December Seminar 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017
Capitol Plaza Hotel • Montpelier, Vermont

This year, based on feedback from our members, we will have a seminar format rather than our traditional round tables. Next year, we will return to the round table format and alternate thereafter.

*6.0 Professional Development Hours
Approved in Vermont and New York


Program Agenda

7:00-8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:45 a.m.
Overview of the Vermont Lidar Program
Presenter: Mike Brouillette, Vermont Center for Geographic Information

8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
How to Access Lidar Data and Derivatives
Presenter: Leslie Pelch, VCGI

9:30 a.m. - noon
How to Use Vermont Lidar Data and Derivatives
Presenter: Thadd Eldredge, Eldredge Surveying & Engineering

noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and VSLS Business Meeting

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Vermont Title Issues
Moderator: Doug Henson, L.S.


  • Mark Schittinas, State Manager & Counsel, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company
  • Robert Rushford, Gravel & Shea, Attorneys at Law
  • Jonathan Wiedman, Connecticut Valley Title Services, Inc.
  • Liam Murphy, Murphy Sullivan Kronk

3:30 p.m.
Final Announcements


Seminar Descriptions

Overview of the Vermont Lidar Program

  • Brief History
  • Specifications
  • Derivative Data Products
  • Future Data Collection

How to Access Lidar Data and Derivatives

  • View on Map Viewers
  • Find at Open Geodata Portal
  • Download Data
  • Connect via Services
  • Quick Demo of what you can do with services

How to Use Vermont Lidar Data and Derivatives

Before the event, we will provide a link to download a trial of Global Mapper, so attendees can tap along while Thadd Eldredge runs through some routines. There will also be a number of links for other Lidar packages that will help to use the point clouds available from the State.

    • Point Cloud 101 - what the heck is this mass of points?
    • Visualization - look at the data in a few ways that makes more sense than a mass of points.
    • Classification - figure out a few things based on mathematical analysis of the data.
    • Surface modeling - make a solid, visual representation of the ground or of any surface desired.
    • Surface analysis - find walls, roads, ditches, paths and other surface fluctuations within the surface model
    • Surface modeling II - get over the TIN and use the BIN.
    • Contouring - sure, you can use the contours available from the state...  or you can make your own.
    • Vectorization - the extraction of various features is easy and when appropriately used can reduce field time.
    • Videos - nothing makes a presentation pop like a video.
    • DataExtraction - an almost secret autoCAD function that enables one to turn drawing objects into point clouds.

Panel Discussion: Title Insurance Issues in Vermont

The panel will be discussing the changes in the “Minimum Standard Detail Requirements For ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys.” The panelists will be given a set of bullet points to discuss, and then the floor will open up for questions.

Our Presenters

Mike Brouillette, Senior Project Manager
Vermont Center for Geographic Information
Mike received his B.S. in Resource Management from the University of New Hampshire with a minor in Environmental Conservation (1987). In 1992 he began his GIS career at the Windham Regional Planning Commission in his family’s hometown of Brattleboro, VT. This led to a position at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab in Hanover, NH. While there, he employed both GPS and GIS technology on an EPA superfund site on the Ft. Richardson Military base outside of Anchorage, AK. Moving to Montpelier in 1995 with a position at Stone Environmental Inc., he gained valuable private sector experience in utilizing GIS for a number of environmental applications. In early 2001 Mike came to the Vermont Center for Geographic Information to assist in their mission of developing high quality data for the Vermont GIS user community.

Leslie Pelch, Outreach Coordinator
Vermont Center for Geographic Information
Leslie joined VCGI in January of 1997 to help create the VT Spatial Data Partnership.  That work gradually evolved into performing the functions of an Outreach Coordinator, and in June of 1998, she was officially designated a permanent employee in that capacity. Leslie coordinates professional development events, social media, and the VCGI website content. She also teaches a very introductory GIS course during the summer, does presentations about VCGI at numerous events throughout the year, answers lots of questions about GIS and VCGI, and staffs the VCGI booth at conferences. She is currently serving on the board of the Northeast Arc Users Group (NEARC).

Before joining VCGI, Leslie attended graduate school (in Morrill Hall, back when VCGI was there too!), served coffee and pastries at Mirabelles cafe, worked as farm assistant at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, VT, and was a residential counselor at a group home for mentally ill adults.

Leslie has a B.A. in Biology from Williams College, and an M.A. in Community Development and Applied Economics from UVM.  When she isn't posting announcements and organizing meetings she eats local food, knits, reads, and plays with daughter Willa while husband Peter tries to finish building their dream home in the Green Mountains.

J. Thaddeus Eldredge, PLS, CFM
Eldredge Surveying and Engineering LLC
Thadd Eldredge is a professional land surveyor with over ten- (10) years of experience in the practice of land surveying and engineering. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from Colby College in 1997. Mr. Eldredge was licensed to practice land surveying in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on October 28, 2005. He is a partner at Eldredge Surveying & Engineering, LLC, a small-size surveying and engineering firm located in Chatham.

Mr. Eldredge provides advice and his professional expertise to his clients in surveying and land development matters. He is responsible for the permitting of residential and commercial projects and has extensive experience with local bylaws, regulations and state statutes that affect the development of land. He is experienced with presenting projects before local boards and commissions.

Jonathan Weidman
Connecticut Valley Title Services, Inc.
Law Offices of Jonathan D. Weidman, PC
Attorney Jonathan D. Weidman has been practicing law for over thirty years. His practice concentrates on real estate matters and foreclosure. Attorney Weidman provides foreclosure services for lenders and helps assist them throughout the process. He is also skilled in loan workouts, loan modifications and short sales.

He is familiar with all State and Federal regulations and can provide valuable loss mitigation assistance to Lenders who have distressed loans. Attorney Weidman also practices in the area of commercial lending transactions.

Robert H. Rushford
Gravel & Shea Attorneys at Law
Bob Rushford was admitted to the Vermont bar in 1988. After serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Albert W. Coffrin, U.S. District Court Judge, District of Vermont, from 1988-1989, he practiced in a general practice firm which had a strong concentration in real estate and land use development law. He joined Gravel & Shea in 1996 and became a partner in 2000. At Gravel & Shea, Bob’s practice focuses on real estate and land use development, providing a full range of real estate services including title work, commercial property purchases, sales and leasing, subdivision and planned unit project development and permitting, and residential purchases and sales.

Liam Murphy
Murphy Sullivan Kronk
Liam maintains a broad practice grounded in all types of real estate matters. Liam’s litigation practice focuses on property law, including disputes involving title and boundary issues, easements, adverse possession and prescriptive easements; public and private road issues; title insurance claims; land use, zoning and Act 250; construction, condemnation and tax appeals. In the course of his practice, Liam has represented landowners, developers, municipalities and neighborhood groups in matters before the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, the Vermont Supreme Court (16 reported cases), Vermont Superior Courts, the Vermont Environmental Court, the Vermont Environmental Board, the Water Resources Board, multiple Act 250 District Environmental Commissions, and various municipal zoning and planning boards.

Liam’s transactional practice focuses on representing property owners and developers to establish and manage their operating entities, to acquire, finance, permit, manage, lease and/or sell (including “1031 exchanges”) a wide variety of commercial, residential, hotel, recreational, office and shopping center properties, and to establish condominiums and common interest communities.

Mark Schittina
State Manager and Counsel
Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company
Mark graduated from the University of Vermont in 1976 and received his J.D. from Emory University in 1979.

Registration is Now Closed

Education credits are pre-approved in Vermont and N.Y.