April 2019
Spring Technical Conference Recap
The class on Unmanned Hydrographic Surveying included a demonstration by Keystone Precision Instruments in the Maritime Center pool 

Nearly 275 Maryland surveyors and other participants gathered April 4 and 5 at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, MD for the annual MSS Spring Technical Conference. Surveyors were able to earn up to 16 CPC credit hours from a total of 68 hours of education offered during the two days. Sessions were on technology, methodologies, law, business management, new markets, and other surveying-specific topics.

Spotlight: Erick Quintanilla

Erick Quintanilla is Senior Surveyor at the Maryland Environmental Service and Chair of the MSS Young Surveyors Chapter.
I began surveying in January of 2004. I wish I could say that it was because I had a love for maps ever since I was a kid, and that surveying seemed like the perfect fit. Unfortunately (at the time), it was mostly out of necessity. After spending some time away from home with the Marines, I finally came back and started college.
Governor Hogan Signs Surveying QBS Bill into Law
HB0478 , a bill supported by MSS, authorizing a procurement officer in the Department of General Services or the Department of Transportation to use qualification based selection as a method of procuring land surveying services, was on the list of bills to be signed into law by Governor Hogan on  April 30, 2019 – 11:00 AM . While most states have a qualifications based selection (QBS) law, Maryland was one of just a handful of states that had such a law for architecture and engineering contracts, but not surveying. The bill was introduced by Delegate Ariana B. Kelly (D-District 16, Montgomery County).
All in a Day's Work by Wayne Twigg
The excellent land surveyor (and my friend) Gordon Conner will recall the name of Philip Tome from the autobiography entitled Pioneer Life; or Thirty Years a Hunter. Philip’s hunting experiences and adventures during the early 19th century are hugely interesting (as are Meshach Browning’s in Forty-four Years of the Life of a Hunter).

But it was Mr. Tome’s recounting of his work as a land surveyor’s chain bearer that caught and held my attention. I’ve excerpted and paraphrased his surveying experiences for you. I hope that you find them appealing as well. If you haven’t already been doing so, the more insightful among you may actually be stimulated to record your everyday land surveying experiences, in the hope that some future person will discover them. We have been blessed with an endlessly interesting profession. Those who do not think so simply do not know enough about 
land surveying.

R. Wayne Twigg, Secretary Appalachian Chapter, MSS Wolfsville, MD March 2019
Maryland Rep. Ruppersberger Introduces NSPS-supported Bill to Create Digital Coastal Program in NOAA 

Maryland Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger has introduced a bipartisan bill that would fund a project to produce a digital map of all 95,000 miles of the U.S. coastline.
The Maryland Society of Surveyors is pleased to offer important books that should be on the bookshelf of every prudent, professional surveyor.
Sign up for the May 21st General Membership Meeting

The Maryland Society of Surveyors is pleased to announce that Robert McCord, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning, will be the featured speaker at our General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Dutch's Daughter Restaurant in Frederick, Maryland.
Demo Day Gives Teens Insights into World of Surveying
National Youth Development Urban Alliance and the Maryland Society of Surveyors introduced Baltimore teens to career pathways in the growing land surveying industry during an event featuring an interactive demonstration of surveying technology March 20 at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.
 In Memoriam

Randy Alan Barrett, 57, of Owings, passed away on April 19, 2019.
William “Bill” Wells Ludlow, Jr., 79 died on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at his residence.
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