WSLS Surveyors' Institute
January 26-28, 2022
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Business and Leadership, See Stevens Point Offerings

​​73rd Annual Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors' Institute

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January 26-28, 2022
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Full In-Person Institute with Limited Virtual Options

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The Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors (WSLS) is a statewide volunteer organization committed to the advancement of the surveying profession.  The WSLS supports professional land surveyors licensed to practice in Wisconsin, as well as those seeking licensure and Certified Survey Technicians.  The Annual WSLS Institute is an educational and professional networking event designed for surveyors and other professionals working in the surveying industry.  

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2021 Session Descriptions | ​Wednesday, January 27, 2021 (2022 Session Descriptions Coming Soon!)

 8:30-9:45 a.m. | Welcome and Opening Keynote

Opening Keynote: Get Kids Into Survey: Inspiring Future Geospatial Experts! | 1 PDHs | Category 3


Presenters:
 Elaine Ball, Founder, Get Kids Into Survey and Founder & CEO, Elaine Ball Ltd., United Kingdom and Elly Ball, CEO, Get Kids Into Survey, United Kingdom 

Over 85% of UK surveyors said they have problems recruiting due to a lack of qualified applicants (RICS, 2015). In fact, "the skills shortage has now overtaken planning and regulation as the second biggest problem facing the industry" (Telegraph, 2017). In the United States, POB Magazine reported a shortage of surveyors, full stop! The FIG and the NSPS both launched young surveyor's networks to support surveyors aged up to 35, but there's a more basic challenge: to generate interest in surveying as a career while kids are still in school!

Get Kids Into Survey website 

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Elaine Ball works with small to multi-million dollar companies around the globe, within the Geospatial Sector providing Strategic Marketing and Sales Implementation and coaching to surveyors and manufacturers. In 2017 Elaine founded Get Kids into Survey. She also recently launched the Geospatial Marketing Academy, a new online marketing course for anyone from survey companies to geospatial technology firms such as manufacturers, software houses, and dealers. Elaine has always had a strong vision and goal to raise the standards within the geospatial industry through all the work she does. 


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Elly Ball runs the operations and creative direction of ‘Get Kids into Survey’ as founded by her sister Elaine Ball in 2017. Get Kids into Survey is an organization with one mission, to educate and excite the next generation of geospatial experts through exciting and engaging material for kids under the age of 12. Elly works closely with geospatial companies, organizations, as well as schools and universities, and teaching associations around the world. It is Elly's mission to get kids and their parents excited and passionate about careers in geospatial.


 10 a.m.-Noon | Sessions 1-4

#1  The NEW 2021 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards | 2.4 PDHs | Category 3


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

After two years of work on the part of two national committees, the proposed 2021 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards were adopted by the Joint ALTA/NSPS Committee and sent to ALTA and NSPS for consideration. The new Standards will become effective on February 23, 2021. The changes from 2016 will be discussed and an explanation of what each means to the surveyor will be provided. In addition, along with an overview of the entire set of 2021 Standards, we will discuss the most common questions and requests from lenders that arise in the process of performing or completing a Land Title Survey and how the surveyor should or could respond.

Learning Objectives: 
  1.  Describe the primary changes in the 2021 ALTA/NSPS Standards from the 2016 version. 
  2.  Summarize each of the optional Table A items found in the 2021 ALTA/NSPS Standards. 
  3.  Evaluate and reply to common, but unreasonable, requests from lenders.
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.

#2  Twenty Years-Twenty Lessons Learned Reviewing Plats and CSMs | 2.4 PDHs | Category 1 or 3

   
Presenter: Renee Powers, PLS, Supervisor, Plat Review, Department of Administration, State of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

What exactly are reviewers thinking when they are examining my plat or map? And...what should they be thinking about?

 Learning Objectives: 

  1.  Understand the role of a plat reviewer.
  2.  Lessons shared with new and not so new reviewers.
  3.  It's all about getting to "yes."
Presenter Biography: Renee Powers is a Professional Land Surveyor who directs the Plat Review and Municipal Boundary Review Programs for the State of Wisconsin. The mission of these programs is to solve problems related to land development. Ms. Powers has over 25 years experience in land surveying and construction of subdivision developments in Wisconsin and Illinois. She has served as a Town Board Supervisor for the Town of Albany in Green County, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and MATC in Madison.

#3  NSRS Modernization Updates from the National Geodetic Survey-Part 1 (Continued in Session 7) | 2.4 PDHs | Category 1 or 3

  
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 datum 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.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Foundational background in geodesy.
  2. The latest NGS activities with geodesy including data collection procedures.
  3. 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.

#4  What I Learned in Switzerland-Rethinking Our Future | 2.4 PDHs | Category 1 or 3

 Due to unforeseen circumstances, this session has been cancelled.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  

 Noon-1:30 p.m. | Lunch/Virtual Exhibit Hall

Virtual Exhibit Hall

 1:30-3:10 p.m. | Sessions 5-8

#5  The Art of Retracement: Following in the Footsteps-Part 1 | 2.0 PDHs | Category 3


Presenter: Gary R. Kent, PSMeridian 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.

#6  Property Surveys: What You'll Find. What to Do. | 2.0 PDHs | Category 3

   
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.

#7  NSRS Modernization Updates from the National Geodetic Survey-Part 2 (Continued from Session 3) | 2.0 PDHs | Category 1 or 3

  
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.

Learning Objectives: 
  1.  Foundational background in geodesy.
  2. The latest NGS activities with geodesy including data collection procedures.
  3. 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.

#8  Is It Ethical to Be Professional? (Repeated in Session 19) | 2.0 PDHs | Category 2

 
PresenterKory 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.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understand how ethics and professional licensure are related.
  2. Understand how licensure is impacted and viewed from by the courts.
  3. 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.

 3:10-3:30 p.m. | Break/Virtual Exhibit Hall

Virtual Exhibit Hall

 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Sessions 9-12

#9  The Art of Retracement: Following in the Footsteps-Part 2 | 1.2 PDHs | Category 3


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.  

#10  GPS is Not Just a Magic Box! | 1.2 PDHs | Category 3

   
Presenter:  Howard Herrild, PLS, Associate Dean, Instructor, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI

This session will cover the basic watch outs and information that needs to be known when working with GPS.

Presenter Biography: Howard is a PLS in Wisconsin and several other states. He has 15 years of industry experience, four years of teaching experience, and is now in a leadership role at NWTC. Howard is a strong advocate for continuing education and the growth of young professionals.

#11  Catahoula Lake, Crooks vs. The State of Louisiana | 1.2 PDHs | Category 3

  
Presenters: Elizabeth Schleif, PLS., Regional Supervisor, USDA, Forest Service Eastern Region, Milwaukee, WI and Lisa Van HornPast President, National Society of Professional Surveyors, Green Bay, WI

A look at the court case and Amicus Brief submitted by NSPS to protect the Public Land Survey System over a cartography map was held over the Original Government survey maps.

Presenter Biographies: Elizabeth Schleif's career includes working as a USDA, Forest Service Land Surveyor in West Virginia, a Forest Service realty specialist in Minnesota, and time in private practice where I focused on small business advice, real estate development and construction law.  Elizabeth is a licensed surveyor in Wisconsin and West Virginia (inactive in WV), a CFedS, and member of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Lisa Van Horn, Past President of the NSPS, Past President of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors, former county surveyor, owner of own a Private Land Surveying business with husband Les and a past Certified instructor for Trimble GPS.

#12  GNSS Observations on Passive Geodetic Survey Control Stations for 2022 Datum | 1.2 PDHs | Category 3


Presenter: Mick Heberlein, PLS, PS, CFedS, WisDOT, Office of Surveying and Mapping, Madison, WI 

In July 2020, NGS announced that passive geodetic survey control stations without recent GNSS observations will receive transformed coordinates rather than calculated coordinates in the 2022 datum. WisDOT built or utilized 9,000 survey stations for the Wisconsin Height Modernization Program and most lack current GNSS observations. This presentation will provide an overview of the GNSS on passive benchmarks program, review WisDOT's plan for observations, review requirements and submittals via OPUS Share and explain the local advantages of obtaining and submitting observations to encourage local surveyors to obtain as many observations as possible before the data submission deadline of December 31, 2021.

Presenter Biography: Mick is currently the Central Office Survey Coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Central Office, Surveying and Mapping section.  He was hired by WisDOT in 1987 and transferred to the Geodetic Surveys Unit in 2004.  Prior to that, he worked as a field representative for Rockford Map Publishers. He graduated from UW-Platteville in 1985 with a B.S. in Geography with Cartography Emphasis, and from Michigan Tech in 2008 with a B.S. in Surveying Engineering. Mick is a licensed surveyor in Wisconsin and Michigan and a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS).  He is a member of the WSRS2022 Technical Focus Group, WSLS DOT Liaison Committee, Michigan Tech Surveying Engineering Advisory Board, past-president of the Southwest Chapter of WSLS and the NGS State Geodetic Coordinator for Wisconsin.

​2021 Session Descriptions | Thursday, January 28, 2021 (2022 Session Descriptions Coming Soon!)

 8:20-10 a.m. | Sessions 13-16

#13  The Last Remaining GLO Evidence Stronghold: A History of the Sylvania Wilderness | 2.0 PDHs | Category 3


Presenter: Jordan Ketola, PLS, CFedS,  Forest Land Surveyor, Hiawatha & Ottawa National Forests, Gladstone, MI

The Sylvania Wilderness is part of the Ottawa National Forest in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is comprised of 18,000 acres of pristine lakes and virgin timber. We'll explore its rich history related to surveying and otherwise and discuss why it's one of the last remaining places in Michigan where original GLO evidence recovery chances are still fairly good! 

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Discuss the surveying history of the Sylvania Wilderness. 
  2. Discuss other historical aspects of Sylvania, including cultural, land ownership patterns and how it came to be. 
  3. Discuss current and future GLO corner search and remonumentation.

Presenter Biography: Jordan Ketola is a 2004 Land Surveying graduate of Michigan Tech.  Currently the Forest Land Surveyor for the Hiawatha & Ottawa National Forests in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, he has spent his entire surveying career in Federal service.  From the Montana/Dakotas Bureau of Land Management to the US Forest Service for the Superior National Forest in Minnesota and back to the "Yooper Motherland", he has always had a strong pull to the woods and waters of the public lands in the U.P.

#14  Railroad Surveying 101-Part 1 (Continued in Session 18 and 22) | 2.0 PDHs | Category 3


Presenter
:  Charlie Tucker, LS, Manager, Denver Railway Services, Denver, CO

The course begins with the "dirty dozen", a list of the 12 most common blunders, poor assumptions, and bad guesses that railroad professionals see on an everyday basis coming to them from non-railroad professionals and agencies that kill or delay projects that involve crossing or bordering a railroad. Upon completing this seminar, the surveyor should be much more aware of the issues and requirements to be addressed prior to tackling a railroad-related project. The surveyor should now be more confident that railroad-related work and railroad boundary skills can be managed under his area of expertise.  

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understanding railroad surveying basics.
  2. Understanding railroad cadastre and getting beyond the limitations of the courthouse
  3. Understanding railroad abandonment, title, federal (and where that collides with state and local rules) regulation. 
Presenter Biography: Mr. Tucker is a highly skilled railroad surveyor and project manager, possessing 39 years of experience in and around the railroad industry. He is considered an expert on railroad surveying and records – expertise he honed during his 15 years working for Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF). He is well-versed in the needs of small, large, and industrial-scale railroads. While working for ATSF, Charlie held a variety of positions that provided him with an intimate working knowledge of the industry. As a consultant, he has worked nationwide for railroads and other related industry groups.   

#15  Civil 3D Drafting and Production Workflows: After the Survey | 2.0 PDHs | Category 3

  
Presenter: Russ Nicloy, Civil Solution Specialist, Macer Technologies, Waukesha, WI

In this session we will look at how to use Civil 3D after survey data has been brought in to the project. We will cover the basics of controlling points in the file, surface creation, alignment and profile creation, and parcel creation.

Presenter Biography: Russ Nicloy has been in the civil/infrastructure industry for over 25 years. He has worked with municipalities, utilities, site designers, environmental engineering firms, and the Wisconsin DOT on transportation projects, helping organizations implement and train their staff for their specific use of their software. His company, MACER Technologies, provides drafting services to the civil/infrastructure industry in the Autodesk Infrastructure Collection of products.

#16  Trans 233 Restrictions & Driveways on State Highways: What Surveyors Need to Know When Dealing with WisDOT | 2.0 PDHs | Category 1 or 3

  
Presenters: Michael Roach, Jr. Statewide Access Engineer, Bureau of Technical Services, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison, WI and Stephen Sydow, WisDOT Access Management Specialist, Bureau of Technical Services, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison, WI

Surveying lands that abut a state highway means additional laws and regulations come into play. Does this lot have a right to access the highway? Where can they get access: Are there setback restrictions? Can these restrictions be removed? WisDOT has the answers to these questions and more.

Presenters Biographies: 

 10-10:20 .a.m. | Break/Virtual Exhibit Hall

Virtual Exhibit Hall

 10:20 a.m.-Noon | Sessions 17-20

#17  Pivoting Your Business Due to COVID: Make Changes Using Financial Analysis and Marketing Avatar Tools | 2.0 PDHs | Category 3


Presenters
: Mark Speirs, Consultant, Small Business Development Center, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI and Melissa Meschke, Director, Small Business Development Center, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI

Learn how consumers have changed due to the pandemic and how you can adjust. Employ financial analysis models such as cash flow to sort through your numbers and look for areas you can improve and plan for the future.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understand changes in consumer behavior in light of Covid. 
  2. Learn how to apply financial analysis to determine viability of pivoting your business. 
  3. Ceate a plan for realizing goals and objectives developed from changing markets.

Presenters Biography: Mark Speirs is the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) business consultant at UW-Stevens Point. Mark has a strong and varied background in small business management and promotion with eight years as a small business owner and six years working in business and economic development. He is an experienced SBDC consultant who has counseled over 350 businesses and clients in starting and growing their business. 

Melissa Meschke is the Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Stevens Point. A UW-Eau Claire graduate, Melissa returned to Wisconsin after five years as marketing director and chief operating officer at Michigan Creative, a marketing company in Lansing. Through heavy involvement in Lansing’s entrepreneurial space, she gained knowledge on funding sources, business plan development, legal issues and marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Business Communication Certificate from UW-Eau Claire.

#18  Railroad Surveying 101-Part 2 (Continued from Session 14 and 22) | 2.0 PDHs | Category 3


Presenter:
Charlie Tucker, LS, Manager, Denver Railway Services, Denver, CO
 
This course begins with the "dirty dozen", a list of 12 most common blunders, poor assumptions and bad guesses that railroad professionals see on an everyday basis coming to them from non-railroad professionals and agencies that kill or delay projects that involve crossing or bordering a railroad. Upon completion of this seminar, the surveyor should be much more aware of the issues and requirements to be addressed prior to tackling a railroad-related project. The surveyor should now be more confident that railroad related work and railroad boundary skills can be managed under his area of expertise.


Presenter Biography:
 Mr. Tucker is a highly skilled railroad surveyor and project manager, possessing 39 years of experience in and around the railroad industry. He is considered an expert on railroad surveying and records – expertise he honed during his 15 years working for Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF). He is well-versed in the needs of small, large, and industrial-scale railroads. While working for ATSF, Charlie held a variety of positions that provided him with an intimate working knowledge of the industry. As a consultant, he has worked nationwide for railroads and other related industry groups.   

#19 Is It Ethical to Be Professional? | 2.0 PDHs | Category 2


Presenter: Kory Allred, Ph.D., PLS, EI, 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.

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.

#20 Wisconsin's Piece of the State Plane Coordinate System of 2022 (SPCS2022): Practical Aspects of Adoption of New Reference Frames, Datums, and Coordinate Systems | 2.0 PDHs | Category 1 or 3


PresentersAlan Vonderohe, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI and Dan Rodman, PLS, City of Madison Parks Division, Madison, WI

Wisconsin has submitted to the National Geodetic Survey requests, proposals, and designs for two "layers" of map projections to be included in the new State Plane Coordinate System. A statewide single zone, as well as a new set of low-distortion projections (LDPs), similar but not identical to WISCRS, will be described. Practical considerations, from a surveyor's and spatial data manager's perspective, of implementing the new coordinate systems and their underlying new reference frame will be described with examples of potential coordinate differences and alternatives for dealing with them.

Presenter Biographies: Alan Vonderohe is Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His discipline is Geospatial Information Science and Engineering with background in geodesy, photogrammetry, GIS, and land surveying. Alan is co-chair of the Technical Focus Group for the Wisconsin Spatial Reference Systems 2022 Task Force (WSRS2022). He played a central role in development of Wisconsin’s current LDPs (WISCRS).

Dan Rodman is a Wisconsin Professional Land Surveyor with the City of Madison Parks Division, where he is custodian of decades of spatial data in existing coordinate reference systems and faces the practical challenge of relating it to the new systems. He is a member of the Technical Focus Group for the Wisconsin Spatial Reference Systems Task Force (WSRS2022), WSLS, and the Madison Area Surveyors Council.

 Noon-2 p.m. | Lunch/Virtual Exhibit Hall

Virtual Exhibit Hall

 2-4 p.m. | Sessions 21-25

#21  COVID-19 and The Workplace: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Headed?  | 2.4 PDHs | Category 1 or 3


Presenter: Jonathan R. Eiden, J.D., von Briesen & Roper, S.C., Neenah, WI

Most employers have adapted to a new way of operating in light of COVID-19. This program will discuss the main policy changes implemented by employers to keep employees engaged and productive. There will also be a discussion about anticipated policy changes as the country's response to COVID-19 continues to evolve. Likewise, this program will discuss the impact of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which is set to expire on December 31, 2020, and the new or anticipated legislation for 2021.

Presenter Biography: Jonathan Eiden is a shareholder in the Labor and Employment Section.  His practice focuses on compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, including discrimination, workplace standards, medical leave requirements, wage and hour regulations, and labor relations.  His clients include public and private employers of all sizes in a variety of industries.  In 2017, Jon was recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of their "Up and Coming Lawyers."

#22  Railroad Surveying 101-Part 3 (Continued from Sessions 14 and 18) | 2.4 PDHs | Category 3

   
Presenter:  Charlie Tucker, LS, Manager, Denver Railway Services, Denver, CO

The course begins with the "dirty dozen", a list of the 12 most common blunders, poor assumptions, and bad guesses that railroad professionals see on an everyday basis coming to them from non-railroad professionals and agencies that kill or delay projects that involve crossing or bordering a railroad. Upon completing this seminar, the surveyor should be much more aware of the issues and requirements to be addressed prior to tackling a railroad-related project. The surveyor should now be more confident that railroad-related work and railroad boundary skills can be managed under his area of expertise. 


Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understanding railroad surveying basics.
  2. Understanding railroad cadastre and getting beyond the limitations of the courthouse
  3. Understanding railroad abandonment, title, federal (and where that collides with state and local rules) regulation. 

Presenter Biography: Mr. Tucker is a highly skilled railroad surveyor and project manager, possessing 39 years of experience in and around the railroad industry. He is considered an expert on railroad surveying and records – expertise he honed during his 15 years working for Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF). He is well-versed in the needs of small, large, and industrial-scale railroads. While working for ATSF, Charlie held a variety of positions that provided him with an intimate working knowledge of the industry. As a consultant, he has worked nationwide for railroads and other related industry groups.   

#23 Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors Annual Meeting | 2.4 PDHs | Category 1 or 3


This session is the WSLS Annual Meeting and will include items typically addressed during the Institute Banquet.  We will recognize new licensees, Map/Plat contest winners, Trig-Star winners, and the Annual Awards.  The Foundation will present scholarships.  Per usual, it will include committee and chapter reports and the current President will address the membership concerning the Society’s accomplishments.  The Tellers Committee will announce the new officers for 2021.  The President will pass the gavel to the new President, followed by the new President addressing the membership on his plan for 2021.  

#24 Drones! What Are They Good For? | 2.4 PDHs | Category 1 or 3


PresenterKory Allred, Ph.D., PLS, EIT,  Parkland Community College, Champaign, IL

This session will focus on court cases involving drones and their operators. We will also discuss tips on passing the Part 107 exam and include a short review of the topics covered in the exam.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Recognize how the court system views and has handles drone cases. 
  2. Further understand the rules and regulations of drone use. 
  3. Become more comfortable with the FAA Part 107 exam and the contents. 

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.

#25  Principles and Practice of Land Surveying (PLS) Exam Prep-Part 1 (Continued in Session 30) | 2.4 PDHs | Category 3

  
PresenterHoward Herrild, Ph.D., PLS, Associate Dean, Instructor, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI

This session is for the person who is looking to take the Fundamentals of Land Surveying exam and the Principles and Practices Land Surveying exam. This land surveying refresher will focus on the things you need to know about the exams, public land survey system, study materials, and exam format. With a small focus on the licensing application process.

2021 Session Descriptions | Friday, January 29, 2020 (2022 Session Descriptions Coming Soon!)

 8:20-10 a.m. | Sessions 26-30

#26  Practical Applications, Control, and Techniques for Using UAS Mapping Systems | 2.0 PDHs | Category 3


Presenters: Daniel Schwartz, UAS Specialist, P.E. Ruekert & Mielke, Lannon, WI and JT Holcombe, JT Holcombe, P.E., the Sigma Group, Inc., Milwaukee, WI

Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) technology has become an indispensable data acquisition tool for the modern engineer and surveyor, While many lofty claims have been made regarding accuracy and efficiency of these systems, this presentation will focus on down to earth techniques to produce reliable data for your team and your clients.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Learn how to properly mission plan with both RTK and non-RTK mapping systems. 
  2. Understand the basics of ground control and accuracy verification/reporting. 
  3.  Learn how to integrate drone-collected data into existing survey workflows.

Presenter Biography: Daniel Schwartz is a licensed Professional Engineer, Certified (manned-aircraft) Flight Instructor and Remote Pilot. He has been immersed in Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) technology since 2015, implementing this rapidly developing technology in a diverse range of applications within the surveying, engineering and construction fields. From municipal roadways to the Foxconn megaproject, Daniel has used drone technology to enhance construction inspection efficiency and give project managers more information to make better decisions.

JT Holcombe is a Professional Engineer and FAA-certified Private and Remote Pilot. With over four years of drone mapping and surveying experience on high-profile projects around the country, JT is well-versed in the applications and capabilities of this rapidly advancing technology.

#27  Parcel Maps vs. Survey Maps vs. GIS Legal Status | 2.0 PDHs | Category 1 or 3


Presenter:  Steve Sorenson, Steve Sorenson, J.D., von Briesen & Roper S.C., Neenah, WI

This program will look at different uses of different maps. It will identify the impact of the map in the big picture. Most importantly, the program will identify what the difference is between a map and a survey both from a legal as well as a practical perspective. A careful look at the conflict that often develops between the tax lister, register of deeds, and the surveyor who often see their jobs as the same but which are, in fact, very different with each having an important role.

Learning Objectives: 
  1.  Know the difference between a survey and a map. 
  2.  Know when detail is need and why. 
  3.  Develop skills in explaining the difference without insulting the listener. 

Presenter Biography: Wisconsin native born and raised in Chippewa Falls and graduate of Luther College With B.A. in Political Science and Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from Marquette University. Practiced real estate, municipal and business law throughout the State of Wisconsin with a concentration on land use and water rights especially as to zoning issues, development, and riparian rights. Served as President of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Former member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Realtors Association. Adjunct Professor at Ripon College. 

#28  Endemic Diseases and Outbreaks in Wisconsin | 2.0 PDHs | Category 3


Presenter
Angelo Kolokithas, Ph.D., Program Director, Biology, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI

There are many diseases that make Wisconsin their home, while others come from different places. This presentation will cover diseases that are commonly acquired while outdoors, with special focus on diseases carried by ticks and mosquitos. Topics include disease spread, risk factors, signs and symptoms, treatments, and prevention. 

Presenter Biography: Angelo Kolokithas is a program director of biology at Northeast Wisconsin Technical college where he teaches courses in biology, microbiology, cell biology, and experimental design. He also directs retroviral research at the college. Previous to NWTC, he performed retroviral research at the National Institutes of Health. He has his B.S in cell and molecular biology from San Diego State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Montana/National Institutes of Health Partnership.

#29  Riparian Boundaries | 2.0 PDHs | Category 1 or 3


PresenterKory Allred, Ph.D., PLS, EIT, Parkland Community College, Champaign, IL

We will review the basics of riparian boundaries as well as discuss several court cases where water boundaries are at issue.

Learning Objectives:  
  1. Understand the basics of where parcel lines fall related to water boundaries in Wisconsin and neighboring states. 
  2. Review several court cases that involve water boundaries.
  3. Understand the implications of common law related to water boundaries.

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.

#30  Principles and Practice of Land Surveying (PLS) Exam Prep-Part 2 (Continued from Session 25) | 2.0 PDHs | Category 3


Presenter
Howard Herrild, Ph.D., PLS, Associate Dean, Instructor, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI

This session is for the person who is looking to take the Fundamentals of Land Surveying exam and the Principles and Practices Land Surveying exam. This land surveying refresher will focus on the things you need to know about the exams, public land survey system, study materials, and exam format. With a small focus on the licensing application process.

Presenter Biography: Howard is a PLS in Wisconsin and several other states. He has 15 years of industry experience, four years of teaching experience, and is now in a leadership role at NWTC. Howard is a strong advocate for continuing education and the growth of young professionals.

 10-10:20 a.m. | Break

​Next session starts promptly at 10:20 a.m.

 10:20 a.m.-Noon | Sessions 31-35

#31  Wisconsin County Surveyors Association (WCSA) Annual Membership Meeting | 2.0 PDHs | Category 3


Presenters: Ryan Duckart, PLS, President, Wisconsin County Land Surveyors, Brown County Surveyor, Brown County Planning and Land Services, Green Bay, WI and Tom Leslie, PLS, Wisconsin County Land Surveyors, De Pere, WI

This sessions provides a unique learning opportunity on a wide variety of land surveying topics. While this session serves as the annual membership meeting for Wisconsin County Surveyors Association, all WSLS members are invited to join in on the discussion and ask questions on the various topics. Representatives from the State Cartographers Office, National Geodetic Survey, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be in attendance to deliver reports and answer questions. The "Friend of Wisconsin Land Surveying Award" will be presented along with recognition of WCSA members accomplishments.

 Presenter Biographies: 

#32  Recent Court Cases of Interest to Surveyors | 2.0 PDHs | Category 1 or 3


Presenter
:  Steve Sorenson, Steve Sorenson, J.D., von Briesen & Roper S.C., Neenah, WI

Overview of all the important and interesting cases from the past year concerning surveying, land use, zoning, boundary disputes, riparian rights and other stimulating topics that will have you on the edge of your seat. From the float bog case to the eroding shoreline, this program will take a look at how courts are interpreting the role of surveyors and the laws we are asked to follow. A special part of the program will be the regular stump the presenter segment where participants will be allowed to recite their own fact situation, and we will look at how the current case law would interpret those facts.

Learning Objectives:  
  1. Update everyone on the newest case law. 
  2. Provide focus to where the courts seem to be headed.

Presenter Biography: 
Wisconsin native born and raised in Chippewa Falls and graduate of Luther College With B.A. in Political Science and Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from Marquette University. Practiced real estate, municipal and business law throughout the State of Wisconsin with a concentration on land use and water rights especially as to zoning issues, development and riparian rights. Served as President of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Former member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Realtors Association. Adjunct professor at Ripon College. 

#33  COVID in the New Year: The Science Behind the Pandemic | 2.0 PDHs | Category 3


PresenterAngelo Kolokithas, Ph.D., Program Director, Biology, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI

The United States and the World are faced with a Pandemic, the likes we haven't seen in over 100 years. From politics to social media, there is much misinformation spread to the public. This presentation will separate facts from fiction, and present the real science behind the virus. Topics include viral spread, disease, epidemiology, medicine, and future outlook.

Presenter Biography: Angelo Kolokithas is a program director of biology at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College where he teaches courses in biology, microbiology, cell biology, and experimental design. He also directs retroviral research at the college. Previous to NWTC, he performed retroviral research at the National Institutes of Health. He has his B.S. in cell and molecular biology from San Diego State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Montana/National Institutes of Health Partnership.

#34  Code of Ethics and Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Training | 2.0 PDHs | Category 2


Presenter
Robin Waier, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Human Resources Generalist, raSmith, Brookfield, WI
 

This presentation discusses the basics of professional ethics, with examples specific to the Survey industry, in addition to the importance, both legally and morally, of preventing discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

Presenter Biography: Robin Waier has worked in Human Resources for the past 15 years and has significant experience in both training program development and delivery.  She has worked in the A/E/C industry for the last four years.

#35  Financial Planning for the Young Surveyor | 2.0 PDHs | Category 3


Presenters
Howard Herrild, PLS, Associate Dean, Instructor, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI and Kerri Herrild, Business Teacher, De Pere High School, De Pere, WI
 

This session will highlight important financial decisions that need to be made by young professionals. Topics will include retirement savings, importance of insurance, and budgeting to meet financial and personal goals.

Learning Objectives:  
  1. Understand where to start in retirement savings. 
  2. Explore insurance options and their importance.
  3. Develop a plan on how to budget to meet goals.

Presenters Biography: Howard is a PLS in Wisconsin and several other states. He has 15 years of industry experience, four years of teaching experience, and is now in a leadership role at NWTC. Howard is a strong advocate for continuing education and the growth of young professionals.

Kerri has been teaching business for 19 years in Wisconsin. Her teaching specialty and passion is Personal Finance. Kerri has presented to teachers across the country about various projects that she has done in her classroom and resources available to them. She looks forward to providing important insight for the new professionals just entering the field on the many financial decisions that lie ahead.

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