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MALSCE News - July 2012

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MALSCE News and Upcoming Events

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

July 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



Convention on September 21



Join MALSCE on Friday, September 21 for our 2012 Convention at the Holiday Inn, Mansfield, MA


Featuring:  Larry Phipps on Pricing Professional Services, Steve Santovasi on Surveying with Handheld Devices, Exhibitors, Benefit Auction and more 





Advertise in the 2012 MALSCE Convention Year in Review Booklet - Respond by July 15, 2012

All 2012 MALSCE Convention attendees will receive a “Year in Review” booklet. containing convention details and white papers.

Exhibitors and companies can enhance their exposure by placing an advertisement in this reference guide that will be seen for the entire year.

With prices starting at just $25, you can show your support and get recognition from your peers.

Advertisements must be received by July 15, 2012.

More information:


MALSCE Surveyor of the Year Nominations Due August 24, 2012

MALSCE Surveyor of the Year Nominations:  Nominate a Colleague who is a MALSCE Leader
More information and Nomination form:


Survey Summit:  July 21–24, 2012, San Diego

Join Esri and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) for the Survey Summit, on July 21–24, 2012 in San Diego.

Explore the latest trends, workflows, and technology, while cultivating new business opportunities


Register Online:



Why Attend the Survey Summit?

  • Learn how real-world examples and spatial solutions can improve your business
  • Connect with your peers to share ideas and explore industry developments
  • Bridge the gap between trusted methods and current best practices

Venue:  Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA 92101

MALSCE Surveyor – Spring 2012 Issue In case you missed it, download the Spring 2012 issue of the MALSCE Surveyor, featuring:  Surveyors Rendezvous, President’s Update and more: http://www.malsce.org/malsce/file/Spring2012MALSCESurveyor(1).pdf

Gov. Deval Patrick signed the state's budget for Fiscal Year 2013 into law on Sunday, July 8, 2012 and issued some vetoes. This $32.5 billion spending plan  includes provisions to increase funding for local aid and makes some reforms to the state's welfare and immigrant verification systems. The budget directs $5.7 billion in state revenues back to cities and towns for spending at the local level, almost $289 million more than FY2012. It  includes $899 million in unrestricted local aid and $4.17 billion for local school districts. The budget will draw $350 million from the state's rainy day account, leaving roughly $1.2 billion in reserves, and spends the $516 million in one-time revenues, or $120 million less than last year and down from $2 billion in fiscal 2011.


The Massachusetts Legislature is reviewing the Governor's vetoes this week and may override some of them in formal sessions starting on July 11.  The formal session of the legislature ends on July 31, 2012.  Any controversial items will be handled or tabled by the end of the formal session.

HOUSE AND SENATE APPROVE $200 MIL CHAPTER 90 BILL – will still work on larger transportation bond bill
On June 27, 2012, the Massachusetts Senate approved a bill that provides $200 million in promised local road and bridge repair funds to cities and towns.  A six-member conference committee agreed to the Chapter 90-only bill, divorcing it from larger, ongoing deliberations over a $1.5 billion transportation bond.   The House originally approved a transportation financing bill limited to the Chapter 90 funds.  The Senate then passed legislation with the local funds as well as funding for statewide projects as part of a $1.5 billion bill requested by Gov. Deval Patrick.  The Chapter 90 bill released from conference committee Wednesday requires that all construction contracts funded under it include a price adjustment clause for fuel, asphalt, concrete; and steel.
Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) To Be Used For MBTA Green Line Extension

Chapter 118 of the Acts of 2012, section 62, signed into law by Governor on June 19, 2012, authorizes the use of the CM/GC project delivery method for the Green Line Extension project.  Chapter 118 is the FY2012 Supplemental Budget for the Commonwealth and includes many other pieces.


Link  to view the new law  


On June 29, 2012, the US House and Senate voted on a 2 year federal transportation bill, called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century or MAP-21.  This bill provides $82 billion for highways and $21.3 billion for transit programs over Fiscal Years 2013-2014 and  includes an extension of current funding through September 30, the end of the current fiscal year.  The final package provides funding through September 30, 2014. MAP-21 increases funding for the Transportation Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program to $1.75 billion over two years, to help states leverage funding through loans, loan guarantees and public-private partnerships. The bill consolidates several highway programs to give states more flexibility for allocating funds.  It also streamlines project delivery requirements, including the integration of planning and environmental reviews, pre-NEPA property acquisition, delegation of environmental compliance responsibilities to states, and expansion of categorical exclusions. The bill does not include Keystone pipeline or coal ash regulation. President Obama has been signed the bill into law.

Link to bill 

June 2012 ACSM/NSPS Government Affairs Update

Download:  June 2012 NSPS Government Affairs Update


1.  LightSquared Update
2.  USGS Coalition Update
3.  COFPAES Delegate Meeting
4.  H.R. 4233 --- Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act
5.  Federal Prison Industries Reform Update

University of Maine Surveying Engineering Technology News - Spring 2012

This newsletter is sent to alumni and friends of the land surveying program at the University of Maine.

Link to Spring 2012 Newsletter

MALSCE encourages students to consider this four year degree program.  More about the SVT program:


News from NSPS

and the

Coalition to Save Our GPS 

The Federal government has some LightSquared news on this useful website:  http://www.gps.gov/spectrum/lightsquared/.


NSPS will continue to monitor the issue and we will keep MALSCE members informed as the issue progresses. 

MALSCE page on this issue:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10722&pid=10386
Contact NSPS Gov. Affairs Consultant Laurence Socci, laurence@theclagroup.com   if you have questions.

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

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
Support SB 1985, Dam safety, repair and removal bill, in the Massachusetts House of Representatives  Help us win passage of SB 1985 in the Mass. House of Representatives.  It is now in the House Ways and Means Committee. 

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

Link to SB 1985:   http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/Senate/S01985

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

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

7/21-24, 2012, Esri and NSPS Survey Summit, San Diego, CA http://www.surveysummit.com/index.html  


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


9/21/2012, MALSCE 2012 Convention, Holiday Inn, Mansfield, MA, Details: http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10868&pid=10386


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, http://www.nhlsa.org/


Edited by Abbie Goodman for MALSCE, agoodman@engineers.org




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