2019 Schedule

Class Overviews

“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.


“The 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.