United States. These include: The North American Datum of 1927 (NAD 27), the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83), the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF), the World Geodetic System of 1984 (WGS 84), the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88). The presentation specifically demonstrates and examines the gridded utilities NADCON, GEOCON, GEOCON11 and VERTCON developed by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), the commonly used 3-parameter abridged Molodensky transformations computed by the U.S. Defense Mapping Agency (DMA), and the more rigorous 14-parameter Helmert transformations supported by the NGS utility HTDP (Horizontal Time Dependent Positioning).

    Claims of Beneficial Use
    Gerry Clark

    In this session we will discuss beneficial use; what it is and how it is determined. In addition, we will discuss how to decide whether a water user is ready to submit a Claim of Beneficial Use or if an extension of time is really what is necessary. Finally, we will discuss the completion of the Claim of Beneficial Use form and map.

    Revisiting Justice Cooley and Resolving Boundary Disputes - The Judicial Functions of the Land Surveyor
    Mike Pallamary

    Justice Thomas McIntyre Cooley (1824-1898) has had some of the greatest impacts upon the land surveying profession than any one individual.  His thoughtful tome captioned “The Judicial Functions of the Land Surveyor” has laid the foundation for the application of the rules for land surveying across the country. 

    From 1864 to 1885, Cooley was in a unique situation to comment on the formative years of American boundary surveying while serving as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan, a role that permitted him to lay the legal framework for some of the country’s most important rules of land surveying.  Regrettably, over the passage of time, many of the important rules and principles espoused by Cooley have been neglected by people who push buttons and measure things with satellites.  In commenting on the original “record” monuments placed in connection with these early maps, Cooley succinctly described them as “nothing but green sticks driven into the ground.” 

    Across the country, courts continue to invoke Cooley’s valuable words when ruling on boundary line disputes in spite of fancy surveying equipment and satellite sprayed coordinates.  If one wants to understand that laws of surveying, turn the satellites off. 

    Mr. Pallamary will discuss the importance of Justice Cooley as well as the application of proper law in defining and establishing boundary lines.

    High School Program (Continued)
    Jason Martin, To The Point Land Surveying, LLC

    11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

    Lunch & Annual Membership Meeting, Awards Program


    1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

    The Saga of T11S R7E: Research, Retracements, Recoveries and Reflections on a Troubled Township
    Chuck Whitten

    T11S, R7E, W.M. (about 10 miles east of Detroit, Oregon) was originally surveyed in 1894 by Deputy Surveyor, William M. Bushey. An examination of about 13 miles of his line was made in 1895 which revealed a chaining error. He was ordered to resurvey the entire township which he "did" in 1896. Many letters were then exchanged between Bushey and the Surveyor General's Office in 1897. In August of 1898, another examiner was sent to the field and he returned a scathing report of some of the corners he "found" although he then recommended approval of the work. The Surveyor General didn’t agree and again rejected the survey. More letters were exchanged in 1899 resulting in another "examination" in early 1900. The GLO’s 1898 exam was then found “to contain errors” and Bushey’s survey was finally approved in May of 1900, almost seven years after the work was started. Little wonder that William Bushey gave up doing any more work for the GLO and became a Judge instead!

    Land Surveying Via Drone
    Cindy and Keith Halcumb, Todd Gatherer

    KC Development added the Trimble ZX5, a Multi-Rotor Unmanned Aircraft System to their arsenal of measuring tools in December of 2015.  The KC Development Team, Keith, Cindy, Tanner and Brooke Halcumb, engaged in a week of training for the drone operations and functionality at the certified Trimble facility operated by Juniper Unmanned in Golden, Colorado in March of 2016.   The Land Surveying Via Drone Seminar will summarize the abilities of this technology from project feasibility to final deliverables.  The focus will be Survey Grade Photogrammetry with a follow up discussion of Lidar Surveying.  An introduction to the FAA Part 107 certification and description of our working relationship with pilot Todd Gatherer of PNW Drone Services will be included.  This is an unsponsored presentation that will discuss project planning, ground control, flights, data processing, accuracies, limitations and deliverables. 

    NFIP Update: Elevation Certificates, Letters of Map Change, and Base Flood Elevations 
    Christine Shirley

    This session will cover what you need to know to complete accurate Elevation Certificates and Letter of Map Change applications under the National Flood Insurance Program. Special attention will be paid to obtaining Base Flood Elevations from Flood Insurance Studies, and or finding them where FEMA has not provided them. Recent changes to the NFIP and flood insurance rating also will be discussed. 

    Marketing Your Surveying Services
    Dr. Richard Elgin

    A presentation for owners, principals and managers of surveying/engineering firms, it gives simple, effective, tested, practical, successful ideas for marketing the firm’s services. Taught by the former owner of a successful firm, marketing ideas that have worked (and failed) are offered. Built into the session is time for questions with helpful, responsive answers from the speaker. The presentation is supplemented with example forms and letters.

    War & Peace: The Politics of Land Surveying
    Darrel Fuller, PLSO Lobbyist; John Byrd, NSPS Lobbyist

    This session discusses how to make regulators and regulations a solution rather than a problem. At both the state and Federal level, lawmakers and regulators have an important role to play in land surveying and business. How PLSs interact with the "I'm from the government and I'm here to help" crowd substantially impacts whether they are friend or foe. It is up to us. Come learn about what is happening in Salem and on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Will the election change anything? Should it? This will be a no-holds-barred discussion of bare-knuckle politics and public policy.

    High School Program (Continued)
    Jason Martin, To The Point Land Surveying, LLC

    3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

    Recovery of the H.L. Hunley
    Doug Devine

    In 2000, Doug Devine, established EPIC Scan, pioneering implementation of LIDAR systems for commercial use in survey, industrial, civil, marine and heritage. This company was involved in the survey and measurement of the H.L. Hunley Confederate submarine, the first submarine to sink a warship in battle in 1864, and played no small part in the historic recovery and conservation of this vessel. Other projects include USS Monitor and Sub Marine Explorer.

    Boones Ferry Road Retracement Survey
    Pat Gaylord

    This session will focus on a case study of Boones Ferry Road Retracement Survey in Lake Oswego, Ore. The project retraced approximately one-mile of Boones Ferry Road right-of-way in preparation for a large urban renew project.

    NGS Updates
    Mark Armstrong

    The NGS 2017 update presentation will include the latest information on: 

    • NGS Regional Advisor Program
    • Introducing State Geodetic Coordinators for OR, WA, and ID
    • NGS products and services such and OPUS, OPUS-Projects (and future beta version for bluebooking to the IDB)
    • NGS Data Explorer (new beta mapping products are available to users)
    • NADCON5 tool (beta)
    • Proposed names for the new Geometric Frame and Geopotential Datum coming in 2022
    • What will the new datums look like?
    • CORS news (MYCS Repro2 producing new coordinates for all CORS)
    • GRAV-D and the new xgeoid models
    • Results from the NGS Geoid Slope Validations Surveys
    • Changes that may be required to all of the State Plane Coordinate systems
    • More States are adopting low distortion map projections. OR is completely covered now with a total of 39 zones

    Improving Your Firm's Office Practice
    Dr. Richard Elgin

    A presentation for owners, principals and managers of surveying/engineering firms, it offers effective, tested, practical, successful ideas for getting the project from initial client contact to getting paid. Taught by the former owner of a successful firm, the speaker gives the attendee the benefit of his 24 years of frustration in getting the project out the door, as promised, billed and paid, while at the same time, providing the Quality Assurance/Quality Control the project deserves. Built into the session is time for questions with helpful, responsive answers from the speaker. The presentation is supplemented with example forms, letters and surveyor’s notes (for plats).

    War & Peace: The Politics of Land Surveying (Continued)
    Darrel Fuller, PLSO Lobbyist; John Byrd, NSPS Lobbyist

    This session discusses how to make regulators and regulations a solution rather than a problem. At both the state and Federal level, lawmakers and regulators have an important role to play in land surveying and business. How PLSs interact with the "I'm from the government and I'm here to help" crowd substantially impacts whether they are friend or foe. It is up to us. Come learn about what is happening in Salem and on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Will the election change anything? Should it? This will be a no-holds-barred discussion of bare-knuckle politics and public policy.

    High School Program (Continued)
    Jason Martin, To The Point Land Surveying, LLC

    4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

    OSU Alumni Networking Mixer

    OIT Alumni Networking Mixer

    Dr. Richard Elgin's Surveying Instrument Roadshow

    Nationally recognized expert, researcher, author and collector of early American surveying equipment, Dr. Richard Elgin will conduct his “Surveying Instrument Road Show.” Convention attendees are encouraged to bring with them for comment and evaluation their old or unusual surveying equipment. Compasses, transits, levels, odd pieces, small and unusual pieces, bring it all. Bring that “what is it piece” and see if Dr. Elgin can identify the device. Learn from Dr. Elgin’s knowledgeable assessments and tips about collecting antique surveying equipment. Styled after PBS’s popular “Antiques Road Show,” this will be a highlight of the Convention. Don’t miss this interesting session.


    5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Education & Outreach Auction Dinner



    Friday

    8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

    Donation Land Claims
    Royce Hill

    Using T. 4 S., R. 2 W., W.M., (Champoeg) as the primary case study area, this seminar will provide donation land claim (DLC) historical information helpful in understanding the process, interpreting the record, and resolving gap and overlap conflicts between adjoining DLCs, and between DLCs and the Rectangular Survey System.  Topics to be traversed include Provisional claims, Territorial claims, The Donation Act, notification, notification adjustments, DLC contract and special instructions, official survey, field adjustments, post-survey adjustments, temporary plats, Surveyor General’s plats, Secretary’s plats, Land Office plats, post-plat adjustments, certification, post-certification adjustments, and patent.

    Revisiting Justice Cooley and Resolving Boundary Disputes - The Judicial Functions of the Land Surveyor (Repeat)
    Mike Pallamary

    Justice Thomas McIntyre Cooley (1824-1898) has had some of the greatest impacts upon the land surveying profession than any one individual.  His thoughtful tome captioned “The Judicial Functions of the Land Surveyor” has laid the foundation for the application of the rules for land surveying across the country. 

    From 1864 to 1885, Cooley was in a unique situation to comment on the formative years of American boundary surveying while serving as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan, a role that permitted him to lay the legal framework for some of the country’s most important rules of land surveying.  Regrettably, over the passage of time, many of the important rules and principles espoused by Cooley have been neglected by people who push buttons and measure things with satellites.  In commenting on the original “record” monuments placed in connection with these early maps, Cooley succinctly described them as “nothing but green sticks driven into the ground.” 

    Across the country, courts continue to invoke Cooley’s valuable words when ruling on boundary line disputes in spite of fancy surveying equipment and satellite sprayed coordinates.  If one wants to understand that laws of surveying, turn the satellites off. 

    Mr. Pallamary will discuss the importance of Justice Cooley as well as the application of proper law in defining and establishing boundary lines.

    Examining the "Rules of Surveying" (All Day)
    Evan Page

    We’ve all heard them.  They are bits of conventional wisdom of what we are and are not to do as surveyors.  We’ve picked them up here and there throughout our careers.  Some were told to us by our first party chief, others by a boss or mentor.  Still others, we can’t recall from who or when, but we’ve heard them often enough that they just seem to be common knowledge among surveyors.  A few, we’ve even read in the text books we used for a survey law or boundaries class we took at some point.

    But are those “rules” as we’ve come to understand them reflective of what our actual duty is as surveyors?  Did the text books really present them that way?  Do they agree with actual boundary law?

    We examine several of the more commonly known “rules of surveying” in light of what the courts have told us to do and reconcile them with the law.

    Surveying with Drones, Lasers, and Explosions
    Mike Olsen, Chris Parrish

    New technologies have revolutionized how surveyors collect data; however, they also present a unique set of challenges. This session will cover interesting applications of using unmanned aircraft systems and terrestrial laser scanning. One case study will discuss the effectiveness of utilizing UAS for bridge surveys as well as quantifying accuracy and challenges in operation. Another will describe surveying strategies used with terrestrial laser scanning to perform deformation monitoring in Christchurch New Zealand during blast-induced liquefaction testing.

    • Mike Olsen: Explosive Surveying: Deformation Analysis for Blast-induced liquefaction testing in Christchurch, New Zealand
    Widespread damage occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand during the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence. After several large earthquakes in a short time period, a series of ground improvement test trials were conducted to evaluation retrofit and mitigation procedures. In these tests, liquefaction was generated via explosives placed in the ground. This presentation will describe the surveying strategies implemented to measure the deformations as well as the associated challenges of surveying in such a dynamic environment. It will also discuss the usage of laser scanning surveys to document the damages from the earthquakes.   
    • Chris Parrish: Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Surveying, Mapping, and Structural Inspections

      Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are being used in an increasing number of applications in surveying, mapping, and structural inspection projects. In many cases, the use of UAS is leading to increased efficiency and safety. In addition, the FAA’s recent release of new Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (Part 107) has facilitated commercial use of UAS. However, several challenges still remain with operational use of UAS, including establishing necessary safety protocols, appropriately assessing and reporting accuracy, and, in some cases, educating project partners, clients and end users on what is and is not feasible. This presentation will highlight a number of UAS projects currently being conducted by the Geomatics research group at Oregon State University, with a focus on selecting and operating a UAS and sensor payloads, maintaining compliance with FAA and other regulations, developing safety plans, generating products, and assessing accuracy. 

    Improving Your Firm's Office Practices (Repeat)
    Dr. Richard Elgin

    A presentation for owners, principals and managers of surveying/engineering firms, it offers effective, tested, practical, successful ideas for getting the project from initial client contact to getting paid. Taught by the former owner of a successful firm, the speaker gives the attendee the benefit of his 24 years of frustration in getting the project out the door, as promised, billed and paid, while at the same time, providing the Quality Assurance/Quality Control the project deserves. Built into the session is time for questions with helpful, responsive answers from the speaker. The presentation is supplemented with example forms, letters and surveyor’s notes (for plats).

    ABC Surveying - Historic Look at Airborne Control
    Tim Kent

    Utilizing pre-determined geodetic positions for corner points within the PLSS, the Airborne Control (ABC) surveying system was used to establish corners within unsurveyed federal lands, mostly in Alaska. The system, developed and refined by the USGS, uses control stations previously established on hilltops throughout the project area. From these control stations, distances and angles are measured to a helicopter, which is hovering over the pre-determined coordinates for the PLSS corner. The helicopter has a hoversight for the pilot to keep the helicopter vertically over the point, a rotating beacon for sighting the helicopter from the control stations, and the electronic distance measuring unit.  The data was collected for each temporary corner point and a final location for the monument was then computed and established on the ground.

    Through photographs and discussions, you will be able to see how thousands of acres of land were surveyed and patented to native and village corporations and also to the State of Alaska. Also included will be a description of using this system after the Oxbow Fire in 1966, which was located SW of Eugene. 

    10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    Donation Land Claims (Continued)
    Royce Hill

    Using T. 4 S., R. 2 W., W.M., (Champoeg) as the primary case study area, this seminar will provide donation land claim (DLC) historical information helpful in understanding the process, interpreting the record, and resolving gap and overlap conflicts between adjoining DLCs, and between DLCs and the Rectangular Survey System.  Topics to be traversed include Provisional claims, Territorial claims, The Donation Act, notification, notification adjustments, DLC contract and special instructions, official survey, field adjustments, post-survey adjustments, temporary plats, Surveyor General’s plats, Secretary’s plats, Land Office plats, post-plat adjustments, certification, post-certification adjustments, and patent.

    How to Run a More Successful Land Survey Business (Repeat)
    Mike Pallamary

    Mr. Pallamary opened his surveying practice in 1981, operating as Precision Survey & Mapping, building it into a 12-person firm.  He sold his business in 2000 to a 45-person firm where he became an Associate Vice-President of a subsidiary of a Forbes 500 privately held firm.  Mr. Pallamary resumed his practice as a sole proprietor in 2001 where he provides services as a Land Surveyor, a Land Use Consultant as well as expert witness services across the State of California.  Mr. Pallamary will discuss various business options and the fundamental tools needed to run a successful surveying business while dealing with contemporary challenges associated with running a business.  

    Examining the "Rules of Surveying" (Continued)
    Evan Page

    We’ve all heard them.  They are bits of conventional wisdom of what we are and are not to do as surveyors.  We’ve picked them up here and there throughout our careers.  Some were told to us by our first party chief, others by a boss or mentor.  Still others, we can’t recall from who or when, but we’ve heard them often enough that they just seem to be common knowledge among surveyors.  A few, we’ve even read in the text books we used for a survey law or boundaries class we took at some point.

    But are those “rules” as we’ve come to understand them reflective of what our actual duty is as surveyors?  Did the text books really present them that way?  Do they agree with actual boundary law?

    We examine several of the more commonly known “rules of surveying” in light of what the courts have told us to do and reconcile them with the law.

    Complex Boundaries Involving Waterways and State Boundaries
    Greg Crites

    The discussion will center around submerged lands of the Columbia River and how complexities between agency boundaries can result in color of title.

    The Saga of T11S R7E: Research, Retracements, Recoveries and Reflections on a Troubled Township
    Chuck Whitten

    T11S, R7E, W.M. (about 10 miles east of Detroit, Oregon) was originally surveyed in 1894 by Deputy Surveyor, William M. Bushey. An examination of about 13 miles of his line was made in 1895 which revealed a chaining error. He was ordered to resurvey the entire township which he "did" in 1896. Many letters were then exchanged between Bushey and the Surveyor General's Office in 1897. In August of 1898, another examiner was sent to the field and he returned a scathing report of some of the corners he "found" although he then recommended approval of the work. The Surveyor General didn’t agree and again rejected the survey. More letters were exchanged in 1899 resulting in another "examination" in early 1900. The GLO’s 1898 exam was then found “to contain errors” and Bushey’s survey was finally approved in May of 1900, almost seven years after the work was started. Little wonder that William Bushey gave up doing any more work for the GLO and became a Judge instead!

    An Introduction to QGIS – A Full Feature, Open Source Geographic Information System
    Mason Marker

    Every year GIS becomes a more and more important tool in the surveyor’s tool box.  While adding tools to our toolbox can improve productivity, they are often very expensive.  What if there was a flexible and powerful GIS software package that was free?  What if you could add GIS capability to your office with only an investment of time?  QGIS is an open source GIS solution that can provide you with an impressive list of GIS capabilities without a large upfront investment.  This presentation will introduce you to the world of QGIS and show you how to get started using it today!

    11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

    Lunch

    1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

    ALTA Surveying Specs
    Mitch Duryea

    On February 23, 2016, the 2016 version of the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements became effective.  This session will begin with a review of the relationship between the surveyor and the title company with a discussion on preparing Land Title Surveys along with a brief history of the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements.

    This discussion will focus on the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements including the changes and applications of the new standards.

      Examining the "Rules of Surveying" (Continued)
      Evan Page

      We’ve all heard them.  They are bits of conventional wisdom of what we are and are not to do as surveyors.  We’ve picked them up here and there throughout our careers.  Some were told to us by our first party chief, others by a boss or mentor.  Still others, we can’t recall from who or when, but we’ve heard them often enough that they just seem to be common knowledge among surveyors.  A few, we’ve even read in the text books we used for a survey law or boundaries class we took at some point.

      But are those “rules” as we’ve come to understand them reflective of what our actual duty is as surveyors?  Did the text books really present them that way?  Do they agree with actual boundary law?

      We examine several of the more commonly known “rules of surveying” in light of what the courts have told us to do and reconcile them with the law.

      Annual GNSS Meeting - Oregon GPS Users Group

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      Certified Surveying Technician Test - Level 1 Exam
      Tim Kent

      CLICK FOR CST APPLICATION

      The Certified Survey Technician (CST) program is sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). This program is a focus on survey technicians and supports their desire to become more educated and therefore more valuable to both themselves and their employer.

      The CST program has four levels of testing. Level I (paper only) is being offered on Friday afternoon at the conference and is the entry level exam into the program. There are eleven work elements where the questions are drawn from. Please visit the website at www.nsps.us.com and click on Programs and then on CST. Also note that there is a free related training available for the exams on the CST website under Online Training.

      The cost for the Level I exam will be $120 and registration will be through NSPS. The only form that needs to be filled out is the Application form found on the CST website. In section III. Exam Schedule of the application, the test center is PLSO Conference – Portland and the date is January 20, 2017.

      If you are taking the Level I exam, the conference committee has approved your Friday only attendance at the conference at no cost. This includes the morning sessions and lunch. The exam will be from 1-5pm.


      3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

      Boundary Control and Legal Principles for FS and PS Exam Review
      Mitch Duryea

      This course will be a review of the basics of Boundary Law with a focus on the material covered in the Fundamentals of Surveying Exam and Professional Surveying Exam. Sample problems will be presented and discussed.  

      Examining the "Rules of Surveying" (Continued)
      Evan Page

      We’ve all heard them. They are bits of conventional wisdom of what we are and are not to do as surveyors. We’ve picked them up here and there throughout our careers. Some were told to us by our first party chief, others by a boss or mentor. Still others, we can’t recall from who or when, but we’ve heard them often enough that they just seem to be common knowledge among surveyors. A few, we’ve even read in the text books we used for a survey law or boundaries class we took at some point.

      But are those “rules” as we’ve come to understand them reflective of what our actual duty is as surveyors? Did the text books really present them that way? Do they agree with actual boundary law?

      We examine several of the more commonly known “rules of surveying” in light of what the courts have told us to do and reconcile them with the law.

      OGUG - Oregon GPS Users Group (Continued)

      Certified Surveying Technician Exam (Continued)
      Tim Kent


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