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MALSCE News - January 2013

Type:  Featured News  

MALSCE News and Upcoming Events

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

January 2013


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 The Engineering Center at 617/227-5551.


MALSCE Seminar:  

Legal Perspectives on Land Surveying Issues IV


Surveying the Legal Scene 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013

Legal Perspectives on Land Surveying Issues IV
Surveying the Legal Scene 2013

@ The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Registration; 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Seminar
More: http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10950&pid=10386


Don’t miss the fourth installment of this popular seminar examining legal issues impacting the land surveying profession. Surveyors are the critical component of any transaction involving land, whether it is a conveyance, a zoning application, or litigation over an easement, boundary, or public way. Learn about recent legal interpretations of surveys by Massachusetts courts to better understand how your survey defines rights and creates value. The panel will address many topics that will enable you to create a more effective survey which may help parties avoid litigation or prevail on disputed claims.

Wentworth Institute PLS Course - Spring 2013 starts in January


WIT will offer the following courses to meet the needs of those individuals to prepare for their PLS license exam:
-    Spring 2013 Semester – Legal I, class begins during the 2nd week of January 2013
-    Summer 2013 Semester – Legal II, class begins in May 2013
For more information about the certificate program and schedule, visit  
http://www.wit.edu/continuinged/programs/land-surveying-cert.html  or 617-989-4300

Unwritten Registry Regulations?


Give MALSCE Your Input  by January 31, 2013

MALSCE has heard that some of the Massachusetts Registries of Deeds may have 'unwritten' rules or requirements for plans.  Before the Board develops a strategy, we need your input about your experience with different Registries of Deeds.

Provide your input in this survey by January 31, 2013:


Dam and Seawall Bill Signed into Law on January 10, 2013 An Act Further Regulating Dam Safety, Repair and Removal (H.4557, formerly SB 1985) passed in the Massachusetts Senate and House on December 31, 2012, the last day of the 2012 informal session..  Governor Patrick signed it into law on January 10, 2013.  MALSCE has been supporting this bill, which creates a new loan fund for dam repair or removal, with some funding for seawall repair.   

More:   http://www.engineers.org/index.cfm?cdid=10975&pid=10225

Water Infrastructure Alliance Seeks MALSCE Representative
In 2009, the Massachusetts legislature established a Water Infrastructure Finance Commission (WIFC) to develop a comprehensive, long range water infrastructure finance plan for the commonwealth and its municipalities.  The Commission’s Final Report (http://www.acecma.org/acecma/file/WIFC_Report-May2012.pdf)
was released in May 2012.  ACEC/MA and BSCES are part of new Water Infrastructure Alliance advocating for the Commission’s recommendations.  If you are interested in representing MALSCE in this Alliance, email Abbie Goodman: agoodman@engineers.org
Trig-Star for 2012-13:  Visit Your Local High School MALSCE's Trig-Star Chair, Don Poole, will help you bring Trig-Star and more information about land surveying careers to a high school near you:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10512&pid=10386
DIGITS Program Seeks MALSCE Volunteers From Throughout MA - for 6th Grade Classroom Visits - Sign up by January 31 for visits this school year

Help grow the future of land surveying.

The DIGITS Project seeks to increase middle school student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers by partnering STEM professionals – individuals who work in science and technology companies and agencies - with the schools in the Commonwealth that have a sixth grade.  TECET, The Engineering Center Education Trust, is the host organizations for DIGITS
More information:


Sign up to volunteer:   www.digits.us.com

PE and PLS totals by discipline up to and through 1-3-2013

The Engineering Center Education Trust, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, collects data on the total number of current PE (Professional Engineer) and PLS  (Professional Land Surveyor) licensees on an annual basis.  Download the chart showing total licensee data over several years:

PDF Chart of Licensee Data - 2013

MALSCE Bylaws Amendment Change On January 22, MALSCE’s Board of Directors took the first of two votes and approved some bylaws changes.  The MALSCE Board will vote on again on these changes at their February 23, 2013 Board meetings.
The proposed amendments to the MALSCE Bylaws are for the purpose of clarifying the roles of the MALSCE Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Subscribe to NSPS News and Views - a weekly E-news bulletin Subscribe online, even if you are not a current NSPS member.  View back issues. Link to sign up:   http://multibriefs.com/optin.php?nsps
ACSM Radio Hour

Each Monday at 11 AM:  This weekly show features national speakers with Host Curt Sumner on key issues affecting surveyors nationwide.  Listen live, 11 AM Eastern:  www.americaswebradio.com    Click the listen icon on the home page

Past Shows:   http://www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/ACSM.php

Key Dates  See  http://www.malsce.org  for details

1/11/2013, Financial Management for Engineers and Land Surveyors, Session 1 at The Engineering Center, http://www.engineers.org/index.cfm?cdid=10963&pid=10225


1/17/2013, Eastern Mass. Chapter Dinner with Wayne Harrison: MALSCE is now an NSPS State Affiliate: What Does This Mean For You?http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=MA-EASTDIN-1-2013


1/22/2013, MALSCE Board Teleconference, via phone and at The Engineering Center, Boston, MA. http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=MA_BOARD-1.22.13


1/23/2013, MALSCE Berkshire Chapter Dinner at Misty Moonlight Diner



1/25/2013, MALSCE Seminar:  Legal Perspectives IV, at Waltham Woods, http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10950&pid=10386


1/31-2/1/2013, Maine Society of Land Surveyors Annual Conference, featuring Gary Kent, Rich Vannozzi and more, Bangor, Maine,



2/4/2013, Engineering Center Leadership Dinner Honoring Congressman Mike Capuano, www.engineers.org 


2/8/2013, Financial Management for Engineers and Land Surveyors, Session 2 at The Engineering Center, http://www.engineers.org/index.cfm?cdid=10963&pid=10225

2/23/2013:  MALSCE Board Meeting, Schofield Bros. of New England, Framingham, MA.


3/17/2013, Tentative: Land Surveyors Rendezvous on Boston Common. More details soon.


3/19/2013, MALSCE Board Teleconference, via phone and at The Engineering Center, Boston, MA.


4/20/2013:  MALSCE Board Meeting, The Engineering Center, Boston, MA.


5/14/2013, Engineers and Land Surveyors Day at the State House, (and The Engineering Center), Boston, MA


5/21/2013, MALSCE Board Teleconference, via phone and at The Engineering Center, Boston, MA.


6/22/2013:  MALSCE Board Meeting, Schofield Bros. of New England, Framingham, MA.


9/10-12, 2014:  Northeast Surveying Societies Conference and Convention, VSLS 50th Anniversary Celebration, 2014 NESS Meeting & Conference, Sheraton Conference Center, South Burlington, VT,  http://www.vsls.org/
Edited by Abbie Goodman for MALSCE, agoodman@engineers.org




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