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New ACSM officers for 2002, elected last December, will be installed at a ceremony as part of the FIG/ACSM/ASPRS Spring 2002 Conference in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will be held April 22 at 5:30 p.m. Look for more coverage from POB after the event. Below are bios for the new elected officers:
ACSM President: Gordon “Sam” Best
Incumbent President-Elect succeeds to ACSM president from NSPS for January 2002 to January 2003 and to immediate past president from January 2003 to January 2004.
ACSM President-Elect: K. Eric Anderson
Anderson is president-elect from CaGIS for January 2002 to January 2003 and will succeed to ACSM president in January 2003.
ACSM Vice President: Edward J. McKay,
Fellow, AAGS & GLIS.
McKay was born in Greenport, N.Y., on May 23, 1943. He graduated from high school in 1960 in Riverhead, N.Y. and attended Lebanon Valley College from 1960-1964 where he received his BS. He also received his MS from Ohio State University in 1973. Presently, McKay is chief of the Spatial Reference System Division of the National Geodetic Survey (NGS). Prior to that he served as chief of the Vertical Network Branch of NGS from 1986-1996; was assistant chief of the Horizontal Network Branch of NGS from 1977-1986; was chief of Network Surveys Section from 1973-1977; and worked for the Triangulation Branch of NGS from 1966-1973.
McKay belongs to the professional associations of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the Institute on Navigation (ION) and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).
McKay’s professional activities include acting as chair of the ACSM Communications Committee (currently); AAGS representative to ACSM-ASPRS Joint Government Affairs Committee; AAGS president (1988-89 and 1992-93); AAGS director (1982-85); AAGS reporter/editor (1990-91 and 1994-95); ACSM Committees: Budget & Finance (1991-92), Nominations (1988-90 and 1993-94), Membership Development (1986-88), Publications (1985-87), and Public Relations (1985-88). Since 1977, McKay has been coordinator and instructor for the NGS Workshop Program, has arranged and instructed at more than 150 workshops, has been chair of the Methodology Work Group, member of the Federal Geodetic Control Subcommittee and the Federal Geographic Data Committee. He has presented numerous papers and moderated several technical sessions at ACSM conventions, given numerous presentations at various state and ACSM section meetings and taught geodetic surveying at George Washington University.
McKay was awarded ACSM Presidential Citations for outstanding service in education in 1980 and 1983. In 1989, he was awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal for “outstanding professionalism and dedication in initiating and implementing technology transfer activities within NGS.” In 1996, he received the National Performance Review Hammer Award for “contributing to improvement in mapping, geodetic, cultural, and demographic capacities.”
ACSM Board Director from NSPS: Steven M. Briggs, Fellow, ACSM
Briggs was born November 22, 1947, in Oceanside, N.Y. He attended St. Andrew’s High School in Boca Raton, Fla., graduating in 1965. He received his AS in land surveying in 1976 from Palm Beach Community College and his BAS in geography from Florida Atlantic University in 1977. His experience includes private practice as a land surveyor in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas from 1973-85; Sales/Technical Support Surveying Equipment, 1985-90; and Regional Sales Manager at Eastern U.S. Trimble Navigation, 1990-present.
He belongs to the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS), Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS), American Geophysical Union (AGU), Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS), North Carolina Society of Surveyors (NCSS), South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors (SCSPLS), Florida Association of Cadastral Mapper (FACM) and the Florida GPS Users Group.
His professional activities include acting as co-chair of the ACSM Workshop Committee, 1999-present, and as a member of the Constitution Committee, 1998, and Administrative Committee, 1998-present. He was also Secretary of the Florida GPS Users Group from 1990-93; Secretary-Treasurer of the FSPLS Broward County Chapter, 1979-80; member of the ACSM NAVD ‘88 Ad Hoc Committee, 1989-present; Chairman of the ACSM CORS Committee, 1994-present; and has served with NSPS Region 3 & 4 Board of Governors from 1994-present; AAGS Liaison to NSPS, 1994-present. He was president-elect, president and past president of AAGS from March 1992-April 1995.
He received the Distinguished Graduate U.S. Army Engineer School Topographic Computing Award in 1971 and ACSM Presidential Citations in 1994, 1996 and 1998. His publications include “NAVD ‘88 and the Florida Surveyor,” presented at GIS/LIS in 1990; “Precision Near Shore Seafloor Positioning,” presented at Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas, in May 1981; and “The Professional In Private Practice,” presented at the ACSM convention in, September 1982.
ACSM Board Director from NSPS: Robert A. “Buddy” Bannerman, Fellow, ACSM
Bannerman was born June 25, 1938, in Dothan, Ala. He attended the University of Florida and Florida State University. He is a registered land surveyor in Florida and Colorado, chairman of Bannerman Surveyors Inc. of Marianna, Fla., and has more than 45 years of experience in surveying.
He belongs to the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS) formerly Florida Society of Professional Land Surveyors (FSPLS), Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado, Inc. (PLSC) and the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors (LSPS).
He is currently an ACSM Director; FSMS, 1976-present. He served as president of the FSPLS North Florida Chapter from 1978-79, chairman of the Finance Committee, FSPLS, 1979-80; director of District I, 1980-82; president, FSPLS from 1983-84; chairman of the Finance Committee, FSPLS, 1984-86; governor of NSPS from 1986-91; and NSPS Area 4 director, 1991-98. He is responsible for getting the country of Puerto Rico to become an active member of NSPS and Area 4; served 20 years of active and reserve time in the U.S. Army “Green Berets” where he retired with the rank of captain. He is past president of the Lions Club, member of the Chamber of Commerce, past Member of the Jackson County Planning Commission, and a member of the Tri-County Airport Authority.
He received the FSPLS Director of the Year Award of 1981-82. He was awarded the H.O. Peters Surveyor of the Year Award in 1991, became a Life Member of FSMS in 1992 and a Fellow Member of ACSM in 1995; and has received numerous Presidential Citations for exceptional service to the FSMS, NSPS and ACSM.
His publications include surveyoring articles published in Backsights and Foresights.
AAGS President: Steven Frank
AAGS President-Elect: Wesley Parks
Parks was born in Meridian, Mississippi in 1943. He earned a BS in Mathematics from the University of Washington in 1966, a Ph.D. in Fishery Oceanography (applied mathematics) from the University of Washington in 1975, and a MS Engineering (surveying engineering) from California State University in 1991.
He is a Registered Land Surveyor in California and Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Army, enlisted and officer, Armor (1966-1969). He was a Fishery Oceanographer in the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, the South Pacific Commission and in private practice in Fishery Oceanography research and development in California from 1975-1989. He was Assistant Land Surveyor for the California Department of Transportation in San Diego, control surveying, research and development, land surveying from 1991-1997 and Assistant Professor of Surveying at Pennsylvania State University from 1997 to the present.
Professional associations Parks belongs to are the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping; American Fisheries Society; American Society on Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing; California Land Surveyors Association; Marine Technology Society and the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors.
His professional activities include active participation on over 50 formal working groups in fishery oceanography and surveying from 1975 to the present. He has prepared, presented and published over 30 articles in fishery oceanography and surveying from 1975 to the present as well.
AAGS Director: John Hamilton
Hamilton was born in Wichita, Kansas, on October 9, 1959. He graduated from Riverview High School in Oakmont, Penn. in 1977. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1986 with a Geodesy major.
He was a Survey technician for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in Pittsburgh, Penn. from 1981-1985, project manager at Geo/Hydro in Rockville, Md, from 1986-1987, Geodesist at Hartmann Associates in Pittsburgh, Penn. from 1988-1990, director of Geodetic Services, ADR Associates, Pittsburgh, Penn. from 1991-1996, Geodesist at Hamilton Geodetic Services in Pittsburgh, Penn. from 1997-1999 and Geodesist/partner at Terrasurv, Pittsburgh, Penn. from 2000 to the present.
He belongs to the ACSM, and the ASCE. He has presented numerous workshops on GPS and other geodetic subjects at ACSM conferences and other professional meetings.
CaGIS President: E.Lynn Usery
Dr. Usery is a Research Geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and holds a tenured position as Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. He is a member of the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL) and an adjunct professor with the University of Missouri-Rolla. Dr. Usery is a member of the Editorial Board of Cartography and Geographic Information Science and currently serves as Chair of the Research Committee for the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS).
His background includes a BS degree in Geography from the University of Alabama and MA and Ph.D. degrees in Geography from the University of Georgia. He has worked for the USGS for 12 years, was on the faculty in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 5 1/2 years, and has been with the University of Georgia for 7 years. He conducts research in geographic information science, cartography, and remote sensing with publications on theoretical aspects of geographic representation, human cognition of geographic phenomena, map projections and geographic database transformations, automatic feature extraction from images, and visualization, and applications of geographic information science and cartography to precision farming, watershed modeling, and water quality. He currently teaches classes in geographic information systems and cartographic visualization with supported research in developing and implementing a multidimensional theory of geographic phenomena, multiple representations, map projection of global databases, autostereoscopic visualization, and resolution effects on watershed and water quality modeling and analysis.
CaGIS Vice President: Robert Cromley
Cromley’s background includes a BA from Ohio State University in 1972, an MA from Ohio State University in 1975, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1978. Cromley is a professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the University of Connecticut where he teaches courses on geographic information science and cartography. His research focuses on computational cartography, spatial analysis, and techniques for spatial data dissemination.
Cromley was editor of the journal Cartography and Geographic Information Science from 1996 to 2000, co-editor of the Resource Publication Series in College Geography of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) from 1991 to 1994, co-editor of the Occasional Papers Series of the AAG from 1992 to 1994, software review editor for The Professional Geographer from 1987 to 1991 and Chair of the GIS Specialty Group of the AAG from 1992-1993. Currently he is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Cartography and Geographic Information Science and a member of the Article Review Board for the Journal of URISA. He has authored the book Digital Cartography and published over sixty articles in a variety of refereed journals including The Cartographic Journal, Cartographica, Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, Surveying and Mapping, International Journal of GIS, Transactions in GIS, Journal of Geographical Systems, and Geographical Analysis. Most recently he is working with Patrick McGlamery of the Map and Geographic Information Center at the University of Connecticut to integrate data dissemination, metadata dissemination, and map visualizations over the Internet.
CaGIS Director: Robin G. Fegeas
Fegeas is a geographer and senior scientific advisor with the National Mapping Discipline (NMD) of the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, Va. Robin has been working with automated cartography, geographic information systems and spatial data modeling at the USGS since 1973. In the 1970s he designed and developed an early GIS, GIRAS, used to build a USGS national land use/land cover database. Over the past 20 years, Robin has been involved in a number of digital geographic data modeling and standards efforts —at the federal, national and international levels. Currently he serves as a U.S. expert to the ISO Technical Committee 211 on Geographic Information/Geomatics, and as the USGS representative to the Technical Committee of the Open GIS Consortium.
CaGIS Director: David M. Danko
Danko’s background includes a BS from the University of Maryland in Geography/Cartography, Magna cum laude; and George Washington University, Photogrammetric Engineering. He is employed by the Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. as Senior Consultant—GIS Standards. His past experience includes developing International Standards for Geographic Information at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. He has experience with the US Defense Mapping Agency as project manager for the Digital Chart of the World Project and other vector product development, and in the fields of Research and Engineering, Remote Sensing, Analytical Triangulation, and Photogrammetric Map Compilation. His professional associations include ACSM: CAGIS Vice President-President-Immediate Past President, 1999-2001; Chairman of the Spatial Data Standards Committee from 1996 to the present; CAGIS Board of Directors from 1995-1996; American National Standards Institute (ANSI): National Committee for Information Technology Standards, L1-Geographic Information, 1995-present; and ASPRS from 1968 to the present. His professional activities include project leader/editor ISO 19115-Metadata standard development and Chairman of the Open GIS Consortium’s Metadata Special Interest Group. Past activities include serving as US Representative-NATO Interservice Geographic Working Party, Chairman of the Digital Geographic Information Working Group (DGIWG) Metadata Working Party; Federal Geographic Data Committee, Standards Working Group.
He has received the Defense Mapping Agency’s Competition Achievement Award, the Defense Mapping Agency’s Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Department of Interior’s FGDC Award for Outstanding Accomplishment—Content Standard for Geospatial Metadata.
His publications include "The Digital Chart of the World Project," Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, Vol. 58, No. 8, August 1992, pp. 1125-1128; "Global Data" GeoInfo Systems, January 1992; "A Product Exchange Format for DMA's Vector Products" Conference Proceedings ACSM/ASPRS Annual Convention and Exposition, February 1995; "The ISO Metadata Standard for Geographic Data," Conference Proceedings Fourth International Workshop on GIS, Beijing, China, August 1997; and "Metadata for a Global Spatial Data Infrastructure," Geographic Information Systems: Information Infrastructures and Interoperability for the 21st Century Information Society, Brno, Czech Republic, June 1998.
GLIS President: Matthew Wellslager
Born in1961 in Minneapolis, Minnesotta, Matthew Wellslager earned a BS degree from the College of Charleston in 1983; and an MS in Geography (emphasis in GIS/LIS) from the University of South Carolina in 1996. His experience include the NOAA Corps from 1984-1989, including two years as Horizontal Control Officer attached to a hydrographic ship and three years with the National Geodetic Survey (detached to three different GPS field units) as an observer, computer, and chief of a kinematic field unit. He has been part of the South Carolina Geodetic Survey from 1989 to the present. His professional associations include ACSM, AAGS, GLIS, URISA, AAG, South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors, South Carolina State Mapping Advisory Committee (SCSMAC), and South Carolina Pathfinders Users Group.
His professional activities include serving as planner with South Carolina Geodetic Survey (planning, postprocessing GPS data, bluebooking, adjusting and submitting GPS control projects for placement into the National Spatial Reference System), Co-chair of SCSMAC's Geodetic Subcommittee, president of South Carolina GPS Pathfinder Users Group for two years, and Beta Test Site for Trimble Navigation.
GLIS Vice President: Josh Greenfield
CLIS Secretay/Treasurer: Gary A. Jeffress
Jeffress is Director of the Division of GIS/Geomatics/Mapping and a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in Texas, Maine and Australia. He is also a Professor of Geographic Information Science and Coordinator of the Geographic Information Science Program in the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Jeffress has been one of the original Co-Principal Investigators of the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network since 1991. Dr. Jeffress was Blucher Chair of Excellence in Surveying 1990-1991. His research interests incorporate GIS and digital surveying applications in environmental management, land titling, and land administration. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Maine, an M.Surv. Sci., University of New South Wales, and a B.Surv., University of New South Wales.
GLIS Director: William (Sod) Soderburg
Soderburg was born in Fort Gratiot, Michigan on January 4, 1939. He graduated in 1957 from Port Huron High School, Mich. and attended Port Huron Community College. He is Licensed in Michigan and Florida, and since 1969 has been in private practice as a Professional Surveyor with his own consulting firm located in Southeast Michigan.
His professional activities include Fellow—ACSM, NSPS, GLIS, AAGS, CaGIS, Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS), Surveyors Historical Society (SHS); Director of ACSM; Director of GLIS; Chairman of ACSM Administration Committee; FIG representative Commission 6, Engineering Surveys; Past President of MSPS; President of Museum of Surveying Foundation; and Past President of Surveyors Historical Society.
In 1994 he received the Michigan Society of Professional Surveying Surveyor of the Year Award.
GLIS Director: RJ (Zim) Zimmer
Mr. Zimmer writes a GIS column "In Line with GIS" for Professional Surveyor Magazine, and is currently working on a book GIS and Surveying for ESRI Press. He is the GIS program manager for the Lewis & Clark County and City of Helena's Geographic Information Services department, in Helena, Montana. He has over 12 years of GIS experience in local government and as a private GIS consultant. He chairs the Montana Local Government GIS Coalition, sits on the State of Montana Governor’s GIS council, and chairs the Montana Geodetic Control Working Group. He is a professional land surveyor, registered in Oregon and Montana, and has 23 years of experience in land surveying. He earned a B.Sc. in engineering-physics from Oregon State University.
NSPS President: Gerry Curtis
NSPS President-Elect: John R. Fenn, Member, ACSM
Fenn was born in Detroit, Mich. on July 24, 1941. He is a Registered Land Surveyor in Michigan, and has been in private practice since 1961. In 1978 he started Fenn and Associates, Land Surveying, now employing 45. Professional associations he belongs to are the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS), Civil Engineering Council, Home Builders Association and the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers.
He is the current Vice President of NSPS; Chairman of NSPS Education Committee; Michigan Governor; Michigan Delegate to Great Lakes Regional Council; Past President of MSPS; Member of Trig-Star Committee; Member of MSPS ACSM Committee; Member of MSPS Legislative Committee; Member of Ferris State University Advisory Committee.
He received the NSPS Key Governor Award in 2000, the MSPS Surveyor of the Year Award in 1999, numerous citations from MSPS and an NSPS Presidential Citation.
NSPS Vice President: Craig L. Savage, Fellow, ACSM
Savage was born December 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, Calif. He received a BA in English from the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Ore. in 1970. He became a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in Alaska in 1978; participated in Alaska Townsite Surveys of Buckland and Stevens Village with Bureau of Land Management (BLM); Redwood National Forest Boundaries (BLM); and Greater Anchorage Area Borough. He has been in private practice since 1973 with Lounsbury & Associates Inc., and has been president since 1989.
He belongs to the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), the Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS), the ACSM Alaska Section and is an ASPLS Representative to Alaska Professional Design Council (APDC).
His professional activities include serving as a member of ASPLS from 1978 to the present; on the ASPLS Standards of Practice Committee in 1986; as ASPLS President from 1992 to 1994; as NSPS Governor from 1995 to present; as chairman of the ASPLS Alaska Land Surveyor Examination Review Committee from 1995 to present; as APDC President in 1996, as director of the University of Alaska (UAA) Geomatics Advisory Board from 1996 to present; as a Charter Member of the NSPS Foundation; as a NSPS Representative to ACSM Joint Government Affairs Committee from 1997 to present; and as ACSM Director from 2000 to 2002. His community service includes Matanuska-Susitna Borough Planning Commission from 1996 to present, and as its chairman from 1998 to present. He received the Key Governor Award from the NSPS Board of Governors in 1999.
NSPS Director for Area 3: William R. Coleman, Member, ACSM
Coleman was born April 14, 1948 in Sweetwater, Tenn. He received his BS in Forest Management from North Carolina State University in 1970. He is a Professional Land Surveyor in North Carolina and South Carolina. From 1970 to 1975 he worked at Rice Associates, in Hamlet, N.C. From 1975 to 1976 he worked for Moore-Gardner & Associates in Greensboro, N.C., from 1976 to 78 he worked for Daniel Construction Company, in Jenkinsville, S.C., from 1978 to 1981 he worked for Coleman Surveying Inc. in Little Mountain, S.C. and from 1981 to 1984 he worked for R. M. Gaddy & Associates in Columbia, S.C. Since 1984, he has been with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department in Charlotte, N.C. His professional associations include the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM); National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS); Geographic Land Information Society (GLIS); North Carolina Society of Surveyors (NCSS), Fellow; and the South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors (SCSPLS).
His professional activities include serving as a member of the ACSM Convention Committee in 1995, as NSPS Technical Program Chair, as NSPS Area 3 Director from 1999 to the present, as NSPS Governor from 1996 to 1998, on the NSPS Program Committee from 1994 to 1995, on the NSPS Nominating Committee in 1993; on the NSPS Restructure Committee, NSPS PAC Committee in 2000, as NCSS Vice President in 1990, as President-Elect in 1991, as President in 1992, as Past Committee Chair: Convention, Government Practice, Publicity, Past Presidents Council, Chapter President from 1986 to 1987, as SCSPLS Chapter President, 1981, as Past Committee Chair: Legislative; on the Central Piedmont Community College Civil/Survey Technology Advisory Committee from 1987 to 1989, and 1997 to present.
He received the NCSS Presidents Award in 1986 and 1989. He has written articles for NCSS Tarheel Surveyor and Survey standards for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department Design Specifications.
NSPS Director for Area 5: Marlow R. McGowan, Member, ACSM
McGowan was born September 28, 1937, in Owatonna, Minn. He attended Valparaiso University from 1955-1957 and from 1972-1974, took the University of Minnesota/Department of Transportation Survey Course. From 1958 to 1973 he was a Highway Technician, in 1975 he became a Professional Land Surveyor and in 1976, a Professional Engineer. From 1973-1994, he was MN/DOT project surveyor and District Surveys Engineer. In 1995, he was instructor of survey classes at Rochester Community College. From 1996 to the present, he has been a part-time researcher for Fangman Land Surveying.
He belongs to the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), and the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS). He was MSPS Chapter 3 Secretary/Treasurer in 1976, Vice President in 1977, President in 1978; MSPS Secretary from 1979 to 1984, Director in 1985, President-Elect in 1986, President in 1987 and Past President in 1988. From 1994 to 1999 he was NSPS Governor, and in 2000 and 2001 he was Area 5 Director. He served as chairman of the MN/DOT Survey Committee District Steering Committee, Surveys, Advisory, and Surveys Equipment. He is a past member of Pine Island Advisory Committee and MSPS Committees: Plat Manual, Surveys Manual and By-Law. He presented “Surveying Traffic Safety” paper at the ACSM spring meeting in Denver in 1990.
NSPS Director for Area 7: Becky J. Braman, Member, ACSM
Braman was born in Jackson, Wyo., on September 4, 1950. He attended the University of Wyoming for Mathematics and Zoology from 1969 to 1971, and received and AS in Mathematics from Laramie County Community College in 1987.
He is a Professional Land Surveyor in Wyoming, South Dakota and Colorado. He was Party Chief, cadastral surveys, water rights, construction surveys, from 1975 to 1982. He is Founder of Intermountain Professional Services in Cheyenne, Wyo., working in construction surveying, cadastral surveys, engineering surveys, water rights and legal research from 1982 to 2000. Currently, he is chief surveyor for Jorgensen Associates in Jackson, Wyo.
He belongs to the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and the Professional Land Surveyors of Wyoming (PLSW).
He was President of PLSW from 1991 to 1992, Secretary/Treasurer from 1986 to 1990, NSPS Governor from Wyoming from 1991 to 1999, NSPS Director from 1999 to the present, NSPS Certified Survey Technician Board from 1994 to the present.
He presented a paper on Certified Survey Technician Program to Minnesota Society of Surveyors in 1997 and to Professional Land Surveyors of Wyoming in 1998. He was a state-specific examination question writer for Wyoming Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, and presented a program on ALTA/ACSM surveys to Wyoming Land Title Association in 2001.
NSPS Director for Area 9: Brett K. Jefferson, Member, ACSM
Jefferson was born April 21, 1960 in Alhambra, Calif. His education includes Surveying and Mathematics, Great Basin Community College which he attended from 1984 to 1985. He received an Associate of Science in Surveying Technology from Denver College in 1987 and a BS in Studies, Surveying Engineering from California State University in Fresno in 1989.
He became a Professional Land Surveyor in Nevada in 1989, California in 1990 and Arizona in 1993. He was a Nevada State Water Rights Surveyor in 1990 and has 25 years of private practice experience in surveying, mapping and photogrammetry. He also served as Office Manager for KaWES & Associates in Fresno, Calif., was project manager for Psomas & Associates in Santa Monica, Calif., and survey manager for VTN Nevada in Las Vegas. He was formerly vice president of Pentacore Surveying in Las Vegas, and for the last three years he has served as Vice President for Tri State Surveying Ltd. with offices in Reno and Las Vegas. Has conducted numerous large scale surveying, mapping and photogrammetry projects throughout Nevada, California and Arizona specializing in support for public works engineering projects, GPS and RTK surveying applications, GIS services and digital photogrammetry.
Professional associations Jefferson belongs to are ACSM, NSPS, AAGS, Nevada Association of Land Surveyors (NALS) and California Land Surveyors Association (CLSA).
His professional activities include editor of The California Surveyor from 1989 to 1992. He was on the Nevada Professional Land Surveyors State Specific Examination Committee from 1993 to the present, has been seminar instructor since 1994, and has presented on the following topics: Measurements, Boundaries & Adjustments Seminar, Ortega Highway Boundary Survey Seminar, Boundary Conflicts Case Studies Seminar, Real Time Kinematic GPS Boundary Surveying Seminar, Clark County GIS ABGPS Geodetic Survey Seminar, Arden NW Transmission Line Survey Seminar, Land Survey Intern Fundamentals Review Seminar and Principals of Land Surveying Review Seminar. He was a Community College Surveying Instructor from 1995 to 1997 (Surveying I, Legal Aspects of Surveying I, and Principals of Surveying II). He was Southern Nevada Chapter NALS Officer from 1992 to 1996, Chapter President in 1997, Chapter Education Committee Chairperson from 1992 to 1996, Chairperson of the State Standards of Practice Committee for GPS, GIS and Metrication in 1995 and 1996 and State Conference Committee Chairperson NALS in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2001. He was also NALS State Officer from 1997 to 1999, NALS State President in 2000, Nevada Governors to NSPS since 1998, on the NSPS Standards of Practice Committee since 1996, on the NSPS ALTA Standards Committee since 1996 and Editor of NALS News since 2001.
He has received the Special Contribution Award of Foresights, CSUF Student Publications in 1989, ACSM/NSPS Excellence in Professional Journalism Award in 1992, Surveyor of the Year Award, NALS in 1996 and Meritorious Service Award Southern Nevada Chapter NALS in 1998.
He is responsible for publications such as the Editor’s Column, The California Surveyor, 1989-1992; Fundamentals of Surveying Review Manual, 1995 (various updates); Principals of Surveying Review Manual, 1997 (various updates); various articles for The Nevada Traverse, 1992-present; Surveying in the Next Millennium, 2000; and Editorials, NALS News, 2001-present.