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MALSCE News - October 2012

Type:  Featured News  

MALSCE News and Upcoming Events

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

October 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


MALSCE Seminar:
What Went Wrong?

A Study in Surveyor Errors and Omissions, Friday, October 19, 2012

Featuring: Jeffery N. Lucas, Lucas & Company, LLC

Friday, October 19, 2012  
The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham, MA 02451
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Registration; 8:00 AM – 4:00 AM Seminar

$180 for MALSCE Members; $230 for Non-Members


MALSCE Seminar: 

Using and Understanding the Online Positioning User Service (OPUS) 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Featuring: Daniel J. Martin, NOAA/NOS/National Geodetic Survey
Friday, November 9, 2012
at the New England Water Works Association, Holliston, MA
7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Seminar
$180 for MALSCE Members; $230 for Non-Members 

More:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10922&pid=10386

Help support the MALSCE Education Trust by bidding on the MALSCE Golden Ticket today!

Usually reserved for attendees at the MALSCE Annual Convention, this year the opportunity to purchase the golden ticket is being offered to all MALSCE members and others affiliated with the land surveying profession with a silent auction to benefit the MALSCE Education Trust

The winning bidder will receive the golden ticket which is valid from October 19, 2012 through October 20, 2014. During that time, the holder of the golden ticket can attend six MALSCE professional development seminars (a value of $1,000+) of his or her choosing for no additional cost. While the ticket is transferable, it is good for only one attendee per seminar.

To participate in the auction please visit: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012MALSCEAuction by close of business on Friday, October 12 and follow the bidding instructions.

Download Steve Santovasi's Presentation from the 2012 MALSCE Convention Steve Santovasi, GISP, Senior IM Specialist at Burnes and McDonnell, has given us a copy of his PowerPoint: Surveyors and Handheld GPS Services, which is available for all to download at: malsce/file/2012ESRI UC-SurveyControlApp.pdf

Public Presentation Skills Workshops October 22 and

October 29, 2012

3:30 - 6:30 PM

at The Engineering Center

TECET Seminars: Public Presentation Skills Workshops at TEC

October 22 and (November 5, due to Sandy), 2012

3:30 - 6:30 PM 

Two, three hour training sessions at The Engineering Center.
The sessions will focus on presentation and communication skills.  The program will be designed to help participants build confidence and credibility when presenting to clients.  In addition, they will increase their ability to sell their ideas and gain commitment. 
Presented by Bill Schoenberg, M.Ed., Dale Carnegie Training, Performance Consultant, Certified Trainer and Executive Coach


More http://www.engineers.org/index.cfm?cdid=10952&pid=10225

Permit Extension:  Another Two Years for Most Permits Granted by Legislature

The Massachusetts Legislature passed the Economic Development Act of 2012, Chapter 238 of the Acts of 2012: http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2012/Chapter238
An Act Relative to Infrastructure Investment, enhanced competitiveness and Economic Growth in the Commonwealth on 7/31/12. Governor Patrick signed it into law on 8/7/12.

This law extends most permits for another two years beyond the extension passed in 2010. The relevant sections of the bill on permit extensions are sections 74 and 75. The previous permit extension law passed in 2010.  People would need to review Chapter 240 of the Acts of 2010, Section 173 to understand the new sections (74 and 75) in the Economic Development Act of 2012:  http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2010/Chapter240

MassDOT Prequalification of Survey firms: Updated Prequalification definitions MassDOT Prequalification of Survey firms: On 9/18/12, MassDOT’s A&E Board updated the prequalification definitions for the Surveyor categories regarding the requirements for Professional Land Surveyors.  The “full time” requirement has been removed. http://www.mhd.state.ma.us/downloads/prequalConsultants/CategoryDefinitiions20120917.pdf
Issue of part-time surveyor:  MassDOT does not believe that 250 CMR requires a full time surveyor and , and plans to accept the request of an engineering firm employing a part-time surveyor, as long as the surveyor is in responsible charge of the work.  The one full-time surveyor was viewed as a barrier to small business that had other implications for the Commonwealth.
Call for Nominations
New England Achievement Award – Engineers Week 2013

Do you know of an outstanding engineer whose work has gone unrecognized?  Each February, Engineers Week - New England confers the New England Achievement Award to celebrate an individual who has furthered the field of engineering.  The Engineers Week committee invites your nominations for this prize.  The committee will consider leaders who have raised the tenor of the field of engineering, role models who can inspire young people to consider a career in engineering, and those whose work can open people’s eyes to potential of engineering.  Non-engineers who have strengthened the engineering profession through work in their own field of expertise are also eligible.  Please click on the link below to access the nomination form
Forward your nominations to
engineersweek@engineers.org by October 17, 2012.

Remember to include the reasons to support your choice. This will aid the committee in evaluating the nominees.

Wentworth Reduces PLS Courses for FY2013

Due to low enrollments, the Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) has suspended the Professional Land Surveying Certificate for the year 2012-2013. However, WIT will continue offering the following courses to meet the needs of those individuals to prepare for their license exam:
  • Fall 2012 Semester – Massachusetts Regulations, class begins on Thursday, 9/13
  • 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://wit.edu/continuinged/programs/land-surveying-cert.html  or 617-989-4300

MassDOT Kicks Off Statewide Transportation Conversation - public hearings throughout the Commonwealth in October, November and December 2012

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will hold a series of statewide discussions to generate ideas and help prioritize agency transportation initiatives now and in the future.


More information about dates and locations of these public meetings:



September 2012 NSPS Government Affairs Report

The NSPS Joint Government Affairs Committee met in Gaithersburg, MD on September 28, 2012.
Link to Report presented at the meeting:

Topics discussed:

- FEMA FloodMap RiskMAP Coalition
- USGS Coalition (No Documents)
- COFPAES (No Documents)
- COFPAES Federal Markets Conference
- NSPS Trig-Star Program
- LightSquared GPS Interference
- National Geospatial Advisory Committee
- NSPS Lobby Day Recap
- Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act (HR 4233)
- Federal Prison Industries Legislation Update
- PNT Advisory Board ---- Economic Benefits of GPS
- MAP-21 (HR 4348)
- Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty and Job Creation Act of 2011 (HR 2845)
- Additional Federal Legislation


The regular NSPS Monthly Government Affairs Update will be posted on the MALSCE website when available.

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 Dam safety, repair and removal bill, in the Massachusetts House of Representatives MALSCE has been supporting SB 1985, An Act for dam safety, repair and removal.  The bill passed in the Massachusetts Senate and is currently in the Mass. House of Representatives Committee on Third Reading.  

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

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

10/6/2012, MALSCE PLS and SIT Refresher Courses offered at The Engineering Center in Boston, Details:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10910&pid=10386
10/19/2012:  MALSCE Seminar:  A Study in Surveyor Errors and Omissions, with  Jeffery N. Lucas, Lucas & Company, LLC.  More:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10913&pid=10386
10/22/2012 and 10/29/2012:  TECET Seminars: Public Presentation Skills Workshops at TEC,  3:30 - 6:30 PM
Two, three hour training sessions at The Engineering Center.
The sessions will focus on presentation and communication skills.  The program will be designed to help participants build confidence and credibility when presenting to clients.  In addition, they will increase their ability to sell their ideas and gain commitment.  Presented by Bill Schoenberg, M.Ed., Dale Carnegie Training, Performance Consultant, Certified Trainer and Executive Coach
More:  http://www.engineers.org/index.cfm?cdid=10952&pid=10225


10/27/2012:  MALSCE October Board Meeting, Schofield Bros., Framingham
11/2/2012, Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors (CALS) 2012 Annual Convention, http://www.ctsurveyor.com/


11/9/2012, MALSCE Seminar:  Using and Understanding the Online Positioning User Service (OPUS), More: 



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


11/20/2012:  MALSCE November Board Teleconference, Originating from The Engineering Center


12/6- 7/2012, New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association (NHLSA) 2012 Convention, http://www.nhlsa.org/


12/15/2012:  MALSCE December Board Meeting, The Engineering Center, Boston, MA
1/9-11/2013, New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors (NYSAPLS) Annual Convention, http://nysapls.org/
Edited by Abbie Goodman for MALSCE, agoodman@engineers.org









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