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July 18 - 20, 2013

I am excited to welcome you to the first (and hopefully not the last) Joint Convention of SAMSOG and the South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors (SCSPLS) held in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. The conference dates are July 18th through 21st and will take place at the Charleston Marriott. Since Charleston was just voted the Top US City and the Top Destination in the World and Top Foodiest Destination, this should be an enjoyable conference for both the attendees and their families!

Meeting registration begins at 9:00 am Thursday (7/18/13). The Golf tournament will be at Patriots Point Links on Thursday morning starting at 8:30am. Thursday afternoon Tom Hurley will lead a session on “Georgia Minimum Technical Standards (3PDH) from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm will be Vendor Night - Dinner and Trade Show.
Friday morning there will be sessions on “Smart Vent Flood Vents (1 PDH 8:30-9:30) and Underground Utility Location (2PDH 10:00-12:00). The SAMSOG Auxiliary will have a program 10 to 11:30 am followed by lunch at Magnolia’s in the historic district. Following lunch (noon-1:00) for the conference attendees, you will have the option of two sessions covering Railroads or the NSPS Area 3 and Area 4 meeting. CSX will present from 1:00-3:00 (2PDH) and Norfolk Southern will present from 3:15-5:15. The NSPS meeting will be from 1:00-4:30. For dinner, you can dine on our own or join the crowd on the Spiritline Dinner Cruise (ticket purchase required)
Saturday morning will be the SAMSOG Board & General Membership meeting (8:30-11:00). The Mid-State Chapter of SCSPLS will host Survey Games & Cookout from noon-3:00. The joint SAMSOG-SCSPLS Installation Banquet and the always fun “not so silent auction” will take place Saturday evening (Social 6:30-7:00 Banquet 7:00-until).
Hope to see each of you in Charleston.
Teeple Hill
Teeple Hill, LS
SAMSOG Annual Committee Chairman


Thursday, July 18, 2013
Tom Hurley, RLS, BSFR
Minimum Technical Standards – 3 PDH
1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tom Hurley 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.
This course will examine the current Technical Standards as well as the Rules, Policies, Regulations and Laws that affect Professional Land Surveys on a daily basis. These Standards change over time to meet technological advances, Board decisions and other outside influences. It is the Land Surveyors responsibility to understand and abide by these standards and guidelines.
Friday, July 19, 2013
J. Paul Abrams, Smart Vent Products, Inc.
Understanding Foundation Flood Vents & FEMA’s Technical Bulletin – 1 PDH
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
J. Paul Abrams, and PGA Sales & Marketing, Inc., have been serving the construction industry for over 29 years and studying the science of flood mitigation for over 5 years. Through their efforts in marketing, and educational seminars for Architects, Surveyors, Code Officials, Insurance Agents as well as Suppliers and Contractors, Paul has worked hard to help make the jobs of our industry successful. Along with their regular educational programs, Paul has performed over 150 AIA presentations, to thousands of AIA members. He is a member of North and South Carolina Surveyors Association, Carolinas Building Inspectors Associations as well as the National ASFPM and local Floodplain Managers Associations.
This course provides insight into the importance of correctly identifying foundation flood vents for documentation on an NFIP Elevation Certificate. Compliance influences both the vulnerability to flood damage and the cost of NFIP flood insurance. If openings are not com­pliant, the floor of the crawlspace or the floor of the enclosure becomes the “lowest floor”. The course will review applicable codes pertaining to foundation flood venting, including a complete review of FEMA’s Technical Bulletin TB-1. After the course, participants will have a thorough understanding of the difference between non-engineered openings and engineered openings and how to properly document each kind on an EC. Course topics include: Codes and Regulations, NFIP Elevation Certificate, Engineered Openings vs. Non Engineered Openings, and Independent Evaluation Services of Products Advantage. 
Friday, July 19, 2013
Hans Wonneberger, CE, UtiliSurvey, LLC
Underground Utility Location– 2 PDH
10:00 a.m. – noon
Hans J. Wonneberger earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering at the G.S. Ohm Fachhochschule in Nuremberg, Germany. He has more than 25 years of experience in the coordination of civil engineering projects from the pre-design site selection process through construction management and final project acceptance. His civil engineering projects include an array of commercial developments as well as municipal engineered projects. Mr. Wonneberger’s strong expertise lies in the construction of underground infrastructure. After graduation he practiced as a professional engineer in Germany for over 10 years. He has personally been responsible as project manager for large commercial projects at Siemens and BMW facilities as well as water, sewer and utility design services for public agencies. In 1999 Mr. Wonneberger immigrated to the United States and specialized in Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) while working for a company in Atlanta, GA. In this capacity he gave presentations to private and public organizations, attended meetings, along with managing the day-to-day requirements. Mr. Wonneberger soon became recognized as a professional with a tremendous amount of experience in all aspects of civil engineering and underground utility locating.
The objective of this seminar is to gain insights and understand the process and limitations of underground utilities locating. Thus reducing the surveyors professional liability related to the risks of mapping underground utilities. Land surveyors who perform surveys that follow the American Land Title Association (ALTA) standards, Table A Item 11(b) will typically subcontract with a private utility locating consultant.
Course Outline:
·         Identifying existing underground utilities
·         Potential risk of inaccurate utility location
·         Conventional methods of locating existing utilities
Utility Locating Technology
·         Radiofrequency locating
·         Ground-penetrating radar
Surveying and Mapping Underground Utilities
·         Records research
·         Marking procedures
·         Data collection and processing
·         Disclaimer statement
Utility Locating in Practice
·         Limits and limitations
·         Field report
·         Liability and insurance issues
·         Locating qualified utility consultants
Friday, July 19, 2013
Leslie D. Odom, RPLS, CSX Real Property, Inc. Norfolk Southern
Surveying on the NSC Railroad in Georgia & South Carolina – 2 PDH
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Leslie D. Odom, born and raised in Pensacola, Florida and earned a B. A. in Mathematics from the University of West Florida. On the advice of a good friend, he began working as a rodman at a small surveying company. Since that time, Leslie has worked in all aspects of the field and office in Pensacola, Dallas, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida. Leslie has obtained registration as a surveyor in Texas and Florida. He has authored and taught basic mathematics course aimed at paraprofessionals in the surveying community and been an instructor at the community college level teaching surveying mathematics. In November 2004, he began his career as the in-house surveyor for CSX Real Property Inc. managing the land survey activities for the CSX Transportation Inc., a Class I railroad operating in twenty three states and two provinces of Canada.
This course discusses the historical, legal, safety and practical problems in determining railroad corridor location with respect to the land and property rights beneath the tracks. Railroads have played a major role in the settlement and development of these United States of America. The importance of ‘bands of steel’ uniting the country was underscored by the powers granted the railroad companies to acquire land and property rights in whatever way necessary, whether by grant, fee simple absolute, fee with reversionary right, fee determinable, easement or by occupation. Surveyors involved with the original location and placement of the railroad faced hostile environment, extreme weather conditions, low pay, no beds, no showers and few hot meals. Today, our goal is to follow in their footsteps and define as best we can the original configuration of the rails and the land parcels associated with the rails.
Jim Rader, GA RLS 2668, System Engineer Real Estate, Norfolk Southern Corporation
Surveying on the NSC Railroad in Georgia & South Carolina – 2 PDH
3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Jim Rader has over 36 years of railroad surveying and design experience. His career began in 1977 with the Southern Railway Company which became the Norfolk Southern Corporation in 1982. He is currently the System Engineer Real Estate at the Norfolk Southern Corporation. He has surveyed, designed and located tracks and property acquisitions for multiple $20 MM to $30 MM projects during his tenure. He is a Registered Land Surveyor in the states of Georgia and Tennessee. He is a graduate of Shorter College and has attended Tennessee Technological University, The University of Tennessee Knoxville and Southern Polytechnic State University. He is currently Chapter Representative of the SAMSOG Etowah Chapter.   
This seminar will cover various railroad surveying topics including trespassing, entry permits, mapping and right of way issues as related specifically to the Norfolk Southern Corporation right of way. Evidence pertaining to deeds, “Charter Right of Way” and Federal Laws and Regulations will be discussed. In addition material concerning the “Guidelines for Design and Construction of Privately Owned Industrial Track” as presented by the Norfolk Southern Corporation will be discussed.



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