The Summit

Summit Details

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021 

1:00-5:00 PM Eastern

1:00-2:00 PM:


Welcome Brent Jones, PE, PLS, President, URISA and Amanda Allred,
PLS, Vice President NSPS

Keynote – We’re in This Together

We are in this together. Let’s not waste any time debating who is in the catbird seat. Both surveyors and GIS professionals have plenty of mountains to climb.
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Keynote 1:15 – 2:00 – Jan Van Sickle, PhD, PLS


2:00 – 2:50 PM

Session 1 – Surveying and GIS Panel – Discussing Professional Boundaries

Surveyors and GIS professionals share tools, markets, clients and a lot more. There are many commonalities with services that surveyors and GIS professionals offer, but there are many differences as well. Bring your questions for this expert panel of both professional land surveyors and practicing GIS professionals.

Tim Burch, PLS, NSPS President-Elect,
Linda M. Foster, PLS GISP, Ferber Engineering
Brent Jones, PE, PLS, Esri,
Tripp Corbin, MCP, GISP, Davey Resource Group

3:00 – 3:50 PM

Session 2 – Cadastral Surveying and GIS

New survey technology in GIS delivers opportunities for surveyors to deliver more services. It also enables GIS professionals to leverage survey methodologies to manage cadastral data more efficiently and accurately. This session will highlight how the PLSS is managed in GIS and how a county surveyor is improving managing survey data in GIS.

Corners, Maps, Field Books and GIS

Land survey records are instrumental in developing a spatially accurate parcel dataset. Accessing these records can be a frustrating and time-consuming effort. They can be housed in various formats, conditions and physical locations.
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Preston Dowell, PLS, Deputy County Surveyor, St Louis County MN

BLM’s Digital Cadastral Data

The BLM manages 250 million acres of land that have been surveyed over the course of over 200 years. GIS enables them to compile survey records together and create a foundation public land survey system dataset for use in project planning and land management decisions.
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Lucas Beauchamp, PLS

4:00 – 4:50 PM

Session 3 – Transportation GIS and Surveying

The transportation industry has a long history of using GIS for environmental and route planning, managing data, and communicating with stakeholders. GIS helps surveyors throughout the entire infrastructure lifecycle from planning to digital twin (asbuilt) surveying. Attend this session and see how surveyors are using GIS in transportation.


GIS + Surveying = Successful Mobile Pavement Condition Data Collection

See how both GIS and Surveying come together to ensure mobile pavement condition data collection projects are successful.
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Richard Kleinmann, PLS


Improving Highway Safety with Geospatial Technology

When the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) and Pennington County Highway Department selected Ferber Engineering Company, Inc (FEC) to complete the Pennington County Signing and Delineation Project.
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Linda Foster, PLS, GISP, MGIS 

Thursday, November 4, 2021

1:00-5:00 PM Eastern

12:00-1:00 PM:

Networking for Young Professionals

Join us for an informal meet-and-greet to connect with peers, pros, companies and organizations. Expand your network, get connected, and maybe have a little fun!

YSN (NSPS), YPN (Esri), Vanguard Cabinet (URISA)
Brent Jones, PE, PLS Esri
Denver Winchester, PLS YSN (NSPS)

1:00-1:50 PM:

Keynote – GIS is a Common Language

Measurement and evidence have been the domain of the Land Surveyor since its earliest days. Land surveyors establish or recover on the ground physical evidence of title and ownership. Parcel mapping is a compilation and aggregation that serves as an index to other information.
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Keynote 1:00 – 1:50 – Nancy von Meyer, PLS, GISP PE, PhD, Fairview Industries

2:00 – 2:50 PM

Session 1 – Panel – Update on National Initiatives

There’s a lot going on in the federal government with surveying and GIS. Get the news straight from the source with leaders from BLM, USFS, NGS, USACE, USGS and others. Bring your questions and get insights into where the government is now and the plans for the future.

Dominica Van Koten, PLS, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, Bureau of Land Management
Nathan Price, PLS, Chief Land Surveyor, USDA Forest Service
Nancy Blyer, USACE, Geospatial Community of Practice Lead

3:00 – 3:50 PM

Session 2 – New Business Opportunities – BIM/GIS – Out of Construction and into O&M

The rate of change in our natural and built environments continues to accelerate necessitating an efficient, accurate way to model and manage these assets.  Building information modeling (BIM) and GIS provide a robust framework for accomplishing this.  This session will look at real-world examples in practice and explore how surveyors and GIS professionals’ roles are vitally important.


Integration of Survey, GIS & BIM in Infrastructure Projects in the UK: the where, what and when

This presentation will showcase examples of the integration of Survey, GIS and BIM data, systems, and processes during the design and construction phases of some of the current infrastructure rail and road projects in the UK.
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Dr. Anita Soni-Skanska, Deputy Head of BIM


4:00 – 4:50 PM

Closing Keynote

Amanda Allred, PLS, NSPS Vice President
Call to Action, Q&A


4:50-6:00 PM 

Networking Reception



Friday, November 5, 2021


Partner Workshops and Partner Sessions/Sponsor Packages

Today’s sessions will be hosted by Summit sponsors. Stay tuned for the details. Interested in becoming a sponsor?