Presenter: Gary R. Kent, PS, Meridian Land Consulting, LLC (owner/manager) and Schneider Geomatics (part-time). Chair of the Joint ALTA/NSPS Committee on the ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards, Indianapolis, IN
Every professional surveyor across the United States knows the phrase "Follow in the Footsteps" as it relates to conducting a boundary retracement survey. But what does it really mean and what is the basis for following the footsteps? And exactly whose footsteps are we talking about? Surveyors also know the effect of the statue of frauds is that what is written in the conveyancing document is considered by the courts to be the highest and best expression of the parties' intentions. But what happens when the evidence of the footsteps on the ground conflicts with the written title? What if there are seemingly no footsteps to follow? What then? In this program, we will explore the concept of retracement, how it relates to and is dependent on the document of conveyance, and what controls when conflicts are inevitably encountered. When armed with a full understanding of the concept of retracement, surveyors will be much better equipped to help steer their clients (and their affected neighbors) away from the pain and cost of litigation an toward an amicable solution based on well-placed confidence and understanding of their respective roles and responsibilities.
Presenter Biography: Gary Kent is a professional surveyor in his 37th year with Schneider Geomatics in Indianapolis - having transitioned to part-time status earlier this year. He also provides training, consulting and expert witness services as owner and manager of Meridian Land Consulting, LLC. Gary has served on the Indiana State Board of Registration for Professional Surveyors since 2004 and is a past-president of both the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors. He has presented programs on boundary law, easements and rights of way, surveying standards and practice, and leadership in all 50 states and three times in Europe.
Presenter: Kevin Slottke, PLS, Survey Department Head, The Sigma Group, Milwaukee, WI
This session will review several boundary surveys, what was encountered, and the thought process behind decisions made in the field. These are real world examples of what a surveyor may encounter while retracing a property boundary.
Presenter Biography: Kevin has been in the land survey profession for 30 years. He has performed many residential boundary surveys from rural to urban. His early career involved working for a small shop in western Waukesha County. He currently is the lead land surveyor at a mid-sized engineering firm in Milwaukee.
Presenter: Jacob Heck, Ph.D., Great Lakes Regional Geodetic Advisor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ann Arbor, MI
NGS is in the process of modernizing the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). This talk will provide background on reference frames and geopotential datums and give an overview of the products and services that NGS provides to the Surveying community. It will then discuss NGS's efforts to modernize the NSRS including the latest news related to them. The talk will also show what you can do to help NGS improve the new NSRS through activities such as GPS on Benchmarks.
- Foundational background in geodesy.
- The latest NGS activities with geodesy including data collection procedures.
- Technical information about the new geometric reference frames and geopotential datum.
Presenter Biography: Jacob Heck is the National Geodetic Survey’s Regional Geodetic Advisor for the Great Lakes, primarily covering the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. He is a 2010 graduate of the Surveying Engineering (now Geospatial Engineering) program at Michigan Tech and holds a Ph.D. in Geodetic Science from Ohio State University. He has worked for NGS since 2016 and took over as the Great Lakes Regional Geodetic Advisor in 2020.
Presenter: Kory Allred, Ph.D., PLS, EIT, Parkland Community College, Champaign, IL
We will discuss what it means to be ethical as a land surveyor as well as court cases related to professional stature and licensure.
- Understand how ethics and professional licensure are related.
- Understand how licensure is impacted and viewed from by the courts.
- Satisfy the continuing education requirements for licensure.
Presenter Biography: Kory Allred, Ph.D., PLS, EIT, is the Program Director for the Land Surveying courses at Parkland College in Illinois. He is licensed as a PLS in Illinois and Indiana and is a certified Part 107 small unmanned aerial vehicle (sUAS/drone) operator. Kory earned his Ph.D. in Geography at Northern Illinois University. His research emphases are glacial landforms, Martian environments, geomorphology, hydraulic fracturing, and Geographic Information Systems. Kory graduated with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a specialization in Water Resources.