A monthly Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and

Civil Engineers member newsletter

January 2024

MALSCE Sustaining Members: Allen & Major Associates, Inc., Beals and Thomas, Inc.,

Bluesky Geospatial Limited, Brennan Consulting, Inc., BSC Group, Inc., Crocker Design Group,

DiPrete Engineering Associates, DGT Associates, Eastern Topographics, E.T. Engineering Enterprises, Feldman Geospatial, Field Resources, Inc., Hancock Associates, Maine Technical Source,

Nitsch Engineering, R.J. O'Connell & Associates, Inc., Samiotes Consultants Inc., Spiller's,

Tighe & Bond, Topcon Solutions Store, Waypoint Technology Group, WSP

MALSCE President's Message

By Ken Conte, PLS, Principal, Beals and Thomas, Inc., and MALSCE President

Dear Members of MALSCE,

This first installment of my President’s Message for 2024 will focus on establishing momentum after the “Holiday-hangover.” As we are at the end of January, MALSCE hosted its annual Legal Perspectives on Land Surveying seminar last Friday, January 26th, at The Conference Center at Waltham Woods. This hybrid program attracted 105 attendees and remote participants, demonstrating the continued relevance and popularity of this seminar, which has been offered on the last Friday in January for the last 15 years. ... Read more

Register Before February 23!

2024 MALSCE Convention

Hosted by the MALSCE Cape Cod Chapter

Friday and Saturday, March 1 & 2, 2024

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 Cape Cod Chapter and organized under the theme of The Evolution of Our Profession, the convention features the following sessions:

MA DCR – Flood Hazard Management Program

Joy Duperault, CFM, State NFIP Coordinator/Director, Flood Hazard Management Program, Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)

Progressing from a Survey Technician to Professional Land Surveyor

William “Terry” McGovern, PLS, Project Manager, Zenith Land Surveyors LLC, and Adjunct Faculty, Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology

Professional Practice – A Guide to the Practice of Architecture, Engineering, and Land Surveying in Massachusetts

Kenneth Anderson, PLS, Owner, Anderson Surveys, Inc., and Member, Massachusetts Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and Azuanuka O. Etoniru, PE, PLS, President, E.T. Engineering Enterprises, Inc. and Secretary, Massachusetts Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

MALSCE Proprietors’ Council Panel - The Evolving Nature of a Land Surveying Business

Moderator: Michael Clifford, PLS, Principal, DGT Associates and MALSCE Proprietors’ Council Chair

Featured Panelists: Kenneth Conte, PLS, Principal, Beals and Thomas, Inc., Paul R. Foley, PLS, President, Feldman Geospatial and Brian E. Koczela, PLS, Owner/Manager, BEK Associates

Convention Exhibit & Exhibitor Demonstrations

During this two-hour general session, you’ll have the opportunity to visit our convention exhibitors and learn about the technologies and services they offer. You can also take in live product/service demonstrations.

Various Types of Boundaries in Massachusetts Property, Land Use, and Environmental Law, Where They Are, and How They Change

Gregor I. McGregor, Esq., Founding Partner, McGregor Legere & Stevens PC

Integrating Small Unmanned Airborne Systems (sUAS) Into a Geospatial Business

Joseph V. R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE, CEO, Chief of Curriculum Development, GeoLearn LLC

Surveying Career Slide Deck for Student Outreach

David Prince, PLS, Vice President Survey Services, WSP and MALSCE Public Awareness Committee Chair

Business Aspects in the Profession of Land Surveying

Joseph V. R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE, CEO, Chief of Curriculum Development, GeoLearn LLC

Click here to learn more and register for the Convention.

Reserve Your Overnight Room for the Convention

by February 8!

Until Thursday, February 8, 2024, a block of overnight rooms for 2024 MALSCE Convention exhibitors and attendees has been reserved at the Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center for the nights of Thursday and Friday, February 29 and March 1.

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

The 2024 MALSCE Plan and Field Notes Contests

Are Open for Entries - Submit Yours Today

Help us make sure the 2024 MALSCE Convention's Plan & Field Notes Contests aren't cancelled this year due to lack of interest. Submit your entries today! You could be a contest winner and receive a commemorative plaque in recognition of your achievement.

Click here to learn more. 

Donate an Item to the MALSCE Education Trust

Benefit Auction

To donate an item for Friday’s auction to benefit the MALSCE Education Trust simply bring it to the convention registration desk. To donate an item before the convention, contact Rich Keenan: 617/305-4110 or

Spring 2024 Fundamentals of Surveying Exam

Refresher Course

Saturday, March 2, 2024

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, PLSDistrict Survey Supervisor, MassDOT Highway Division

MALSCE is offering a Fundamentals of Surveying Exam Refresher Course during the 2024 MALSCE Convention to help participants prepare to take the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) Exam. This separate course features an eight-hour review of the knowledge areas you are likely to be tested on during the FS Exam. Utilizing two practice exams and other attendee handouts, course instructor Clark Donkin, PLS, will discuss the following subjects.

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

Click here to learn more and register

Promote Your Business to MALSCE Members

Become a 2024 MALSCE Convention

Sponsor and/or Advertiser

Convention Sponsorship

For the second year in a row, MALSCE is pleased to offer multiple opportunities to be a Function and/or Session Sponsor. Function Sponsors will have their organization logo included on a sign displayed at the function’s buffet table. Session Sponsors will have their organization listed as a sponsor when their session(s) are listed in promotional emails, the convention website posting, attendee booklet, and convention signage. In addition, all Sponsors will appear in the convention’s introductory PowerPoint presentation and be thanked at the beginning of the convention. Function and Session Sponsorship options are not exclusive, so if you choose to do so, you can sponsor multiple convention functions and sessions.


Convention Booklet Advertising

Booklets including the 2024 MALSCE schedule, session descriptions, and exhibitor listings will be be emailed prior to the convention to all registrants. Advertisers will be thanked during the introductory remarks for the Convention and have their organization name included in convention introductory PowerPoint presentation.

Click here to learn more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities.

Exhibit at the 2024 MALSCE Convention

Promote your organization’s products and/or services to MALSCE members by exhibiting during the 2024 MALSCE Convention, which is taking place on Friday and Saturday, March 1 & 2. The convention exhibit is open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Friday, March 1. In addition to checking in with visitors during scheduled downtimes throughout the day, you'll have an opportunity for an extended visit during a two-hour general session after lunch.

Click here to learn more about exhibiting at the Convention.


MALSCE Needs Outreach Display Photographs

Members of the MALSCE Public Awareness Committee are planning to have a pop-up banner made that they can use when visiting schools, STEM career fairs, and appropriate conferences to talk about careers in land surveying. They are looking for copyright-free photographs of the latest survey technologies being used in various setting and other images that illustrate the diversity of the individuals, equipment, and fields of practice within the profession of surveying.

If you have a photo you'd like to share, send it to Michelle Monette at

Join the MALSCE Public Awareness Committee


The recently reconstructed MALSCE Public Awareness 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. Committee chair David Prince, PLS, from WSP, has been holding regular meetings and member of the committee have made several visits to promote a career in land surveying to secondary school students.


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

Become a MALSCE Sustaining Member

There is still time to become a 2023-2024 MALSCE Sustaining Member. The enrollment period for this popular program is ongoing. Promote your organization to over 400 MALSCE members and demonstrate your support of the land surveying profession by becoming a MALSCE Sustaining Member today! For half off the annual $525 Sustaining Member dues, your organization can become a Sustaining Member for the 2024 fiscal year as well as the 2024-2025 Sustaining Member renewal period which lasts until fall 2024.

Click here to learn about the benefits and how your organization can become a sustaining member.

MALSCE Government Affairs Update January 2024


Click here for government affairs activities and news for MALSCE members. Save the date for Engineers and Land Surveyors Day at the State House on May 30, 2024! Learn about Governor Healey's fiscal year 2025 budget proposal and recent Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors discussions.

Other News

Donate to the MALSCE Education Trust

The end of the year is a great time to donate to the MALSCE Education Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that invests in students and educators to advance the land surveying and civil engineering professions. Current initiatives include the annual MALSCE Education Trust scholarships and ongoing support for the University of Maine Surveying program. Donations to the MALSCE Education Trust make these and other undertakings possible and available for you and future professionals. Please consider contributing today! 


Click here to donate online.

Tighe & Bond Acquires Coastal Engineering

On January 2, Tighe & Bond, a Northeast leader in engineering, design, and environmental consulting, announced it had acquired Cape Cod-based Coastal Engineering Co., Inc., a civil, structural, and waterfront/marine engineering firm that specializes in projects located in environmentally sensitive areas.

Click here to read the full press release.

Andrew Liston (1949-2024)

Members of the MALSCE Board of Directors are saddened to announce the passing of former MALSCE president, Andrew Liston, PE, PLS, on January 4, 2024. Andrew, who was a long-time employee of Thompson-Liston Associates, Inc. also served as chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and as president of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. 

Click here to read Andrew's full obituary.

Job Board

Multiple Positions - Hancock Associates

Hancock Associates has been a leader in the land development industry since 1978 and is growing. Our Civil Engineering, Land Surveying and Wetland Science experts provide services in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island through offices located in Boston, Chelmsford, Danvers, Marlborough, Newburyport, Palmer and Princeton, MA and Concord, NH. Positions we are hiring for include Professional Land Surveyors & Professional Engineers, Project & Staff Land Surveyors, Project & Staff Civil Engineers, Senior Level Project Managers, Field Crew Chiefs, Instrument Operators and Wetland Scientists.

Click here to learn more and apply.

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 and the MALSCE website for information on available surveying education opportunities. UMaine has several different surveying degree and certificate programs available online, click here to learn more. Franklin Cummings Tech (formerly 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 programs options include Ferris State University and Oregon Institute of Technology.


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.

Click here to listen to a Year in Review episode, highlighting significant conversations

Tim had in 2023.

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.

Check Out NSPS' Redesigned Beasurveyor Website

Developed through a collaborative effort between NSPS and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), the redesigned now includes more outreach resources to engage young people and teach about surveying.

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,