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

May 2022
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., DGT Associates,
Donovan Hatem LLP, Eastern Topographics, Feldman Geospatial, GM2 Associates, Inc.,
Hancock Associates, Maine Technical Source, Moran Surveying, Inc., Nitsch Engineering,
Samiotes Consultants Inc., Spiller's, Topcon Solutions Store, VHB, Inc., Winwood Sawmill
MALSCE Events
Spring MALSCE Board of Directors Meeting & Dinner
Joint Central MA and Eastern MA Chapters Meeting

Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Waterford’s Restaurant & Pub, 2 Bridge Street, Dedham, MA 02026
5:30 - 6:30 PM Registration & Reception; 6:30 - 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 - 9:00 PM Feature Presentation & MALSCE Board of Directors Meeting

Feature Presentation:
Developing the Talent Pipeline from Massachusetts Community Colleges
to the Land Surveying Workforce
David Cedrone, Associate Commissioner,
Workforce Development, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

Join us for the spring MALSCE Board of Directors Dinner Meeting, which also doubles as a joint meeting of MALSCE’s Eastern and Central Massachusetts Chapters. Enjoy great food and networking with your peers as you hear reports on MALSCE’s latest undertakings. Featured speaker David Cedrone, associate commissioner of workforce development at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, will provide a brief overview of the workforce development system in Massachusetts, including regional Workforce Boards and Career Centers as well as the community colleges and a variety of grant programs. He will also address the broad trends affecting the workforce in the post COVID-19 era, and how companies can and should engage in sustainable efforts to develop the workforce pipeline. David’s presentation will be followed by the MALSCE Board of Directors meeting.

Industry News
Help Ensure the PS Exam Reflects Our Professional Practice by Completing the NCEES PS Job Task Analysis Questionnaire

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is currently seeking licensed professional surveyors and mapping scientists to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam. The results of this study will be used to update the specifications for the exam, which is used throughout the United States for licensing purposes. 

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional surveyors and mapping scientists—including those working in consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online questionnaire about the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a newly licensed surveyor or mapping scientist to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The questionnaire can be completed in 35–45 minutes.

These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams reflect current professional practice, and we need input from as many professional surveyors and mapping scientists as possible to ensure that the PS exam continues to meet the demands of the profession.

Click here to complete the questionnaire by May 30, 2022.
Job Board

Looking to promote a job to MALSCE members? Click here to learn more about posting on the MALSCE job board.

Civil Engineer - MBL Land Development & Permitting Corp.

MBL seeks a Civil Engineer to join our team and help us to expand our services and capacity. The candidate must have experience with all aspects of residential and commercial site development, including site layout, grading/drainage design, site utility design, and permitting at the local and state levels. The position requires up-to-date knowledge on local regulations and state-regulated standards of practice. 
 

Professional Land Surveyor Project Manager- MBL Land Development & Permitting Corp.

MBL is seeking a PLS Project Manager to help us to expand our services/capacity. The candidate must have experience managing land surveying projects, including construction site stakeout, boundary surveys, ALTA/NSPS surveys, existing conditions, and subdivision surveys. The position requires up-to-date knowledge on local regulations/state-regulated standards.

Surveying Education Opportunities
UMaine Accepting Applications for Fall Semester
Surveying Programs Until July 1

Until July 1, the University of Maine is accepting applications for its four Surveying Engineering Technology certificate and degree programs' fall semester. These programs include:
  • Undergraduate certificate in surveying engineering technology (a good way to work into the BS degree)
  • BS in surveying engineering technology (ABET ETAC accredited)
  • Graduate certificate in surveying engineering
  • Professional Science Masters in Engineering and Business surveying engineering option 

All programs are 100% online. Out-of-state student tuition for these online programs is 25% above in-state student rates.

General questions about admission should be emailed to online coordinator Tiffany Peterson at tiffany.peterson@maine.edu. Surveying-specific questions should be directed to SVT program director Ray Hintz at ray.hintz@maine.edu.

Look to MALSCE News for information on available surveying education opportunities. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology has two fourteen-week Professional Land Surveying courses currently underway, click here to read more and learn how to apply for future course offerings. Idaho State University has recently announced online options for their surveying and geospatial program, click here to learn more. 
NSPS News
NSPS Accepting Nominations for Surveying Excellence Award
 
Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution, or has performed outstanding service to the surveying profession? Consider nominating them for the NSPS Surveying Excellence Award before the June 30 nomination deadline! Surveyors as well as attorneys, educators, cartographers, historians, politicians, and others may be nominated for their contribution. Click here to read more on NSPS' website.
NSPS Seeks Revision to the Davis-Bacon Regulations
 
Proposed revisions to regulations implementing the Davis-Bacon Act came under criticism by NSPS in comments filed this week by the society with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The NSPS comment outlined legal reasons, as well as practical surveying practices and procedures that refute the proposal to broadly classify members of survey crews as “laborers or mechanics” under the prevailing wage law. Full information on the Davis-Bacon Act can be found on a special page on the NSPS website
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 featuring Allie Sparkman, a survey technician who found surveying through a unique job opportunity after high school! This conversation is a great example of getting younger generations into survey and watching them grow in a career they truly enjoy. 

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. Visit http://www.cstnsps.com for details.
MALSCE News
MALSCE Government Affairs Update April/May 2022
 
Click here for Government Affairs activities and news for MALSCE members. Learn more about proposed and adopted federal and state legislation impacting the land surveying and civil engineering professions as well as recent Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors discussions.
MALSCE Student Member Awarded NSPS Foundation Scholarship

Jennifer Tuomala, a MALSCE Student Member and University of Maine student, was awarded the Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS) Scholarship by the NSPS Foundation. Jenn was one of 19 scholarship awardees announced by the Foundation earlier this month. The scholarships are awarded annually from funds created by various companies, professional organizations and individuals to help assist the financial needs of these future geospatial professionals.

The purpose of the NSPS Foundation is to promote educational, scientific, research, study, and charitable activities in the fields of surveying, mapping, and land information sciences. The Foundation is looking to help students that are leaders at their college, in their community, and maintain strong academic records. Click here to read more about the NSPS Foundation, its scholarships, and this year's recipients.
Affiliate Association Events
The Inaugural TECET Linowes Lecture

WorkInspired:
How to Build an Organization
Where Everyone Loves to Work

Monday, June 13, 2022
The Conference Center at Waltham Woods
860 Winter St, Waltham, MA 02451
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This engaging lecture presents some surprisingly simple guidelines for focusing on your people. Beyond the familiar design firm approaches, Aron Ain, chairman and CEO of the global corporation UKG, will share how his distinctive WorkInspired tactics have evolved as Kronos and Ultimate merged to create UKG during the pandemic.

Heavy refreshments and a hosted bar will be provided.


NHLSA Summer Quarterly Business Meeting & Seminar

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Mitchell Hill BBQ at The Roberge
6 Bridge Street, Rochester, NH 03867
7:30 AM Registration, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Seminar & Meetings

Join the New Hampshire Land Surveying Association for their Summer Quarterly Business Meeting & Seminar, including a discussion of ZBAs, a presentation on creating CAD maps from publicly available data, and a tree identification workshop.


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, MALSCE,  One Walnut Street, Boston, MA 02108, mmonette@engineers.org 
P: 617/227-5551 | F: 617/227-6783, www.MALSCE.org