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Wednesday, May 31, 2023 
9:00 am – 4:30 pm CDT 


Illinois Land Surveyor Firm Law and Regulation
Presented by W. Matthew Bryant 

  • Types of business organizations 
  • Land surveying firm registration requirements                     
  • Supervision of non-registered personnel 
  • Practice with, and supervision of, non-surveyors 
  • Business and contract considerations in land surveying 


Complying with Illinois Survey Standards
Presented by Russell W. Olsen PLS  

  • Precision and accuracy Boundary construction 
  • Monumentation Certification 
  • Drawings and reports Subdivision plats 
  • Written descriptions 


Complying with Illinois Code of Ethics for Engineers and Surveyors
Presented by Russell W. Olsen PLS  

  • Offer to perform services Conflicts of interest 
  • Representations Unauthorized practice 
  • Adherence to statutes and codes Professional conduct 


Exploring Real Life Ethical Issues for Land Surveyors: Ethics Issues on a Hypothetical Boundary Dispute 
Presented by Russell W. Olsen PLS  

  • Professionalism: what services can be offered? 
  • Who can services be offered to? 
  • What representations can be made? 
  • Who can/should perform the work? 
  • What can/should your involvement be in a developing dispute?  


Preserving Illinois Cultural and Historic Resources
Presented by Richard F. Friedman                                    

  • Understanding the impact of preservation laws on private property and public projects 
    • National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and other federal laws 
    • Illinois cultural and historic preservation laws 
  • Federal and Illinois financial incentives available to owners of cultural property 
  • Preservation covenants and easements 
  • Working with citizen and government groups 
  • Preservation strategies 


Identifying, Classifying and Locating Easements 
Presented by Brian J. Fischer, PLS 

  • What is and is not an easement 
  • Creating easements: easements by necessity, easements by use, written easements 
  • Identifying critical distinctions between easements in gross, easements appurtenant and prescriptive easements 
  • Maintaining easements  
  • Knowing when and how to terminate easements 
  • Obstructing use of easements and determining remedies 



Webinar Instructions
All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Credits for Land Surveyors:
6.5 PDHs
4.0 PDHs in State of IL (Statutes and Rules)
2.0 PDHs in the Area of Professional Conduct


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and offers up to 6.5 PDHs for professional land surveyors licensed in Illinois. This webinar is designed to include 4.0 PDHs in the area of State of Illinois statutes and rules that regulate professional land surveyors and 2.0 PDHs in the area of professional conduct. 

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 


W. Matthew Bryant

Counsel with Saul, Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr, LLP

W. Matthew Bryant focuses his practice on construction law. He writes and negotiates construction contracts for private and public projects, representing participants including owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, and subcontractors. Mr. Bryant resolves construction project performance and payment disputes, including surety bond claims and mechanics lien claims. He also represents owners and contractors in litigation matters including defense and prosecution of breach of contract, warranty, and construction defect claims. Mr. Bryant has defended design professionals against claims of professional negligence. He has written and spoken on many construction-related topics, including contract negotiation, public construction, and licensure of construction professionals. Among other organizations, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law Division 7 for Insurance, Surety, and Liens.

Brian Fischer, PLS

Director of Surveying at THD Design Group, Inc.

Brian Fischer has over 30 years of experience in the survey field, preforming a variety of survey types for residential, municipal, commercial, industrial and government agency clients. He has experience in survey instrumentation and computer aided drafting (CAD) programs, as well as office and survey programs such as Trimble Office, Carlson and Civil 3D. Management experience includes overseeing drafting and field crews, as well as a branch office for an Oil and Gas services firm in southeast Texas. A former adjunct faculty member for the Engineering Department at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, he holds Professional Land Surveyors licenses in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi and Texas.

Richard F. Friedman

Managing Member at Neal & Leroy, LLC

Richard F. Friedman is experienced in municipal law, real estate law, public finance, litigation, eminent domain, historic preservation, employment law and appellate practice. Mr. Friedman is a managing member and has been affiliated with Neal & Leroy, LLC since 1983. Prior to joining Neal & Leroy, LLC, Mr. Friedman was a member of the City of Chicago Law Department’s Appeals and Review and Finance Divisions. Mr. Friedman represents clients in appeals at all state and federal levels. Mr. Friedman was awarded a diversity and inclusion grant for his teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. Friedman was named a 2019 Leading Lawyer in Land Use, Zoning, and Condemnation Law.

Russell W. Olsen, PLS, PS, RPLS

Engineering Design Source, Inc.

Mr. Olsen is a Senior Professional Land Surveyor with Engineering Design Source, Inc., a Civil Engineering and Surveying Firm based in Chesterfield, Missouri. He has more than 30 years’ experience as a professional land surveyor, beginning in the Chicago metropolitan area. Mr. Olsen is currently licensed as a land surveyor in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Texas. He has been fortunate to have worked on numerous Highway Department/Department of Transportation horizontal and vertical control surveys, land acquisition and topographic surveys, County Transportation Department Plats of Highway, and Municipal Highway Department surveys. Mr. Olsen has also worked on many commercial and residential developments throughout northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana. He is currently enrolled in the University of Maine Graduate School in the Eng. D. (Doctor of Engineering) Engineering Technology/Surveying Engineering Program. Mr. Olsen has an MS in Engineering Technology/Surveying Engineering from the University of Maine and a BA in Mathematical Sciences. He 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.

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