The Summit

Summit Details

Discover what you can expect from the summit.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021 

12:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time

12:00-1:00 PM Eastern Time


Welcome Brent Jones, PE, PLS, President, URISA and Tim Burch, PLS, NSPS President-Elect

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 12:15 – 1:00 – Jan Van Sickle, PhD, PLS


1:00 – 1:50 PM Eastern Time

Session 1 – The National Spatial Reference System: a shared resource for surveying and GIS

This presentation gives an overview of existing NGS products and services, and how they will change as part of NSRS Modernization.  Those include coordinate conversions and transformations, geodetic control, GNSS data processing, the Continuous Operating Reference Station (CORS) network, aerial imagery, and the many tools and datasets that make the NSRS possible.
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Brian Shaw
Michael L. Dennis, PhD, PE, RLS

2:00 – 2:50 PM Eastern Time

Session 2 – 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 Eastern Time

Session 3 – 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 Eastern Time

Session 4 – 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

12:00-12:50 PM Eastern Time

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)
Denver Winchester, PLS YSN (NSPS)
Sid Pandey, Vanguard Cabinet (URISA)
Caroline Sampa, (Esri YPN)

Shannon Fries, (Esri YPN)



1:00-1:50 PM Eastern Time

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 Eastern Time

Session 5 – 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
Tim Varner, IT Specialist, Bureau of Land Management, Wasilla, AK
Chris McDonald, Public Land Survey System (PLSS) Dataset Program Manager at Bureau of Land Management, Salt Lake City, UT
Nathan Price, PLS, Chief Land Surveyor, USDA Forest Service
Nancy Blyer, USACE, Geospatial Community of Practice Lead

3:00 – 3:50 PM Eastern Time

Session 6 – 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 Eastern Time

Closing Keynote

 Brent Jones, PE, PLS, President, URISA and Tim Burch, PLS, NSPS President-Elect

Call to Action, Q&A


4:50-6:00 PM Eastern Time 

Networking Reception



Friday, November 5, 2021


11:00 AM-3 :00 PM Eastern Time 

 Sponsor Session – Esri

Surveying and GIS – Parcel Fabric

GIS is a vibrant and growing industry. Surveyors can apply their skills, tools and knowledge to enter new areas of practice, fulfill new deliverable requirements, and better manage their own operations.  GIS is not a desktop application but an entire location platform, geospatial infrastructure – desktop, mobile, server, cloud with data, applications, developer tools, industry templates, and a lot more. This workshop will deliver a detailed presentation on creating and managing parcels leveraging surveying methodologies. This workshop will provide details on the ArcGIS Parcel Fabric and how surveyors can benefit. Topics include migrating parcel data and how to perform record driven and quality-driven workflows, least squares adjustment, ground to grid, and more.  This workshop will be a series of presentations and demonstrations.

Presenters: Dan Stone, Esri and Tim Hodson, Esri

If you wish to attend this workshop, you must register separately via this link: