A monthly Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and
Civil Engineers member newsletter.
June/July 2020
MALSCE Sustaining Members: Airworks Solutions, Inc., Allen & Major Associates, Inc.,
Beals and Thomas Inc., Bluesky Geospatial Limited, BSC Group, Inc., Carlson Software, DGT Associates,
Eastern Topographics, Feldman Land Surveyors, FARO Technologies Inc.,
Hancock Associates, Keystone Precision Instruments, Maine Technical Source,
Nitsch Engineering, Samiotes Consultants Inc., Smart Vent, Inc.,
Spiller's, Topcon Solutions Store, VHB, Inc.,
Waypoint Technology Group, Wentworth Institute of Technology
MALSCE Webinar: Carlson Power Tools  
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Zoom Webinar
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 

Gary Rosen
Carlson Software

In this workshop we will explore many Power Tools in the Carlson arsenal that are often unknown or underutilized. Anyone with any Carlson desktop software has many of these at their fingertips, they just don’t know it. Inverse Options, Zoom to Point, Surface Viewer, Drawing Cleanup, LandXML Import/Export, Google Earth Image, Quick Keys, the list goes on! Time to LEVEL UP!
The Virtual 2020 MALSCE Convention a Great Success
Above: A screenshot from the Virtual Reception, Awards Ceremony, and Auction

Having decide to cancel the March 2020 MALSCE Convention due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, MALSCE leaders decided to hold the 2020 convention virtually. A Convention Planning Committee, which was co-chaired by John McElwee, Cape Cod Chapter president and Dan Bremser, MALSCE vice president and staffed by other Cape Cod Chapter and MALSCE leaders, was charged with the task of presenting this virtual event. Thanks to the efforts of this group, after two months of planning the Virtual 2020 MALSCE Convention took place the mornings of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 17, 18 and 19. Feedback from the more than 100 individuals who participated in the convention indicates that this virtual event was well-received.
Organized under the theme  20/20 Foresight , the Virtual Convention featured ten general and concurrent sessions, 16 organizations participating in a virtual exhibit, an online plan contest, MALSCE Annual Meeting and Virtual reception, awards ceremony and auction to benefit the MALSCE Education Trust benefit.

COVID-19 risk mitigation measures will dictate whether the 2021 MALSCE Convention will be an in-person or virtual event.
Sad News:
Passing of
David A. Gosselin  
MALSCE is sad to report that former MALSCE Connecticut Valley Chapter president Dave Gosselin passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 20. Dave, the son of former MALSCE president Rich Gosselin, was an active MALSCE volunteer who in addition to being a chapter president had chaired the MALSCE Newsletter Committee and helped to plan MALSCE's annual conventions.

A memorial service will take place at a later date. In the meantime, donations in Dave's name may be given to the American Heart Association .
MALSCE Congratulates Convention Plan Contest Winners
The Virtual 2020 MALSCE Convention featured an online plan contest where participants were invited to submit plans in multiple categories, which were voted on by convention participants. Thirty-one plans were received and displayed during the convention's three-day program. To see a list of the winners, click here .
Thank You to Our Convention Exhibitors!
MALSCE leaders would like to thank representatives of the following Virtual 2020 MALSCE Convention Exhibitors for their willingness to adjust to a new way of exhibiting and for their support of MALSCE:

Airworks Solutions Inc.
Bluesky Geospatial
Carlson Software
Eljen Corporation
Keystone Precision Instruments
Maine Technical Source
Maser Consulting
NOAA/National Geodetic Survey
National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS)
Resource Options Inc.
The University of Maine
Topcon Solutions Store
Underground Services INC, Softdig
Waypoint Technology Group, LLC
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Thank You to our Sustaining Members, Advertisers, and Sponsors!
The MALSCE Board of Directors and Convention Planning Committee would like to thank the Sustaining Members, Sponsors, and Advertisers who helped make the Virtual 2020 MALSCE Convention a success. To see a full list of the Sustaining Members, Sponsors, and Advertisers, click here .
MALSCE Government Affairs Update - June/July 2020
Click here for Government Affairs activities and news for MALSCE members. Learn more about i mportant renewal Information for all licensees in Massachusetts, the Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Advisory on the Use of Job Titles that include the term “Engineer” or “Surveyor”, the Board of Registration Response to FAQ on Professional Engineers (PE) Certifying Site Plans with Property Lines, Land Court Re-Opens for Limited In-Person Access on July 13, MassDOT's 2020 ROW Plan Preparation Guidelines, and more
Two Complete Leica Back Site Setups Found in Warwick, RI
A Rhode Island Construction Company recently found two complete Leica back site setups minus tripods in Warwick, Rhode Island. If you are missing equipment please reach out to Matt Sullivan at
Renew Your MALSCE Membership Today
MALSCE Dues Invoices for the 2020-2021 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, 2021. 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 .
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 Land Surveyors, 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.
Become a MALSCE Sustaining Member
The Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE) is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 Sustaining Membership Program. Promote your company or educational institution to over 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 2020 Fiscal Year as well as the 2020-2021 sustaining member renewal period which lasts until Fall 2021. Click here to learn more .
Paul R. Foley, PLS, Named MALSCE Surveyor
of the Year
Paul R. Foley, PLS, from Feldman Land Surveyors, was named the recipient of MALSCE's prestigious 2019 Surveyor of the Year Award during the Virtual 2020 MALSCE Convention’s Friday virtual reception and awards ceremony. This award is annually presented to a professional land surveyor who has provided outstanding leadership for the profession.

The MALSCE Awards Committee, which selected the Surveyor of the Year, was chaired by Steve Dyer, of Fieldstone Survey Services, and comprised of fellow past Surveyor of the Year Award winners Sean Ewald from BSC Group, Inc., Dana Standley from BSC Group, Inc., and Ian Wisuri from Beals and Thomas, Inc.

The Committee selected Paul in appreciation of his outstanding leadership in the profession and as a dedicated MALSCE officer. Paul’s exemplary efforts led to major accomplishments during his tenure as MALSCE president and past president, including a new website, updated bylaws, point cloud acquisition best practice guidelines and monthly webinars. He has truly had a lasting impact on MALSCE and the land surveying profession.

The tradition of selecting a Surveyor of the Year dates back to MALSCE’s early days and gives the association the opportunity to honor and thank a leader who has been exemplary for his or her service to MALSCE, the profession and the community. You can see the names of the past award recipients on the MALSCE  website .

Congratulations, Paul!
Rich Vannozzi Given MALSCE President’s Citation
Rich Vannozzi, MS, PLS, from the University of Maine, was the recipient of MALSCE’s Presidential Citation during the Virtual 2020 MALSCE Convention’s Friday virtual reception and awards ceremony. Presidential Citations are awarded annually by the MALSCE president to individuals who he or she feels have distinguished themselves by their contributions to MALSCE and/or the land surveying profession. Rich received this award in recognition of his exemplary contributions to MALSCE and the land surveying profession as an educator, MALSCE’s long-serving representative to the National Society of Professional Surveyors Board, and as the featured presenter of numerous MALSCE professional development seminars. Professional land surveyors and those aspiring to become one have greatly benefitted from Rich’s tireless commitment to MALSCE.

Thanks, Rich!
CST Board looking for 'a few good men and women'

The NSPS Certified Survey Technician Board (CSTB) is looking for a few candidates to serve on the Board. If you are interested, please email a cover letter stating the reasons why you wish to serve, along with your resume, to by September 15, 2020.

Board Composition and Responsibilities 
The Certified Survey Technician Board (CSTB) is composed of practitioners from academic, private and public sectors of the profession who will provide assurance of realistic and current technical content. Based upon recommendation of the CSTB, Board members are appointed by the NSPS President for one (1) three year term. 
Congress Moves Against FCC's Ligado Decision

Congress has begun taking steps to over-ride or mitigate the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent approval of a long-standing request by Ligado Networks (formerly LightSquared) for a controversial satellite based broadband system that critics say will use spectrum near that used by the Global Positioning System (GPS). Click here to read more .
Delayed Release of the Modernized NSRS 
NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is announcing a delay in the release of the modernized National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). Click here to learn more .
NSPS to Update Its
'Definitions' Book 
First published in 1978, the ACSM classic reference book "Definitions of Surveying and Associated Terms," was updated in 2005 and has a series of reprints. The book is in urgent need to be updated with surveying, engineering, photogrammetric, geomatics, cartography, and new technology terminology coined during the last 15 years. 

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) is looking for surveying and geomatics departments or interested individuals/companies to carry out the compilation of a new, updated " Definitions " book. 
Classified Advertisements
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DGT Associates, New England’s premier surveying and engineering firm, is hiring a Survey Crew Chief to join our Boston office. We are seeking a Survey Crew Chief to utilize their talents in the field for our commercial, municipal, institutional and other clients. It’s a full-time position with ample opportunity for advancement and career-building within an industry-leading organization.

Responsibilities include:
• Manage and execute survey projects for a variety of clients, including construction managers, municipalities, utilities and institutions 
• Serve as chief of survey crews across projects to oversee and monitor data collection in the field 
• Provide consultation to partners in engineering, architecture, real estate and more 
• Deliver high-quality client service 

Qualifications include:
• BS degree in Surveying/Geomatics or survey-related field
• PLS preferred or SIT with sufficient experience
• 4+ years of field and office experience
• CAD skills required; Carlson Survey experience preferred
• Effective verbal and written communications skills
• Positive, solutions-oriented attitude

DGT Associates offers:
• Medical & Dental Plans
• Paid Vacation, Sick Time & Holidays
• 401k Retirement Savings Plan
• Life Insurance & Long-Term Disability
• Short-term Insurance Options
• Professional Training & Education Assistance
• Industry Certification Reimbursement
• Company Outings 

For more information and to submit your resume, please visit or email
Professional Land Surveyor

RJ O’Connell & Associates, Inc. (RJOC), a Civil Engineering and Land Surveying firm, has an immediate opening for a qualified candidate to join our team to manage and grow our Land Surveying Department.

Successful candidate must hold an active Massachusetts Land Surveyor’s license and possess strong project management, communication and organizational skills with a commitment to meeting project deadlines. Candidate should be knowledgeable of land survey operations utilizing total stations, data collections, GPS and robotic instruments. Qualified candidate must be able to manage multiple surveying projects from the proposal stage to plan preparation and presentation to clients and/or municipal boards.

RJOC offers competitive salary compensation (experience dependent) along with a comprehensive benefits package, which includes vacation accrual, medical and dental insurance, 401k, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to Brian Dundon at .

All inquiries will remain confidential.
MALSCE News is a monthly publication of the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers that is produced by Emily Devane, Abbie Goodman, and Richard Keenan with thanks to MALSCE President Darren Hardy. 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?
Emily Devane,  One Walnut Street, Boston, MA 02108,  P: 617/227-5551 | F: 617/227-6783,