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Program & Agenda

The RMSS Planning Committee is carefully considering various ways to provide the necessary continuing education with the maximum vendor interaction in a safe environment that will meet whatever the current COVID-19 restrictions will be. At this time, the Committee is planning a 3-day in-person conference with limited seating for February 24-25, 2021 at Marriott Denver West. In addition, the Committee is developing an online conference program that will be available February 22-26, 2021.

Please stay tuned for more information as it develops.

Limited In-Person Conference

Limited seating at Denver Marriott West and Live-Streamed Online
Time Limited In-Person Track
Golden Ballroom and Live-Streamed Online
7:00am Registration Open
8:00am-12:00pm GARY KENT, PLS “Art of Retracement”
12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH, Exhibitor Introduction
1:00pm-5:00pm GARY KENT, PLS “Art of Retracement”
Time Limited In-Person Track
Golden Ballroom and Live-Streamed Online
7:00am Registration Open
8:00am-12:00pm GARY KENT, PLS “Surveyors Judicial Role”
12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH, Awards, Plat Competition, Photo Competition
1:00pm-5:00pm GARY KENT, PLS “Surveyors Judicial Role”

Virtual Conference

Live-Streamed Online
Time Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
Live-Streamed Online Live-Streamed Online Live-Streamed Online
9:00am-11:00am KELLY MILLER, PLS & JOYCE YOUNG Department of Regulatory Agencies Representatives “AES DORA Board Activities” (Part 1) DR. JAN VAN SICKLE “Accuracy, Error Analysis, and Statistics” BOB GREEN, PLS, NATHAN STEPHENSON & PHIL JAHNS “UAS and Mobile Data The Ground Control Dilemma”
11:30am-12:30pm PLSC Annual Board Meeting
1:00pm-3:00pm KELLY MILLER, PLS & JOYCE YOUNG Department of Regulatory Agencies Representatives “AES DORA Board Activities” (Part 2) DR. JAN VAN SICKLE “Coordinates and Geodesy” ADAM KERSNOWSKI, MELISSA JAKUBIAK, PLS & DAVID MORCZINEK “Aerial mapping best practices: achieving accuracy & efficiency with Artificial Intelligence”
Time Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
Live-Streamed Online Live-Streamed Online Live-Streamed Online
9:00am-11:00am DUSTIN HOAGLIN, PLS “Where the rubber Hits the Road – Trimble Business Center – Point Cloud Workflow” DR. JAN VAN SICKLE “GPS modernization and GNSS” KEN MARTINEZ “Tips & Best Management Practices (BMP) for the Land Surveyor in Autodesk, Civil 3D”
11:30am-12:30pm Chapter Summit
11:30am-12:30pm NSPS Young Surveyors Meeting
1:00pm-3:00pm KATHRYN LYON “CDOTS role in Transportation Projects and Right of Way” DR. JAN VAN SICKLE “LiDAR, IMU and GNSS in Mobile Mapping” JENNA CONOVER “Quickbooks for Small Businesses”
Time Track 1 Track 2 Live-Streamed Online
Live-Streamed Online Live-Streamed Online Golden Ballroom & Live-Streamed Online
8:00am-9:00am None None GARY KENT, PLS “Art of Retracement” (Class from 8:00am-5:00pm with lunch from 12:00pm-1:00pm)
9:00am-11:00am MICHAEL DENNIS, PHD, RLS, PE National Geodetic Survey Representative “Brave New Datums and Coordinates After 2022” TERESA SMITHSON, PLS, GISP “GIS for Beginners: It’s NOT a Map!”
11:00am-1:00pm LUNCH, Exhibitor Introduction
1:00pm-3:00pm JOHN HUNTER, PLS Colorado NGS Geodetic Coordinator “Dissecting the Colorado State Plane Coordinate System of 2022” TERESA SMITHSON, PLS, GISP “GIS for Surveyors – How to use free GIS data in your mapping”
3:00pm-5:00pm None None
5:00pm-7:00pm Virtual Cocktail Hour
Time Live-Streamed Online
Golden Ballroom & Live-Streamed Online
8:00am-12:00pm GARY KENT, PLS “Surveyors Judicial Role”
12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH, Awards, Plat Competition, Photo Competition
1:00pm-5:00pm GARY KENT, PLS “Surveyors Judicial Role”
Time Live-Streamed Online
Golden Ballroom & Live-Streamed Online
8:00am-12:00pm STEVE PARRISH, PLS, CFEDS & RANDY BLOOM, PLS with BLM Team, A.M. CFedS Course: “Records Research, Concepts and Computations, Parentheticals”
12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH
1:00pm-5:00pm STEVE PARRISH, PLS, CFedS & RANDY BLOOM, PLS with BLM Team, P.M. CFedS Course: “Area Relationships Plat Anomalies & Riparian Applications”

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Speakers

Monday, February 22nd

Live-Streaming Online

AES DORA Board Activities

Kelly Miller, PLS

This is a unique opportunity to learn all the activities that the AES Board manages, procedure information, and  plans for future rule considerations.

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AES DORA Board Activities

Joyce Young

This is a unique opportunity to learn all the activities that the AES Board manages, procedure information, and  plans for future rule considerations.

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Accuracy, Error Analysis, and Statistics

Jan Van Sickle, PhD, PLS

All measurements include error, they must, therefore, be adjusted. This is true no matter how they were gathered.

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UAS and Mobile Data The Ground Control Dilemma

Bob Green, PLS

As vendors of an array of dozens of drones (Fixed Wing, Copters, VTOLS/Vertical Takeoff and Landing), payloads, sensors, measurement solutions and workflows, we are consulted daily for our opinion.

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UAS and Mobile Data The Ground Control Dilemma

Nathan Stephanson

As vendors of an array of dozens of drones (Fixed Wing, Copters, VTOLS/Vertical Takeoff and Landing), payloads, sensors, measurement solutions and workflows, we are consulted daily for our opinion.

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UAS and Mobile Data The Ground Control Dilemma

Phil Jahns

As vendors of an array of dozens of drones (Fixed Wing, Copters, VTOLS/Vertical Takeoff and Landing), payloads, sensors, measurement solutions and workflows, we are consulted daily for our opinion.

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Coordinates and Geodesy

Jan Van Sickle, PhD, PLS

Coordinates?  Press a few buttons on a computer and they are automatically imported, exported, rotated, translated, collated, annotated and served up in any format you choose with no trouble at all.  There really is nothing to it.  Why have a seminar about coordinates?

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Aerial Mapping Best Practices

Adam Kersnowski

In this presentation, senior members of the AirWorks management team will discuss current trends in the aerial mapping industry, UAV best practices for data collection, achieving accuracies with aerial mapping technology implementation, and more.

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Aerial Mapping Best Practices

Melissa Jakubiak

In this presentation, senior members of the AirWorks management team will discuss current trends in the aerial mapping industry, UAV best practices for data collection, achieving accuracies with aerial mapping technology implementation, and more.

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Aerial Mapping Best Practices

David Morczinek

In this presentation, senior members of the AirWorks management team will discuss current trends in the aerial mapping industry, UAV best practices for data collection, achieving accuracies with aerial mapping technology implementation, and more.

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Tuesday, February 23rd

Live-Streaming Online

Where the Rubber Hits the Road - Trimble Business Center - Point Cloud Workflow

Dustin Hoaglin, PLS

This session will review and discuss Survey Office point cloud workflows in the Trimble Business Center software.

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GPS Modernization and GNSS

Jan Van Sickle, PhD, PLS

GPS, put in place with amazing speed considering the technological hurdles, is now critical to all sorts of positioning, navigation and timing around the world.  It’s that very criticality that requires the modernization.

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Tips & Best Management Practices (BMP) for the Land Surveyor in Autodesk, Civil 3D

Ken Martinez

If you find yourself struggling with your Day to Day tasks in Civil 3D, then this class is for you.

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CDOT's Role in Transportation Projects and Right of Way

Kathryn Lyon

Transportation projects continue to be in the spotlight. Improvements to our highway infrastructure is supported by Federal and State resources.

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LiDAR, IMU and GNSS in Mobile Mapping

Jan Van Sickle, PhD, PLS

In a sense the mobile mapping vehicle is a robot that relies on sensors to detect the world. Like your ears, eyes and nose each of its sensors has its specialty.

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Quickbooks for Small Businesses

Jenna Conover

This talk will consist of an introduction to bookkeeping basics and the importance of using a system to track business finances.

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Wednesday, February 24th

Live-Streaming Online and Limited In-Person

The Art of Retracement – Following the Footsteps

Gary Kent, PLS

Every professional surveyor across the Unites 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?

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Brave New Datums and Coordinates After 2022

Michael Dennis, PHD, RLS, PE

Fundamental changes are coming soon to the coordinate systems that define spatial data in the United States, changes that will profoundly impact surveying and all other geospatial professions.

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GIS for Beginners: It's NOT a Map!

Teresa Smithson, PLS, GISP

In this session we will get a better understanding of the power of spatial data within your business. The purpose of a GIS is to allow you to quickly and easily answer questions about your data that relate to location. We will explore mapping, databases, software, and web GIS.

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Dissecting the Colorado State Plane Coordinate System of 2022

John Hunter, PLS

Soon Colorado Land Surveyors will have a whole new State Plane Coordinate System available for them to use.  You may have heard about this new coordinate system and associated terms such as Low Distortion Projections, and State-Wide Zones.

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GIS for Surveyors - How to use free GIS data in your mapping

Teresa Smithson, PLS, GISP

There is a plethora of spatial data and tools available for the public, but how do you access it, transform it to information, and leverage it for value? We will look at how to utilize these free data files and tools, as well as how to integrate it within AutoCAD.

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Thursday, February 25th

Live-Streaming Online and Limited In-Person

The Surveyor's Judicial Role

Gary Kent, PLS

This program is aimed at getting surveyors to think outside the box and accept an expanded role in boundary determinations.

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Friday, February 26th

Live-Streaming Online and Limited In-Person

A.M. CFedS Course

Steve Parrish, PLS, CFEDS

This presentation is part of a 2-credit CFedS Continuing Education Course and will require the successful completion of a quiz before credit is approved.

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A.M. CFedS Course

Randy Bloom, PLS, Colorado BLM Cadastral Survey Branch Chief

This presentation is part of a 2-credit CFedS Continuing Education Course and will require the successful completion of a quiz before credit is approved.

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A.M. CFedS Course

Tasha Huhta, Cadastral Training Coordinator – BLM/NTC

This presentation is part of a 2-credit CFedS Continuing Education Course and will require the successful completion of a quiz before credit is approved.

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A.M. CFedS Course

Wayne Hancock, BLM Cadastral Surveyor

This presentation is part of a 2-credit CFedS Continuing Education Course and will require the successful completion of a quiz before credit is approved.

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A.M. CFedS Course

Sean Mullen, Cadastral Surveyor, BLM/CO

This presentation is part of a 2-credit CFedS Continuing Education Course and will require the successful completion of a quiz before credit is approved.

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P.M. CFedS Course

Steve Parrish, PLS, CFEDS

This presentation is part of a 2-credit CFedS Continuing Education Course and will require the successful completion of a quiz before credit is approved.

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P.M. CFedS Course

Randy Bloom, PLS, Colorado BLM Cadastral Survey Branch Chief

This presentation is part of a 2-credit CFedS Continuing Education Course and will require the successful completion of a quiz before credit is approved.

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P.M. CFedS Course

Dale Vinton, BLM Cadastral Survey Geodesist

This presentation is part of a 2-credit CFedS Continuing Education Course and will require the successful completion of a quiz before credit is approved.

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P.M. CFedS Course

Katharine Singleton, BLM Cadastral Surveyor

This presentation is part of a 2-credit CFedS Continuing Education Course and will require the successful completion of a quiz before credit is approved.

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P.M. CFedS Course

Wayne Hancock, BLM Cadastral Surveyor

This presentation is part of a 2-credit CFedS Continuing Education Course and will require the successful completion of a quiz before credit is approved.

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Exhibitors & Sponsors

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Hotel Information

The Marriott Denver West at 1717 Denver West Blvd., Golden, CO 80401 is the Rocky Mountain Surveyors Summit hotel.

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Committee & Board Members

Rocky Mountain Surveyors Summit Committee

Kayce D. W. Keane, PLS

Chairman

Mrs. Kayce Keane, a western North Carolina native, is the Survey Director for Boulder Land Consultants. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S degree in Applied Mathematics on full academic scholarships.

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Becky Roland

Executive Director, PLSC

Becky Roland is the Executive Director of PLSC and joined the organization in 2012. She has an MBA from Regis University and has been in association management for 31 years (she started when she was 12).

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Robert Boehm, PLS

Robert began his career in surveying in 1992 and he is currently a Global Technology Leader and Project Manager for Jacobs.

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Michael M. Greer, PLS

Director, PLSC

Michael M. Greer celebrated his 30th anniversary with Jefferson County April 1, 2019.  The first five years were spent in the Mapping Dept. retracing the original surveys in the Evergreen / Conifer area and along the various west County lines.

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Heather Lassner, PLS

Heather Lassner is a newly minted Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Colorado but has been working in the field of surveying or related fields since 2006, with ten years being municipal work at various locations across the Front Range.

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Shaun Lee, PLS

Treasurer PLSC

Shaun is native to Pennsylvania and grew up in a small town before moving to Maryland, then Colorado in 2007.

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Steve Parker, PLS

President PLSC

Steven Parker, PLS CFM CFedS, is the current president of the PLSC, and has been involved in the Rocky Mountain Surveyors Summit since it’s inception in 2011. Steve is a Professional Land Surveyor at NV5 in Colorado Springs.

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Glen Stice

Glen began his surveying career in 1994 as an instrument operator in West Palm Beach, FL.  In 1996 Glen moved to Colorado and worked as a crew chief in the field and as an AutoCAD tech in the industry.

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Steve McGrann

Steve is a native of New York where he received an associates degree in liberal arts, but that wasn’t enough for him.

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PLSC Board of Directors

PLSC Officers

President
Steve Parker

Vice President
Don Hulsey

Secretary/Treasurer
Shaun Lee

Past President
Todd Beers

Executive Director
Becky Roland

Northern Chapter
Heather Lassner

Central Chapter
Eric Carson
Mike Greer

Western Chapter
Scott Thompson
Tom Sylvester

Southern Chapter
Eric White
Brian Dennis

NW 1/4 Chapter
Leif Joy

WPFS Delegates
Todd Beers
Roger Nelson

NSPS Governor
Todd Beers

Southern Chapter

President
Don R. Hulsey, PLS

Vice President
Spencer Barron, PLS

Secretary
Steve Parker, PLS, CFedS, CFM

Treasurer
Dan Hanten, PLS

Director
Joseph Alessi III, PLS, CRA, GRI, BSME

Director
Mark Johannes, PLS, CFedS

Director
Steve Rutzen, PLS

Director
Jon Tessin, PLS, CFedS

Director
Eric White, PLS, CFedS

Director
Kenneth Gould, PLS

Director
Dennis Craig, PLS

Director – NGS Champion
Gary Rust, PLS

Central Chapter

President
Robert Boehm, PLS

Vice President
Derek Brown, PLS

Secretary
Cole Conger

Treasurer
Daniel Davis, PLS

Director
Devon Arnold, PLS

Director
Dane Courville, PLS

Director
Bryan Douglass, PLS

Director
Jeff MacKenna, PLS

Director
Laura Minchk

Director
Tony Peall, PLS

Director
Brian Socia, PLS

Northern Chapter

President
Tony Fendick

President Elect
Laine Landau

Secretary/Treasurer
Heather Lassner

Director
Ron Perkins

Director
Reade Roselles

Director
Michael DeDecker

Director
Steve Parks

Register

In-Person One Day Two Days
PLSC Member $200 $375
Non-Member $300 $475
Online-Only 2-Hour Class All Access CFedS Class (Includes CE)
PLSC Member $25 $250 $125
Non-Member $35 $350
Student $75
Sponsor Price
Exhibit & Webinar Sponsor $1000
Exhibit Sponsor $800
Webinar Sponsor $500
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