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10 February 2016, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.
On the 10th of February 2016 the 2nd FIG Young Surveyors North
American Meeting (FIG YSNAM) took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.
Young Surveyors from the region were invited to join this event.
The meeting was hosted by and held in conjunction with the Minnesota
Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS) Annual Conference.
The theme of the meeting was ‘The Future of Surveying… YOU!!!’. Key
industry leaders were asked to inspire the participants about the future
ahead of them. Also the participants learned more about FIG, FIG Young
Surveyors Network and NSPS Young Surveyors.
The event attracted 60 participants from 6 countries and 23 different
states of the USA. For many participants it was their first young
surveyor event. In this report the different organizations related to
the Young Surveyors are summarized and the results of the meeting are
FIG - The International Federation of Surveyors
FIG is the International Federation of Surveyors (Fédération
Internationale des Géomètres). It is an international, UN-recognized
non-governmental organization (NGO) whose purpose is to support
international collaboration for the progress of surveying in all fields
and applications. It provides an international forum for discussion and
development aiming to promote professional practice and standards. FIG
was founded in 1878 in Paris and was known as the Fédération
Internationale des Géomètres. This has become anglicized to the
International Federation of Surveyors. FIG representing surveyors in
more than 120 countries throughout the world, and its aim is to ensure
that the disciplines of surveying and all who practice them meet the
needs of the markets and communities that they serve.
FIG Young Surveyors Network (FIG YSN)
The FIG YSN is established under the umbrella of FIG to address the
interests of Young Surveyors worldwide. We are the next generation, the
surveyors of tomorrow, together with the FIG Council and its
Commissions, UN-Bodies, NGOs and businesses. Surveyors of Tomorrow - it
is we who are gonna make a difference in the world! With increasing
effects of climate change, increasing population growth and increasing
conflicts over the limited resource of land we are facing several
challenges - but, and this is the exciting part of it, we have the
tools, we have the technology and we have the knowledge.It is the era of
change and we can be that change.
In our Work Plan we elaborate how we inspire and empower the Young
Surveyors to be those agents of change. One of our goals is to organize
meetings like the FIG YSNAM and to bring YS from the region together to
discuss challenges and to get inspired.
NSPS Young Surveyors
The NSPS Young Surveyors Network was inspired by the FIG Young
Surveyors Network and focuses our effort and outreach to the Young
Surveyors within the United States and is associated with the NSPS, the
National Society of Professional Surveyors. The group started in
April 2014 and has been growing and working towards solidifying a
national network. Our focus has been organizing the group and
discussing our future plans. We are finally at a point to start to
work at a team for the future of our profession.
The Hidden Value of a Map: How to Supercharge Your Career and
Business with the Power of Accuracy - Ken Mooyman (President, Hexagon
Geosystems NAFTA - Platinum Sponsor)
As first keynote speaker of the day Mr Mooyman set the scene. He spoke
about the explosion of maps and geolocation that is taking place. And
how that requires professionals to be sure that these maps and geo
locations are accurate, complete, and fit for purpose. Ken Mooyman
explains: “Geospatial information use has grown to such an extent that
in many aspects of our life we can no longer function without it.
Through the exponential growth of technology the demand for accurate
geospatial information has become greater. This given fact provides
numerous opportunities for surveyors as is shown in several examples.”
Mr Mooyman believes that we are entering the Golden Age of surveying and
that we are the ambassadors that will lead the way.
The Surveyor and Technology: The Past, the Present, and the
Future - Bryn Fosburgh (Vice President, Trimble Navigation - Platinum
Mr. Fosburgh challenged the young surveyors to think outside the realm
of what they might consider surveying. There is a vast array of
spatial data out there that needs to be managed. Who better than
surveyors to fill those roles! Mr. Fosburgh cautioned the young
surveyors not to miss out on the next big technological advance in
surveying by not being prepared to embrace a technology not historically
considered surveying. The world is evolving and the amounts of
spatial data being collected is ever increasing. The possibilities
for surveyors to manage, use and interpret that data is endless.
Don’t become stuck in the past and unable to adapt.
Future of Making Things for Infrastructure - Terry Bennett
(Senior Industry Strategist, Autodesk)
Mr. Bennett provided some great insight into “creating a digital mirror
of the physical world.” The geospatial industry today is seeing
innovations that are disrupting not only the surveyor’s approach to each
project, but also the customer’s expectations of new technologies.
Managing disruption, redefining teams and work, optimizing designs and
real-time analytics, multidimensional printing and object programming,
are all movements that will redefine the future surveyor. The young
surveyor will need to leverage new technologies to select the “right
tool” to meet the customer’s needs and exposure to these innovative
accelerators elevate the prestige of the surveyor and increase the value
of the surveyor’s expertise. Lean forward.
Federal update BLM - Don Buhler (Chief Cadastral Surveyor,
Bureau of Land Management)
Mr Buhler spoke about the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) and how they
are still surveying new land in Alaska. He also spoke about why
some states were included in PLSS and why others were not. Take
Texas for instance. Texas was already mostly split up be earlier
settlers and there wasn't really enough land left to put it into the
PLSS. Don had a very interesting slideshow with links to BLM
website and he explained a little about what BLM does and where you can
find things on the website.
Federal update NGS - Geoff Bitner (Geodetic Surveyor,
Minnesota Dept of Transportation)
Mr Bitner spoke about the NGS website
http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/ and all the great tools that they have to
offer. One tool he emphasized on was the Online Positioning User
Service (OPUS). This tool is used when you need to solve a static
solution. If you need to establish a location and there is not any
control around you can create your own. He also told us how we can share
our solutions, by going to Share Solution on the OPUS menu, to help make
the information they have better. He showed us a map where there
are many states that have many federal points and there are some states
that have very few federal points. Even though your state has a
Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) system that does not
mean they are part of the federal system. Lastly he talked briefly about
replacing NAD 83 and NAVD 88 in 2022. The new datum that will be
released will make the entire globe more accurate from one place to
another and it will be easier and more cost-effective. Some places
may shift very little and other will shift a lot. The new system
will rely primarily on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).
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Update FIG YSN & Young Surveyors
During this session an overview was given of the work of the FIG
Young Surveyors Network. Paula Dijkstra provided background information
how the network was established, how the FIG YSN is organized and how
you can become an (active) member. Also the goals over the work plan
were shared with the participants.
Melissa Robert from Uruguay shared her experiences promoting FIG and
the FIG YSN in South America. In addition to working with young
surveyors in Uruguay she was keynote speaker in Argentina during the 5th
National Surveying Students Meeting with over 500 participants. She also
participated in and was a speaker at the X National Surveying Congress
in Colombia. In addition, she participated in the 27th International
Cartographic Conference in Brazil.
Amanda Askren, chair of the NSPS Young Surveyors Network, gave an
overview of the developments of the Young Surveyors Network in the USA
since the first FIG YSN Meeting in San Diego in 2014. In less than two
years time the network has grown quickly. 38 states are currently
represented in the network.
Also 4 other Young Surveyors were invited to share their work and
background with the participants:
Jordan Litke (Canada) shared his experiences about working as a
surveyor on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Thalia Nikolaidou
(Canada) explained the GPS Analysis and Positioning Software, GAPS.
Alvin Clarke (Jamaica) talked about the education and career of a
surveyor in Jamaica. And Peter Flint (Alaska, USA) informed us about the
challenges of being a surveyor in Alaska. The four presentations showed
how diverse a career as a surveyor can be.
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A panel composed of Terry Bennett - Autodesk, Inc; Don Buhler - USDI,
Bureau of Land Management; Bryn Fosburgh - Trimble Navigation; Steve
Frank - New Mexico State University; Lisa Hanni - National Council of
Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES); Jacob Heck - Young
Surveyor and PhD Student and Ohio State University; Ken Mooyman -
Hexagon Geosystems NAFTA; and Curt Sumner - National Society of
Professional Surveyors was assembled to field questions from the young
surveyors in attendance. The panel answered questions about the
future of surveying, upcoming changes in the education, licensing and
examinations for land surveyors, technology trends and ways for young
surveyors to remain relevant the field. The panel closed the
session by sharing their thoughts on how young surveyors can position
themselves for continued success in the surveying industry.
The participants of the 2nd FIG YSNAM were invited on behalf of MSPS
to join their annual dinner with their board and special guests at the
Horse and Hunt Club.
Connie Villari, president of MSPS welcomed the Young Surveyors
officially and reflected on the long but fruitful day. Paula Dijkstra
thanked Connie and MSPS for the support and hospitality. After that
there was time for drinks & dinner. It was a great opportunity to get to
know each other, extend the network, make new friends and to have fun.
NSPS YS Session
NSPS held a separate meeting on the following day to discuss the
challenges and direction for our network. The meeting was well
attended and we also recorded the meeting by a webinar, which will be
available on the www.nsps.us.com on
the Young Surveyors website when posted. The meeting discussed the
final organization needed for the group and also discussed the tasks
assigned at the last NSPS meeting in October. Based on discussion,
we hope to hold annual meetings to continue our work and meet again with
our like-minded enthusiastic friends. This Network is to support
our future surveyors and we welcome and look forward to those that will
make a difference for the future.
We appreciate the support that we have received from MSPS as generous
host of this meeting and making it possible for all Young Surveyors to
participate in their annual meeting.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Platinum
Sponsors Trimble Navigation and Hexagon Geosystems and the support of
the FIG Foundation. Together with the invited speakers and guests, Terry
Bennett, Geoff Bitner, Don Buhler, Tony Cavell, Bryn Fosburgh, Steve
Frank, Lisa Hanni, Ken Mooyman, Michael Paré and Curt Sumner you have
inspired us to become the surveyors of tomorrow.
Also we would like to thank the Organizing Team, without their hard
work this meeting wouldn’t have been possible: Marcus Hampton (MSPS),
Adam Schleicher (NSPS, Wisconsin YS), Eva-Maria Unger (FIG YSN), Paula
Dijkstra (FIG YSN). And a special thanks to the support and mentorship
of Connie Villari (President, MSPS) and John Hohol (President, FIG
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