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MALSCE News - January 2012

Type:  Featured News  

MALSCE News and Upcoming Events

(from the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers)

January 2012


To register online for MALSCE seminars and programs at the MALSCE member rate, you must login using your MALSCE assigned username and password.  If you do not know your MALSCE member login information, contact Diana Gadsby at 617/227-5551 or   dgadsby@engineers.org


Legal Perspectives on Land Surveying Issues III: The Intersection of Surveying and the Law: 2012 Update - MALSCE Seminar at Waltham Woods - January 27, 2012

Learn about recent legal interpretations of surveys by MA courts to better understand how your survey defines rights and creates value.  Explore the elements of legal claims involving surveyor negligence and misrepresentation to insulate yourself from risk.
MALSCE Seminar Brochurehttp://www.malsce.org/malsce/file/1-27-12%20Legal%20Perspectives%20Part%203%20brochure.pdf

More:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10825&pid=10386


Save the Date:  MALSCE  Surveyors Rendezvous:  March 18, 2012 on the Boston Common.  Details to be announced. 


MassDOT Highway Division Establishes AutoCAD Civil 3D CAD Standards

More:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10833&pid=10386


Land Court Case Information Available On Web

The Massachusetts Land Court now provides access to publicly available case information on the web through eAccess:    www.masscourts.org.

The Land Court’s home page: www.mass.gov/courts/landcourt, contains both a link to the eAccess site and instructions on site access. Conduct searches by case name, type, and number. No passwords are necessary.  Electronic access to the Land Court case information continues to be available at designated public access computers in the Land Court’s public lobby, at the local Registry of Deeds and Probate sites, and at many District Court, BMC, and Probate Courts. Email comments about this public access site to:  eaccess@jud.state.ma.us


December 2011 ACSM Government Affairs Update

Including: LightSquared Breaking News, New Federal Prison Industries Legislation Introduced,
Lobby Day 2011, ACSM/NSPS Government Affairs Semi-Annual Report.



Update on the latest news from Coalition to Save Our GPS

Action Alert on January 4:  The issue of LightSquared’s interference with GPS reception (as has been verified in testing) continues to be a major concern for us and those we serve as Professionals. LightSquared is pressuring the FCC to allow it to move ahead with its plans and disregard the recent independent test results.

We need your help to urge the FCC not to allow this happen. The information on http://www.malsce.org/malsce/file/LightSquared_Action_Alert_Jan_2012_(2).pdf  provides details regarding how to submit your comments to the FCC. Please contact NSPS Government Affairs Consultant Laurence Socci, laurence@theclagroup.com     if you have questions.

This is still a very active issue. See MALSCE Updates from the Coalition:   http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10722&pid=10386

About the Coalition to Save Our GPS Coalition:  http://www.saveourgps.org/

Action Update on Unified Organization for Geospatial Groups

The Member Organizations (MOs) of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) have been working to develop a unified organization.  ACSM released a late December update on their progress.  More:  http://www.malsce.org/malsce/file/NSPS_Update_on_Unified_Organization-December2011.pdf


The Annual Engineering Center Education Trust Leadership Dinner
Honoring Peter Meade, Director, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Wednesday, February 8
The State Room, 60 State Street, Boston MA
Hosted by The Engineering Center Education Trust (TECET), the event recognizes prominent leaders who are dedicated to advancing the engineering and surveying professions and the public good. Support TECET and join us in honoring Peter Meade. More:
Sponsorship Opportunities:


February 16-17: Boston kicks off Engineers Week 2012
Engineers Week – New England  promotes engineering with events for students and professionals
February 16:  Career Fair at the Radisson Hotel Boston - Reserve Your Table
February 17:  Engineers Week-New England Annual Luncheon and Awards Program: New England Achievement Award Winner: Anna Mracek Dietrich, COO and Co-Founder, Terrafugia

University of Maine Surveying Engineering Technology News - Fall 2011
This newsletter is sent to alumni and friends of the land surveying program at the University of Maine.
MALSCE encourages students to consider this four year degree program

More about the SVT program:  http://www.umaine.edu/set/svt/ 


MassDOT Highway Division - February 1 Workshop on Utility-related Engineering Directives

MassDOT Utility Policies and Directives Workshop, Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms 2 & 3
Limited to 150 people. Advance registration required; no charge to attend.  More:  http://www.engineers.org/index.cfm?cdid=10908&pid=10225


MassDOT Municipal Project Guide Available:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10809&pid=10386


Support SB 1985, Dam safety, repair and removal bill, in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.  Do you live in one of the communities with a dam in poor condition listed here:  http://bit.ly/qvIRlp?
The Massachusetts Senate passed SB 1985 in August 2011.  SB 1985 is now in the House Ways and Means Committee.  Can you help us reach key State Representatives to support this bill?

More:  http://www.engineers.org/index.cfm?cdid=10865&pid=10225

Link to SB 1985:  https://bitly.com/q6YNWH

Phil Jenks Retires From Board of Registration 
Phil Jenks served as the Public Member on the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors for sixteen years.  MALSCE thanks him for his dedicated service. More:  http://www.engineers.org/index.cfm?cdid=10904&pid=10225 


Eastern MA Volunteers Needed for 6th Grade Students through DIGITS

MALSCE and TEC support the DIGITS program. We are now seeking volunteers from east of Worcester County for visits to 6th grade classrooms this winter and spring.  Sign up at:  www.digits.us.com

Volunteers interested in classroom visits for North of Boston, Boston, South of Boston, including southeastern MA and Cape Cod and the Islands should sign up on the DIGITS website in January--February--March. 


NSPS News and Views - a weekly E-news bulletin.  Subscribe online, even if you are not a current NSPS member.  The November 30 issue includes information about NSPS's discussions with the GIS Certification Institute about their views on the practice of surveying.  You can view back issues. Link to sign up:   http://multibriefs.com/optin.php?nsps


ACSM Radio Hour each Monday at 11 AM features national speakers with Host Curt Sumner for a discussion of key issues affecting surveyors nationwide.  Listen live, 11 AM Eastern:  www.americaswebradio.com    Click the listen icon on the home page
Past Shows:  


Key Dates  (see  http://www.malsce.org  for details)

1/24/2012, 3 PM, MALSCE Board Teleconference, http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=MA_BOARD-01.24.12


1/25/2012, MALSCE Berkshire Chapter Dinner, details:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=MA_BRKSHR_1-2012


1/27/2012, MALSCE Seminar: Legal Perspectives On Land Surveying Issues III, The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA.


2/1/2012,  MassDOT Highway Division Workshop on Utility-related Engineering Directives, 


2/2-2/3/2012 Maine Society of Land Surveyors (MSLS) 2012 Convention, http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=MA-MSLS2012CONV


2/25/2012, 9 AM, MALSCE Board of Directors Meeting, Schofield Brothers, Framingham, MA


3/18/2012, MALSCE Surveyors Rendezvous, Boston Common, 10 AM - 4 PM, Details TBA


3/22/2012, 3 PM, MALSCE Board Teleconference


4/21/2012, 9 AM, MALSCE Board of Directors Meeting, The Engineering Center, Boston, MA


5/2-3/2012,  Construction Career Days,  www.engineers.org/massccd


5/8/2012, Design Professionals Day at the State House


5/22/2012, 3 PM, MALSCE Board Teleconference


6/23/2012, 9 AM, MALSCE Board of Directors Meeting, Schofield Brothers, Framingham, MA


9/13-14/2012, Vermont Society of Land Surveyors (VSLS) 2012 Convention, http://www.vsls.org/

11/2/2012, Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors (CALS) 2012 Annual Convention, http://www.ctsurveyor.com/


11/16/2012, Rhode Island Society of Professional Land Surveyors (RISPLS) 2012 Convention, http://www.rispls.org/

12/6- 7/2012, New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association (NHLSA) 2012 Convention,


See  www.malsce.org  for more on these events and news you can use. 




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