Technical Seminar January 23 & 24, 2014
Southern Polytechnic State University
The SAMSOG 2014 Technical Seminar is just around the corner. The initial planning began in August searching for ideas and speakers. Our goals are to offer presentations that are useful to you in running your business and which are of interest to surveyors. I believe we will achieve these goals based on the variety of content and the quality of speakers scheduled. There is something for everyone at the seminar. Please fill out the questionnaires and reviews at the seminar and let us know what you think and what you would like to see in the future.
The annual Technical Seminar has two primary functions. One is to provide classes that will qualify for continuing education at a reasonable price. The second is to generate income for our Society. Once deposited into the bank account, proceeds from the Technical Seminar help budget and pay for things such as Trig Star, the Newsletter, the Plat and Mapping Contest, etc. Compared to other educational opportunities similar in size and structure, this effective cost per PDH credit at this seminar is more than half of the typical $40 - $50 per credit at other professional seminars.
If you attend all of the functions and educational opportunities, you could easily attain 15.5 hours of PDH credits. Since the seminar presentations are not specifically related to surveying in Georgia they may be accepted in all of the surrounding States, except for Florida. This could be an economical way to obtain PDH credit for attendees licensed in other states.
Our Seminar will begin on Thursday with presentations by Craig Brewer, P.L.S. on Business 101 – What every surveyor needs to know to run a small business. Our own Secretary of State, Brian Kemp will be talking about the Role of the Secretary of State as Surveyor General for Georgia. He will be discussing the disputed Bibb County – Monroe County line. Congressman Phil Gingrey will be our guest luncheon speaker. The luncheon will serve to replace our usual Friday evening awards banquet where our Plat Contest winners will be introduced. After lunch, Janice Mitchell with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be discussing how to properly complete the FEMA elevation certificate and common errors associated with the completing the form. After the classes, Allen Precision and Leica Geosystems Solutions Center will sponsor the annual BBQ dinner at Sonny’s. The SAMSOG Board and General Membership Meeting will be held Thursday evening after the BBQ dinner, please plan to attend.
On Friday, Judge John Steensland, Jr., P.E., P.L.S., one of our most popular speakers, will discuss Boundary Law and Retracement for Land Surveyors in Georgia and eGPS Solutions will again host our Annual Varsity catered lunch.
On Saturday morning, Russell Howard, P.L.S. will proctor the CST Exam. I encourage you to review the CST program and the benefits it can provide to your business and to your employees.
Please visit our booth sponsors during the scheduled breaks. They help make this event possible. Thank you for taking the time to attend the seminar. I look forward to seeing you in January.
Phillip J. Roberts
Phillip J. Roberts
SAMSOG Vice-President and Education Chairman