SEMINAR DESCRIPTIONS BY DAY




Wednesday

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Santiam 1

The Role of the Land Surveyor in Defining Land Rights Pursuant to Judicial Navigability Determination in Oregon
Bryan Portwood

This presentation focuses upon a recent Oregon case involving navigability determination, which holds particular relevance for land surveyors, and addresses the following questions.

How broad is the scope of the term “navigability”, how does its meaning vary based upon the context in which it is used, and who holds the authority to make conclusive navigability determinations?

What evidentiary factors hold the most significance in contemporary judicial determination of navigability for purposes of bedland title?

How does adjudication of navigability impact boundaries and property rights, and to what extent is land surveyor input required to support navigability litigation or to document the outcome of such adjudication?

Santiam 2

Texas's Southern Boundary: The Rio Grande
Leo Litowich

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.

Santiam 3

PLSO State Board Officer On Boarding

Santiam 4/5

Thompson v. Marshall - the Anatomy of Land Surveying Litigation
Lee Spurgeon

An insiders look at the court preparation, trial, and survey work required for the successful litigation of a 1.7 million dollar timber trespass case in Columbia County. The presentation will look at ways in which the surveyor can present their case in court so it will look as credible as possible.

Santiam 6

Ethics, Professionalism and the Courts
Kris Kline

This ethics course focuses on professional behavior from the perspective of court decisions. The class includes real-life examples where surveyor’s behavior has been analyzed and critiqued by judges across the country. It also includes relevant segments from local standards of practice and codes of ethics.

Croisan A/B

FHWA
Larry Goble

Coming Soon...

Croisan C

Education & Outreach Silent Auction Item Drop-off

9:30 - 10 a.m.

BREAK 

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Santiam 1

Liability – Exploring Exposures & Insurance Coverage
Laura Ledbetter

The risks which Surveying firms face are expanding, while some carriers are narrowing coverage.  Where does that leave you and how do you fill those gaps? 

Hearing about Cyber Breaches?  How do they truly affect you?  Using UAVs?  Expanding your services or getting ready to retire? 

Let’s take a look at the changing landscape and how to ensure your coverage meets your needs.  Q&A always welcome.  

Santiam 2

Coming Soon...  

Santiam 3

PLSO State Board Meeting

Santiam 4/5

Coming Soon...

Santiam 6

Ethics, Professionalism and the Courts (continued)
Kris Kline

Croisan A/B

USFS
Bill Ham

Coming Soon...

Croisan C

Education & Outreach Silent Auction Item Drop-off


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

Willamette River Ballroom

Lunch Program

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Santiam 1

Getting Maximum Benefit from Drone Mapping: the Full Story
Daniel Katz

Flying a drone is easy, but profiting from a drone is hard. Drone technology presents a huge opportunity for the survey industry today, as surveyor firms look to grow their businesses despite a nationwide shortage of hireable staff. Surveyors need to be sure they are getting the absolute maximum benefit out of their drone survey programs -- saving as much time as possible without compromising accuracy or quality. In this seminar, Daniel will share lessons from the several dozen survey firms where Aerotas has started drone programs, the several hundred surveys they have processed, and the countless hours of field testing and training they have completed. Of particular note will be a live technical demonstration of the full workflow for producing topographic line-work mapping deliverables from drone 3D models data.

Santiam 2

Planning for Cascadia
Althea Rizzo

Watching the devastating natural disasters that have happened in the last year, it may seem like there is very little we can do to prepare. The reality is that there is quite a bit that we can control in becoming better prepared for any natural disaster. We can get ready even for very large disasters, you just need a direction and some time. This talk will cover many of the things you can do to prepare your business and your family for emergencies.

Santiam 3

PLSO State Board Meeting

Santiam 4/5

Running a Survey Business
Mitch Duryea

With over 35 years of experience in private practice, Mitch will share the lessons learned in running a Professional Surveying & Mapping firm. Topics to be discussed include: Starting a Business, Your Mission Statement, The Business Plan, Recruiting and Retaining Employees, Insurance, Maintaining Responsible Charge, Cash Flow, and Exit Strategies. 

Santiam 6

Prescriptive Easements Like You've Never Seen Them
Kris Kline

While the basic concepts behind prescriptive easements are widely recognized, many developments in this area of the law are fairly recent. The course begins with the development of the Lost Grant Theory and its relationship to prescriptive rights in the United States. The various elements required for the creation of a prescriptive easement are discussed in detail. Tacking and claims by (and against) the state are considered, along with the scope & location of the resulting easement. This class also goes into court rulings for prescriptive easements associated with: Parking Areas; Subterranean and Visible Utility Easements; Light and Air; Trees and Shrubbery.

Croisan A/B

Wildlife Refuge Water Boundaries I Have Known
David Hills

Life is water, and water is life:  Most National Wildlife Refuges are located on a body of water, and in surveying their boundaries I have sometimes been thrust into interesting riparian and littoral surveys. Walk through several of these projects with me, and join an interactive discussion on navigability, lake bed apportionment, Columbia River tidelands, and accretion.

Croisan C

Education & Outreach Silent Auction Item Drop-off

3 - 3:30 p.m.

BREAK

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Santiam 1

Solving the Hiring Crisis 
Daniel Katz

After a record-setting 2017 construction season, land survey firms statewide are under pressure to grow to meet demand. However, a nationwide shortage of hireable survey staff presents a critical challenge, and a threat to the industry. In this seminar, Aerotas co-founder Daniel Katz will reveal key lessons from working with hundreds of land surveyors nationwide to grow their businesses without hiring: using drone technology to make efficiency a core business goal, making fundamental changes to how projects are priced and bid, and strategically leveraging a wider breadth of business tools to maximize effectiveness and profit.

Santiam 2

ORS 92 - Lawfully Created Units of Land: Role of the Surveyor
Scott Fein

Land use is an area that many Land Surveyors are forced to encounter. Despite contradicting many of the fundamental tenants of real property and survey law, land use planning is here to stay. Since 1973 with the inception of SB 100; ORS 92 began to become packed with land use matters inside of the platting chapter of statute. This seminar is designed to explore the interrelationship between land use, real property division, configuration, and modus operandi that was required at the time per statute. Surveyors will gain valuable insight into the history of specific sections of ORS 92 that will assist them in their practice and service to their clients. The need for Surveyors to take an active role will become apparent.

Santiam 3

PLSO State Board Meeting

Santiam 4/5

OSBEELS
Logan Miles

Coming Soon...

Santiam 6

Prescriptive Easements Like You've Never Seen Them
(continued)

Kris Kline

Croisan A/B

BLM
Dave Radford

Coming Soon...

Croisan C

Education & Outreach Silent Auction Item Drop-off

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Reception Social
Check out our vendor hosts here.

7:00 p.m.

Young Surveyors Open House Meet Up

           


Thursday

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Santiam 1

Surveyor in Court - Preparing for Court and Being an Expert Witness
Gary Kent

Surveyors often find themselves in legal proceedings or even in court – hopefully as an expert and not a defendant!  This program explores a wide variety of related topics including how to avoid claims and subsequently landing in court, and the many aspects and considerations of being an expert witness such as preparing a Rule 26 Expert Report, what to expect in depositions, what the rules of evidence are, and how to deal with the client and attorney through the process.  As a part of the program, we will review the format and content of several expert reports.

Santiam 2

Water Rights - Transfers
Kelly Starnes

In this session, we will discuss the various types of water right transfers processed by the Oregon Water Resources Department. The discussion will include specific elements of a water right that can be transferred and how each transfer process works.

    Santiam 3

    High School Program
    Jason Martin, To The Point Land Surveying, LLC

    Santiam 4/5

    Road Dedications in Oregon
    Mike Berry

    To paraphrase “A Treatise on the Law of Roads and Streets; Third Edition” (1911):

    While a public road exists there is nothing more than a mere suspension of the abutter’s rights.

    Find out what’s up with that according to various court cases and Oregon state law.

    Santiam 6

    Know When to Hold 'Em and Other Procedural Pitfalls
    Kris Kline

    At the core of our profession is the boundary monument, and most of our boundary retracement decisions revolve around the choice to hold an existing monument, set a new monument, or choose between multiple existing monuments. Part one of this seminar is an in-depth discussion of principles that form the basis of the critical decision that we make every day, including the rules of construction, sufficiency of research, and tips for the analysis for several types of property corners.

    Croisan A/B

    Post Disaster Surveying
    Jihye Park, Chris Parrish

    Chris Parrish will begin this session on “Improved Post-earthquake Rebuild and Recovery: Coordination through Consistent Coordinates” and will follow up with Jihye Park on “Empirical Evaluation of the Accuracy of Static GPS Survey Campaigns Processed in OPUS-Projects”.

    Croisan C

    Education & Outreach Silent Auction Item Drop-off

    9:30 - 10 a.m.

    BREAK

    10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    Santiam 1

    Surveyor in Court - Preparing for Court and Being an Expert Witness (continued)
    Gary Kent

    Santiam 2

    NFIP & eLOMA
    Christine Shirley

    Should you eLOMA?  The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)  offers three ways to submit Letters of Map Amendment, eLOMA, LOMC-Online, and US Mail. Which should you choose and why? We will discuss this along with other tips and tricks for submitting Letter of Map Change applications that the NFIP approves without requesting additional data. This session also will update you on recent changes to the NFIP they may affect how you work with your clients (and maybe save them money). We will cover, in particular, how to handle requests for Elevation Certificates on pre-FIRM buildings to maximize customer value. 

    Santiam 3

    High School Program (continued)
    Jason Martin, To The Point Land Surveying, LLC

    Santiam 4/5

    The Role of the Land Surveyor in Defining Land Rights Pursuant to Judicial Navigability Determination in Oregon (repeat)
    Bryan Portwood

    This presentation focuses upon a recent Oregon case involving navigability determination, which holds particular relevance for land surveyors, and addresses the following questions.

    How broad is the scope of the term “navigability”, how does its meaning vary based upon the context in which it is used, and who holds the authority to make conclusive navigability determinations?

    What evidentiary factors hold the most significance in contemporary judicial determination of navigability for purposes of bedland title?

    How does adjudication of navigability impact boundaries and property rights, and to what extent is land surveyor input required to support navigability litigation or to document the outcome of such adjudication?

    Santiam 6

    Know When to Hold 'Em and Other Procedural Pitfalls Part 1 (continued)
    Kris Kline

    Croisan A/B

    Q-GIS - Working with Projected Data
    Mason Marker

    Coming Soon...

    Croisan C

    Education & Outreach Silent Auction Item Drop-off


    11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

    Willamette River Ballroom

    PLSO Awards Presentation and Annual Membership Meeting

    1:30 - 3 p.m.

    Santiam 1

    ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys
    Gary Kent

    This program will be an in-depth review of the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys which will become effective in February 2016 (work on them is still in progress). In addition, the program will include important information on, and reasons for, the changes from the previous version. The program also takes a fresh look at the measurement standard - relative positional precision.

    Santiam 2

    Surveying Tidal Boundaries
    Shawn Kampmann

    Coming soon...

    Santiam 3

    High School Program (continued)
    Jason Martin, To The Point Land Surveying, LLC

    Santiam 4/5

    Oregon Maps
    David Imus

    Coming Soon...

    Santiam 6

    Know When to Hold 'Em and Other Procedural Pitfalls Part 2
    Kris Kline

    At the core of our profession is the boundary monument, and most of our boundary retracement decisions revolve around the choice to hold an existing monument, set a new monument, or choose between multiple existing monuments. Part two of this seminar will concentrate on adverse possession, prescriptive easements, and quasi easements. (state specific) This is a general overview of several different principles. Knowledge of these topics will help the surveyor to improve his research and location techniques (both office and field) so as to better serve the client in cases where disputes may arise. State specific case law will be cited where appropriate.

    Croisan A/B

    The Art of Writing Legal Descriptions
    Mitch Duryea

    The Professional Land Surveyor is often asked to provide legal descriptions as a part of their project. The Art of Writing Legal Descriptions will be a discussion based course with examples of good, bad & ugly legal descriptions. Focus will be on proper wording required to convey the clear intent of the parties without introducing ambiguities.

    3 - 3:30 p.m.

    BREAK

    3:30 - 5 p.m.

    Santiam 1

    ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys (continued)
    Gary Kent

    Santiam 2

    Estate Planning
    Tom Pixton, Rebecca Kueny

    Coming Soon...

    Santiam 3

    High School Program (continued)
    Jason Martin, To The Point Land Surveying, LLC

    Santiam 4/5

    Conflicting Evidence...Making Sense of it All
    Leonard Rydell

    This presentation will be a follow up to last year’s “Hidden Secrets of Old Surveys” and will cover a variety of surveying problems encountered over the years.  Evidence has many forms,and it, or the lack of it, may be significant.  Solving problems is a process, and problems can be approached from a variety of ways.  Narratives and unexpected monuments will be discussed, and as always, “When do you know that you have the right answer and are done?”

    Santiam 6

    Know When to Hold 'Em and Other Procedural Pitfalls Part 2 (continued)
    Kris Kline

    Croisan A/B

    Mapping Case Study - UAV vs. RTK
    Mason Marker

    Coming Soon...

    5:00 p.m.

    Cocktail Hour and Alumni Gatherings

    5:30 - 8 p.m.

    Education & Outreach Auction Dinner

         


    Friday

    8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

    Santiam 1

    ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys - A Field Perspective
    Gary Kent

    This program emphasizes the field aspects of performing an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey.  All aspects of the standards that relate to tasks in the field are reviewed in order to achieve the goal of helping field technicians understand the specific purposes of an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey.  It is important that they can put the various requirements in context so they can best meet the needs of the title company, lender and client.

    Santiam 2

    So You Want to Start Your Own Business
    Leonard Rydell

    Leonard Rydell, PE, PLS, WRE, who started his own home based business in 1975, will cover a variety of items from the perspective of a sole proprietor with a home office such as:

    When to start, how to start, home office or rent, record keeping, accounting, taxes, employees, retirement accounts, advertising, business practices, useful software, insurance, business and liability insurance, plus hints on necessary and useful software will be discussed.

      Santiam 3

      Road Dedications in Oregon (repeat)
      Mike Berry

      To paraphrase “A Treatise on the Law of Roads and Streets; Third Edition” (1911):

      While a public road exists there is nothing more than a mere suspension of the abutter’s rights.

      Find out what’s up with that according to various court cases and Oregon state law.

      Santiam 4/5

      Texas's Southern Boundary: The Rio Grande (repeat)
      Leo Litowich

      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.

      Santiam 6

      Boundary Line Agreements
      Alan Brickley

      Coming Soon...

      Croisan A/B

      Surveying with Solar Instruments
      Tim Kent

      Coming Soon...

      9:30 - 10 a.m.

      BREAK

      10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

      Santiam 1

      ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys - A Field Perspective (continued)
      Gary Kent

      Santiam 2

      Surveying Tidal Boundaries (repeat)
      Shawn Kampmann

      Coming Soon...

      Santiam 3

      Scanning Case Studies
      Doug Devine

      Various examples and discussions implementing terrestrial Lidar scanning will be presented. Applications discussed will included : Architectural, Archeological, Marine, Industrial, Land Surveying, and Engineering.  

      A discussion of several unique survey applications utilizing scanning data will be presented.

      Santiam 4/5

      NGS Update
      Mark Armstrong

      Coming Soon...

      Santiam 6

      Easements
      Alan Brickley

      Coming Soon...

      Croisan A/B

      Love and Hate - A Guide to the Surveying Profession for Associates
      Lee Spurgeon

      A not so serious look at the good, the bad, and ridiculous aspects of becoming a Professional Land Surveyor.  As a warning, this class may actually contain some useful information which may make your job easier.


      11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

      Willamette River Ballroom

      Lunch Program


      1:30 - 3 p.m.

      Santiam 1

      Risk Management for Surveyors
      Gary Kent

      This course is designed to help educate surveyors to the realities of liability in their practice.  The program will review liability that surveyors necessarily incur as part of their practice and how they can mitigate their exposure. Sources of unnecessary surveyor liability will also be explored by exposing the things that surveyors inadvertently or unwisely do that increase their liability. In all cases, steps that surveyors can take to eliminate or at least mitigate their exposure will be outlined.

      Santiam 2

      Water Rights - Claims of Beneficial Use 
      Gerry Clark

      In this session we will discuss beneficial use; what it is and how it is determined. In addition, we will discuss how to decide whether a water user is ready to submit a Claim of Beneficial Use or if an extension of time is really what is necessary. Finally, we will discuss the completion of the Claim of Beneficial Use forms and maps for both permits and transfers.

      Santiam 3

      Instrument Care
      Ted Engle

      Maintenance requirements of modern surveying instruments and the importance of staying current on instrument firmware and software updates.

      Communicating with your equipment and the need for an FCC license.

      Santiam 4/5

      Mapping Case Study - UAV vs. RTK (repeat)
      Mason Marker

      Coming Soon...

      Santiam 6

      Oregon GNSS Users Group Annual Meeting

      Croisan A/B

      CST Level 1 Exam
      Tim Kent

      CST is a comprehensive national certification program for survey technicians, and is sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors. The program is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor within its National Apprenticeship Program. Four levels of certification are offered in two primary tracks – field and office. Certification is by examination, which must be monitored by an approved Proctor.

      Click here to register for the exam through NSPS. On the form select Format Paper; Site is PLSO Salem Conference Center and Date is January 19, 2018 and Level I.

      Complete all sections on the form by January 5th, 2018 and send it to:

      NSPS CST Program
      Attn: Sara Maggi
      5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q
      Frederick, MD 21704

      A free review for the Level I Exam is available at www.learnCST.com.

      3 - 3:30 p.m.

      BREAK

      3:30 - 5 p.m.

      Santiam 1

      Risk Management for Surveyors (continued)
      Gary Kent

      Santiam 6

      Oregon GNSS Users Group Annual Meeting

      Croisan A/B

      CST Level 1 Exam (continued)
      Tim Kent




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