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MALSCE News - Week of August 8, 2010

Type:  Featured News  

News and Upcoming Events from the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE)


Summer Issue of the MALSCE Newsletter, The Surveyor:   http://www.malsce.org/malsce/file/MALSCE%20vol2%20Summer%202010%20Issue%20final.pdf

MassDOT  Job Openings, including State Survey Engineer position:  MassDOT Chief Engineer Frank Tramontozzi asked us to get this to MALSCE members
The following MassDOT job has been published.
Posting ID: J22375, Agency: Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Official Title: Civil Engineer VI,  Functional Title: Survey Engineer
View this job at https://jobs.hrd.state.ma.us/recruit/public/3111/job/job_view.do?postingId=J22375
Online applications are being accepted for this position. The cover letters and resumes of the candidates will be sent to: May.Bun@state.ma.us
Possession of a PLS License is preferred.


The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has other job openings now for 3 different Civil Engineer III positions.  https://jobs.hrd.state.ma.us/recruit/public/3111/index.do is the main link to the State Human Resource Division web site.   Select for agency: Massachusetts Department of Transportation to see other openings. 


National Society of Professional Surveyors Requests MALSCE Member Input: 

The NSPS leadership has asked MALSCE to forward this request to our members.

In considering the impact of its motion to withdraw as a Member Organization of ACSM,
it is critical that NSPS gets input from the community it serves.  Thank you for taking the time to respond to this short questionnaire.
Please click on the following link: 
From NSPS Leadership


Background Memorandum on this issue:
TO: MALSCE Board of Directors
FROM: A. Richard Vannozzi, MS, PLS, MALSCE Governor to NSPS Board of Governors
DATE: May 20, 2010
RE: Spring 2010 NSPS Board of Governors Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona


…The most critical issue discussed was the need to restructure ACSM and NSPS. As you may be aware, CaGIS voted to leave ACSM last year and will be completely separated on January 1, 2011. That leaves NSPS, GLIS and AAGS. This means that though three organizational and operational structures exist, as a practical matter 93% of the finances and membership come from NSPS. ACSM commissioned a major marketing study, which among other things, points out that the current structure is not working. Having an umbrella organization with one big member organization and two much smaller groups leads to significant confusion when NSPS tries to present a single message to the public generally and in government affairs specifically. GLIS has only about 100 members, and approximately 75% of them are members of NSPS and hold GLIS membership secondarily. It was presented that AAGS has only 62 members. I knew AAGS and GLIS were smaller but I did not realize the disparity.


The rationale for the withdrawal vote was to start the 2 year clock for ACSM withdrawal ticking. This would provide an impetus for action that it was felt would be missing without a deadline. It was understood that extending the 2 year time frame and/or withdrawing the letter of intent to withdrawal were all still options on the table. The motion which passed the Board of Governors and the NSPS Board of Directors also included a requirement that a full report on the financial and membership implications of a withdrawal be supplied by September 15, 2010. The Fall NSPS meetings are later this year (November 13-16, 2010) so this will provide us with 2 months to review the report and formulate a response from MALSCE.


Here is the link to the NSPS Board of Governors webpage where the Scott Oser Associates Marketing/Outreach report can be found: http://www.nspsmo.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=741&parentID=473&nodeID=2


You will note a significant portion of the report is focused on the issue of how a National/State structure more like ASCE might look for NSPS whereby the national organization is the focus of membership and state affiliates are secondary. Though you will note that a few states seem to be in favor of this model, and it certainly has merit when it comes to national government affairs and outreach goals, my observations at the Board of Governors is that this model is NOT widely embraced by the rank and file members or state organization leadership at this time. My view is that restructuring NSPS/ACSM in order to clarify the character of the national voice of our profession needs to be taken care of first, and only after that would a national discussion about changing the relationship between the national organization and state affiliates be productive.


So that the MALSCE Board knows, I voted in favor of both motions to withdrawal that were presented to the Board of Governors. One motion required the September 15 reports. The other motion did not require the reports, but it was clear to me that implicit in the vote was the creation of the reports, so I saw the result of both motions as identical. What we are seeing in this conversation is another facet of the evolution of our profession. It is important not to view change as negative, but rather as an opportunity to address the changing realities in the geospatial industries and advance the profession of surveying within that context. I would be glad to discuss this matter with any member of the MALSCE Board, and again I apologize for not being able to attend in person. Please send me an email (arvannozzi@comcast.net) and let me know a convenient time and number to call you. If any chapter is interested in making it a discussion item at a chapter dinner meeting I would be glad to attend.


Professional Land Surveying Certificate Program Information Session at The Arioch Center @Wentworth:  Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 6 PM

Learn more about the academic program and admissions process for the PLS Certificate Program on August 19 at the Wentworth Institute of Technology.  You can also meet and talk with faculty.
To register, contact The Arioch Center office at 617-989-4300 or  theariochcenter@wit.edu
For more information:   http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=Wentworth-PLSInfo


MALSCE and EBC Summer Garden Party:  Thursday, August 19, 2010, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, at  The Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

You are invited to the 16th Annual EBC Summer Garden Party. Invite your clients and colleagues to join you on a beautiful late summer evening. This will be a great event for socializing and networking in a wonderful atmosphere overlooking the Boston waterfront. There will be light appetizers and a cash bar.
Register online through EBC for this event: https://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Register/IdentityConfirmation.aspx?e=6dc1e173-0f85-42dd-9a79-a097a075b709

Co-Hosting Organizations:
American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA)
Environmental League of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE)
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

More information:     http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=MA-EBCSUM2010


October 1 – 2, 2010:  MALSCE’s Annual Convention at the Delaney House, Holyoke, MA
Educational Sessions, Exhibits, Awards and More.  

PLS and SIT Exam Refresher Courses will be held on Saturday, October 2. 

Exhibitor Information at: http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10445&pid=10386
More information coming up.




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