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MALSCE's Convention: October 1 - 2, 2010

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2010 MALSCE Convention:  October 1-2, 2010
The Delaney House, 1 Country Club Road (Route 5), Holyoke, MA


As of September 30, 2010 at 5 PM, new registrations will be accepted on-site at the Delaney House only, when the Convention Registration Table opens at 7:30 AM on October 1.


Convention Brochure:   2010 MALSCE Convention Brochure.pdf

Register online:   http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=MALSCE_10CON

   For your login and password, contact Nicole Downey at:  ndowney@engineers.org


Hotel room reservations:
Country Inn & Suites, 1 Country Club Road, Holyoke, MA 01040, 413/533-2100 
Clarion Hotel, 1 Atwood Drive, Northampton, MA 01060, 413/586-1211


Convention Program 

Friday, October 1, 2010

7:30 AM:  Convention Registration/Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM – 5:30 PM:  Convention Exhibits

8:00 – 8:30 AM:  Opening Ceremony

Welcome and Remarks

Robert A. Foresi, PLS, President, MALSCE Connecticut Valley Chapter
David W. Humphrey, PLS, President, Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers
MA State Representative Michael F. Kane (D-Holyoke) (Invited)


8:30 – 10:00 AM: Concurrent Sessions

Recent Massachusetts Cases Relevant to Surveying*
Knud E. Hermansen PLS, PE, PhD, Esq., Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Maine School of Engineering Technology

Court decisions provide the foundation for the rules of construction used to fix or determine the location of boundaries and property rights. This workshop will discuss the facts, findings, and ramifications of recent cases that are relevant to surveying. Based on Knud’s legal and surveying experience, he will provide insight into the decisions and the extent and manner the cases should be used by the survey practitioner.


Integrated GPS and Robotics*
Paul Carver, Regional Sales Manager, NE Survey Division, Keystone Precision Instruments

Using an Integrated Survey solution offers land surveyors enormous advantages in the field:  increased flexibility and time savings, increase efficiency on control surveys and independently verified measurements in a single point occupation.

10:00 – 10:30 AM: Mid-Morning Break with Exhibitors


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM:  Concurrent Sessions

Recent Massachusetts’ Cases Relevant to Surveying  (continued)


MassDOT ARAN Truck Demonstration*
Jonathan Smith, Pavement Management Evaluation Engineer, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Highway Division

The ARAN is a highly sophisticated pavement distress-measuring vehicle, which is capable of collecting large quantities of pavement data at highway speeds. During this session you will learn how this technology is used to evaluate roadway pavement condition and identify potential rehabilitation projects. The use of the ARAN in both network and project level analysis continues to be a key tool enabling MassDOT maintain pavements in an efficient and cost effective manner 


12:00 – 1:00 PM:   Luncheon

1:00 – 2:00 PM:  MALSCE Awards Ceremony


2:30 – 4:00 PM:  Concurrent Sessions
Recent Massachusetts’ Cases Relevant to Surveying (Continued)


Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)*
Robert L. Milliken, President, Underground Services, Inc.

This session will provide a practical overview of Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE). Bob will discuss the need for subsurface utility engineering as well as the technologies and practices utilized in this specialty. H will also examine the development and intent of Standard Guidelines for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data.


High Definition Scanning*
Anthony Paturzo, Leica



2:00 – 2:30 PM:   Mid-Afternoon Break with Exhibitors


4:00 AM – 5:30 PM:   Networking Reception and Benefit Auction


6:00 – 9:00 PM:   Murder Mystery Dinner

Join us for this gathering of the “Seven Families.”  This event will decide the course of future Family business trends.  Blood will be spilled… (Dinner included in Full & Friday registration, indicate dinner choice)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

7:00 AM:  Convention Registration


12:45 – 1:30 PM
SIT and PLS Refresher Course Luncheon

7:15 – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast with the MALSCE Board of Directors
David W. Humphrey, PLS, President, Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers
Dennis C. Drumm, PLS, Chair, Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors
A. Wayne Harrison, PLS, President, National Society of Professional Surveyors


8:30 AM – 5:30 PM:  Surveyor-in-Training Refresher Course

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM:  Professional Land Surveyor Refresher Course

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM:  Convention Program*:


8:30 – 10:00 AM: Concurrent Sessions
A Lawyer's Dream Can Be A Surveyor's Nightmare*
Michael Pill, Esq, JD, MA, PhD, Green, Miles, Lipton & Fitz-Gibbon, LLP

Easements create conflict because  “It may be your easement, but it’s my land!”  Easements are created in different ways: prescriptive (adverse) use, necessity, implication, estoppel, statute, eminent domain, dedication, common scheme. Deeded easements may not be locatable on the ground, or of undefined width.  Title by adverse possession is illegal trespass continued for 20 years, like keeping robbery loot once the statute of limitations expires.

Gold Mines, Baselines, and Meridian Lines*
Gary J. Fix, PLS, Owner, Latitude Ltd

Gary will discuss his early surveying experience with Gold claims in Colorado using Celestial Observations (Polaris and Solar), Baselines including Prime Meridians in the US, London, Paris and Athens. Meridian lines in Italy for changing the calendar in 1582 and the Meridian line in Paris for determining the tilt of the earth's axis in the 1700's


10:00 – 10:30 AM:  Mid-Morning Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM:  Concurrent Sessions
A Lawyer's Dream Can Be A Surveyor's Nightmare* (Continued)


Aerial Photogrammetry Yesterday and Today*
Mark Thaisz , Col-East, Inc.
The use of aerial photographs in the science of photogrammetry continues to evolve as the technology becomes ever more precise. 


MALSCE Issues Update
David W. Humphrey, PLS, President, Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers
Abbie Goodman, MALSCE Executive Director

Join David and Abbie for highlights on MALSCE activities and how you can be involved.


12:45 – 1:30 PM:  SIT and PLS Refresher Course Luncheon

1:30 PM – 5:30 PM:  Surveyor-in-Training Refresher Course (cont.)

1:30 PM – 5:30 PM:  Professional Land Surveyor Refresher Course (cont.)


*PDH Forms available on-site (not applicable in NY)


The MALSCE Convention Features: 
-   General and Concurrent Sessions -- With information on economic conditions, technological advancements, business trends, and legislative issues impacting the land surveying and civil engineering professions*
-   Convention Exhibits -- Showcasing the latest technologies and services
-   Surveyor-in-Training and Professional Land Surveyor Refresher Courses on October 2 -- Space is limited
-   Luncheon, Awards Ceremony and Reception/Auction -- Networking with exhibitors and your peers 



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