SurvCon 2017 – One for the Record Books
If you weren’t there, you missed a great one! From the starter’s gun, to the final whistle, this conference filled the surveyor’s needs for knowledge, information, and best of all, networking.
Nearly 800 registrants made this one of SurvCon’s biggest events. The abundant camaraderie with all those folks you may see only once a year was exciting. One of the best parts of the conference was all the newfaces. A hearty welcome to all those new participants.
Twenty-four courses were offered over a period of three days. Whether you were interested in law, equipment, technical information, or management, these courses had it covered. Numerous courses had over 150 attendees. One of the well-attended classes was “Bathymetric Surveying”, as presented by James Dunkley, Daniel Huyke, Karen Ann Riley and Michael Wyatt, which created many positive responses (a strong chance this course may be back next year). “Ethics, Professionalism and the Courts” by Kris Kline was also one of the highly-attended classes, as was his course on “Three More Ways To Find Trouble”. NJSPLS members Lew Conley and Nick Wunner gave the attendees reviews of various state codes. Nick also gave an interesting course on municipal boundaries.
Twenty-seven vendors showed their wares and exciting new equipment. These fine companies are the backbone of SurvCon. Many of the firms have been sponsors or vendors for many years.
The annual NJIT Reception had nearly 100 students, alumni, and supporters (including at least two old NCE school rings). Dr. Laramie Potts, director of the program, gave a short message with particular thanks to John White and LEICA for all they provide to the program. This event was enhanced by a visit from past program director and delegate to NJSPLS from Israel, Dr. Josh Greenfeld.
The map contest had over 75 entries in ten categories. The first-place award winners were given a plaque and monetary prizes by Nick Wunner, Chairman of the Map Contest Committee, at the Annual Meeting.
Twenty-eight Past Presidents and Fellows met at the annual breakfast. There were some lively discussions on the mission of this group, the four-year program, and obtaining new personnel in the surveying community. They also offered two members as prospective Fellows to the Board of Directors.
The most important procedural aspect of the conference is the Annual Meeting where by-laws are amended, minutes approved, and new officers installed. Past president Barry Gleissner passed the gavel to incoming president Carl Peters, who discussed his goals for the year. These new officers were installed by Curt Sumner, Executive Director of NSPS:
President ~ Carl Peters, PLS, PE
President-elect ~ Ambrose Gmeiner, PLS
Vice President ~ John Beattie, PLS
Secretary/Treasurer~ Stanley Hans, PLS
Director at Large ~Jeremy Klapper, PLS
The Immediate Past President is Barry Gleissner, PLS is pictured (on the left) receiving the Past President's plaque from Carl Peters in gratitude for his tenure as President
Mr. Sumner also gave a review of topics currently active in NSPS including:
• The relationship with the National Association of Realtors
• The rekindled interest for expanding the use of a joint NSPS/ASFPM Certified Floodplain Surveyor certification program to other states. Currently the program is available only in North Carolina.
• Template legislation for the coming of NAD22
• Progress of the Surveying Task Force
• Creation of a Workforce Development initiative
• Implementation issues with the Davis Bacon Act
• Outreach to American School Counselors
• NSPS Workshop Database
• Working with the Property Records Industry Association
The second Technicians Day was a huge success with over 60 participants. Many one-hour presentations given by experienced surveyors, technicians and vendors were available for the technicians to experience elements of the profession.
Make sure you don’t miss all these interesting activities next year at SurvCon 2018. Put the dates of January 31 and February 1-2, 2018 on your calendar NOW.
~ Contributed by William Beardslee, PLS, PE