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

May 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,
Donovan Hatem LLP, DGT Associates, Eastern Topographics, Feldman Land Surveyors,
Hancock Associates, Keystone Precision Instruments, Maine Technical Source,
Nitsch Engineering, Samiotes Consultants Inc., Spiller's, Topcon Solutions Store,
VHB, Inc., Waypoint Technology Group
Grid to Ground and the NGS Geodetic Tool Kit
Thursday, June 24, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Zoom Webinar

A. Richard Vannozzi, University of Maine

If the earth were flat, you wouldn’t need to participate in this webinar. The reality, however, is that modern surveying technology, such as GPS, takes measurements on the “round” earth but most of our projects are modeled and built on a flat earth. This webinar will cover the basic “round earth-flat earth” problem, and common pitfalls encountered in moving between the round and flat earth in our onboard software solutions. The National Geodetic Survey’s online geodetic tool kit to will be introduced as a practical and reliable independent check of our software and hardware configurations. This webinar is intended for those technicians and licensed professionals who work in this realm and wish to augment their understanding.

MALSCE Proprietors' Council Luncheon
Open to All MALSCE Members
Friday, June 4, 2021
Zoom Video Meeting
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Michael Feldman
President and CEO, Feldman Land Surveyors,
Chair, MALSCE Proprietors’ Council
Continuing our ongoing discussions, agenda items for this Proprietors’ Council luncheon meeting will also include:

  • Pulse of Business
  • How Did We All Fair During the Pandemic
  • Remote Work and the New Expectations Around Teams Wanting to Work from Home
  • When Competitors Recruit our Team Members – What is Fair Game? What is Not?
  • Returning to In-person MALSCE Events
  • Update from MALSCE President
  • Open Forum to Discuss Other Matters
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Registration Information: All MALSCE members can register to attend this virtual Proprietors, Council meeting for free here.
MALSCE Updates
MALSCE Government Affairs Update - March/April 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.
Help MALSCE Create A STEM Presentation For Students

At the request of MALSCE leaders, MALSCE member Lauren Angell from WSP is currently working with other members to create presentation to promote land survey/geospatial as a career choice to students. The goal is to create a PowerPoint slide deck with script and activities that will be available to MALSCE members for the purpose of making presentations to secondary school students. It is important for the future of our industry to keep young people engaged and aware of land survey/geospatial as career option.
As part of the slide deck development effort, Lauren is looking to create an image library. Accordingly, we are asking MALSCE members to submit graphic images that are not copyright protected for use in the slideshow. Specifically, are requesting images that show land surveyors at work, unique site locations, or work in progress. For development of the slide deck to remain on schedule, these images need to be uploaded for review prior to July 1st. Please email for information on how to submit images. 
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
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.
University of Maine's Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering Technology Named #1 Accelerated Engineering/Surveying Program

University of Maine's Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering Technology was named the #1 accelerated online engineering/surveying degree by In the article entitled “10 Fastest Online Engineering Degree Bachelor’s Programs for 2020,” it was noted that “A key way the University of Maine stands out from other programs is the focus on physical science and the combination of skills designed for students who enjoy outdoor activities. Since the degree program focuses on surveying and the use of engineering technology in surveying, students are encouraged to engage in outdoor activities to keep up with the practical skills associated with their degree.”
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
Save the Date!
VSLS Fall Conference 2021

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

Save the Date!
CALS 2021 Annual Meeting

Friday, November 5, 2021

Look to Future Emails for More Information
Member News
Nitsch Engineering Newly Expanded Leadership Team Includes MALSCE Member as Deputy Director of Land Surveying

In March, Nitsch Engineering announced that MALSCE member Alexander Diotte, PLS had been promoted to the role of deputy director of land surveying. As Deputy Director, Alex continues to serve as Senior Project Managers on projects, while working closely with the department director to manage day-to-day operations and plan for the future of each group. In addition to helping manage employees, he reviews projects for compliance with company policies and standards, provide mentorship and guidance to employees, and represent the company within the wider architecture/engineering/construction industry. 
MALSCE Member is Awarded NSPS Foundation Scholarship

MALSCE Member Jennifer Tuomala was awarded the NSPS Foundation Slovoj (Dr. Ing Desider E.) Scholarship which is open only students enrolled in either a two or four-year undergraduate program at an ABET accredited college or university leading to a degree in Surveying Engineering. Congrats Jennifer!
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
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