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PLSO Annual Conference
2020 Schedule

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Earn up to 18 PDHs through a diverse class selection, including nationally recognized speakers. The committee is currently hard at work planning this year's seminars. If you would like them to consider a topic or speaker please email PLSO at office@plso.org.


Seminar Schedule Still in Progress

Wednesday

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Part 1: How to Fix a Boundary Line (and How NOT to)

Speaker: Kris Kline // Room: Mt. Adams // Sponsored by CMT Surveying & Consulting

This course examines various legal mechanisms which courts apply in order to fix the location of a disputed or uncertain boundary line or easement. Part one focuses on adverse possession.


Dykes Vs Arnold

Speaker: Jason Foose // Room: Mt. St. Helens AB // Sponsored by Neathamer Surveying

If double proportioning is a last resort then why in the hell is it the first thing we are taught? In both the federal and non federal arenas it has its basis in the law. Most of us should never encounter a lost PLSS corner. Why? It's got more to do with state law and human nature than geometry. The Lincoln County, Oregon case of Dykes v. Arnold shows both sides of double proportioning across private domains. We've got a full day of material so hang tough for the whole affair or pop in and out between the other great speakers at this year's conference.


TBD

Room: Mt. St. Helens CD

Description coming soon


Federal Highways

Speaker: Larry Goble // Room: Garden ABC

Description coming soon


BLM

Speaker: Robert Femling // Room: Cascade BC

More information coming soon

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Part 1 Continued: How to Fix a Boundary Line (and How NOT to)

Speaker: Kris Kline // Room: Mt. Adams // Sponsored by CMT Surveying & Consulting

This course examines various legal mechanisms which courts apply in order to fix the location of a disputed or uncertain boundary line or easement. Part one focuses on adverse possession.


Dykes Vs Arnold (continued)

Speaker: Jason Foose // Room: Mt. St. Helens AB // Sponsored by Neathamer Surveying

If double proportioning is a last resort then why in the hell is it the first thing we are taught? In both the federal and non federal arenas it has its basis in the law. Most of us should never encounter a lost PLSS corner. Why? It's got more to do with state law and human nature than geometry. The Lincoln County, Oregon case of Dykes v. Arnold shows both sides of double proportioning across private domains. We've got a full day of material so hang tough for the whole affair or pop in and out between the other great speakers at this year's conference.

Title Insurance and YOU

Speaker: Scot Morcom // Room: Mt. St. Helens AB // Sponsored by Neathamer Surveying

Come learn the how’s and whys for title insurance. Who it protects, how it protects them, what is considered and reviewed when producing title reports and insuring Real Estate transactions. We will also talk about the neutral role we play in the real estate transaction, working with surveyors and clients on new subdivisions, property line adjustments and what to watch for when reading a title report.


How to Hold onto Your Professional Land Surveying License

Speaker: Mary Johnson // Room: Garden ABC

This session will present a surveyor’s professional responsibilities to clients and the profession; how OSBEELS investigates complaints and disciplines surveyors; recent cases; and takeaways.


Oregon Department of Forestry

Speaker: Daren Cone // Room: Cascade BC

The Oregon Department of Forestry is charged with multiple missions, including fire protection on 16+ million acres of forest and range lands, forest practice rules, landowner assistance and management of approximately 642,000 acres of State Forest Lands. This seminar will give a brief overview of the Department, then discuss the historical perspective of how state forests came about and how they are managed, and past and present survey efforts on those lands.   

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Luncheon with keynote speakers Kris Kline and Brian Portwood

Room: Mt. Hood Ballroom // Sponsored by CMT Surveying & Consulting

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Part 2: How to Fix a Boundary Line (and How NOT to)

Speaker: Kris Kline // Room: Mt. Adams // Sponsored by CMT Surveying & Consulting

This course examines various legal mechanisms which courts apply in order to fix the location of a disputed or uncertain boundary line or easement. Part two focuses Acquiescence, Boundary by Estoppel, Practical Location, and Parol vs. written agreements. This course also includes a segment on the doctrine of Merger.

Dykes Vs Arnold (continued)

Speaker: Jason Foose // Room: Mt. St. Helens AB // Sponsored by Neathamer Surveying

If double proportioning is a last resort then why in the hell is it the first thing we are taught? In both the federal and non federal arenas it has its basis in the law. Most of us should never encounter a lost PLSS corner. Why? It's got more to do with state law and human nature than geometry. The Lincoln County, Oregon case of Dykes v. Arnold shows both sides of double proportioning across private domains. We've got a full day of material so hang tough for the whole affair or pop in and out between the other great speakers at this year's conference.

Condemnation & Takings

Speaker: Paul Sundermeir // Room: Mt. St. Helens CD

Description coming soon


Land Surveyor as Expert Witness

Speaker: Mary Johnson // Room: Garden ABC

This session will present the role of a surveyor as an expert witness, qualifications, expert opinion, survey map exhibit, the report, trial dynamics, credibility, practice tips, evidentiary rules, and summary of Oregon cases deciding survey issues.

High-Accuracy GNSS for All

Speaker: Chris Pucci // Room: Cascade BC

What began as a roll out new GNSS hardware for a few offices at the Oregon Department of Transportation, became an agency wide paradigm shift in how high accuracy GNSS was viewed. High accuracy GNSS became a resource available for ALL and not a tool locked in the surveyors truck.  The presentation will cover why the project was initiated, the equipment used, the training delivered, a cross section of field uses, and where the project is headed in the future. Benefits realized thus far in the project, obstacles encountered, cost of implementation, and other potential uses will also be covered.

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Part 2 Continued: How to Fix a Boundary Line (and How NOT to)

Speaker: Kris Kline // Room: Mt. Adams // Sponsored by CMT Surveying & Consulting

This course examines various legal mechanisms which courts apply in order to fix the location of a disputed or uncertain boundary line or easement. Part two focuses Acquiescence, Boundary by Estoppel, Practical Location, and Parol vs. written agreements. This course also includes a segment on the doctrine of Merger.


Land Surveyor's Guide to the Supreme Court of Oregon

Speaker: Brian Portwood // Room: Mt. St. Helens AB // Sponsored by Neathamer Surveying

The first volume of Land Surveyors Guide to the Supreme Court of Oregon was composed by the presenter, Oregon licensee Brian Portwood, in 2018, and was published by PLSO in January of 2019. If you already have your copy, bring it along for this discussion session. If you have not already obtained Volume One through the PLSO Online Store, this session will provide you with a comprehensive preview of the material. It will answer any questions you have regarding the the book, review the significance of each of the many topics pertaining to land rights that it covers, and look back to several of the most notable Oregon land rights cases of the late Nineteenth Century. In addition, the session will look ahead to the development of these vital topics during the early Twentieth Century in Volume Two, which the author anticipates will be available for attendees to purchase, in support of PLSO, during the 2020 Conference.


More Info Coming Soon

Room: Mt. St. Helens CD


Working with the NGS Online Positioning User Service (OPUS)

Speaker: Mason Marker // Room: Garden ABC

The National Geodetic Survey Online Positioning Service (OPUS) provides a powerful suite of tools for the surveyor at no cost.  This presentation will review OPUS static observations, OPUS projects, and OPUS shared solutions.  Use of OPUS as a tool for improving survey projects will also be discussed.


UAV at ODOT

Speaker: Rhoda Dodge // Room: Cascade BC

Learn about the various ways the Oregon Department of Transportation has been using and collecting UAS data and what it could look like in the future. This course will also explore the key parameters of requesting UAS data and what you need to know about quality control upon receiving UAS products.

5:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Reception Social

Room: Mt. Hood Ballroom and Foyer

Check out exhibitor list here

7:00 p.m.

Young Surveyors Network Meet-up

More information coming soon


Thursday

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Part 1: Unlikely Easements and Servitudes: Created, Modified, Extinguished

Speaker: Kris Kline // Room: Mt. Adams // Sponsored by CMT Surveying & Consulting

This course examines various legal mechanisms which courts apply in order to fix the location of a disputed or uncertain boundary line or easement. Part one focuses on adverse possession. Part one considers “non-standard” methods that can create incorporeal rights, including: Implication, Estoppel, Common Scheme Doctrine, Custom, Prescription and Part Performance.


Three Half's

Speaker: Jason Foose // Room: Mt. St. Helens AB // Sponsored by Neathamer Surveying

My mother always cut up the food equally between my siblings. I sat at the end of the table of seven and was always either short changed or piled on. One day I asked why? She said "that's just your half". Midwesterners describe annibriation as "half in the bag" or "half drunk" but they all know it means "totally schnockered". The courts have adopted several varying interpretations of "half" when it comes to divvying up your land. That's the focus of "Three Half's" and we'll look at three cases that prove it. We've got a full day of material so hang tough for the whole affair or pop in and out between the other great speakers at this year's conference.

Real Time GNSS Data in Control Networks

Speaker: Chase Simpson // Room: Mt. St. Helens CD

Description coming soon


Road Legalizations in Oregon

Speaker: Mike Berry // Room: Garden ABC

The road legalization procedure is used to clarify the record of the right-of-way boundaries of a county road.  The need to set the record straight on the location of roads in Oregon has been a concern since statehood. This class will examine current road legalization statutes along with Oregon court cases regarding road legalizations. The procedures for researching and surveying roads being considered for legalization will be discussed.


TBD

Speakers: Celinda Adair, Scott Van Hoff // Room: Cascade BC

Description coming soon

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Part 1 Continued: Unlikely Easements and Servitudes: Created, Modified, Extinguished

Speaker: Kris Kline // Room: Mt. Adams // Sponsored by CMT Surveying & Consulting

This course examines various legal mechanisms which courts apply in order to fix the location of a disputed or uncertain boundary line or easement. Part one focuses on adverse possession. Part one considers “non-standard” methods that can create incorporeal rights, including: Implication, Estoppel, Common Scheme Doctrine, Custom, Prescription and Part Performance.


Three Half's (continued)

Speaker: Jason Foose // Room: Mt. St. Helens AB // Sponsored by Neathamer Surveying

My mother always cut up the food equally between my siblings. I sat at the end of the table of seven and was always either short changed or piled on. One day I asked why? She said "that's just your half". Midwesterners describe annibriation as "half in the bag" or "half drunk" but they all know it means "totally schnockered". The courts have adopted several varying interpretations of "half" when it comes to divvying up your land. That's the focus of "Three Half's" and we'll look at three cases that prove it. We've got a full day of material so hang tough for the whole affair or pop in and out between the other great speakers at this year's conference.

Surveying the Oregon Coast: Past, Present and Future

Speaker: Chris Parrish // Room: Mt. St. Helens CD

In 1967-68, the Oregon State Highway Department undertook a momentous surveying campaign covering the entire Oregon Coast. The goal was to establish control for a photogrammetric survey to delineate the 16-foot elevation contour, as directed by the Oregon Beach Bill, which was passed in 1967. The control survey consisted of multiple link traverses run along sections of the coast, using a 1” theodolite, an early electronic distance measuring instrument called an Electrotape, subtense bars, and surveyors’ chains. Although many of the original control stations have been lost, some still exist. If a subset of these existing stations can be recovered and occupied with GNSS, an adjustment can be performed using both the historic traverse data and new GNSS observations, providing updated coordinates for the 1967-68 shore control survey. In turn, these updated coordinates will provide a bridge between historic and current coastal surveying and mapping projects, and enable generation of orthoimages and digital elevation models from the 1968 aerial photography using modern softcopy photogrammetry software. In turn, this will facilitate coastal change analysis covering a time period of over half a century. This presentation will present preliminary results from a project being conducted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and Oregon State University (OSU) aimed at taking the first steps toward these long-range goals.

Texas's Southern Boundary: The Rio Grande (2018 Repeat)

Speaker: Leo Litowich // Room: Garden ABC

Texas and Mexico border on the banks of the Rio Grande, a river that defied easy definition for years. This talk will cover the history of the Rio Grande in Texas and explore how treaties and topography affect plans along the border today.

Water Boundaries

Speaker: Shawn Kampmann // Room: Cascade BC

Description coming soon

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Annual Meeting Luncheon with Awards Program

Room: Mt. Hood Ballroom // Sponsored by Westlake Consultants


1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Part 2: Unlikely Easements and Servitudes: Created, Modified, Extinguished

Speaker: Kris Kline // Room: Mt. Adams // Sponsored by CMT Surveying & Consulting

This course examines various legal mechanisms which courts apply in order to fix the location of a disputed or uncertain boundary line or easement. Part one focuses on adverse possession. Part two covers mechanisms that can modify or extinguish a servitude, including: Estoppel, Cessation of Purpose, Frustration of Purpose, Adverse Possession/Castle Associates Rule, and Part Performance.


Three Half's (continued)

Speaker: Jason Foose // Room: Mt. St. Helens AB // Sponsored by Neathamer Surveying

My mother always cut up the food equally between my siblings. I sat at the end of the table of seven and was always either short changed or piled on. One day I asked why? She said "that's just your half". Midwesterners describe annibriation as "half in the bag" or "half drunk" but they all know it means "totally schnockered". The courts have adopted several varying interpretations of "half" when it comes to divvying up your land. That's the focus of "Three Half's" and we'll look at three cases that prove it. We've got a full day of material so hang tough for the whole affair or pop in and out between the other great speakers at this year's conference.


Comparison of UAV and Terrestrial Stockpile Volumes

Speaker: Jack Walker // Room: Mt. St. Helens CD

This presentation is a comparison of gravel stockpile volumes determined from UAS imagery and terrestrial observations. A high-end commercial drone, and an inexpensive consumer drone, were used to compare volumes obtained from different cameras. These volumes will be compared to those determined using a reflector-less total station and a laser scanner.


NSPS News & Updates

Speaker: Mark Sargent // Room: Garden ABC

Lobbying and association with Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations, NSPS represents Land Surveyors throughout the United States.  This presentation will discuss and review the many tasks NSPS tackles on a daily basis on behalf on Land Surveying Organizations and it’s members as well as the individual benefits of membership.   An overview of an important Land Title case, in which NSPS assisted the State of Louisiana, will be presented.


TBD

Room: Cascade BC

Description coming soon

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Part 2 Continued: Unlikely Easements and Servitudes: Created, Modified, Extinguished

Speaker: Kris Kline // Room: Mt. Adams // Sponsored by CMT Surveying & Consulting

This course examines various legal mechanisms which courts apply in order to fix the location of a disputed or uncertain boundary line or easement. Part one focuses on adverse possession. Part two covers mechanisms that can modify or extinguish a servitude, including: Estoppel, Cessation of Purpose, Frustration of Purpose, Adverse Possession/Castle Associates Rule, and Part Performance.


Land Surveyors Guide to the Supreme Court of Oregon

Speaker: Brian Portwood // Room: Mt. St. Helens AB // Sponsored by Neathamer Surveying

The first volume of Land Surveyors Guide to the Supreme Court of Oregon was composed by the presenter, Oregon licensee Brian Portwood, in 2018, and was published by PLSO in January of 2019. If you already have your copy, bring it along for this discussion session. If you have not already obtained Volume One through the PLSO Online Store, this session will provide you with a comprehensive preview of the material. It will answer any questions you have regarding the the book, review the significance of each of the many topics pertaining to land rights that it covers, and look back to several of the most notable Oregon land rights cases of the late Nineteenth Century. In addition, the session will look ahead to the development of these vital topics during the early Twentieth Century in Volume Two, which the author anticipates will be available for attendees to purchase, in support of PLSO, during the 2020 Conference.


Water Rights

Speaker: Gerry Cleark // Room: Mt. St. Helens CD

Water Rights

Description coming soon


From the Oregon Trail to Surveying for Gold

Speaker: Mark Armstrong // Room: Garden ABC

True stories of pioneer surveyors who crossed the Oregon Trail as kids and settled in the Willamette Valley to begin careers surveying mining claims and the Public Lands. Journeys of adventure, discovery, hardship, disappointment, and great achievements. 


Hot to Utilize Effective Outreach

Speakers: Shaun Fidler, Jered McGrath

Room: Cascade BC

We all recognize that the number of upcoming technicians in our profession is declining but the demand for professional services continues to grow. This class will tackle some of the tips and tricks we all can use to try and provide outreach in our own areas that inform others about the profession. We will discuss information about wages, information about changing job descriptions, knowing your audience, conversation starters and Outreach opportunities. How do we get the next generation into the profession? How to we change ourselves to accept the definition of surveying is changing and we need to change with it.

5:00 p.m.

  • Silent Auction Reception in Mt. Hood Ballroom and Foyer
  • Oregon Tech and Oregon State University alumni socials

6 - 8:00 p.m.

Education & Outreach Auction Dinner

Room: Mt. Hood Ballroom // Sponsored by Roberts Surveying, AKS Engineering & Forestry

Friday

7:00 a.m.

Past Chair and Immediate Past President's Breakfast (invite only)

Room: Cascade BC

8:00 a.m. - Noon

NSPS CST Exam Levl I

Test Proctor: Tim Kent // Room: Garden ABC

CST is a comprehensive national certification program for survey technicians, and is sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors. The Certified Survey Technician Board administers the program, which is intended to gauge technical capabilities and general knowledge of workplace safety and procedures. Registration is through NSPS. Click here for more information.


8:00 - 9:30 a.m. 

From the Oregon Trail to Surveying for Gold (repeat)

Speaker: Mark Armstrong // Room: Mt. Adams // Sponsored by CMT Surveying & Consulting

True stories of pioneer surveyors who crossed the Oregon Trail as kids and settled in the Willamette Valley to begin careers surveying mining claims and the Public Lands. Journeys of adventure, discovery, hardship, disappointment, and great achievements. 


UAV Examples, Workflows

Speaker: Chris Sherby and Jon Ellinger // Room: Mt. St. Helens AB // Sponsored by Neathamer Surveying

Description coming soon


Digging into Civil 3D Surfaces

Speaker: Rick Ellis // Room: Mt. St. Helens CD

Surfaces are the core of almost every Civil 3D project and having a quality surface can be the difference between accurate results and surprises during construction.  This class will explore building surfaces from many different types of data, both common and obscure.  You will also learn how to manage large datasets like LIDAR data and incorporate it into your surface models. Finally, we will cover surface editing techniques, including advanced editing concepts like Pasting, Smoothing and Simplifying.

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Road Legalizations in Oregon (repeat)

Speaker: Mike Berry // Room: Mt. Adams // Sponsored by CMT Surveying & Consulting

The road legalization procedure is used to clarify the record of the right-of-way boundaries of a county road.  The need to set the record straight on the location of roads in Oregon has been a concern since statehood. This class will examine current road legalization statutes along with Oregon court cases regarding road legalizations. The procedures for researching and surveying roads being considered for legalization will be discussed.

The Surveyor's Role in Adverse Possession Litigation

Speaker: Lee Spurgeon // Room: Mt. St. Helens AB // Sponsored by Neathamer Surveying

This class explores the conversations the surveyor should take when dealing with clients in and adverse possession case explaining legal requirements, burden of proof, and types of evidence which will be required, and the difference between defending and pursuing  adverse possession claims.   The surveyor’s role, duties, responsibilities when dealing with attorneys will be discussed while dealing with adverse possession cases.  Preparation of displays. documents, notes, and court presentation will be addressed.


A Practical Guide to GIS in AutoCAD Civil 3D

Speaker: Rick Ellis // Room: Mt. St. Helens CD

If you are a Civil 3D user being asked to provide data to your GIS department, if you are being asked to use GIS data as background data for your designs, or if you think GIS is a four letter word; this class will answer this all too common question, “Why should I care about GIS?” You will learn to import GIS data not only as AutoCAD objects, but also directly as Civil 3D objects like Surfaces and Pipe Networks that leverage the existing database information. The request to provide design data to GIS departments is becoming more common every day. This class will explore the details of why just sending them a drawing is often not an adequate way to satisfy that request.  We will explore ways to export Civil 3D objects to GIS formats that can be used easily and consistently by your GIS department. This popular class has won the award for Best Hands-on Lab at Autodesk University, don’t miss your chance to learn how the GIS tools in Civil 3D can make you more productive by automating common everyday tasks.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Luncheon with keynote speaker Mark Sargent

Room: Mt. Hood Ballroom // Sponsored by David Evans & Associates

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Resolving Conflicts

Speaker: Steve Greenwood // Room: Mt. Adams // Sponsored by CMT Surveying & Consulting

Description coming soon

This session will provide some of the fundamental skills in addressing and resolving conflicts.  In particular it will focus on things you can do as a neutral third-party  to help resolve the conflict between others.  Some of the skills covered will be: framing the issue, finding agreement on facts, moving from win-lose to win-win, focusing on underlying interests.


UAV Examples, Workflows

Speaker: Chris Sherby // Room: Mt. St. Helens AB // Sponsored by Neathamer Surveying

Description coming soon


Field to Finish for Civil 3D

Speaker: Rick Ellis // Room: Mt. St. Helens CD

This class will explore the setup and implementation of Field to Finish in Civil 3D.  You will learn about working with Description Keys, Figures, Styles, Point Groups, the Survey database and much more.  This class will discuss some practical examples and help you implement this powerful, time saving feature in your office.


Oregon GNSS Users Group

Room: Garden ABC

Annual Meeting

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

TBD

Room: Mt. Adams // Sponsored by CMT Surveying & Consulting

Description coming soon


TBD

Room: Mt. St. Helens AB // Sponsored by Neathamer Surveying

Description coming soon


Civil 3D Styles, Tips & Tricks

Speaker: Rick Ellis // Room: Mt. St. Helens CD

Styles are one of the most powerful features in Civil 3D, but at the same time they can be one of the most confusing and frustrating parts of the program for many users.  This is compounded by the flexible nature of Civil 3D Styles that allows several different and valid approaches to setting up and working with them.  Styles can also be a stumbling block for users, or entire organizations, that keep them from fully implementing Civil 3D. This class will cover the fundamentals of styles and discuss the different approaches that you can take to create and manage them.  We will also look at specific, real-world examples that range from common display needs to advanced labeling and expressions.  This class is a great place to get new ideas and ask questions about styles that you have always wanted to ask.


Oregon GNSS Users Group

Room: Garden ABC

Annual Meeting


5:00 p.m.

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