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“NOAA Technical Report NOS NGS 62 –

A Blueprint for 2022

In 2022, the entire National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) will be modernized. This document addresses the geometric aspects of the NSRS. Geometrically, the NSRS currently contains three reference frames (historically “horizontal datums”), known as NAD 83(2011), NAD 83(PA11) and NAD 83(MA11) which are used to define the geodetic latitudes, geodetic longitudes and ellipsoid heights of all points in the USA.

Blueprint part 1 – PDF

Blueprint part 2 – PDF

Opportunities

INTRODUCTION
TO 3D SURVEYING

Feb. 14th 8:00am – Noon
Courtyard by Marriott
2621 S. 47th St
Phoenix 85034

Class Info

 

Membership Meeting

Feb 16th 2018
Bowman Consulting office
1295 W Washington St
Suite 108
Tempe, AZ 85281
2:00-3:30 PM

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August Newsletter

 

Executive Committee (3 Voting Members)

President – KENT GROH, PLS

Current Employer: Stantec

Current title/position: Associate, Geomatics

Degrees, professional licenses, etc.: A.A.S. in Survey/Architecture, PLS (AZ & IL)

What are you passionate about as it pertains to YOUR current role and profession: Building a sustainable foundation for the surveying profession in Arizona that future generations can build on for many years to come.  Thinking outside the box to develop creative ways to engage and educate the younger generation in the subject of land surveying and geomatics.  Collaborating with various professional organizations and governing bodies to collectively enhance our respective occupations.

Hobbies or activities enjoyed outside of work: Hiking, golfing, fishing, mountain biking, curling, craft beer, good food & family.

 

Vice President – VACANT

Please contact Kent Groh at kent.groh@stantec.com if interested

 

 

Secretary/Treasurer – MICHAEL (MIKE) BANTA, PLS

Current Employer:  Westwood Professional Services

Current Title/Position:  Survey Services Leader – Phoenix                    

Degrees, Professional Licenses, etc.:  BS in Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Tech, PLS (AZ & VA)

What are you passionate about as it pertains to YOUR current role and profession:  I find it rewarding still to this day to be the one to find that “lost” monument or record that helps to solve a boundary survey.  In addition, I thoroughly enjoy passing on my knowledge to younger surveyors that may not have had the same experiences I have gained.

Hobbies or activities enjoyed outside of work:  Spending time with my family and anything outdoors.

 

Association Manager (Non-Voting) – MEGAN GROH

 Current Employer: The Wrigley Mansion

 Current title/position:  Events Manager

 Degrees, professional licenses, etc.: BS in Management from Syracuse University, Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators,) Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers)

What are you passionate about as it pertains to YOUR current role and profession: The ability to sell  small and larger events in a beautiful setting.  Using sales skills to anticipate needs of potential clients and putting my organizational skills to work to plan and execute their event.

Hobbies or activities enjoyed outside of work: Wine Tasting & Collecting.  Curling

 

Directors (6 Voting Members)

TED MORT, LSIT, CSTIII

 Current Employer: Eco3d
 Current title/position:  Vice President
 Degrees, professional licenses, etc.:  LSIT, CST III,  USIBD Board of Directors, Chairman of the USIBD Technology Committee and member of the BIMForum Laser Scanning SubGroup
What are you passionate about as it pertains to YOUR current role and profession:   Ted’s commitment to the healthy growth of his industry is highlighted in his volunteer work through industry nonprofits and as a lecturer at Arizona State University.  At ASU he exposes students in engineering, architecture and construction management to new technologies while detailing the impact they have in the current and future world of A/E/C.
Hobbies or activities enjoyed outside of work: Outside of work Ted never forgets to focus on family; living in Ahwatukee with his wife Jill and two young children Ava and Teddy.

 

BRET OKRASKI

Current Employer:    Vertical Mapping Resources, Inc.
Current title/position:  Vice President
Degrees, professional licenses, etc.:  B.S.B.A. from Boston University
What are you passionate about as it pertains to YOUR current role and profession: My passion is to provide exemplary client service and accurate, complete and timely mapping products to our clients backed by the confidence of working with Registered Land Surveyors and Certified Photogrammetrists.
Hobbies or activities enjoyed outside of work:  Golfing, hiking, cooking & exploring Arizona and the southwest with my wife, daughter and our Labrador Retriever T-Bone.

 

CHRIS FRANKS, PLS

Current Employer: Freeport Minerals Corporation
Current Title: Director of Land Resources
Professional Licenses: Professional Land Surveyor (Arizona and California)
What are you passionate about as it pertains to YOUR current role and profession: Passionate about developing fluid and adaptable short term strategies and tactics to solve long term issues
Hobbies or activities enjoyed outside of work: Family, Non Profit volunteer work, running and archery hunting

 

RON BARBALA, PLS, CFedS

Current Employer: Geomatics Consulting Group
Current title/position: President
Degrees, professional licenses, etc. : AS in Mechanical Engineering, BS in Geomatics Engineering, BLM CFedS, PLS in AZ, CA, NV, NM
What are you passionate about as it pertains to YOUR current role and profession:  Correcting the state’s lack of Land Surveyor licensing requirements.
Hobbies or activities enjoyed outside of work:  AZBTR Land Surveyor case advisor duties.

 

STEVE McLAIN, PLS

Current Employer: Tucson Surveying & Mapping LLC
Current title/position: Owner
Degrees, professional licenses, etc. : PLS (AZ & CO), APLS Sahuaro Chapter President and AZBTR EAC member
What are you passionate about as it pertains to YOUR current role and profession:  I have a fixed wing drone – currently testing for photogrammetry use, adding conflict resolution to my professional services.
Hobbies or activities enjoyed outside of work:  I run a small land surveying practice so no time for hobbies anymore.

 

NATHAN GARDNER, RLS

Current Employer: Wilson & Company Engineers and Architects
Current title/position: Survey Manager
Degrees, professional licenses, etc. :  Professional Surveyor in Arizona and Oregon, BAS in Technology Management from NAU
What are you passionate about as it pertains to YOUR current role and profession: Mentoring and training new surveyors in the profession.
Hobbies or activities enjoyed outside of work:  Outdoor activities, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and dirt bike riding.

 

Advisory Council (5 Non-Voting Members)

JIM PETERSON, PLS, PhD

Current Employer:  Gateway Geospatial and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Adjunct Professor)
Current title/position:  Owner and Adjunct Professor
Degrees, professional licenses, etc.:   PE, PLS in IL, MO, AZ Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology with a focus on mapping with UAS
What are you passionate about as it pertains to YOUR current role and profession:  I am passionate about protecting the surveying profession through education and experience.  I am also passionate about advanced surveying methods using laser scanning, lidar, 3d modeling, UAS, and photogrammetry.
Hobbies or activities enjoyed outside of work:  I still enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, camping, boating, and wakeboarding.

 

DR. SALLY DOWNEY

Current Employer:  East Valley Institute of Technology
Current Title:  Superintendent/CEO
Degrees, Professional Licenses:  BS from Indiana State University, MS from University of Oklahoma and Ed.D. from University of Oklahoma
What are you passionate about as it pertains to YOUR current role and profession:
As Superintendent of East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) Dr. Downey is passionate about Career and Technical Education (CTE) and works tirelessly to raise the bar for both the staff and students at EVIT.  Dr. Downey has established partnerships with business and industry partners who are in need of a trained workforce and who lend their support to the delivery of quality CTE to help produce that workforce.  Dr. Downey is active in a number of community organizations where she promotes quality CTE for all students in Arizona.
Hobbies or activities enjoyed outside of work:   Dr. Downey enjoys music and singing, racquetball, fishing and time with her family.

 

RICHARD (RICK) CREECH, PE, PSM

Current Employer:  Creech Consulting
Current title/position:  President
Degrees, professional licenses, etc.: BS, Carnegie Mellon University in Civil Engineering, PE (FL & NC) and PSM (FL)
What are you passionate about as it pertains to YOUR current role and profession: My passion really lies with improving the culture of both the engineering and surveying profession by Coaching and Mentoring the up and coming young professionals.  In my opinion we have lost our way in creating an integrity within the profession that allows the general population to consider technical professionals in the highest regard to protecting their health, safety, and welfare.
Hobbies or activities enjoyed outside of work: Fishing, diving, hunting, flying, oil painting, skiing, tennis, golf and wine tasting.

 

STEVE WHITNEY

Current Employer – Pima County – Information Technology Department
Current title/position – GIS Manager – Geographic Data Management and Mapping Applications
Degrees, professional licenses, etc. – BA Applied Geography, University of Arizona; Arizona Association of Counties (AACo) representative on the Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC); APLS Geospatial Chapter president; Tucson Area GIS Cooperative co-chair
What are you passionate about as it pertains to YOUR current role and profession – Implementing policies, standards, and/or guidelines to prevent the misuse of GIS data and products, along with continuing the cross-educational efforts between the survey mapping profession and non-survey mapping professions
Hobbies or activities enjoyed outside of work – camping, hiking, travel, and exploration