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April 27, 2011
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Esri and ACSM are gearing up for the inaugural Survey Summit July 7-11 at the San Diego Convention Center. The event is designed to help attendees learn successful business strategies from other surveying and mapping professionals as well as gain a clearer understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by today’s cutting-edge technologies. Continuing education credits are offered for attending workshops and presentations, and numerous networking opportunities are available during the course of the event.

The Survey Summit will open with the NSPS golf classic on Thursday, July 7, and ACSM business meetings will be held during the event. Survey Summit sessions will cover topics such as GPS positioning, geodesy, emerging technology, datums, computations, data management and GIS, with a heavy emphasis on business practices and technology trends. (See below for a preliminary session agenda.) “Our content is the best it’s ever been,” said Donny Sosa, surveying industry specialist for Esri. “The Survey Summit will be valuable for anyone in the geospatial community involved in surveying, high-accuracy mapping, GIS or civil engineering.”

The event overlaps with the Esri International User Conference, which begins on Monday, July 11. For more information or to register, visit

Friday, July 8

Practical GPS
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Developing a Geoidal Model in ArcGIS
Author: Cliff Wilkie
1:00pm – 2:00pm
GPS Accuracy in Urban Environments (Post-Processed CORS Data)
Author: Knute Berstis, NOAA / National Geodetic Survey
2:00 pm – 3:00pm
GPS/GNSS Technology Update
Author: Eric Gakstatter
Land Surveying
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Public Land Survey System (The Big Picture)
Author: James Coan, PLS Inc
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Sun Observation for Azimuth: An Error Analysis Framework
Author: Tarig Ali, American University of Sharjah
2:00pm – 3:00 pm
The Four Corners Legacy: Why Monuments, Not Calculations, Define Boundaries
Author: Warren Ward, Grand County
The Business of Surveying
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
OK, I Have My License, Now What?
Author: Dean Exline, GeoInnovation, PC
GPS Positioning
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
A Field Guide for Real Time GNSS Positioning
Author: William Henning, National Geodetic Surveys
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Achieving Great Heights with NOAA Tools: VDatum and LOCUS
Author: Michael Dennis, National Geodetic Survey
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Upcoming Changes to the National Spatial Reference System
Author: David Minkel, NOAA – National Geodetic Survey
8:00 am – 3:00pm
Geodetic and Tidal Vertical Datum
Author: Anthony Vannozzi, University of New Hampshire
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Responding to RFP's
Author: Janet Jackson, Intersect
2:00 pm – 3:00pm
Weathering the Storm…Managing in Hard Times
Author: John Matonich, Rowe Professional Services Company
Surveying the New Frontier
8:00 am – 12:00pm
Role of the Surveyor in the Digital Age
Author: John Stahl, Cornerstone Land Consulting, Inc.
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Electronic Aeronautical Surveys (eALP) – FAA Airport GIS Initiative
Author: Aaron Norby
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Managing Project Risk with 3D Laser Scanning
Author: Lisa Henstridge, David Evans and Associates
Emerging Technology: UAV, GIS, LiDAR, GPS
8:00 am – 12:00pm
Unmanned Aircraft systems in Surveying & Mapping
Author: Joseph Paiva, Paiva Consulting
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Applying GIS, GPS and LiDAR for Urban Infrastructure Renewal Projects
Author: Nijaz Karacic, Pacheco Koch Consulting
2:00pm – 3:00pm
LiDAR and Accurate Coordinate Transformation
Author: Patrick Cunningham, Blue Marble Geographics
The Surveying Business
8:00am – 12:00pm
Business Self Defense: Documenting the File
Author: Wendy Lathrop, Cadastral Consulting, LLC
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Transitioning to a Domesday Cadastre for the Colonial States
Author: Edward Obrien, EJOBPLS2000
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Merging Survey Workflows with GIS Data Storage Solutions
Author: Mark James, Chesapeake Energy

Saturday, July 9

Boundary Surveying
8:00am – 12:00pm
The Art and Science of Real Property Descriptions: Situational Awareness
Author: Wendy Lathrop, Cadastral Consulting, LLC
GIS Technology
8:00am – 12:00pm
Applications of RS AND GIS as Decision Support System
Author: Kumar Mandal, University of North Bengal
The Future of Surveying
8:00 am – 10:00am
The Surveying Body of Knowledge
Author: Joshua Greenfeld, NJ Institute of Technology
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Surveying & Mapping the future of ACSM and GLIS
Author: Stacey Lyle, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
8:00am – 12:00 pm
Local Vertical Datum Conversion, NAVD vs. NGVD
Author: J. Eldredge, Eldredge Surveying & Engineering, LLC
Advanced Survey
8:00am – 10:00 am
Saudi Aramco's Land Encroachment Survey Using High-Percision Mobile GIS Technology
Author: Yousif Alghamdi, Saudi Aramco
10:00am – 12:00 pm
Lancaster County, Nebraska 23 years of survey level GIS Mapping
Author: Erik Hubl, Lancaster
8:00am – 12:00pm
Understanding Random Errors
Author: James Coan, PLS Inc.
The Surveying Business
8:00am – 12:00pm
The Surveyor as Expert Witness – Disclosure Reports
Author: John Stahl, Cornerstone Land Consulting, Inc.
8:00am – 12:00pm
Pricing Professional Services
Author: Larry Phipps, Land Surveyors Workshops
Advanced Survey Computations
8:00am – 12:00 pm
Uncertainties and Quality Assessment of Spatial Data
Author: Joshua Greenfeld, NJ Institute of Technology
High Accuracy GIS
8:00am – 12:00pm
From RTK to Mobile: High Accuracy Municipal Infrastructure Data Collection
Author: Steven Santovasi, City of Waterbury, CT – Bureau

Sunday, July 10

Advanced Survey Computations
8:00am – 3:00pm
Orthometric Heighting with GPS
Author: Thomas Meyer, University of Connecticut
The Business of Surveying
8:00am – 12:00pm
The Surveyor's Role in Boundary Conflict Resolution
Author: Joh Stahl, Cornerstone Land Consulting, Inc.
8:00am – 12:00pm
The 4 P's of Running a Successful Business
Author: Steven Hyde, HydEx Group, LLC
8:00am – 12:00pm
Ethics for the Land Surveyor
Author: Jeffery Lucas, Lucas & Company, LLC
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Panel Discussion: Building an Accessible Geodetic Control Network for California
Author: Bruce Joffe, GIS Consultants
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Engaging with Science & Technology
Author: Ilse Genovese, ACSM
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Raising Land Surveyor Applicant Quality in New York
Author: Jennifer Mauer, NYSPALS
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Ownership Transition Strategies
Author: John Matonich, Rowe Professional Services Company
2:00pm – 3:00pm
The Apparent Effects of Recent Court Decisions on Littoral Boundaries
Author: Jerry Nave, North Carolina, A&T State University
Project Management
8:00am – 12:00pm
Civil Integrated Management (CIM), 3D MC and the PLS
Author: Chad McFadden
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Integrating GIS Processes with a Large Pipeline Survey Project
Author: G. O'Leary, Provost and Pritchard Consulting
Data Management in Surveying
8:00am – 9:00am
USACE Survey Documentation Archival and Retrieval Tool (U-SMART)
Author: James Garster, USACE Army Geospatial Center
9:00am – 10:00am
Parcel Fabric and Survey Control: The View from Denver
Author: Paul Rogalla, City and County of Denver
10:00am – 12:00pm
Management of Digital GCP Using ArcGIS Geodatabase for Geomatics Purposes
Author: Zainal Majeed, Department of Survey & Mapping – State of Kelantan
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Swamp and Overflowed Lands: A Florida Respective
Author: John Gargis, Consulting Surveyors, Inc.
2:00pm – 3:00pm
UA Students Use HAZUS-Multi Hazard Software
Author: Larry Shubat, University of Akron
Technology Trends
8:00am - 9:00am
GIS, BIM, IFMS convergence and Transformation from 2D to 3D
Author: Mark Wutz, URS Corporation 9:00am – 10:00am
Volunteered Geographic Information for Assessment of the National Infrastructure
Author: Danny Kahler, Kahler Engineering Group
10:00am – 12:00pm
Building Data Collection: Tools, Technologies and Trends
Author: Hugh Baertlein
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Land Administration Standardization
Author: Peter Oosterom, TU Delft
2:00pm – 3:00pm
GIS, Surveying and Cadastral Management for Illinois DOT Project
Author: Russell Olsen, Midwest Technical Consultants
New Alta Standards
8:00am – 3:00pm
NEW 2011 ALTA/ACSM Survey Standards
Author: Gary Kent, The Schneider Corporation
Surveying Calculations
8:00am – 12:00pm
Math for Surveyors
Author: James Coan, PLS Inc.
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Improved Geoid Height Models from Supplemental Data on BenchMarks
Author: Daniel Roman, National Geodetic Survey/Geosciences Research Division
LiDAR for Surveyors
8:00am – 12:00pm
How to Model GIS with LiDAR
Author: Steve Snow, Esri
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Fast-mapping mosaics, orthophotos
Author: Joseph Paiva, Paiva Consulting
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Thermal Remote Sensing: Art and/or Science
Author: Seyed Kazem Alavipanah, UT

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