MALSCE News
A monthly Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and
Civil Engineers member newsletter.

July/August 2021
MALSCE Sustaining Members: AirWorks Solutions Inc., Allen & Major Associates, Inc.,
Beals and Thomas Inc., Bluesky Geospatial Limited, Brennan Consulting, Inc.,
BSC Group, Inc., Carlson Software, DGT Associates, Donovan Hatem LLP, Eastern Topographics,
Feldman Geospatial, Hancock Associates, Maine Technical Source, Nitsch Engineering,
Samiotes Consultants Inc., Spiller's, Topcon Solutions Store, VHB, Inc., Waypoint Technology Group
MALSCE Events
Easements & Covenants

Thursday, September 16, 2021
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Zoom Video Webinar

Speaker:
Knud Hermanson, PLS, PE, PhD, Esq

Easements and covenants are often employed in development. As a consequence, easements and covenants are common and important aspects often dealt with by the municipal official. This webinar will explain the differences, difficulties, problems, use, and considerations in employing easements and covenants.

Missed A MALSCE Webinar? See the Recording.

Feature Extraction with the AEC Collection

Speakers:
Joseph Whitney, Regional Account Executive, Topcon Solutions Store 
Joshua Hickey, Application Specialist, Topcon Solutions Store

This presentation is brought to you by Topcon Solutions and features Joseph Whitney, regional account executive, and Josh Hickey, application specialist, who provide an overview of a feature extraction workflow for drone and scan data. This webcast explores how this data is taken into ReCap for processing, Infraworks for feature extraction, and ultimately Civil3D for design and editing. How this data is shared in the cloud for remote access and collaboration is also discussed.

A recording of this webinar will be available to registrants until September 30, 2021. If you are interested in viewing the recording, please email Michelle Monette at mmonette@engineers.org.

MALSCE Updates
Renew Your MALSCE Membership Today

MALSCE Dues Invoices for the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year 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, 2022. 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 have any questions regarding your dues, please email malsce@engineers.org.
Become a MALSCE Sustaining Member

The Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE) is pleased to announce its 2021-2022 Sustaining Membership Program. 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 $500, your organization can become a Sustaining Member for the 2022 Fiscal Year as well as the 2022-2023 sustaining member renewal period which lasts until Fall 2022.

Click here to learn more.
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 - July/August 2021

Click here for Government Affairs activities and news for MALSCE members. Learn more about Engineers and Land Surveyors Virtually at the State House, recent MA Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors discussions, and updates on relevant bills. You can also visit MALSCE's Covid-19 resources and guidance for MALSCE members for recent news about the pandemic.
Be Sure to Fill Out Massachusetts Surveyor Survey and Encourage Others to as Well

Analyzing data obtained from the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and other sources, MALSCE Education Trust Chair Thadd Eldredge, PLS, CFM, from East-SouthEast LLC has created an overview of the geographic distribution of licensed land surveys in the Commonwealth. Utilizing licensed dates and some assumptions about length of practice and age, Thadd has also made future projections about the number of surveyors by municipality. This research can be viewed at https://www.ese-llc.com/surveyor-stats.
 
Looking to verify and add to the aforementioned demographic analysis, Thadd is asking MALSCE members to participate in a "Surveyor Survey." Click here to learn how in just a few minutes you can add to this important analysis of the future of the land surveying practice.
News About the Profession

BSC Group Announces the Expansion of its Board of Directors

MALSCE Sustaining Member, BSC Group, has named Susan Duffy, executive director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College, and Houssam "Sam" Sleiman PE, CCM, FCMAA, NAC, Hon. D. Eng., executive vice president of national transportation for Suffolk Construction, to its Board of Directors in order to better serve their employee owners and broaden representation from outside the company.
Surveying Education Opportunities
 
MALSCE is happy to share any information about surveying education opportunities that it learns about with members. UMaine has several different surveying degree and certificate programs available online, click here to learn moreWentworth has an online Professional Land Surveying Certificate program click here to learn moreIdaho State University has recently announced online options for their surveying and geospatial program, click here to learn more.
NSPS News
NSPS Advocacy Alert: Request Co-Sponsors in the US Senate and House for RETAIN GPS & SatCom Act

The bipartisan Recognizing and Ensuring Taxpayer Access to Infrastructure Necessary for GPS and Satellite Communications Act ‘RETAIN' was introduced in the US House in July. This legislation requires Ligado, a private American satellite communications company, to cover the cost for correcting any interference their operations create for the public or private sector. The House RETAIN Act mirrors Senator Jim Inhofe’s bill, which also works to make our GPS and satellite communication services more reliable and secure.
 
NSPS's lobbyist, JB Byrd, is asking MALSCE members to contact their two US Senators to ask them to sign on as co-sponsors to the Senator Inhofe’s bill. Click here to find a sample letter and more information on how to contact Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Ed Markey.
NSPS Foundation Corner Membership

The charitable purpose of the NSPS Foundation is to provide grants for disaster relief assistance, non-covered extraordinary medical expenses, educational programs, scholarships, lectures, and forums. The Foundation currently manages twelve scholarship funds, the NSPS Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, and the Bonnie S. Atwell Memorial Fund for non-covered extraordinary medical expenses.
 
The Foundation is seeking your financial support by becoming an NSPS Foundation Member or making a separate donation to one of the Foundations several funds as one of your annual charitable decisions. To become an Foundation Member complete and return their membership application with payment. Click here to learn how you can donate to the Foundation.
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. Visit http://www.cstnsps.com for details.
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 hosts, NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner and NSPS President-Elect Tim Burch sit down with various personalities to discuss all things surveying, all bundled in a 30-minute conversation.

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. 

And remember - "It's a great day to be a surveyor."
Affiliate Association Events
CALS Golf Tournament

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Blackledge Country Club, Hebron, CT



VSLS Fall Conference 2021

Friday, September 17, 2021
Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, VT

Save the Date!

MSLS 50th Annual Conference

Sunday, October 10 - Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Sunday River Resort, Newry, Maine


CALS 2021 Annual Meeting
Hartford Hilton Hotel
Friday, November 5, 2021

Look to future emails 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 rkeenan@engineers.org.
Questions or comments?
Michelle Monette,  One Walnut Street, Boston, MA 02108, mmonette@engineers.org 
P: 617/227-5551 | F: 617/227-6783, www.MALSCE.org