Fall Conference 2018

Friday, September 14, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn, Lebanon, New Hampshire

8 Professional Development Hours
Registration Fee ($25 late fee after Sept. 4)

$175.00 |  Member-in-good-standing of VSLS or kindred association

$131.25  |  Life Member

$148.75 |  Non-member technical staff attending with member

$148.75 |  Three or more from same firm (one must be member)

$250.00 | Non-member

Program Schedule
7:15 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Scanning Presentation with Michael Carter, Director of 3D Mapping, Doucet Survey, Inc.

11:00 a.m.

Discussion of Possible Changes to Vermont Board Rules

12:00 p.m.

Lunch and Business Meeting

1:00 p.m.

Highway Case Studies

  • U.S. Route 7: Ryan Cloutier, L.S., Geomatics Director at VHB
  • Wallace Road, Hartford, Vt.: Joe Flynn, L.S., Land Survey Manager at O'Leary-Burke Civil Associates
5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

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Hotel Info

The discounted room rate for conference attendees is $159 plus taxes. To make a reservation, call 603-448-3300 and mention the VSLS Conference.

Street Address

Hilton Garden Inn
35 Labombard Road
Lebanon, New Hampshire

Conference Presentations
3D Laser Scanning and Applications in Land Surveying, Michael Carter, L.L.S.

This 3D Laser Scanning presentation is intended to give surveyors a solid working familiarity with terrestrial 3D laser scanning and its many applications in land surveying.  The presentation will illustrate 3D laser scan data from a variety of recent topographic, boundary, and construction surveys to help surveyors understand how and why this technology is being utilized in those areas (so people see the capabilities and limitations of the technology).   We will explore several specific examples of how the 3D laser scan point cloud data is used to create deliverables for clients.  These examples of deliverables will include the point cloud itself, coordinates in a spreadsheet form, 2D or 3D drawings, Revit models, and Leica TruView files.  The presentation will then involve a discussion of the costs and cost effectiveness of 3D laser scanning for various projects to help surveyors analyze when and whether it will be a good fit for their operations.  Finally, there will be a discussion of recent and emerging trends in the industry related to 3D laser scanning.

Possible Changes to Vermont Board Rules

VSLS President Mark Day will facilitate a discussion about whether changes are needed in the rules governing the profession of land surveying in Vermont.

Case Study: U.S. Route 7, Ryan Cloutier, L.S.
U.S. Route 7 reconstruction has been an ongoing project for VTrans for the past couple of decades, starting in Rutland and extending north to Burlington. In anticipation of the reconstruction projects, VTrans performed several surveys of U.S. 7 in accordance to 19 V.S.A ss.32-34. VTrans was subsequently involved in two separate court cases challenging the state's location of the historic right of way and consequently the width. The first court case (147 Vt. 578) took place in 1987 and was for a portion of U.S. 7 in New Haven. The second court case took place in 2015 and was for a portion of U.S. 7 in Pittsford and Brandon. Each case involved the same defendant and same plaintiffs’ attorney, but the cases had very different outcomes. This talk will explore the specifics of each case and try and give some insight as to why the outcomes were different.
Case Study: Wallace Road, Hartford, Vermont, Joe Flynn, L.S.

A town-commissioned land survey has yielded some answers in a neighborhood dispute on Wallace Road, but it has also raised new questions. The project involved many aspects that plague town Right of Ways. Recovering actual road layout descriptions, and discontinuances, rights  created by Dedication and Acceptance through town maintenance and public use and the wants and needs of abutting land owners. The case study will incorporate the processes and techniques used in assembling the record documents, the field survey, the evaluation of the physical evidence with the record documents, the criteria that created the conclusions, the public and municipalities opinions on the outcome and where the survey actually stands an this time.

Our Speakers
Michael Carter, LLS

Michael Carter is Doucet Survey Inc.’s Director of 3D Mapping.  While Michael continues to be involved with traditional boundary, topographic, and construction layout surveys, his primary focus for the last 7 has been on 3D laser scanning surveys.  He has performed a wide range of work in this area, including scans of neighborhood streetscapes, highways, bridges, tunnels, rail corridors, airports, complete interior & exterior scans of large buildings, LNG and other fuel processing facilities, rock faces, mine shafts, electrical utility structures, boats, and a host of other geometrically complex structures.  Michael really enjoys this work and continues to be excited about the possibilities it opens up to provide amazing materials for clients to benefit from.  Michael lives in Milford, NH with his wife Erin and their two children Keegan & Catriona.

Ryan Cloutier, LS

Ryan Cloutier is the Geomatics Director in VHB’s South Burlington, Vermont office. He provides overall program management for the office’s geomatics team and oversees the suite of survey and GIS services offered to state, municipal, and private sector clients. Ryan has close to 20 years of experience in geomatics on projects across New England for both public and private sector clients. He has in-depth experience in both the public and private sectors, having held senior positions at the Vermont Agency of Transportation and with private consulting firms throughout New England. He is a Licensed Land Surveyor in Vermont with a degree in Mathematics from Saint Michaels College in Essex, Vermont.

Joe Flynn, LS

Joe Flynn is the Land Survey Manager for O'Leary-Burke Civil Associates in Essex Junction, Vermont, a 12-person civil engineering firm. He is responsible for review of all plats, site layout, topographic surveys, survey equipment maintenance and purchases. Prior to this, Joe was Land Survey Manager at DuBois & King, Inc., a multi-discipline Vermont engineering firm. Joe is a member of the Vermont Board of Land Surveyors and chairs the NCEES EPS Committee, which oversees the development and scoring of the FS and PS exams.