F.E.M.A. Letter of Map Change: One Surveyor’s Foray into the Process
Tuesday, 8:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Presenter – Jon Payne, PLS
This CPD course was developed to provide background and initiate discussion of FEMA’s programs dealing with flood plains and to provide applications-based examples of the research, measurements, and paperwork available/needed for submitting a request for a Letter of Map Change. Topics covered will include history of the flood plain development and insurance requirements, the products available for research, client relations, gathering necessary data to complete your work, forms that might potentially be required, and the various means of submitting a request for a Letter of Map Change.
Validating Land Survey Drone Photogrammetry and LiDARTuesday, 8:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Every modern land surveyor has a drone in this epoch of surveying; every non-licensed construction estimator, GIS graduate, wedding videographer and hobbyist has a drone also. What should set us apart as professionals is the ability to deliver a dataset that is tied to survey control, aligned to correct horizontal and vertical position and validated at a level of confidence subject to the level of accuracy in our survey contract specifications. Many surveyors already have the tools and software needed to validate drone data for both photogrammetry and LiDAR collections, we only lack the intention and experience to follow through. In this session, surveyors will be encouraged to learn the need for accurate drone collections. They will be able to recognize the differences between a photo-derived point cloud and a LiDAR point cloud. We will also explore several drone collection platforms, software packages, and client deliverables each having unique benefits and precision expectations. The drones have invaded our profession; it is up to us modern land surveyors to understand and deliver the level of precision that our profession demands.
Learning Objectives:1) Importance of survey control for drone projects
Board of Licensure Discussion Panel
Tuesday, 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
Questions and answer panel with various members and staff of the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Engineers and Land Surveyors.
Traverses: To Adjust or Not to Adjust, That is the Question
Tuesday, 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Presenter - Bob Neuhaus, PLS
This course will review the analysis and adjustment of conventional and GNSS data by traverse and network adjustment methods. We will discuss practical applications, best practices and software options giving a brief overview and pros and cons for each. Improve your work product and survey reporting.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS
Ethics, Code of Conduct, & Standards of Practice
Tuesday, 1:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Presenter – Nick Jerdon, PLS
Focus on the Standards of Practice – KRS & KAR, our responsibility to protect the public; KRS Chapter 322 – definitions, exceptions, licensure requirements, investigation/complaints, makeup of the board & qualifications; code of Professional Practice and Conduct – definitions, conflict of interest, records retention, qualifications/competence, direct supervision; Standards of Practice – history of the Standards, most common Standards of Practice deficiencies, definitions, classifications for surveys, measurement specifications, monumentation, Section 13 non-boundary survey work; Q&A
The Road Less Travelled:
Research and Field Techniques for Roads, Right-of-Ways and Easements in KentuckyTuesday, 1:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Join Stephen Chino, PLS in a session focused on researching road, right-of-way and easement dedications in Kentucky. As land surveyors we are tasked with projects that often times adjoin a road or right-of-way and may spend a considerable amount of time and energy in proving it’s location. This course aims to help you in your research and fieldwork with real world examples and tips on how to maximize your return on time investment.
The Doctrine of Monuments and the Surveyor as an Expert Witness
Tuesday, 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM
Presenter – Bud Salyer, Attorney
The seminar will discuss the various ways by which boundaries are created and the methods available for locating lines, many of which do not concern surveyors. Some issues of surveyor’s ethics in retracements will be covered and the role of the surveyor as an expert witness will be discussed.
Cemetery Identification and Relocation
Tuesday, 3:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Presenter – Al Matherly, PLS
Two-hour lecture in the application process of relocating a cemetery to an on-site or off-site location identifying, locating, and mapping an abandoned cemetery. Includes Power Point presentation with exhibits and time for questions and answers.
WEDNESDAY MORNING SESSIONS
Basic Field Procedures and Project Management
Wednesday, 8:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Presenter – Jared Wilson
A systematic and practical overview of proper field techniques designed to maximize operation effectiveness and integrate personnel strengths
Wednesday, 8:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Presenter – Michael Wilson, PLS
A course in concepts and techniques of control surveying. Topics include basic geodesy, state plane coordinate concepts and calculations, establishing horizontal and vertical control, GPS positioning, and network adjustment.
A New Surveyor's Perspective to Learning Field Survey
Tuesday, 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
Presenter – Ethan Carr, LSIT
Hand a data collector, a new GPS unit and a laser scanning total station to Ethan Carr, a new survey degree graduate, and ask him to start surveying on the largest funded infrastructure project in Kentucky and get it right. He has never used the data collector software, never been responsible to collect data in an efficient manner, never scanned a laser scan point cloud on his own. Will he be able to collect survey shots with correct positions, correct codes and in the correct format? Will he be able to learn the process of establishing control, switching between instrument survey styles and datum without problems? How well does the field collection and integration of the office work for new users? Find out how field collection is to a new survey grad and the frustrations and successes through Ethan’s first year of surveying every day.
Survey Mapping Rural Highway Safety Programs with LiDAR
Tuesday, 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Presenters - Ben Shinabery, PLS and Tyler Pence, PLS
Driving through the rolling mountains of Kentucky makes me think of how the early trailblazers crossed Kentucky for the first time. Feeling the road below dip and turn, my stomach feels the movement just like a rollercoaster at the park. Many people on these roads do not have the same driving enjoyment, but fear that they may meet a large truck along a tight curve. Rural highway safety is a need on every road in Kentucky.
Collecting survey mapping data along rural roadways, in many ways, is more dangerous than driving the roads. For years, survey crews have been walking those curves and minimal sight distance hills to gather accurate survey locations. It took months to establish roadway surveys in the most rugged terrain in Kentucky. Is there a better way to collect accurate survey data in a more efficient way: faster, safer, and at a lower cost? Mobile mapping is the answer that Qk4 needed for a stretch of US 25 in Williamsburg.
Recent technology advances in Mobile LiDAR mapping hardware, software, and capture techniques have lowered the cost threshold for small rural safety projects which typically have not had budgets for Mobile LiDAR in the past. The MX9 is a self-contained small format, color capture mobile lidar unit that can be mounted to any vehicle to collect high density pointclouds. Beyond just collecting autonomous position data for asset inventory, highway engineers need accurate surveys to have the confidence to design new safety improvements along rural routes.Mobile mapping has been utilized on many DOT roads nationwide. Applications are changing to include projects that typically don’t have the budgets to merit full mobile lidar collection. The advantage to the MX9 system includes flexibility to use on a range of vehicles, post-processing accurate design quality survey grade mapping, the duel head robust high-resolution color outputs, and integration into TBC with one click TopoDOT outputs.
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS
Wednesday, 1:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Presenter – Jared Wilson
A biblical exploration of boundaries in the bible and the relationship to land surveyors
Eye in the Sky:
An Introduction to Remote Pilot Certification (FAA Part 107)Wednesday, 1:30 PM - 5:10 PM
With the proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Systems over the last few years it is more important than ever that your staff are in compliance with FAA Part 107. Stephen Chino, PLS will give you the origin of the Remote Pilot Certificate and guide you through the requirements you need to comprehend in order to take the exam. Mr. Chino has been a remote pilot since 2018 and has used remotely sensed data in his professional practice during that time. This course will cover the core knowledge concepts that will help you begin your journey to remote pilot certification.
3D Survey Scanning a Billion Dollars of Bourbon in KY
Wednesday, 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM
Presenter – Luke Woodyard, LSIT, EIT
What happens when you put 9,000 tons of liquid gold into a 7-story wooden structure built decades ago for one purpose: to age the smoothest bourbon in the south. In 1964, Congress declared bourbon “America’s Native Spirit” and everyone knows that if it’s not distilled in Kentucky... it’s not really bourbon. Billions of dollars of assets age in the rickhouses along the “Bourbon Trail” in central Kentucky and those assets need to be protected. In years past, these rickhouses were monitored by large plumb strings hanging on the interiors of the structures to reveal the inevitable movement of the wooden beams. How much deviation and sag is difficult to tell when four strings are all you can count on. Starting in 2019, Qk4 began using laser scanning technology to capture the exact conditions and vertical deviation of bourbon warehouses for several sites in rural Kentucky for structural analysis. These high-resolution scans provide not only the relationship of the roof line to the foundation but the fine details of wall deflection and sag. With the interior and exterior details of these wooden vaults, structural engineers can know better how to protect one of Kentucky's great industries.
The Epoch of the Modern Kentucky Surveyor
Friday, 3:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Presenter – Ben Shinabery, PLS
The modern Kentucky professional land surveyor most likely measures bearings and distances in distinct moments in time called “Epochs” if using a high precision GPS to determine coordinates relating to property boundary or topographic elevations. The word “Epoch” may be defined as a period of time in history marked by notable events or particular characteristics. While GPS measures epochs in atomic clock milliseconds, the Epoch of the Modern Kentucky Surveyor began a little over 20 years ago with the 2001 Kentucky Licensure Board Task Force study on professional land surveyor licensure requirements within the Commonwealth. Recently those license requirements were challenged by a sponsored house bill proposed to amend the current survey license laws to reduce the degree requirements and remove some board oversight of the profession. The demand for surveyors is on the rise in the state, and the average age of a professional surveyor is also rising across the nation. This informative session hopes to communicate the history of the modern Kentucky Professional Land Surveyor requirements found in KRS 322.045, the reasoning of the Board of Licensure Task Force study conducted two decades ago, the possible affects to engineers, and hopeful options to expand the survey workforce across the state.