A monthly Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and

Civil Engineers member newsletter

May 2023

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

Bluesky Geospatial Limited, Brennan Consulting, Inc.,  BSC Group, Inc., CHA,

Coastal Engineering Co. Inc., Crocker Design Group, DGT Associates, Eastern Topographics,

Feldman Geospatial, GM2 Associates, Inc., Hancock Associates, Maine Technical Source,

Moran Surveying, Inc., Nitsch Engineering, R.J. O'Connell & Associates, Inc., Samiotes Consultants Inc., Spiller's, Topcon Solutions Store, VHB, Inc., Waypoint Technology Group, WSP

MALSCE President's Message

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

Dear Members of MALSCE,

I am excited to be serving as president of MALSCE for the next two years. As I begin my term, it is my intention to provide a President’s Message for every issue of this newsletter. My message will include a report on the previous month’s activities and a summary of the various MALSCE committee meetings. ... Read more


MALSCE Board of Directors Meeting

Joint Central and Eastern Massachusetts Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

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

Featured Speaker:

Benjamin M. Bice, Director of SUE, Feldman Geospatial

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 presenter Benjamin M. Bice, director of SUE at Feldman Geospatial, will explain SUE Quality Level definitions per the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Standard Guideline for Investigating and Documenting Existing Utilities (ASCE-38-22). He will also discuss the differences between electromagnetic locating and ground penetrating radar and take questions. Ben’s presentation will be followed by the MALSCE Board of Directors meeting.

Click here to learn more and find out how to register.

MALSCE Western Massachusetts Chapter Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Union Station, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA 01060

6:30 PM Cocktails, 7:00 PM Dinner

Join the MALSCE Western MA Chapter for a dinner meeting on Wednesday, May 24! Glen Lebay will be speaking about his drone service, followed by a chapter business meeting. Email Mark Annis at by May 23 if you plan to attend.


MALSCE Government Affairs Update May 2023


Click here for Government Affairs activities and news for MALSCE members. Learn about what went on at last week's Engineers and Land Surveyors Day at the State House + Water's Worth it Day at the State House, the FY2024 Legislative Budget, and recent Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors discussions.

Report from MALSCE's NSPS Director


Click here to read MALSCE NSPS Director John Lloyd's report from the NSPS Spring Meeting. Read about the NSPS' legislative priorities and reports from the caucuses and meetings John attended while in Washington DC.

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 several visits to promote a career in land surveying to secondary school students are planned.


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

Gunther H. Greulich (1928 - 2023)


Members of the MALSCE Board of Directors are sad to announce the passing of MALSCE Life Member Gunther H. Greulich on April 26, 2023, at the age of 96. A registered professional land surveyor and professional engineer, Gunther was the 1979 MALSCE Surveyor of the Year, a former MALSCE Eastern Massachusetts Chapter president, a former president of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), former trustee and founding member of The Engineering Center and recipient of a 2001 TECET Leadership Award.

Click here to read Gunther's full obituary.

Kevin J. Kiernan (1963 - 2023)


Sadly, members of the MALSCE Board of Directors must also announce the passing of MALSCE member Kevin J. Kiernan on April 21, 2023, at the age of 60. Kevin was a professional land surveyor and long-time MALSCE member. He was also member of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter Board of Directors and for many years served as chapter president.

Click here to read Kevin's full obituary.

Job Board

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

Surveying Education Opportunities

Upcoming Courses at Franklin Cummings Tech

Franklin Cummings Tech offers online courses for people currently working in the land surveying field. All classes are held online, in the evenings, to accommodate working adults.

Fall courses (begin September 5)

Massachusetts Statutes and Regulations

Surveying and Geomatics II

Click here for more details, including course descriptions and schedule.

Look to MALSCE News for information on available surveying education opportunities. UMaine has several different surveying degree and certificate programs available online, click here to learn more. Other universities with online surveying and geomatics program options include Idaho State University and New Mexico State University. 


NSPS Writes Congress and President Biden

on Ligado Order Anniversary


April 20, 2023, marked the third anniversary of the controversial approval of the Ligado order by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which studies show will likely cause harmful interference to GPS. NSPS opposed this action taken by the FCC and has repeatedly requested the FCC rescind and overturn or “stay” the order, including participating in a study by the National Academies of Science (NAS). Earlier this week, NSPS joined 90 other organizations on a letter to President Biden and a letter to Congress, stating the groups “urge you to work with the FCC to address the harm from Ligado’s proposed terrestrial network to critical GPS, satellite communications, and weather forecasting services by staying the order, addressing the previously unavailable information contained in the NAS report.” 

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 to hear Tim speak with members of the Certified Surveyor Technician Board! Board members share the experiences in their professional careers that lead them to volunteering for the CST board. Learn about the origin of the program and ongoing efforts to modernize the content, format, and delivery of this important certification exam.

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. Click here for more information.

Affiliate Association Events

NHLSA Summer Quarterly

Tuesday, June 15, 2023

Pawtuckaway State Park

128 Mountain Rd, Nottingham, NH 03290

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Click here to learn more and find out how to register.

The TECET Linowes Leadership Lecture

The Work-Life Blend:

Achieving Peak Performance through Personal Fulfillment

Monday, June 5, 2023

Babson Executive Conference Center

1 Snyder Drive, Babson Park, Wellesley, MA 02457

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Click here to learn more and find out how to register.

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,