Beyond State Plane – Custom Ground Coordinate Systems in Civil 3D by Ken Martinez

In this class we will explore the creation of a custom Ground Coordinate system in Civil 3D/Map 3D.  Currently all Coordinate systems that come with Civil 3D/Map 3D are Grid Coordinate systems.  With that said we will create what’s called a Low Distortion Projection (LDP).  We will pick a mean elevation for this LDP, which will be our combined scale factor for this new Ground Coordinate system definition.  Once this is defined, any and all data imported (i.e. GIS Data, Imagery) will now be at Ground and not Grid.  Your Engineering clients will love you for doing this!


Evolution of Early American Surveying Equipment by Dr. Richard L. Elgin

In this slide show, Dr. Elgin traces the evolution of early American surveying equipment, from the plain compass of the late 1700’s to the vernier compass, the telescopic compass, the “Railroad” compass and the compass’ ultimate development, the solar compass.  Also discussed are the standard American Transit and its solar and mining attachments.  Dick also reviews the prominent American makers, including the exquisite work of Goldsmith Chandlee, the prolific firm of W. & L.E. Gurley and others.  Also reviewed are alidades, levels, and calculating devices.  The equipment shown is all taken from Dick’s extensive collection of early American surveying equipment.  During the talk Dick offers tips and suggestions on collecting such equipment and provides thoughts on values and value trends.


Making Your Business Better and Your Surveys More Defendable: Office Practices and Surveyor’s Notes For Plats by Dr. Richard L. Elgin

A presentation for owners, principals, managers and employees of surveying/engineering firms, this seminar gives simple, effective, practical, successful ideas for getting the project through the office, from initial client contact to getting paid.  Taught by the former owner of a successful firm, Dick gives the attendee the benefit of his 24 years of frustration in getting the project out the door as promised, billed and paid.  Included is a segment on the use of surveyor’s notes on plats to better convey information about the survey product (and, to make it more defendable).  Included are standard letters, work order form, in‑house tracking form, and example notes for plats.


National Geodetic Survey Update: Keeping Up with the Crust…and Technology by Bill Stone

The mission of NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is “to define, maintain and provide access to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) to meet our nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs.” NSRS is the system of latitude, longitude, elevation, and related geodetic/geophysical models and tools which collectively comprise the nation’s foundational positioning infrastructure. NGS has for several years been developing and promoting the ongoing modernization and evolution of NSRS, toward the 2022 goal of replacing the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88). The new positioning paradigm will better leverage the utility of modern positioning technologies and will impact all users of geospatial data.  The accompanying State Plane Coordinate System of 2022 (SPCS2022) is currently being developed, and the surveying profession in New Mexico has the opportunity to help determine its characteristics. This presentation will update you on today’s status of the NSRS modernization, help you prepare for 2022, and further the discussion about SPCS2022 in New Mexico.


Professional Ethics – Why Good People Do Bad Things by Glen Thurow

  1. Ethics defined
  2. Why study ethics?
  3. The importance of business ethics
  4. Ethical decision making
  5. Moral Philosophies and values in ethical decisions
  6. Ethical leadership
  7. Developing an effective ethics program

RTK Drones: The Next Utility by Bob Green & Mike Casman

This session will commence with a brief history of the evolution of drones and its impact on survey profession. From fear and anxiety to 150,000 FAA certified part 107 pilots.

The market is flooded with a variety of choices. So, why did Vectors choose to partner with senseFly?

How can drone technology compliment your existing workflows? If you own or are thinking of adding a drone we will demonstrate generic solutions that you can incorporate into a diverse selection of office software.

In addition, we will cover the ever-changing landscape of legal operation within the United States and upcoming challenges.

Next, we will explore the inception to completion of RTK/PPK drone workflows. This will be followed by a class demonstration of the Flight Data Manager coupled with office processing techniques.

The session will conclude with statistical reporting, data analysis, project deliverable options, and integrated survey techniques that capitalize on your investment.