Sign In   |   Register
Community Search

Board and General Membership Meeting

7/19/2018 » 7/21/2018

1/17/2019 » 1/18/2019
2019 Technical Seminar

2015 Technical Seminar
Share |


January 22 - 23, 2015

SPECIAL SESSIONS January 24, 2015


The 2015 Technical Seminar will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest, 200 Interstate North Parkway SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30339.  A limited block of rooms have been reserved for our meeting at a special rate of $115 (including parking) thru January 2, 2015 .  Visit their website at for a preview of the property and accommodation details.  You may reserve your choice of rooms by calling the hotel at 1-00-228-9290 or by visiting and using the Group/Convention Code Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia to obtain special rates.  Check in is 4:00 p.m. and check out is 11:00 a.m.  MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY to ensure availability.  





Jennifer DiBona, That CAD Girl

Field to Finish with Carlson Survey (2 PDH)

8:30am – 10:30am                                             

This two‐hour session will be a thorough introduction to Carlson Survey’s Field to Finish feature. We will first show how the proper use of coding and descriptions in the field can drastically reduce the time spent creating an existing conditions plan in the office.  Next, we will start with an empty drawing, import points and process with Field to Finish so that points, symbols and linework are inserted to the drawing on their proper layers.  While Carlson Survey will be used for this presentation, the major principles of Field to Finish will be applicable regardless of the software used by attendees.

Jennifer DiBona is a longtime CAD consultant and trainer doing business as That CAD Girl and based in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Jennifer has a degree in Surveying and worked in various consulting offices for approximately 15 years.  After working as a designer and drafter, she then worked for an Autodesk reseller as a Civil 3d Implementation Certified 

Expert (ICE) and built their technical services division from the ground up. Today, That CAD Girl provides sales, support 

and training for Carlson, AutoCAD and IntelliCAD software and Carlson hardware and data collection. We specialize in Field to Finish, Surface Modeling, CAD standardization and Carlson Software implementation. 

Jennifer is one of the charter members of Carlson College which is the certified program for authorized Carlson Softwaretrainers and she also writes the "CAD Picks and Clicks" column for Professional Surveyor Magazine. 

Jennifer is a member of the Steering Committee for Version 6 of the National CAD Standard®, serves as Chair of the 

Survey/Civil Task Team and co‐Chair of the CAD Layer Guidelines Task Team.           


Jennifer DiBona, That CAD Girl

Tips & Tricks for CAD Standardization (1 PDH)

10:00am – noon        


This class will cover CAD tips and tricks – both small and large, for older and newer versions – with an eye toward helping you standardize your AutoCAD or IntelliCADbased programs.  

How can PEDITACCEPT help you? Do you know your temporary overrides? How can Sheet Set Manager update hundredsof notes and references in multiple drawings in a split second? This is the class to attend if you want to learn how to savepicks and clicks, time and money... 



Plat and Mapping Contest Awards Luncheon & SAMPAC Raffle

Steven Engerrand, Deputy Director of the Georgia Archieves

Resources Available to the Georgia Surveyor within the State Archives

noon – 1:30pm                      


The Plat and Mapping Contest Awards will be presented and the SAMPAC Shotgun Raffle will be held during lunch on Thursday, 1/22/2015 in the Cobb Ballroom of the Atlanta Marriott Northwest.  There is NO additional charge for lunch, the cost is included with the 2 Day and Thursday ONLY registration packages. 



Joseph K. Duff, RLS - Applied Technology Group

AutoDesk Advancements for Surveying Profession (2 PDH)

1:30pm – 3:30pm        


This course is intended to relieve the fears of upgrading to Civil 3D for the small surveying company. The fundamentals of AutoCAD 2015 will be presented for a Surveyor’s workflow. Tools for point management, parcel creation, and construction layout will be presented.


Joe Duff, a registered land surveyor, has worked hard for his achievements, and is a rising star in the Surveying and Construction Industry.  As a Contract Administrator, Joe has lead multiple crews in the implementation of roadway construction design, pipeline alignment creation and layout, boundary surveying, and various other surveying and Construction related projects.  He has worked with Superintendents, Project Managers/Estimators, Arkansas & Texas DOT’s as management for contract implementation to ensure design meets standard specifications and quality control, and conducted various problem resolution responsibilities.

As a surveyor, Joe has verified horizontal and vertical control datums, created AutoCAD DWGs for project layout and client/employer needs, and created 3D surface models for client/employer machine control implementation.

As a Designer, Joe worked at local as well as national leading engineering firms’ design projects from conception to completion both in the field and in the office.

With a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Arkansas, he has enjoyed success at Martin Marietta Materials, Interstate Highway Construction, Meridian Engineering, Crafton Tull, Brixey Engineering and Land Surveying, Constructive Control Inc., and Unit Structures. Joe should be considered a guru in Carlson and Autodesk Civil / Survey software.



O.S.H.A. Workplace Safety Regulations (2 PDH)

4:00pm – 5:30pm        


Presenter name and topic not available.



Darren Mickler, Executive Director - State Board of Registration for Engineers and Land Surveyors

Georgia State Board of Registration Complaints Procedures (1.5 PDH)

8:00am – 9:30am         


The Complaint Process for the State Board of Registration:


1.       What constitutes a complaint?

a.        Unlicensed practice

b.       Unprofessional conduct

c.        Substandard work

d.       Technical standards

e.       Property line disputes


2.       How to file a complaint

a.        What form should I use?

b.       What information should I provide?


3.       What happens after a complaint is filed

a.        Staff review and request for additional information

b.       Investigative Committee/cognizant review

c.        Referral to the SOS investigations section

d.       Interviews with respondent/complainant/witnesses

e.       Evidence gathering

f.         Recommendation of the Board

g.        Referral to Legal Services or Attorney General


4.       Final Disposition

a.        Consent Order

b.       Hearing before the Board

c.        Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge


5.       Punishment

a.        Cease and Desist order

b.       Letter of Concern

c.        Private reprimand

d.       Public reprimand

e.       Public reprimand with probation

f.         Public reprimand with probation and fine

g.        Public reprimand with suspension

h.       Revocation of license



Darren Mickler was born and raised in Jeffersonville and Twiggs County.  He graduated from Twiggs Academy, Middle Georgia College in Cochran and Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.  Darren worked for zipper giant YKK(USA)INC as Process Manager at the Macon Plant for 12 years and Morgan Stanley as an Investment Advisor for 2 years before joining the licensing Board in July of 2002.   He has been married to the former Marcee Arnold since 1993.  She is a 1991 Graduate of Georgia Tech in Industrial Engineering and is an engineer for Robins Air Force Base.  They have 2 children, Jay 18 and Channen 15 and reside in Bonaire. 


Tate Jones, RLS, PE, President - Landair Surveying Company of Georgia

Implementing New Technology into Your Survey Practice to Decrease Man Power Needs, to Add New Markets, and Increase Profits (2 PDH)10:00am – noon



This presentation will discuss the new technologies available to Land Surveying practices and how they can be used to reduce labor and increase markets and profits. It will address the business of surveying and the ways to use the new technology. The speaker will discuss relatively new technologies that give the practionsioner high-tech and low tech ways to collect data.  These will include, Aerial Lidar, Terrestrial Lidar, Mobile lidar, UAV’s (drones), Cameras, and Pixelgrammetry software programs.  The speaker will discuss the best ways to implement these technologies without breaking your pocket book.  The speaker will also discuss the basic fundamentals in managing and running a survey practice in 2014.

Tate Jones has over 40 years of experience in 3D Laser Scanning, Land Surveying, Aerial surveying and Lidar technology.  A graduate of Auburn University, Mr. Jones holds professional surveying licenses in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.  He has authored various articles on the science of laser scanning and is a nationally recognized speaker on the subject. He has also serves on the editorial boards of POB surveying magazine and Professional Surveying magazine and is a contributing editor on topics related to Lidar and 3D laser scanning.

Mr. Jones was an early adopter of Terrestrial Laser Scanning.  His firm regularly performs laser scans on a variety of project all across the United States. His work with Laser Scanners led to working with clients in the world of BIM technology.  Additionally he has followed the small UAV industry for the last 3 years and studied the advancements of the technology. His back ground of Aerial Mapping and Land Surveying and Lidar technology has allow him to take a “surveyors view” of the future impact these new flying data collectors will have in the world of surveying.   Mr. Jones has been flying UAV’s for the last 2 years as a hobby while concurrently studying there use and effect on the Land Surveying, Aerial mapping and Construction Industries. 



Jad Jarroush, CTO - Datumate, Ltd.

Photogeomatics: Revolution of Close-Range Photogrammetry (2 PDH)

1:00pm – 3:00pm      

Driven by the rapid evolution of digital photography and personal computing in recent years, close-range photogrammetry with regular cameras rapidly changes the way surveyors work worldwide. This seminar will review the principles of photogrammetry, introduce some real-life case studies of surveying works, and provide practical hands-on best practices for drawing plans and making measurements directly on images of regular cameras.

Jad Jarroush, PhD is the Founder and CTO of Datumate. He is responsible for the development of the company’s scientific and technological aspects. Prior to founding Datumate, Dr. Jarroush co-founded and managed GeoPoint, a specialist in GIS, cadastre, mapping and geo-information works. He is an active professional consultant to the Survey of Israel, Israel’s government agency for mapping, geodesy, cadastre and geoinformatics and led some of the pioneering works to convert Israel’s cadastral data into a digital system. Dr. Jarroush earned his PhD in mapping and geo-information engineering from the Technion – Israel’s Institute of Technology, specializing in the optimization of geodetic networks and GPS algorithms.



Bruce Buckerfield, PE, RLS - F.E.M.A. Region 4

Federal Emergency Management Agency (2 PDH)

3:30pm – 5:30pm      

Bruce Buckerfield, PE/RLS is a dual-licensed civil engineer and land surveyor (MI, NC, and once TX) employed since 1998 in FEMA Region 4, Atlanta, Georgia.  Bruce currently coordinates and responds to FEMA flood map issues and inquiries arising in any of the eight FEMA Region 4 states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee).  Bruce also worked in private-sector land surveying and civil engineering in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, and North Carolina from 1979 to 1998.  Bruce started surveying and drafting at his father’s civil engineering and land surveying company in 1968, and started using CAD (Vango, AutoCAD & MicroStation) for land surveying calculations and drawings (instead of COGO) in 1983.



Tom Hurley, RLS, Matt Wilson, RLS and Dan Branham, RLS

Georgia Minimum Technical Standards: Plat Act Review and MTS Miscellaneous (5 PDH)

8:00am – 1:00pm                                                

Every land surveyor is required to obtain fifteen (15) PDH's each twenty-four (24) month biennial renewal period. In addition, every land surveyor must ensure that, once every five (5) years, at least six (6) PDH's in "Minimum Technical Standards" be included in their PDH's acquired.

Tom Hurley, RLS is a licensed Land Surveyor in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and a Registered Forester in Georgia. Tom graduated from UGA in 1980 with a degree in Forest Resources. He became active in SAMSOG as an Associate Member in 1983 and a Full Member in 1989. After serving as a Director, Vice President and President-Elect, Tom was elected as President of SAMSOG in 2000. Tom’s uncle, Thomas H. Winchester (RLS#757), was also elected as president of SAMSOG in 1955. Tom’s wife, Laura Hurley, has been the Chair of SAMSOG’s Auxiliary Committee for 8 years. Tom and Laura live in Duluth, GA.

Matt Wilson is currently a Professor and Program Coordinator for the Surveying and Mapping degree in the Civil Engineering Technology Department at KSU - Southern Polytechnic School of Engineering Marietta, GA. He is a Registered Land Surveyor in the State of Georgia   is a Georgia Registered Land Surveyor and a Surveying lecturer at KSU - Southern Polytechnic School of Engineering. He is the faculty advisor for the NSPS student competition 2014 champions. He has over 30 years of Land Surveying experience, with extensive project experience in land boundary and ALTA work. Dan is a CPT in the Georgia National Guard. He is married and lives in Cobb County, Georgia.

Daniel Branham, RLS is a Georgia Registered Land Surveyor and a Surveying lecturer at KSU - Southern Polytechnic School of Engineering. He is the faculty advisor for the NSPS student competition 2014 champions. He has over 30 years of Land Surveying experience, with extensive project experience in land boundary and ALTA work. Dan is a CPT in the Georgia National Guard. He is married and lives in Cobb County, Georgia.


C. B. (Butch) Watson, III, RLS/PE

Soil & Erosion Level 2 Re-certification

8:00am – noon

Butch Watson, RLS/PE graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Technology in August 1975 from Southern Technical Institute, earned a Bachelor of Science in Industry from Georgia Southern College in June 1972, was registered as Georgia Land Surveyor in 1986, and as a Georgia Professional Engineer in 1987.

Mr. Watson is a project manager in the Municipal and Environmental Department of Croy Engineering, LLC (Croy).  Mr. Watson joined Croy as a Project Manager in the Engineering Department in May 2009, after a nine-year career with Gaskins Surveying & Engineering Company.  Mr. Watson and his department are responsible for environmental engineering (design and modeling for water, wastewater, and water-reuse), water resources (initial site evaluation, NPDES compliance, and erosion control training) and construction management/administration projects for private and municipal clients.  Through Mr. Watson’s efforts, Croy continues in the training program under the NPDES certification / re-certification program.

S&E Re-certification Requirements

According to State law, a certified individual shall be required to attend and participate in at least four hours of approved continuing education courses, as established by the Commission, every three years. (O.C.G.A. 12-7-19).

The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GSWCC) in consultation with the Stakeholder Advisory Board have established the re-certification requirements.  Individuals will have the option of attending a GSWCC four hour course or third party approved courses totaling four hours of instruction.  There will not be an examination required for re-certification. (Reprinted from the Georgia Soil & Water Conservation web site

NOTICE:  Anyone that took the S&E LEVEL 2 re-certification course at the 2012 SAMSOG Technical Seminar has a certification expiration date of 2015.  This Level 2 re-certification course is being offered at the three (3) year interval for re-certification required as part of the design professional certification program.  Once a certified person retakes a re-certification course, the participant roster takes 3 to 4 days to be processed by GSWCC.  During this process, a certified person cannot, technically, certify ESPCP (Erosion, Sedimentation & Pollution Control Plan) sheets if your certification date on your card has lapsed.  If you do not want to wait for the SAMSOG re-certification or have to submit plans during the GSWCC re-certification process, you can attend another course.


Ginger Walker Jones
Executive Director
Office: 770-947-1767
Cell: 678-300-6057
Sign In
Sign In securely

Sustaining Members