Fall Conference

Fall Conference 2021

Friday, September 17, 2021
The Roundhouse at Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, Vermont

Requirements For Covid

Okemo Mountain Resort has given us new guidance for our event. All attendees will be required to wear masks indoors throughout the day, except when eating and drinking. Masks are not required outdoors. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this difficult time!

Member in good standing of VSLS or kindred society $180.00 $205.00
Life Member $135.00 $160.00
Non-member Technical Staff $153.00 $178.00
Three or more from same firm $153.00 $178.00
Non-member $250.00 $275.00
LUNCH ONLY (click here) $30.00 $30.00


7:15 - 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
8:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Geodesy 101
10:00 - 11:50 a.m.
A Closer Look at NCEES
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and VSLS Business Meeting
1:00 - 2:50 p.m.
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Private and Public Roads
4:00 p.m.
Final Announcements


Geodesy 101 (2 hours)

Presenter: Nicholas Ford, Alfred State College
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.

A Closer Look at NCEES (2 hours)

Presenter: Joe Flynn, L.S., O'Leary-Burke Civil Associates
This seminar will offer an update on programs provided by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). We’ll also look at NCEES’s records programs and changes in the FS and PS exams. Finally, we’ll explore the relationship between NCEES and the Vermont Board of Land Surveyors.

OPUS/OPUS Share (2 hours)

Presenter: Dan Martin, NOAA
The National Geodetic Survey’s (NGS’s) Online Positioning User Service (OPUS) provides free, easy access to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS), by allowing users to upload their GPS data to the NGS to be processed by NGS computers. To use OPUS successfully, it is critical that users understand both the requirements for data input as well as the processing output. This course will describe the steps involved in processing data with OPUS and will explain the output so that users can better interpret and have confidence in the results. We will also go through the steps to “Share” your OPUS solution and will discuss the benefits of doing so.

Private and Public Roads (1 hour)

Presenter: Paul Gillies, Esq., Tarrant Gillies Richardson Shems LLP
The law of property has been a rock since time immemorial. The fixed principles of easements have rarely been the subject of reform. That is, until recently, when legislation and caselaw have introduced new ideas about rights of access over roads. Suddenly ancient claims of access by private ways are limited, making access to landlocked land more difficult. Unmapped highways that are clearly observable on the ground did not suffer statutory discontinuance in 2015. These are big changes, deserving attention.


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.

Joe Flynn, L.S., O'Leary-Burke Civil Associates

Joe Flynn is the Land Survey Manager at O’Leary-Burke Civil Associates in Essex, Vt. He is licensed in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine and has been involved in land development for civil engineering companies for 34 years. Joe is responsible for all aspects of surveying for O’Leary-Burke, including training staff, quality control for all surveying projects, review of project costs, compilation of survey proposals and tracking of all currently active survey projects. Joe is chair of the Vermont Board of Land Surveyors and former chair of the NCEES EPS Committee.

Dan Martin, Northeast Regional Geodetic Advisor at National Geodetic Survey

As the Northeast Regional Advisor, Dan instructs local surveyors, state and municipal agencies, and the geospatial community at large, on how to use and preserve the National Spatial Reference System, and provides liaison between the National Geodetic Survey and the States of ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, and NJ, as well as other federal agencies.He has authored many papers and articles on geodetic surveying, and he has given well over 100 presentations and workshops throughout the Northeast and United States at large.

Paul Gillies, Esq., Tarrant Gillies Richardson Shems, LLP

Paul has been a partner in the Law firm of Tarrant Gillies Richardson Shems, LLP, since 1993, after serving 12 years as Deputy Secretary of State for Vermont. His practice involves most of the usual civil areas of law, including municipal, zoning and land use, property, appellate, and trial work. He has a special fascination for old roads, boundary lines, rights-of-way and other easements, and that special land where history collides with law.

Lunch Only

If you're retired and you'd like to come to lunch and socialize, we'd love to have you. The cost for the buffet lunch is $30.

Silent Auction

What can you bring for the Silent Auction? All proceeds go to the VSLS Education Foundation to fund student scholarships.

Lodging Options

Within 5 miles of Okemo

Echo Lake Inn
Main & Mountain Bar/Motel 
Governor’s Inn
Ludlow Colonial Motel
Timber Inn Motel

On site, at Jackson Gore Inn

Please note: at this point, the hotel has a two-night minimum for reservations. Attendees receive 20% off the best available room rate at the time of registration. Call: 855-332-1601 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Mention: Vermont Society of Land Surveyors 2021 or SOKVSL21. The cost will be charged to your card two days prior to your arrival. No cancellations or refunds within two days of your stay. 

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