A monthly Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and

Civil Engineers member newsletter

August 2022

MALSCE Sustaining Members: AirWorks Solutions, Allen & Major Associates, Inc.,
Beals and Thomas Inc., Bluesky Geospatial Limited, Brennan Consulting, Inc.,
BSC Group, Inc., Carlson Software, CHA, Coastal Engineering Co. Inc., DGT Associates,
Donovan Hatem LLP, Eastern Topographics, Feldman Geospatial, GM2 Associates, Inc.,
Hancock Associates, Maine Technical Source, Moran Surveying, Inc., Nitsch Engineering,
Samiotes Consultants Inc., Spiller's, Topcon Solutions Store, VHB, Inc., Winwood Sawmill

Fall 2022 Professional Land Surveyor

Refresher Course

Saturday, October 8 and 15, 2022

Zoom Meeting

8:00 AM - 10:45 AM and 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM Sessions


Carlton A. Brown, PLS, Associate Professor, University of Maine

Ian C. Wisuri, PLS

MALSCE is offering a Virtual Professional Land Surveyor Refresher Course this fall to help participants prepare to take the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) Exam. The course will take place over two consecutive Saturdays, October 8 and 15, 2022. Each day will feature two sessions with multiple breaks. Subjects to be covered are as follows:

  • 250 CMR
  • Subdivision Control Law/Zoning
  • Exam Format and Preparation
  • Massachusetts Boundary Law/Statutes

Click here to learn more and register

Fall 2022 Surveyor-in-Training Refresher Course

Saturday, October 15, 2022

The Engineering Center, One Walnut Street, Boston, MA 02108

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM


Clark R. Donkin, PLS,

District Survey Supervisor, MassDOT Highway Division

MALSCE is pleased to offer a Surveyor-in-Training Refresher Course this fall to help participants prepare to take the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) Exam. The session will last from 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM with two 15-minute breaks and a one-hour lunch break. Subjects to be covered are as follows:

  • General Information and Sample Exam
  • Water Boundaries
  • Basic Boundary
  • PLSS Overview
  • Survey Math/Calculations
  • GPS/Photogrammetry

Click here to learn more and register

NSPS Certified Floodplain Surveyor
Northeast Training and Certification Program

Cosponsored by:

Wednesday, November 2 - Friday, November 4, 2022
Hilton Garden Inn Worcester, 35 Major Taylor Boulevard, Worcester, MA 01608
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily

C. Bart Crattie, LS, CFM, CFS
John Gerber, PE, CFM

The surveyor is well versed in measurement, property law, history, mathematics and numerable topics related to surveying, mapping and describing real property. A number of years ago, FEMA made the surveying community a “partner” in the National Flood Insurance Program. This program is designed to enable the surveyor to learn much that has always been within the discipline of floodplain management, thus filling that gap between land surveying and floodplain management. It is also intended to prepare participants to take the certification exam offered on the last day of the program. Attending this program and passing this exam allows participants to show that they have the particular expertise required to be recognized as Certified Floodplain Surveyor and an authority in the field.

North East Surveying Societies Associations Collaborate on Regional Certified Floodplain Surveyor Training

With sea level rise and greater storm discharges occurring, flood prone areas are increasing and the need for competent professionals to help plan and mitigate will be needed more and more. The Certified Floodplain Surveyor designation will distinguish you as a dedicated professional with the knowledge and expertise to be of great value to your clients. Registration for this Program (which will be limited to 40) is open to all New England and New York surveying state association members at the discounted member rate. ... Read more

Renew Your MALSCE Membership Today

MALSCE dues invoices for fiscal year 2023 were mailed out in mid-July. Prompt payment of your dues invoice will ensure that you continue to receive the numerous benefits that MALSCE has to offer through June 30, 2023. These include membership in the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) for a nominal fee; discounted registration fees for MALSCE-sponsored programs; invitations to discussions during which you can engage with and learn from your peers; opportunities to have input on legislative and regulatory matters impacting the land surveying and civil engineering professions; and periodic email communications that keep you informed about your chosen profession.

If you did not receive a dues invoice or have questions about your dues,

please email

Become a MALSCE Sustaining Member

There is still time to become a 2022-2023 MALSCE Sustaining Member as the enrollment period for this popular program is ongoing. Promote your organization to nearly 400 MALSCE members and demonstrate your support of the land surveying profession by becoming a MALSCE Sustaining Member today! For $525, your organization can become a Sustaining Member for the fiscal year 2023 as well as the 2023-2024 sustaining member renewal period which lasts until fall 2023.

Click here to learn about the benefits and how your organization

can become a sustaining member.

Already a Sustaining Member? Dues renewal invoices were recently emailed to current sustaining members. If you did not receive an invoice or have questions about your organization's dues. email

Join the MALSCE Proprietors' Council

Join the growing list of MALSCE members who represent their company as a member of the MALSCE Proprietors' Council. Under the leadership of its chair, Michael A. Feldman, Feldman Geospatial, the MALSCE Proprietors' Council has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to helping MALSCE grow and thrive, Proprietors' Council members have the opportunity to work with leaders from across the Commonwealth to help define the direction of MALSCE. There are also opportunities to hear from clients and bounce ideas off of peers regarding staffing, business opportunities, marketing and sustainability in our industries. Click here for a list of Proprietors' Council members and learn how you can join the Proprietors' Council.

MALSCE Government Affairs Update August 2022


Click here for Government Affairs activities and news for MALSCE members. Learn more about recently adopted state legislation impacting the land surveying and civil engineering professions. These include the MALSCE-backed Dig Safe language that was included in the infrastructure bond bill and the offshore wind and climate bill. This August MALSCE Government Affairs Update also contains a report on recent Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors discussions.

Jeffrey B. Shorey, PLS, Passes Away

MALSCE is sad to report the passing of Jeffrey B. Shorey, PLS on July 20, 2022, at the age of 70. Jeff was a longtime MALSCE member who served as a member of the Eastern Massachusetts chapter and MALSCE boards.

Click here to read Jeffrey's full obituary

Job Board

Looking to promote a job to MALSCE members? Click here to learn more about posting on the MALSCE job board.

Surveying Education Opportunities

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Offering Three Land Surveying Courses Starting in September

Beginning the week of September 5, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology will be offering three fourteen-week land surveying courses designed for professionals currently working in land surveying, but who wish to learn more or become a registered Professional Land Surveyor in Massachusetts.

Click here to learn more about the courses offered and to apply

New Mexico State University Now Offering

Online Geomatics Degree

The ABET-accredited and 2022 NCEES grand prize winning New Mexico State University Geomatics/Surveying Engineering program is now fully online. Program courses cover a wide range of classic and contemporary topics in surveying and geomatics, including Public Land Survey System, Legal Principles and Boundary Law, GNSS positioning, Precise Aerial Mapping, Construction Surveying, and Emerging Techniques in Geospatial Technologies. 

Click here to learn more about the program

Look to MALSCE News for information on available surveying education opportunities. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is now offering three fourteen-week Professional Land Surveying courses, click here to read more and learn how to apply. UMaine has several different surveying degree and certificate programs available online, click here to learn more. Idaho State University has recently announced online options for their surveying and geospatial program, click here to learn more. 


Check Out "Surveyor Says" NSPS' Podcast


Want to hear from the movers and shakers of the surveying profession? Each week, NSPS brings you conversations with the trendsetters and difference-makers that are helping to shape the world of surveying. Your host, NSPS Executive Director Tim Burch, sits down with various personalities to discuss all things surveying, all bundled in a 30-minute conversation. Listen to this recent episode featuring Trig Star chair Jerry Juarez and the NSPS Trig Star Program Committee to talk about the value of the Trig-Star program as a recruiting tool and outreach program to help students identify STEM-related careers. They also discuss scholarship opportunities and how the program gives existing surveying practitioners an opportunity to connect with our future geospatialists.

Download episodes of "Surveyor Says! - The NSPS Podcast" from your favorite streaming providers or find them at NSPS' podcast hosting site, Podbean. Watch NSPS' social media outlets for upcoming episode news and contests/giveaways on special occasions. 


Thanks for listening to “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast.

Affiliate Association Events

Maine Society of Land Surveyors

2022 Annual Convention

Thursday, September 15 - Friday, September 16, 2022

Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River Resort

15 South Ridge Road, Newry, ME 04261

Join MSLS for their Annual Convention at Sunday Rivers, featuring speaker David Doyle and including presentations on geodesy, record research for beginners, tick borne diseases, and more.

Click here to learn more and register

Vermont Society of Land Surveyors

Fall Conference

Thursday, September 15 - Friday, September 16, 2022

Delta Hotel by Marriott

1117 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 05403

Join VSLS for their annual Fall Conference, with featured speakers Joseph Paiva, CEO of GeoLearn, Ed Fitzpatrick, Esq, of Bergeron Paradis Fitzpatrick, Jim Nadeau of Jim Nadeau Realty, and Tim Terway of Vermont Center for Geographic Information.

Click here to learn more and register

New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association

Fall Quarterly Business Meeting & Seminar

Monday, September 19, 2022

The Barn on the Pemi

341 Daniel Webster Highway, Plymouth, NH 03264

7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Join NHLSA for their Fall Quarterly Business Meeting & Seminar on September 19! Four case studies will be presented and discussed, before committee and business meetings, along with a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres at the end of the day.

Click here to learn more and register

MALSCE News is a monthly publication of the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers. This newsletter highlights the program and activities of MALSCE and reports on national and local matters of interest to land surveyors and civil engineers. While we cannot promise to print all news items that we receive, if you have one to share with your fellow MALSCE members please forward it to Rich Keenan at
Questions or comments?
Michelle Monette, MALSCE,  One Walnut Street, Boston, MA 02108, 
P: 617/227-5551 | F: 617/227-6783,