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July 17 - 19, 2014

Join members and guests of the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia and the South Carolina Society of Society of Professional Land Surveyors in beautiful and historic Savannah, Georgia.  Our conference will be held at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto, 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401 will host the Surveying Convention of Georgia and South Carolina.  A limited block of rooms have been reserved for our convention at a special rate of $149 (including parking) thru July 6, 2014 .  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 1-877-280-0751 or by visiting and entering the Group/Convention Code SMS 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.  




Thursday, July 17, 2014 
Matt Wilson Matt  Wilson, RLS, Southern Polytechnic State University 
Minimum Technical Standards – 4 PDH
8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Georgia has had many changes to the OCGA over the last few years.  The Board rules change fluidly.  This seminar will bring you up to date with the rules and laws affecting land surveying in the state of Georgia.  Are you aware that Surveyors are now supposed to sign plats in contrasting colors to their stamp?  Can you record exempt subdivision plats?  How do the new rules change the way you do business?  Attend this seminar to learn what has changed and how it may affect your business. 
Matt Wilson is a Professor in the Civil Engineering Technology Department at Southern Polytechnic State University and the Program Coordinator for the Surveying and Mapping degree program.  Matt has been licensed in Georgia and has consulted as a land surveyor since 1996.  He just completed his 19th year with SPSU, and he enjoys bicycling and running. 
Friday, July 18, 2014    
Daniel Branham, RLS, Southern Polytechnic State University University
Positional Tolerance – 1 PDH
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 

This course will discuss statistics and positional error analysis.  The state standards and ALTA standards both list positional error tolerance as a means to express the accuracy and precision the signing surveyor achieved with the measurements used in the survey.  Attendees should leave this course with a good knowledge of positional tolerance and how that applies to these standards using GNSS or optical equipment.  

Daniel Branham, RLS is a Georgia Registered Land Surveyor and a Surveying lecturer at Southern Polytechnic State University.  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 Major in the Georgia National Guard.  He is married and lives in Cobb County, Georgia.

Friday, July 18, 2014 
Eric Colburn, PLS, Colburn Strategic Partners, Inc.
Terrestrial Photogrammetry for Land Surveying, GIS, Architecture, & Construction - 1.5 PDH 9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

Terrestrial Photogrammetry is an emerging technology in the surveying and mapping profession.  The newest advances in digital imaging, computer processors, and software have made this approach to surveying an attractive alternative for many professionals.  The cost of the equipment and software has reduced to less than that of a conventional total station.  This presentation will explain and demonstrate the Datumate company approach and contrast it to other approaches on the market.  This technology is available today and can increase productivity by 50% on many project types. 

Eric D. Colburn, PLS is a land surveying, technology and AutoCAD Civil 3D consultant with over thirty 30 years of experience in land surveying and development.  He is a successful entrepreneur and consultant, industry writer, Rhode Island licensed professional land surveyor, president of Colburn Strategic Partners, Inc., president of Foster Survey Company and publisher of since 2008.  His mission is helping land surveyors, business owners, designers and industry stakeholders reach their goals by design!

Friday, July 18, 2014   
Lonnie Sears, RLS, eGPS Solutions, Inc.
GPS on Benchmarks Campaign – 1 PDH
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) encourages anyone with survey-grade Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers to join the 2014 GPS on Bench Marks Campaign improving the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS).  NGS will use your data to improve the next hybrid geoid model, increasing access to NAVD 88 (the North American Vertical Datum of 1988) and enabling conversions to the new vertical datum in 2022.  This course will demonstrate the field and office procedure to successfully submit data for improvement of the geoid.  The program will greatly improve the ability to use GPS/GNSS equipment to establish accurate elevations.  It will also show attendees a new database of monuments other than the typical datasheet.  

Lonnie Sears brings over 30 years of surveying experience to eGPS Solutions, Inc.  He started his GPS career in 1990 as the GPS Project Manager with a national firm located the Atlanta area.  His background has been devoted to developing GPS Surveying techniques for GIS inventory projects, DOT projects, private land development projects, Large Boundary Surveys, ALTA/ACSM Surveys and Topographic Surveys.  Mr. Sears is currently licensed in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, and Mississippi.  He is President of eGPS Solutions, Inc. and presently serves SAMSOG as a Director and the Chairman of the Geospatial Committee.  He is a past President of SAMSOG from 2009-2010. 

Friday, July 18, 2014   
Tate Jones, PLS, Land Air Surveying Company AND
Eric Colburn, PLS, Colburn Strategic Partners, Inc.
UAV’s for Land Surveying, Mapping, and GIS and the Legal Implications – 1.5 PDH
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Drone Technology and Its Effect and Opportunities on the Land Drone Technology and Its Effect and Opportunities on Land Surveying, Mapping, and GIS:   
Drones will have a dramatic impact on the mapping, design, and construction industries.  The amount of people collecting aerial data will explode.    However it is not the aerial platforms that collect the data that are important but the ability to take these machines and create useful.  The course will review the currently technology and capabilities of UAV’s (drones).  In addition to their ability to collect close range aerial photography the course will discuss the new term of Pixelgrammetry and how drone photography can be used to create survey grade data, something that Surveyors, Mappers and GIS professionals have been doing for years.  The course will look at the different capabilities of the “copters” and the “fixed wing” aircraft and their advantages and capabilities.  The instructor will also propose some likely new work flows the average land surveyor Mapper or GIS professional can use to reduce cost and increase data collection capabilities.  It will also include information on how these systems are being used currently in other industries that may provide opportunities that currently do not exist in these industries. 
Tate Jones, PLS has over 40 years of experience in Land Surveying, Aerial surveying, 3D Laser Scanning, and Lidar technology.  A graduate of Auburn University, Mr. Jones holds a professional surveying license 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 served 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 has followed the small UAV industry for the last 3 years and studied the advancements of the technology.  His background of Aerial Mapping and Land Surveying and Lidar technology has allowed 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 their use and effect on the Land Surveying, Aerial mapping and Construction Industry.  He recently published an article on the subject for The Georgia Engineer Magazine. 
Legal Implications:  Discussed by Eric Colburn. 

Eric D. Colburn, PLS is a land surveying, technology and AutoCAD Civil 3D consultant with over thirty 30 years of experience in land surveying and development.  He is a successful entrepreneur and consultant, industry writer, Rhode Island licensed professional land surveyor, president of Colburn Strategic Partners, Inc., president of Foster Survey Company and publisher of since 2008.  His mission is helping land surveyors, business owners, designers and industry stakeholders reach their goals by design!  

Auxiliary events are open to everyone – no membership or conference registration required Thursday is a “free day” to tour beautiful, historic Savannah, enjoy  a stroll on River Street, shop on Broughton Street, or relax by the Hilton pool.  A FREE trolley provided by the City of Savannah called the DOT will take you to great sightseeing spots around the city.  Friday morning meet in the Hilton DeSoto lobby and take a short walk to the Telfair Museum, Jepson Center ( ) and return to the Hilton DeSoto by noon for lunch in the Harborview Room providing a 270 degree view of downtown Savannah, the river, and Hutchinson Island.  Abraham Lincoln will be speaking to all registered convention attendees and guests.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS PREFERRED.  

Remember to bring items for the Silent Auction to the Saturday evening Banquet!

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