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Monday, January 24, 2022
8:30 am – 3:30 pm CST (incl. a 30-min break)


Agenda                                                                                                                  J. Jalbrzikowski  
NGS Modernization of the NSRS: Overview of the Datum Changes
Why modernize and what modernization means
Terrestrial reference frames to replace NAD 83
Geopotential aka vertical datum changes
Types of coordinates in the modernized NSRS

2021 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Update                                                G. Kent
Purpose and development of ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey
• Elements of ALTA/NSPS land title survey
Ordering the survey
Surveying standards and standards of care
• Effective date
• Measurement standards
Records research
• Lines of possession and improvements along boundaries
• Easements and utilities
Preparation of the plat/map of ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey
• Easements, servitudes, rights-of-way, access, documents
Table A: Preface
• Items 6, 11, 18, 19, 20

Land Surveying and Geographic Information Systems                              R. Olsen
Definitions and distinctions: Surveying and GIS
Licensing and certifications in GIS and surveying
Utilizing GIS for survey project planning
Surveying control for ground truth in GIS
Geographic coordinate data base (GCDB): Its uses in GIS and surveying

Surveying On or Near Public Lands                                                                     R. Olsen
The colonial system and the Public Land Survey System (PLSS): A brief history
The 2009 Manual of Surveying Instructions
• Differences with prior instructions
Certified federal surveyor (CFedS): Requirements and duties
County surveyors, state surveyors, and surveyor commissions
Surveys that disclose vacancies or other unsurveyed land


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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs
(does not qualify for NY engineering credit)

Land Surveyors:
6.0 PDHs
6.0 Florida CE Credits
(MO, TN Pending Approval; NY, NJ, RI, DE – No Credit Offered)


Continuing Education Credit Information

Current Issues for Land Surveyors
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers and land surveyors in most states. Land surveyor course approval is currently pending in Missouri and Tennessee. HalfMoon Education is not seeking approval for land surveyors licensed in Delaware, New Jersey, New York or Rhode Island, or for engineers licensed in New York.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130).

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has assigned this course number 10213 for Florida surveyors.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for land surveyors licensed in Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland and North Carolina (S-0130).


Jeff Jalbrzikowski P.S. GISP CFS

 Appalachian Regional Advisor, National Geodetic Survey
Mr. Jalbrzikowski began his geospatial career when he enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2001 as a Field Artillery Surveyor, assigned to provide conventional and IMU-based survey control for emplacement and targeting. He’s had stints with a land development firm performing construction and boundary/ALTA surveys, as a cadastral surveyor with the Bureau of Land Management (Oregon State Office), and as a GIS technician with multiple employers. Mr. Jalbrzikowski spent nine years in a land surveyor role at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District. Throughout his varied career he has been involved in a wide assortment of field and office functions, including structural deformation monitoring, geodetic control surveys around the globe, boundary/ cadastral retracement, terrestrial lidar scanning, parcel and utility network digitization into GIS databases, single- and multi-beam hydrographic surveys, aerial lidar data processing, local/legacy datum resolution, as well as contract selection, negotiation, and administration for an even wider variety of geospatial projects. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Surveying and Mapping from the University of Akron, Ohio. His role as a Regional Advisor is to assist the public in utilizing the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS), and any other products and services that NGS provides.

Gary Kent

Gary Kent is in his 39th year with Schneider Geomatics in Indianapolis – having transitioned to part-time status in 2020. He also provides training, consulting and expert witness services as manager and owner of Meridian Land Consulting, LLC. He has served as chair of the Joint ALTA/NSPS Committee responsible for the ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey standards since 1995. He has also served on the Indiana State Board of Registration for Professional Surveyors since 2004 and is a past president of both ACSM and the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors. Mr. Kent has presented programs on boundary law, easements and rights of way, surveying standards and practice, and leadership in all 50 states.

Russell W. Olsen

Engineering Design Source, Inc.
Mr. Olsen is a Senior Professional Land Surveyor with Engineering Design Source, Inc., a Civil Engineering and Surveying Firm which is based in Chesterfield, Missouri. Mr. Olsen has more than 30 years’ experience as a professional land surveyor, beginning in the Chicago metropolitan area. He is currently licensed as a land surveyor in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Texas. He has worked on various projects including commercial, residential, transportation, institutional and municipal projects. Mr. Olsen has a thorough understanding of the principles, practices and procedures for the completion of ALTA surveys, topographic surveys, boundary surveys, legal descriptions and plats of easement. He has completed numerous Illinois Department of Transportation land acquisition and topographic surveys, DuPage County Transportation Department and Cook County Highway Department Plats of Highway, and various other ALTA surveys, plats of easement and legal descriptions. Mr. Olsen has held positions as chief of survey, project manager, land survey manager and GIS project manager throughout his career. These positions have provided him with the varying experiences of construction layout, topographic surveying, boundary verification and land conveyance practices. His responsibilities have also changed depending on the specific projects and client needs.
Mr. Olsen is currently enrolled in the University of Maine Graduate School in the Surveying Engineering Technology Program. He has a BA in Mathematical Sciences. Mr. Olsen has presented seminars and webinars previously with HalfMoon Education on topics including Law and Ethics of Illinois Land Surveying; Locating Land Boundaries on Paper (and on the Ground); Complying with Minimum Standards of Practice; Handling Ethical Issues in Land Surveying Practice; Complying with the Illinois Plat Act; Complying with National Society of Professional Surveyors Creed and Canons