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5J-17 STANDARDS OF PRACTICE (SOP)

Course No. 6962

6 SOP/L&R CEC

5J-17.050 Definitions
5J-17.051 General Survey, Map, and Report Content Requirements
5J-17.052 Specific Survey, Map, and Report Requirements
5J-17.061 Seals, Signatures
5J-17.062 Procedures for Signing and Sealing Electronically Transmitted Plans, Specifications, Reports or Other Documents
5J-17.063 Certificates of Authorization

Michael J. Whitling, PSM was the County Surveyor for Miami-Dade County and was employed in surveying for the county for forty-three years. He holds degrees in Land Surveying and Civil Engineering from Miami-Dade College and has been a licensed Surveyor since 1989. Mr. Whitling is also certified as an instructor of insurance education in the area of Surveying Legal Descriptions. He has served on the FSMS state level as President, Vice-President, and District Director.


A History of the Prime Meridian Marker
Course No. 8403
3 General CEC

This course will inform the surveying community about the old markers, why they were placed and the importance of these markers to every property owner in the state. Other state’s markers (most have multiple prime meridians) will be discussed in comparison to that of Florida’s. The instructions for setting the monuments and the running of the principal lines from the prime meridian marker will also be discussed as will the men who risked their lives to get the job done. The various legends that have cropped up over the years will also be discussed and what was done to set the record straight on these stories. Finally, the design of the new marker will be discussed and what that will symbolize for the surveying community and the state as a whole. Artifacts recovered from the site will be displayed and discussed in relation to the stories and legends about the Prime Meridian Marker.

Dr. Joe Knetsch works for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of State Lands, Bureau of Survey and Mapping. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in History from Florida State University in 1990. He has worked as the historian for the Governor and Cabinet, sitting on the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, since 1987. Dr. Knetsch has published over 180 articles and reviews on Florida history. He has given nearly 150 papers on the topic of Florida history, surveying and genealogy.


 

ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards

Currently Unavailable; Course updated for the NEW ALTA/NSPS Standards COMING SOON

Course No. 6963

6 General CEC

This course will focus on the 2011 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards. It is recognized that members of the American Land Title Association (ALTA) have specific needs, peculiar to title insurance matters, which require particular information for acceptance by title insurance companies when said companies are asked to insure title to land without exceptions as to the many matters which might be discoverable from survey and inspection and not be evidenced by the public records. In the general interest of the public, the surveying profession, title insurers and abstracters, ALTA, the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors, Inc. (NSPS) jointly promulgate and set forth such details and criteria for these standards.

Gary Kent, PSM is Director of Integrated Services at The Schneider Corporation, a surveying, engineering and GIS firm based in Indianapolis. He serves on Schneider’s leadership council and his responsibilities include training, coaching and mentoring the surveying staff. Mr. Kent is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. in Land Surveying and is registered to practice land surveying in Indiana and Michigan. He is chair of the Committee on ALTA/ACSM Standards for both ACSM/NSPS and for the American Land Title Association. He is also Past-President of both the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (2001) and the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors (1989). A member of the adjunct faculty at Purdue University from 1999-2006, Mr. Kent taught Boundary Law, Legal Descriptions, Property Surveying and Land Survey Systems. He has received two “Excellence in Teaching Awards” since he started teaching in 1999.


 

Basics of Real Property

Course No. 8359
3 General CEC

This course will define the distinction between the historical and modern views of what constitutes real and personal property. It will examine the surveyor's interest and the title holder's interest in relation to identifying and describing claims of title as well as boundaries of oral and written claims. Understanding the basics of real property in a legal aspect as well as the surveyor's viewpoint is a prerequisite for the real property surveyor.

Walt Robillard, Esq, PSM is a Professional Land Surveyor registered in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. He is a member of the Georgia Bar. He has worked and taught continuing education courses internationally in the areas of real property, law, surveying and forestry. He is an honorary Member of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society and a member of the numerous state societies. Mr. Robillard is a past president of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and is the recipient of the Earl Fennell Award for Education. He was an original member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Florida Surveying program. Mr. Robillard is the co-author of the college textbooks Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location, Boundary Control and Legal Principles and the legal reference book Clark on Surveying & Boundaries.


 

Boundaries in Florida

Course No. 7667

6 SOP/L&R CEC

This course will acquaint the student with history of land owndership and case law that impacts boundary surveying in the State of Florida.

W. Lamar Evers, PSM is a professional land surveyor registered in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and North Carolina. He is employed by the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, Division of State Lands, Bureau of Survey and Mapping as the Mean High Water (MHW) and LABINS Program Manager. He is the Bureau’s representative to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers meetings. Also, Mr. Evers is the contact for the continuing education needs for the 15 professional surveyors and mappers on staff. He has taught continuing education courses for surveyors and mappers, attorneys and real estate professionals and has been qualified as an expert witness in land surveying matters in state and federal courts.

He is a Life Member of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS), member of the American Association for Geodetic Surveying, and a Fellow Member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). He has served FSMS as Vice President, President-Elect, President, Immediate Past President and District One Director. As the NSPS Governor for FSMS, he served as Secretary and Chairman of the NSPS Board of Governors, the NSPS Area 4 Director and the President of NSPS. He, also, has served on the Department of Natural Resources Public Land Survey Advisory Board, Edison Community College Technical Advisory Committee, Troy University Geomatics Advisory Board and Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers.  


 

Chapter 177, Platting

Course No. 6970

6 SOP/L&R CEC

Law Implemented
Rewrites to the Law
Law Review 177.011 Purpose and scope of Part I
177.021 Legal status of recorded plats
177.031 Definitions
177.041 Boundary survey and title certification required
177.051 Name and replat of subdivision
177.061 Qualifications and statement required
177.071 Approval of plat by governing bodies
177.081 Dedication and approval
177.085 Platted streets; reversionary clause
177.086 Installation of cul-de-sac
177.091 Plats made for recording
177.101 Vacation and annulment of plats subdividing land
177.111 Instructions for filing plat
177.121 Misdemeanor to molest monument or deface or destroy map or plat
177.121 Recordation of the Department of Transportation officialright-of-way maps and other governmental right-of-way maps
177.132 Preservation of unrecorded maps
177.141 Affidavit confirming error on a recorded plat
177.142 Renaming of subdivisions and streets on plats and maps
177.151 State plane coordinate

Plat Checklist
Resources
Attorney General Opinions
Current Law and Rules affecting Surveyors

Gary Kent, PSM is Director of Integrated Services at The Schneider Corporation, a surveying, engineering and GIS firm based in Indianapolis. He serves on Schneider’s leadership council and his responsibilities include training, coaching and mentoring the surveying staff. Mr. Kent is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. in Land Surveying and is registered to practice land surveying in Indiana and Michigan. He is chair of the Committee on ALTA/ACSM Standards for both ACSM/NSPS and for the American Land Title Association. He is also Past-President of both the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (2001) and the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors (1989). A member of the adjunct faculty at Purdue University from 1999-2006, Mr. Kent taught Boundary Law, Legal Descriptions, Property Surveying and Land Survey Systems. He has received two “Excellence in Teaching Awards” since he started teaching in 1999.


 

Client Satisfaction Excellence for Surveying Professionals

Course No. 7229

6 General CEC

ONLY AVAILABLE BY MAIL

This six-hour correspondence is designed to give the surveying professional the tools to serve their clients better. The use of instrumented learning (Inscape Publishing's Personal Profile System and the Customer Service Action Planner) will give the surveying professional the knowledge and skills to discover their communications and customer satisfaction strengths and then to develop strategies to capitalize on those strengths. Instrumented learning will give each surveying professional immediate and specific personal feedback concerning his or her unique communications strengths and those areas where he or she can make personal and professional communication's excellence growth. This will enable them to become more effective in meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of their clients.

Larry Kryske, Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.) works with people who want to create their finest hour and with organizations that want to be more successful. He has over thirty years of worldwide success leading men and women and building unstoppable teams. He was a career naval officer, private school administrator, and strategic planner. He is President of Homeport Speaking and Seminars, a full-service leadership firm. He speaks nationwide on leadership, teamwork, and productivity. He has worked with clients in over 50 different industries including surveyors in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and California. Commander Kryske has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Astronomy in 1971 from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master of Science Degree in Applied Science in 1978 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is a graduate of 830 hours of continuing education in quality improvement, communications, marketing, customer relations, and productivity (1990-2005), a graduate of Carlson Learning Company Instrumented Learning Certification Program (1995), a graduate of Deming Quality Improvement Program (1990), and a graduate of over 3,500 hours of Navy technical, leadership, and management training courses (1971-1993). Commander Kryske is author of the leadership book, The Churchill Factors: Creating Your Finest Hour and the leadership and teamwork book, The Greatest Board in the World.


 

Contracts for the Professional

Course No. 8411
3 General CEC

This course will explain the necessity of approaching each professional endeavor with a written contract in place. The various aspects of written and unwritten contracts will be discussed, and information will be given on how to be a good business professional.

Walt Robillard, Esq, PSM is a Professional Land Surveyor registered in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. He is a member of the Georgia Bar. He has worked and taught continuing education courses internationally in the areas of real property, law, surveying and forestry. He is an honorary Member of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society and a member of the numerous state societies. Mr. Robillard is a past president of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and is the recipient of the Earl Fennell Award for Education. He was an original member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Florida Surveying program. Mr. Robillard is the co-author of the college textbooks Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location, Boundary Control and Legal Principles and the legal reference book Clark on Surveying & Boundaries.


 

Critical Communications for Surveying Professionals

Course No. 7228

6 General CEC

ONLY AVAILABLE BY MAIL

This six-hour correspondence is designed to give the surveying professional the tools to work better with others. The use of instrumented learning (Inscape Publishing's Personal Profile System) will give the surveying professional the knowledge and skills to discover their communications and behavioral strengths and then to develop strategies to capitalize on those strengths. Instrumented learning will give each surveying professional immediate and specific personal feedback concerning his or her unique communications strengths and those areas where he or she can make personal and professional communication's excellence growth. This will enable them to become more effective leaders who understand critical leadership, teamwork, and motivation strategies.

Larry Kryske, Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.) works with people who want to create their finest hour and with organizations that want to be more successful. He has over thirty years of worldwide success leading men and women and building unstoppable teams. He was a career naval officer, private school administrator, and strategic planner. He is President of Homeport Speaking and Seminars, a full-service leadership firm. He speaks nationwide on leadership, teamwork, and productivity. He has worked with clients in over 50 different industries including surveyors in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and California. Commander Kryske has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Astronomy in 1971 from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master of Science Degree in Applied Science in 1978 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is a graduate of 830 hours of continuing education in quality improvement, communications, marketing, customer relations, and productivity (1990-2005), a graduate of Carlson Learning Company Instrumented Learning Certification Program (1995), a graduate of Deming Quality Improvement Program (1990), and a graduate of over 3,500 hours of Navy technical, leadership, and management training courses (1971-1993). Commander Kryske is author of the leadership book, The Churchill Factors: Creating Your Finest Hour and the leadership and teamwork book, The Greatest Board in the World.


 

Digital Signatures for Surveyors

Course No. 8491

3 General CEC 

This course will educate the reader on the ins and outs of using a digital signature. What is a digital signature? How do you create one? How can you use it securely? These are just some of the questions that will be answered during this course. If you’ve ever wondered about using a digital signature, this course is for you.

Dolly Carwile, PSM is a Sr Cadastral Mapper with the Orange County Property Appraiser and a licensed Florida Professional Surveyor and Mapper. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Operations and several associate degrees all of which she has applied to various aspects of surveying. Mrs. Carwile has guest lectured at Seminole State College surveying classes and for the Central Florida Chapter CST Study Group. She beta tested Civil 3D and has extensive training in using Civil 3D for surveying and streamlining processes. Mrs. Carwile is currently the President of the Central Florida Chapter, where she has been an active member since 2004, including managing the Chapter Website and Newsletter.

  

 


Elevation Certificates and the Community Rating System

Course No. 8257
3 General CEC

This course relates to the practice of surveying and mapping as defined in Chapter 472, F.S. in that it instructs and informs the attendee the purpose of the elevation certificate, how to complete the certificate. In addition, recent changes to the Community Rating System will be discussed and how a Vertical Program is rated.

Michael J. Whitling, PSM was the County Surveyor for Miami-Dade County and was employed in surveying for the county for forty-three years. He holds degrees in Land Surveying and Civil Engineering from Miami-Dade College and has been a licensed Surveyor since 1989. Mr. Whitling is also certified as an instructor of insurance education in the area of Surveying Legal Descriptions. He has served on the FSMS state level as President, Vice-President, and District Director.


 

Ethics for the Design Professional

Course No. 8620

6 General CEC

This course is about the decisions that are made every day while running a professional design business such as engineering or surveying and mapping. It includes: explaining the public trust that every design professional has to uphold; discussing the expectation by the public for the design professional to be unbiased in the application of his/her knowledge and skills as a professional while performing his/her task. The design professional is also guided by the laws of Florida that were put in place for the protection of the public. There are court cases that have been decided and set precedents for the design professional to follow. Some of these laws and court cases are a direct result of a design professional who made an unethical decision while performing his/her professional tasks.

Updated by Dianne Collins, PSM

Created by:

Jack Breed, PSM has over 36 years of experience that have encompassed all phases of infrastructure planning and development, in Surveying and Mapping, Environmental Sciences, Planning, Design and Agency Permitting and Construction Management. For the past 22 years, he has focused on Public Infrastructure projects. He has provided complete project services, from program management to planning and design through permitting and construction for a diverse array of Public Infrastructure projects. As a Professional Surveyor and Mapper, he has been responsible for route/right-of-way, sectional retracement, boundary, construction, topographic, and geodetic control surveys for electric transmission lines, transportation projects and commercial and residential developments. In addition to his 28 years as a Vice President at CivilSurv Design Group, Inc., Mr. Breed is an Adjunct Professor in the University of Florida’s renowned Geomatics Program, teaching the Senior Course SUR4430 “The Practice of Surveying and Mapping”.


 

Florida Laws

Course No. 6966

6 SOP/L&R CEC

Introduction
Chapter 472 – Land Surveying & Mapping
Chapter 177 – Land Boundaries - Part I, Platting
Chapter 177 – Land Boundaries - Part II, Coastal Mapping
Chapter 177 – Land Boundaries - Part III, Restoration of Corners
Chapter 161 – Beach & Shore Preservation - Part I, Regulations of Construction, Reconstruction and Other Physical Activity
Chapter 161 – Beach & Shore Preservation - Part II, Beach & Shore Preservation Districts
Chapter 161 – Beach & Shore Preservation - Part III, Coastal Zone Protection
Chapter 718 – Condominiums
Chapter 718 – Condominiums - Part I - General Provisions
Chapter 718 – Condominiums - Part IV - Special Types of Condominiums
Chapter 95 – Limitations of Actions; Adverse Possession

Art Mastronicola Jr., PSM has over thirty-five years experience in land surveying. In addition to his responsibilities associated with field crew and office production supervision and operation, Mr. Mastronicola is experienced in project management and review for development clients, civil engineers, roadway projects, municipalities and private clients. He is currently registered in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, New York and Connecticut. Mr. Mastronicola is a Past State President of FSMS as well as a former board member and chair for the FDACS BPSM. These positions have allowed him to see many of the items that create issues and concerns for surveyors.


 

Geographic Information Systems

Course No. 7107

6 General CEC

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology can be used for surveying, resource management and development planning. For example, a GIS might allow emergency planners to easily calculate emergency response times in the event of a natural disaster or a GIS might be used to assist surveyors in finding records of land transactions.

A GIS is a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing,and displaying geographically referenced information; that is,data identified according to location. Practitioners also definea GIS as including the procedures, operating personnel, and spatialdata that go into the system.

The power of a GIS comes from the ability to relate different informationin a spatial context and to reach a conclusion about this relationship.Most of the information we have about our world contains a locationreference, placing that information at some point on the globe.When rainfall information is collected, it is important to knowwhere the rainfall is located. This is done by using a locationreference system, such as longitude and latitude, and perhaps elevation.Comparing the rainfall information with other information, suchas the location of marshes across the landscape, may show thatcertain marshes receive little rainfall. This fact may indicatethat these marshes are likely to dry up, and this inference canhelp us make the most appropriate decisions about how humans shouldinteract with the marsh. A GIS, therefore, can reveal importantnew information that leads to better decision making.

Scot Smith, PhD received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1982. He has been at University of Florida since 1989. Before coming to Florida, Scot was at Kodak and before that, he was a professor at Ohio State. Mr. Smith became a registered surveyor and mapper in Florida in 1995. His expertise is primarily in remote sensing, but also teaches GIS classes. Current research activities are a wildlife habitat-mapping project of Florida for the US Fish and Wildlife Department, site analysis in Sinai, Egypt and a study of the impact of a new dam on the Danube River in Hungary. Scot has a new project funded by NATO to investigate the use of zeolites for treating wastewater in Hungary.


 

Georgia Technical Standards for Property Surveys

Course No. 8553

6 General CEC

This course instructs and informs the attendee regarding Georgia technical standards for property surveys. The public must be able to rely on the survey product produced by a surveyor and mapper. In meeting this objective, surveyors and mappers must achieve minimum standards of accuracy, completeness, and quality.

Art Mastronicola Jr., PSM has over thirty-five years experience in surveying. In addition to his responsibilities associated with field crew and office production supervision and operation, Mr. Mastronicola is experienced in project management and review for development clients, civil engineers, roadway projects, municipalities and private clients. He is currently registered in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, New York and Connecticut. Mr. Mastronicola is a Past State President of FSMS as well as a former board member and chair for the FDACS BPSM.

  

 


 

History of Surveying

Course No. 7108

6 General CEC

What is Surveying?

"Surveying is the art of determining the relative positions of prominent points and other objects on the surface of the ground and making a graphical delineation of the included area. The general principles on which it is conducted are in all instances the same; certain measures are made on the ground and corresponding measures are protracted on paper, on a scale which is fixed at whatever fraction of the natural scale may be most appropriate in each instance. The method of operation varies with the magnitude and importance of the survey, which may embrace a vast empire or be restricted to a small plot of land. All surveys rest primarily on linear measures for direct determinations of distance; but these are usually largely supplemented by angular measures, to enable distances to be deduced by the principles of geometry which cannot be conveniently measured over the surface of the ground where it is hilly or broken." (Americanized Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1895, vol. Ix, p; 5635)

And where did it all begin? Buy the correspondence course to find out!

Mike Garcia, PSM is a licensed Florida Professional Surveyor and Mapper. A native of Florida with over thirty years of experience, his diverse background includes Boundary and Topographic Surveys, Right of Way Mapping, Control Networks and GIS data applications. Mr. Garcia has been employed by Seminole County Government for twenty years and is currently a Program Manager with the County's Engineering Division, lending his expertise to a variety of projects. He is a member of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society and the Central Florida GIS Users Group as well as a Past President of the “Great” Central Florida Chapter.

Tom Snow, PSM, is a Florida Professional Surveyor and Mapper with over 17 years of surveying experience. Tom received an Associate of Science Degree from Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida in 1992 and became a Florida Professional Surveyor and Mapper in 1996. In June of 2000 Tom received his license in Georgia. Tom has a wide range of surveying experience including Boundary and Topographic Surveys, Construction Layout, Sectional Surveys, Right of Way Surveys, GPS Surveying and GIS Mapping. With his interest in education, Tom taught at Valencia Community College from 1997 - 2001 as an Adjunct Instructor in the Surveying and Mapping Program. He has taught at the Seminole Community College from May 2001 to the present and is an instructor for Continuing Education Seminars for the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS). Tom has received the following awards:
In 1999 the Central Florida Chapter of FSMS Surveyor of the Year Award
In 2000 the FSMS Chapter President of the Year
In 2001 the FSMS Presidents Award for Outstanding Contributions
In 2002 the FSMS Jim Bennet Board Member of the Year


 

Identification of Native and Non-Native Trees in Florida

Course No. 7874

6 General CEC

This course will focus on the methods for identifying trees in Florida. Native, non-native, coniferous, and deciduous trees will be featured.

Michael Dooner is a Professional Certified Forester. A native of Florida and a 1980 graduate of the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Mr. Dooner has been engaged in natural resource and forestry consulting for thirty years. As President of Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc., he manages operations in virtually all Southern states from offices in Monticello, Florida, Bainbridge, Georgia, and Enterprise, Alabama. Mr. Dooner serves on the Boards of the Florida Forestry Association and Florida Farm Bureau Federation.


 

Introduction to Photogrammetry

Course No. 7887

3 General CEC

Course Description: An introduction to and overview of aerial
photogrammetry for mapping.
Course Topics:
a. Photogrammetry
b. Aerial Imagery
c. Planimetric and Topographic Mapping
Course Objectives:
a. To provide a foundation of photogrammetric knowledge.
b. To survey photogrammetric history and detail prominent practitioners.c. To explore photogrammetric equipment, photogrammetric processing
methodologies, and the products typically produced by photogrammetrists.

Evan Brown is a licensed Surveyor Photogrammetrist by the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Certified Photogrammetrist by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Mr. Brown has 15 years of geospatial experience in the public and private sectors including work on projects in Photogrammetry, GPS, GIS, and LIDAR. Mr. Brown is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Geomatics also from the University of Florida.


 

Land Tenure and Cadastral Systems

Course No. 7829

6 General CEC

This course covers two processes central to the practice of boundary surveying - land tenure and cadastral systems. The first involves how rights to land to land are held and transferred; and the second involves how records of interests in land are maintained in systems to allow for legal protection of those interests as well as to facilitate various land administration functions.

George M. Cole is a surveyor and engineer with a lengthy background in surveying and mapping. His career has included worldwide hydrographic and geodetic surveys as a commissioned officer of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey (now NOAA); service as the State Cadastral Surveyor of Florida; many years directing private surveying firms in Florida and LiDAR mapping projects in Latin America; and service as a professor of surveying and mapping at the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Cole has served as technical advisor to several states on boundary issues; and has provided expert testimony to a number of local, state and federal courts. He also has made significant contributions to professional literature and is the author of several surveying textbooks (with notable examples being Water Boundaries, John Wiley & Sons, 1996 and Surveyor Reference Manual, Professional Publications, 2009), law review articles, and research papers in professional journals. Cole holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Tulane University as well as master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in geography from Florida State University.


 

Map Projections and Plane Coordinate Systems

Course No. 7669

6 General CEC

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic concepts of map projects and geospatial coordinate systems, including the use of readily available on-line conversion software.

George M. Cole is a surveyor and engineer with a lengthy background in surveying and mapping. His career has included worldwide hydrographic and geodetic surveys as a commissioned officer of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey (now NOAA); service as the State Cadastral Surveyor of Florida; many years directing private surveying firms in Florida and LiDAR mapping projects in Latin America; and service as a professor of surveying and mapping at the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Cole has served as technical advisor to several states on boundary issues; and has provided expert testimony to a number of local, state and federal courts. He also has made significant contributions to professional literature and is the author of several surveying textbooks (with notable examples being Water Boundaries, John Wiley & Sons, 1996 and Surveyor Reference Manual, Professional Publications, 2009), law review articles, and research papers in professional journals. Cole holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Tulane University as well as master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in geography from Florida State University.


 

Mean High Water Observations and Computations

Course No. 8220

6 General CEC

Mean High Water is recognized by the State of Florida as being the boundary between Sovereign Submerged Lands and private upland ownership. The proper method of determination and delineation of this boundary is of great importance. Florida Statute Chapter 177, Part II assigns the responsibility for “the determination of the location of the mean high-water line or the mean low-water line must be performed by qualified personnel licensed by the Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers…” (Chapter 177.36, F.S.)

W. Lamar Evers, PSM, is a Professional Land surveyor registered in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and North Carolina. He is employed by the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, Division of State Lands, Bureau of Survey and Mapping as the Mean High Water (MHW) and LABINS Program Manager. As the MHW program manager, his responsibilities include the dissemination of Mean High Water data, establishing procedures for the determination of the MHW line when a study is required and issuance of notices of filing of MWH surveys as required by Chapter 177, Part II, Florida Statutes. Other responsibilities include the review of various surveys dealing with the sale, purchase, use or lease of lands of the State of Florida, management of the LABINS program and the state USGS digital mapping program.

Lamar is a Life Member of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS), a member of the American Association for Geodetic Surveying, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and a Fellow Member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors. He has served as Vice President, President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President of FSMS. As NSPS Governor for FSMS, he served as Secretary and Chairman of the NSPS Board of Governors and the NSPS Area 4 Director. He has served on the Department of Natural Resources Public Land Survey Advisory Board, Collier County Stormwater Management Advisory Board, Golden Gate Estates Land Trust Advisory Committee, Edison Community College Technical Advisory Committee and the Troy University Geomatics Advisory Board.


 

Practical Geometry for Surveyors

Also Available in Spanish - Geometría Práctica Para Topógrafos y Agrimensores

Course No. 7109

6 General CEC

Practical Geometry for Surveyors has three modules.

Module I
Glossary, Definitions, Notations and Basic Formulas
Classification and Properties of Angles, Triangles and Polygons
Properties of Angles, Triangles and Polygons and Practical Formulas
Exercises and Applications

Module II
Geometric Constructions using Compass and Straightedge
Geometric Proofs
Exercises

Module III
Circles and Circular Curves
Properties of Circles
Tangents and Secants
Constructions Involving Circles and Circular Curves
Exercises

Angelo M. Ferrari, Ph.D. was born in Argentina in 1934. He is married and has three children and three grandchildren.

Education

Three years of Civil Engineering (incomplete, no degree) National University of Buenos Aires, Argentina;

MS in Physics (1959) National University of Cuyo, Argentina;

PhD in Nuclear Engineering (1991), University of FL, Gainesville, FL

Professional History

1991- Present, Professor of Physics, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL

1973-1985, Independent sales representative for research, medical, and industrial instrumentation.

1970-1973, Consulting Engineering for Nuclear Instrumentation group, Combustion Engineering, Windsor, Connecticut

1964-1970, V.P. of Engineering, Tennelec, Inc., Oak Ridge, Tennessee

1960-1961, Research Assistant at University of Rochester, Rochester, New York and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

1962-1963, Researcher and professor with the Argentine Atomic Energy Commission.

When an engineering student worked as a surveyor in the construction of National Highway #3, in Patagonia, Argentina.


 

Public Land Survey System

Course No. 6979

6 General CEC

Colonial America prior to the PLSS
Development of the PLSS
Various Acts of Congress for the PLSS
Basic Elements of the PLSS
How PLSS was Surveyed
Spanish Land Grants
What our responsibilities are when surveying Sectional Lands

Mike Garcia, PSM is a licensed Florida Professional Surveyor and Mapper. A native of Florida with over thirty years of experience, his diverse background includes Boundary and Topographic Surveys, Right of Way Mapping, Control Networks and GIS data applications. Mr. Garcia has been employed by Seminole County Government for twenty years and is currently a Program Manager with the County's Engineering Division, lending his expertise to a variety of projects. He is a member of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society and the Central Florida GIS Users Group as well as a Past President of the “Great” Central Florida Chapter.

Tom Snow, PSM, is a Florida Professional Surveyor and Mapper with over 17 years of surveying experience. Tom received an Associate of Science Degree from Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida in 1992 and became a Florida Professional Surveyor and Mapper in 1996. In June of 2000 Tom received his license in Georgia. Tom has a wide range of surveying experience including Boundary and Topographic Surveys, Construction Layout, Sectional Surveys, Right of Way Surveys, GPS Surveying and GIS Mapping. With his interest in education, Tom taught at Valencia Community College from 1997 - 2001 as an Adjunct Instructor in the Surveying and Mapping Program. He has taught at the Seminole Community College from May 2001 to the present and is an instructor for Continuing Education Seminars for the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS). Tom has received the following awards:
In 1999 the Central Florida Chapter of FSMS Surveyor of the Year Award
In 2000 the FSMS Chapter President of the Year
In 2001 the FSMS Presidents Award for Outstanding Contributions
In 2002 the FSMS Jim Bennet Board Member of the Year


 

Remote Sensing Applications to Surveying & Mapping

Course No. 6972

6 General CEC

This course instructs and informs the attendee regarding the application of remote sensing devices to surveying and mapping. The course will focus on the application of current remote sensing systems such as digital aerial imaging, satellite imagery, LiDAR and RADAR.The instructor will also present a number of case studies that demonstrate when remote sensing has been applied successfully in the practice of surveying and mapping.

Scot Smith, PhD received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1982. He has been at University of Florida since 1989. Before coming to Florida, Scot was at Kodak and before that, he was a professor at Ohio State. Mr. Smith became a registered surveyor and mapper in Florida in 1995. His expertise is primarily in remote sensing, but also teaches GIS classes. Current research activities are a wildlife habitat-mapping project of Florida for the US Fish and Wildlife Department, site analysis in Sinai, Egypt and a study of the impact of a new dam on the Danube River in Hungary. Scot has a new project funded by NATO to investigate the use of zeolites for treating wastewater in Hungary.


 

Stress Management for Surveying Professionals: How to be Productive Under Pressure

Course No. 6902

6 General CEC

ONLY AVAILABLE BY MAIL

This six-hour correspondence course is designed to provide practical tools to enable each surveying professional to be more productive under pressure as well as how to achieve greater life balance, satisfaction, and productivity in their work and personal lives during demanding times.

Larry Kryske, Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.) works with people who want to create their finest hour and with organizations that want to be more successful. He has over thirty years of worldwide success leading men and women and building unstoppable teams. He was a career naval officer, private school administrator, and strategic planner. He is President of Homeport Speaking and Seminars, a full-service leadership firm. He speaks nationwide on leadership, teamwork, and productivity. He has worked with clients in over 50 different industries including surveyors in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and California. Commander Kryske has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Astronomy in 1971 from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master of Science Degree in Applied Science in 1978 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is a graduate of 830 hours of continuing education in quality improvement, communications, marketing, customer relations, and productivity (1990-2005), a graduate of Carlson Learning Company Instrumented Learning Certification Program (1995), a graduate of Deming Quality Improvement Program (1990), and a graduate of over 3,500 hours of Navy technical, leadership, and management training courses (1971-1993). Commander Kryske is author of the leadership book, The Churchill Factors: Creating Your Finest Hour and the leadership and teamwork book, The Greatest Board in the World.


 

Time Management for Surveying Professionals: How to be Productive and Exercise Time Mastery in a Hectic World

Course No. 6901

6 General CEC

ONLY AVAILABLE BY MAIL

This six-hour correspondence course is designed to give the surveyingprofessional practical tools to manage his or her time better.Time mastery is a critical business skill for all surveying professionals.The secret to success in today's hyperfast-paced world is masteryof effective time management skills. Research shows, for example,that if an office or work site could reduce just five minutes ofwasted time per hour, productivity would jump 8.3 percent! Thus,the surveying professional could accomplish more work and servemore customers without adding more staff, equipment, or officespace.

Larry Kryske, Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.) works with people who want to create their finest hour and with organizations that want to be more successful. He has over thirty years of worldwide success leading men and women and building unstoppable teams. He was a career naval officer, private school administrator, and strategic planner. He is President of Homeport Speaking and Seminars, a full-service leadership firm. He speaks nationwide on leadership, teamwork, and productivity. He has worked with clients in over 50 different industries including surveyors in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and California. Commander Kryske has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Astronomy in 1971 from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master of Science Degree in Applied Science in 1978 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is a graduate of 830 hours of continuing education in quality improvement, communications, marketing, customer relations, and productivity (1990-2005), a graduate of Carlson Learning Company Instrumented Learning Certification Program (1995), a graduate of Deming Quality Improvement Program (1990), and a graduate of over 3,500 hours of Navy technical, leadership, and management training courses (1971-1993). Commander Kryske is author of the leadership book, The Churchill Factors: Creating Your Finest Hour and the leadership and teamwork book, The Greatest Board in the World.


 

Writing Boundary Descriptions

Course No. 8361
3 General CEC

This course will examine the distinction between deeds and descriptions in surveying and legal terminology. The course will discuss and identify the distinction between the deed and the description included in the deed, and differentiate the responsibilities of the attorney and the land surveyor in preparing their respective elements.

Walt Robillard, Esq, PSM is a Professional Land Surveyor registered in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. He is a member of the Georgia Bar. He has worked and taught continuing education courses internationally in the areas of real property, law, surveying and forestry. He is an honorary Member of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society and a member of the numerous state societies. Mr. Robillard is a past president of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and is the recipient of the Earl Fennell Award for Education. He was an original member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Florida Surveying program. Mr. Robillard is the co-author of the college textbooks Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location, Boundary Control and Legal Principles and the legal reference book Clark on Surveying & Boundaries.

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