A monthly Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and

Civil Engineers member newsletter

January 2023

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., Crocker Design Group, DGT Associates, Donovan Hatem LLP,

Eastern Topographics, Feldman Geospatial, GM2 Associates, Inc., Hancock Associates,

Maine Technical Source, Moran Surveying, Inc., Nitsch Engineering, R.J. O'Connell & Associates, Inc., Samiotes Consultants Inc., Spiller's, Topcon Solutions Store, VHB, Inc., Winwood Sawmill, WSP


Recent Updates to Preparing

Layout Plans for MassDOT

Friday, February 17, 2023

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Zoom Video Webinar


Michael Chouinard, PE, PLS

State Layout Engineer. MassDOT Highway Division

Michael Roberts

Senior Layout Office Engineer, MassDOT Highway Division

The presentation will outline recent updates to the requirements for the preparation of layout/easement plans and written instruments. Also discussed will be an overview of the MassDOT Highway Division project delivery process including the recent requirement that a Massachusetts PLS prequalified in the Layout Document Preparation category participate in the process prior to the layout/easement plan preparation phase.

Click here to learn more and register.

Register for the 2023 MALSCE Convention

Friday and Saturday, March 3 & 4, 2023

Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center

242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01719

7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday

7:00 AM - 1:30 PM Saturday

Brought to you by the MALSCE Western Massachusetts Chapter and organized under the theme of Inspiring growth in the profession, the convention features:

In-depth Presentations

On technological advances, standards of practice, and business trends impacting the land surveying and civil engineering professions. Confirmed sessions include:

Updates on the New Vertical Datum and the Deprecation of U.S. Survey Foot

Daniel J. Martin, Northeast Regional Geodetic Advisor NOAA/NOS/National Geodetic Survey

Leveraging Online Genealogical Records in Surveying Research 

A. Richard Vannozzi, MS, PLS, Assistant Professor, Surveying Engineering Technology, University of Maine

Three New Ways to Find Trouble

Kristopher M. Kline, PLS, GSI, President, 2Point, Inc.

Three More Ways to Find Trouble

Kristopher M. Kline, PLS, GSI, President, 2Point, Inc. 

Convention Exhibits

Featuring exhibits of the latest technologies and services, and two hours of live demonstrations

Plan & Field Notes Contests

Submitted plans and field notes will be displayed at the Convention and participants will vote for the best plan in various categories and Field Notes of the Year. Click here to download an entry form.

Networking Breaks, Benefit Auction, and more!

Plenty of down time to network with and learn from your peers. 

Book your overnight room by February 10, 2023!

Click here to learn how to get a discounted room rate.

Click here to learn more and register for the Convention.

Spring 2023 Surveyor-in-Training Refresher Course

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center

242 Adams Place Boxborough, MA 01719

Registration: 7:45 AM, Course: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM


Clark R. Donkin, PLS

District Survey Supervisor, MassDOT Highway Division

MALSCE is offering a Surveyor-in-Training Refresher Course this fall to help participants prepare to take the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) Exam. This course will take place at the MALSCE Convention on March 4, 2023. 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.

Spring 2023 Professional Land Surveyor

Refresher Course

Saturdays, March 25, April 1, and April 9, 2023

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

Zoom Meeting


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 three consecutive Saturdays, March 25, April 1, and April 9, 2023. The first two days will feature two sessions with a half hour break in between. The third day will be one session in the morning. 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.

Promote Your Business to MALSCE Members

Become a 2023 MALSCE Convention

Sponsor and/or Advertiser

Convention Sponsorship

New this year, MALSCE is please to offer both function and session sponsorships, and an expanded list of sponsor benefits.


Convention Booklet Advertising

Booklets including the 2023 MALSCE schedule, session descriptions, and exhibitor listings will be printed prior to the convention and distributed to all attendees. Advertisers will have their organization name included in the convention introductory PowerPoint presentation.

Click here to learn more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities.

Exhibit During the 2023 MALSCE Convention

The convention exhibit is open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Friday, March 3. During a two hour session at the start of the day, groups of attendees will rotate between convention exhibitor demonstrations. There will be ample time to ask questions as you learn about exhibitor products and services. You will then be able to meet and interact with the convention participants throughout the day and during frequent session breaks that are intended to allow time to visit convention exhibits.

Click here to learn more about exhibiting at the Convention.


MALSCE Government Affairs Update January 2023


Click here for Government Affairs activities and news for MALSCE members. Learn more about Governor Healey's cabinet appointments, Massachusetts legislative filings, and recent Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors discussions.

Join the MALSCE Public Awareness Committee

During the November 17 MALSCE Board and Chapters dinner meeting, board members approved a description for a reconstructed MALSCE Public Awareness Committee. Created to perform those duties which will enhance MALSCE and the land surveying profession, this committee is chaired by David Prince, PLS, from WSP. The committee is charged with promoting the general recognition and acceptance of the practice of land surveying and survey engineering, and stimulating a greater interest in public perceptions affecting the profession.

To see a full committee description, click here. If you would like to volunteer to serve on the committee, email David Prince at

Help Us Determine How Soon to Hold Another

NSPS Certified Floodplain Surveyor Training

Due to capacity constraints, we were not able to accommodate everyone interested in attending the recently-held NSPS Certified Floodplain Surveyor (CFS) Northeast Training and Certification Program. MALSCE is trying to determine when to hold this training again in 2023. If you would be interested in attending such a program, please email Michelle Monette at

Click here to learn more about the training.

Kurt Fraser, PE (1977-2022)

Members of the MALSCE Board of Government are sad to announce the passing of MALSCE member Kurt Fraser on December 23, 2022. Kurt worked for the Town of Brookline before starting his own firm, Fraser Poly-Engineering, in 2009.

Click here to read Kurt'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

Look to MALSCE News for information on available surveying education opportunities. UMaine has several different surveying degree and certificate programs available online, click here to learn more. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is now offering professional land surveying courses for those currently working in surveying. Other universities with online surveying and geomatics program options include Idaho State University and New Mexico State University. 


NSPS Officer Election Results


NSPS Executive Director Tim Burch has announced that Davey Edwards and Linda Foster have been elected to serve as the President-Elect and Vice President, respectively, for the 2023/24 term. They will be sworn in as Officers at the Spring Business Meeting in March. Robert Miller, the NSPS incumbent Treasurer, was unopposed and will serve another two-year term. 

NSPS Day on the Hill - Save the Date!


Make plans to attend the 2023 NSPS Day on the Hill scheduled for March 29, 2023. NSPS members will travel to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to meet with members of the US House of Representatives and Senate, and their staffs to discuss matters of interest to professional land surveyors.

Click here to learn more and find out how to get involved

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 to hear Tim speak with students at Southeast Technical College in South Dakota.

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.

Become a Certified Survey Technician


No matter what the future holds, prepare to meet challenges head on. Future-proof your resume by becoming a Certified Survey Technician (CST). This unique four-level certification program indicates official recognition by NSPS that a person can perform surveying tasks at a specific technical level. Show what you can do! Decide between the field or office track. Click here for more information.

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,