Fall Conference 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021
Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow VT
Geodesy 101 (2 hours)
What the heck is a geoid? What about an ellipsoid? Projections, how do they work? As GNSS continues to be a staple in the modern surveyor's diet, it becomes helpful, if not necessary, for users to understand what is going on "under the hood" of the coordinates they are determining. This course is designed to explain these concepts and how they relate to GNSS measurements. This course is designed to be both a refresher for individuals who have been acquainted with these ideas, and as an introduction to geodesy for individuals who feel totally lost when discussions of geoids and ellipsoids are present.
Surveying Railroad Rights of Way: A Historical Perspective (2 hours)
Two career "railroad guys" will discuss their work on the Central Vermont Railroad and share historic railroad maps and VAL maps of Massachusetts, Vermont and Canada — a birds-eye view from the 1860s through the 1920s. Attendees will have an opportunity to peruse a large display of historic railroad maps and to learn from professionals who have made the history of the railroad their passion.
OPUS/OPUS Share (2 hours)
Town Roads (1 hour)
Nicholas Ford, L.S., Alfred State College
Nicholas Ford is a licensed surveyor in New York State, as well as a full-time instructor at Alfred State College, where he teaches a variety of courses including courses specific to GNSS and geodesy.