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Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops

For questions, please contact our Technical Chairs:

  • JP Mohsen, Ph.D., F.ASCE, F.ASEE, Professor, University of Louisville
  • Ahmed Elaksher, Ph.D., Aff.M.ASCE, Associate Professor, New Mexico State

Sunday, April 25

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Modernization of the National Spatial Reference System: Keeping Pace with Changes in Positioning Technology and User Expectations in a Dynamic World

During the next several years enhancements and additions to the network of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) including: the U.S. NAVSTAR Global Positioning System, Russian GLONASS, European Union GALILEO and China's BeiDou will significantly improve the use of space-based positioning systems for surveying, mapping, charting, navigation and innumerable other applications. In order to meet the anticipated demands for an improved geospatial framework that these developments will require, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is implementing a plan for the modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). Among the various topics outlined in this plan is the adoption of an entirely new geodetic reference frame with updated geometric (horizontal) and gravimetric (vertical) realizations that will replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83), the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) and the several island vertical datums. The new framework will be aligned with the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF), while orthometric heights will be based exclusively on a nation-wide high accuracy gravimetric geoid model. This presentation highlights the rational for these changes; the various elements that currently define the NSRS and some of activities NGS is engaged in to improve the capacity of and access to the NSRS.

Presenter: Dave Doyle, Base 9 Geodetic Consulting Services, NGS Chief Geodetic Surveyor (Retired)

Additional Ticket Purchase Required

  • Registration Fee: $150 each or $225 am / pm package
  • Student Registration Fee: $25 each or $40 am / pm package

Sunday, April 25

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) Exam Review

This workshop will provide a Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) Exam Review and will be presented considering an audience largely consisting of individuals preparing to sit for the FS Exam. The intent of the workshop will be to identify and revisit various land surveying topics that would likely be included within a typical FS Exam. Reference will be made to the most current Exam Specifications from NCEES.

Presenter: Anthony Gregory, P.S., Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering Technology, Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, IN

Additional Ticket Purchase Required

  • Registration Fee: $150 each or $225 am / pm package
  • Student Registration Fee: $25 each or $40 am / pm package

Sunday, April 25

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Ground Truth For the Future: Low Distortion Projections and the State Plane Coordinate System of 2022

Map projection linear distortion is the difference between true horizontal “ground” distance and its projected representation, also called the “grid versus ground” problem. The main focus of this workshop is to provide detailed instructions on optimal design of low distortion projections (LDPs), including a comprehensive design handout. The workshop also covers map projection concepts, gives an overview of the State Plane Coordinate System of 2022 (SPCS2022) project, shows how LDP layers are supported in SPCS2022 and the progress being made by various states in designing their own LDP zone layers for SPCS2022.

Presenter: Michael Dennis, Ph.D., P.E., R.L.S, M.ASCE, Geodesist and SPCS2022 Project Manager, NOAA/NOS/National Geodetic Survey

Additional Ticket Purchase Required

  • Registration Fee: $150 each or $225 am / pm package
  • Student Registration Fee: $25 each or $40 am / pm package

Sunday, April 25

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Introduction to Mobile LiDAR

The use of mobile LiDAR is quickly becoming the industry norm to solve challenging engineering problems. This technology is being deployed in transmission and distribution systems of electrical and communication networks for engineering redesign and make ready engineering in popular programs such as PLS-CADD, O-Calc and SPIDAcalc. This seminar will give insight into the technology and examples on how these challenges are being met.

Presenter: Ryan C. Swingley, P.S., P.L.S., Geospatial Manager, ESP Associates, P.A.

Additional Ticket Purchase Required

  • Registration Fee: $150 each or $225 am / pm package
  • Student Registration Fee: $25 each or $40 am / pm package

Sunday, April 25

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam Review

This workshop will review selected topics found on the Civil FE exam. The topics covered will be Statics, Mechanics of materials, Structural Analysis, Construction Materials and Surveying. The workshop is directed at junior/senior civil engineering students needing a basic review to prep for the exam.

Presenter: Thomas Burns, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Civil Engineering Technologies, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Additional Ticket Purchase Required

  • Registration Fee: $150 each or $225 am / pm package
  • Student Registration Fee: $25 each or $40 am / pm package

Sunday, April 25

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

New Ways of Analyzing, Designing, and Comparing Low-Distortion Projections

The workshop presents new methods of conceptualizing, analyzing, designing and comparing low-distortion projections. The framework focuses on the notion of an elevated reference surface, which is the conceptual surface upon which the LDP exists. Based on the elevated reference surface, we establish a theory that allows for the creation of entirely new LDPs, ones whose coordinates reside on the elevated reference surface and not on the reference ellipsoid. The theory also allows for the analysis of LDPs, including their conformality (or lack thereof), their design, and performance. Our workshop will present example LDPs with which to compare and contrast.

Presenter: Thomas Meyer, Ph.D., F.AAGS, Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Connecticut

Additional Ticket Purchase Required

  • Registration Fee: $150 each or $225 am / pm package
  • Student Registration Fee: $25 each or $40 am / pm package

Sunday, April 25

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Interactive Virtual Environment for Learning Surveying

This workshop is prepared to review the basics of construction surveying using an Interactive Virtual Environment. Successful Surveying practice requires preparation in mathematics, geometry and trigonometry, proper handling of surveying instruments, and corrections of measurements for weather conditions. Successful preparation requires extensive one-on-one training and performing the surveying measurements correctly when performing within a team. In this workshop the users will get the chance to practice the surveying skills in the settings of an interactive Virtual Environment and receive immediate feedback as well as assessment of performance.

Presenter: H. Nicholas Dib, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Knoy Hall of Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Additional Ticket Purchase Required

  • Registration Fee: $150 each or $225 am / pm package
  • Student Registration Fee: $25 each or $40 am / pm package

Sunday, April 25

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Hydrographic Surveying

This session will be an introduction to hydrographic (aka bathymetric) surveying technologies and techniques, targeted at individuals who already possess a basic understanding of current spatial positioning technologies. Information on the various types of sonar used for measurement of underwater topography, including single-beam, multi-beam, and side-scan sonar will be presented. Data collection from various platforms, such as underwater tripods/mounts and moving vessels (both manned and unmanned) will be covered. We will also discuss the various instruments used for accurately positioning such vessels, including dual-antenna GNSS/GPS heading systems, motion correction sensors (IMU/HPR), and conventional total station with prism(s). Methods for calibration of sensors will be presented, along with the various commercial software options for collection and processing of data.

Presenter: Jeff Jalbrzikowski, P.S., G.I.S.P., C.F.S., Appalachian Regional Advisor, NOAA National Geodetic Survey

Additional Ticket Purchase Required

  • Registration Fee: $150 each or $225 am / pm package
  • Student Registration Fee: $25 each or $40 am / pm package
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