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Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors


Course Descriptions


Starting and Operating a Survey Business
Thursday, 8:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Presenter – William Beardslee, PE, PLS, PP

Starting a new firm is a daunting task, particularly in surveying with large equipment costs at the forefront. This course addresses the vision of the startup, creating a business plan to apply the vision, and staffing to carry the vision to the consumer.

Overview of Carlson Survey – From Field (to Finish) to Plotted Sheet

Thursday, 8:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Presenter – Jennifer DiBona, PLS

This 4-hour presentation will start with an introduction to Carlson Software’s project and point management systems. We will develop a Field to Finish file from scratch and learn the various methods available for collecting field data in order to reduce much of your dot-connecting in the office.

The remainder of the class will cover various aspects of putting together your plotted sheets including deed entry and correlation, labels, legends and title blocks.

Thursday, 8:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Presenter – Cliff Planck
11 PDH



Survey Cost Analysis

Thursday, 1:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Presenter – William Beardslee, PE, PLS, PP

To introduce the professional to the variables in formulating, and conveying the fee for a land survey, including assessing the needs of clients to meet statutory and agency requirements. A participant favorite – class must be limited to 60 for team projects.

Ethics, Code of Conduct, & Standards of Practice
Tuesday, 1:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Presenter – Nick Jerdon, PLS

Focus on the Standards of Practice – KRS & KAR, our responsibility to protect the public; KRS Chapter 322 – definitions, exceptions, licensure requirements, investigation/complaints, makeup of the board & qualifications; code of Professional Practice and Conduct – definitions, conflict of interest, records retention, qualifications/competence, direct supervision; Standards of Practice – history of the Standards, most common Standards of Practice deficiencies, definitions, classifications for surveys, measurement specifications, monumentation, Section 13 non-boundary survey work; Q&A

Thursday, 8:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Presenter – Cliff Planck
11 PDH



Friday, 8:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Presenter – Chris Wisher

A systematic

Board of Licensure Discussion Panel
Friday, 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM 

Questions and answer panel with various members and staff of the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Processing Services for the Practicing Land Surveyor
Friday, 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Presenter - Jeff Clarck, PLS

While acquiring raw GPS/GNSS observables will provide an autonomous position, the Practicing Land Surveyor, for most survey work will need post-processed deliverables.

For years transformation of these raw observables required specialized knowledge of post-processing software. The progression of GNSS technology along with wireless technology, has enabled post-processing realization using National or Statewide cooperative reference stations, providing real time corrections.

There are still situations where gaps in communication technology require us to refer to some software platform, but along with the advances mentioned above, processing services have evolved.

In this class we will evaluate easily accessible software services, for example, OPUS and RTX. Where should this be used? How do we interpret the results? Who or what agency is behind this service? Will these services accept my submittal?

Friday, 8:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Presenter – Cliff Planck
11 PDH


The New NSRS 2022 Land Survey Coordinate Systems
Friday, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM 
Presenter – Ben Shinabery, PLS


For almost 100 years land surveyors have been referencing their geodetic measurements to either the NAD 27 or NAD 83 Kentucky State Plane Coordinate Systems. These reference frames project the 3D reality of geo-spatial Kentucky onto 2D geometric planes. Think of it as peeling an orange and flattening the peel to a flat 2D map of the orange’s surface. You will always have some distortion. Let’s consider also watching old re-runs on a black and white TV, then progressing to color sit-coms in the 80’s and 90’s. Now, with new UHD 4K, we can watch the sweat drops fall off players as they stand at the free throw line. I know everyone appreciates the high-resolution changes to many of the technologies we use every day. It is time to update our state plane coordinate systems into the 21st century with new Low Distortion NSRS 2022 coordinates. Yes, high-resolution and low distortion has come to the land survey profession. During this informative session you will learn about an overview of the previous state plane coordinate systems, what levels of distortion previous systems create and the proposed changes in the NSRS 2022 Kentucky update. We will talk through questions like: How many coordinate systems will Kentucky have? What grid numbers will these systems be on? What kind of distortion should we expect? ... and many more.


Client Communications - The Lifeblood of Business
Friday, 1:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Presenter – William Beardslee, PE, PLS, PP

 From the initial pre-proposal meeting to as-built completion, no technical skill or knowledge is as important to sustaining business as the communication between the professional and the client.

Programmatic Approach to Evaluating LiDar Based Point Cloud Accuracy
Friday, 1:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Presenter – Jeremy Sandifer

Drone based aerial LiDAR is a valuable resource for characterizing environments dedicated to the production and conservation of agricultural and natural land areas throughout the state. Kentucky State University recognizes the need for requisite skills and experience for aspiring drone pilots and geospatial processing and offers training and programming designed to fill the gap.

This workshop will explore the use of R (free and open source programming language) and the lidR package for generating standard geospatial products, such as digital terrain and canopy height models from Lidar data. We will explore point clouds collected by the DJI M300 + Zenmuse L1 and the Quantum Systems Trinity F90 + Qube 240. We will visualize the accuracy of individual points for representing features in the data and look at how factors like scan angle and time since calibration can affect vertical and horizontal error in geospatial products.

The overall goal of the workshop is to equip interested learners with the ability to compare lidar datasets collected by various platforms and sensors and to evaluate claims of accuracy and precision. Workshop is appropriate for all learner levels, regardless of programming experience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Visualize and process lidar data using R + lidR
  • Identify key differences between points clouds of various platforms
  • Evaluate point elevation accuracies by scan angle and calibration time
  • Validate products against GPS measurements.

Required software:

  • R Link.
  • R Studio Link.
  • Arc Pro or QGIS (optional)

Suggested readings:

  • The lidR package: A book. Link.
  • lidR workshop: A tutorial. Link.

Surface Modeling in Carlson Software
Friday, 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM
Presenter – Jennifer Dibona

This 2-hour presentation will cover basic and advanced surface modeling techniques in Carlson Software. We will spend some time demonstrating the pros and cons of surface modeling with different data including points, breaklines and contours. We will also cover some trickier modeling scenarios such as multi-level building pads and retaining walls.

Job Tracking with Google MY Maps and Google Earth
Friday, 3:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Presenter – Jonathan Payne, PLS

This is a 2-hour introductory course into how to create points, lines, and polygons in Google Maps or Google Earth and associate links or images with these placeholders. KML/KMZ files will be discussed; including general layout/terminology and how to export these file types from commonly used drafting programs. In addition, a practical demonstration of how to access the data from a smartphone, while in the field, will be presented.


Kentucky association of professional surveyors

Phone: (502) 695-2349

PO Box 436451
Louisville, KY  40253

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