Fall Conference

2022 VSLS Conference

September 15-16, 2022
Delta Hotel by Marriott
1117 Williston Road, South Burlington, Vermont

*Approved for 16 professional development hours
Conference Fees
Member in good standing of VSLS or kindred society $295.00 $195 $195
Non-member $395.00 $295.00 $295.00
Life Member $221.25 $146.25 $146.25
Non-member Technical Staff (attending w/member) $250.75 $165.75 $165.75
Three or more from same firm $250.75 $165.75 $165.75
LUNCH ONLY (click here) $80.00 $40.00 $40.00


Thursday, Sept. 15

  • 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast
  • 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. How Close is Close Enough?
  • 11:00 - noon PART 1: Am I Getting What I Bargained For From My Instrumentation?
  • noon - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon
  • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. PART 2: Am I Getting What I Bargained For From My Instrumentation?
  • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Online Deed Research: New Opportunities and Tools
  • 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Member Mixer (Join us for light appetizers / your first beverage is FREE)

Friday, Sept. 16

  • 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast
  • 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Tech Time: Demos of New Products with Vendors
  • 10:00 a.m. - noon. Value-Based Fees
  • noon - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon and Business Meeting
  • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Changing the Role of a Land Surveyor in the NFIP
  • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Accessing GIS Resources at the Vermont Open Geodata Portal
  • 5:00 p.m. Final Announcements


How Close is Close Enough? (3 hrs)

Presenter: Joseph Paiva, CEO, GeoLearn
This presentation will discuss the inevitable discrepancies that happen in surveying. The most common of these is making a measurement between two verified points (whether boundary markers or control survey points), not getting the exact distance, direction or coordinate differences and deciding that it is close enough, virtually the same or so different that more analysis and measurements need to be done. Not only is this topic useful in virtually daily situations surveyors encounter, but it can also help them answer with simplicity, clarity and scientifically backed theory, those awkward questions like "why doesn't your measurement agree with the other surveyor's?"

Am I Getting What I Bargained For From My Instrumentation? (3 hrs)

Presenter: Joseph Paiva, CEO, GeoLearn
It is not uncommon for surveyors to implicitly trust their technology when making measurements. The suspicion usually only comes when there's a discrepancy. However surveyors are often not able to state clearly what the quality of their measurements are. Furthermore, they are not used to placing a reliability or quality indicator on their measurements. In this presentation, we will discuss a little bit about how instrumentation work, what their tolerances are, how to estimate the quality of measurements, and most importantly, how to evaluate the accuracy of the instrumentation and how to take action if deficiencies are found, especially if this occurs in the field. This discussion, which includes analysis of needs for a survey and the instrumentation used can lead to more effective use of your instrumentation.

Online Deed Research for Land Surveyors (2 hrs)

Presenter: Ed Fitzpatrick, Esq., Bergeron Paradis Fitzpatrick
Land surveyors were thrown into a challenging new world when Covid-19 hit in early 2020, bringing with it severe restrictions for visiting town clerks offices and libraries around the state. This seminar will look at some of the changes this shift brought about, with new opportunities in the way surveyors work.

Tech Time (2 hrs)

During this hands-on session, we will rotate through different vendors and get a close-up look at new products and technologies. All attendees will visit every vendor, including Cadnet Services, Maine Technical Source, Reprographics, Waypoint Technology Group, and more.

Value-Based Fees (2 hrs)

Presenter: Jim Nadeau, Jim Nadeau Realty
Determining the appropriate fees for land surveying services requires an organizational belief that such services are both important and unique. In this program, we'll discuss strategies to increase individual and organizational worth, build confidence, and convey competence to prospective clients. Lack of knowledge, experience, and commonly held misconceptions about land surveying often leads to a false perception of value. This creates a wonderful opportunity to correct, inform, and provide genuine service to our clients. We will explore how time and materials fees compare to value-based fees, and their role in creating a profitable business model, as well as discuss other parameters of value, the importance of service diversity, and the creation of a hybrid fee strategy to further support a transition to value-based fees.

Changing the Role of a Land Surveyor in the NFIP (2 hrs)

Presenter: Jim Nadeau, Jim Nadeau Realty
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which offers flood insurance to more than 5 million policyholders nationwide, has transitioned to Risk Rating 2.0, a more automated rating methodology which uses "system-generated" values to perform more efficient and equitable flood risk analyses. Much of this data was once collected and analyzed by land surveyors. As technology continues to change the role of the land surveyor, it calls for continued education and a willingness to evolve as professional consultants. This program will review important changes in the NFIP, as well as what has not changed. We will discuss how Flood Zone Determinations, Elevation Certificates, and Letters of Map Change still play an important role in helping property owners understand flood insurance and mitigation options, and explore different ways land surveyors can remain actively involved through a variety of real life examples.

Accessing GIS Resources at the Vermont Open Geodata Portal (2 hrs)

Presenter: Tim Terway, VCGI
The Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) stewards the Vermont Open Geodata Portal, which hosts more than 1,000 freely available spatial datasets sourced from multiple publishers. How does one access the resources offered there? This session will cover best practices for finding the information you need. We will also introduce basic concepts and workflows for porting GIS data for CAD use.


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    Joe Paiva, GeoLearn

    Joe brings more than three decades of experience to GeoLearn. From his start as a university instructor, Joe has been committed to education and bringing course material to professionals and technicians in various settings since 1975. His broad experience in the geospatial field includes teaching surveying as assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia; developing and instructing online courses as adjunct faculty at Missouri University of Science and Technology; designing professional and technician continuing education; engineering and geomatics practice; product development; and business management. Past posts include vice president at Sokkia Technology, Inc., and Trimble; COO at Gatewing; and independent consultant to a large selection of companies engaged in geomatics product development and sales. Joe writes prolifically on general interest and technical topics for leading industry publications. He is highly sought-after as a speaker and adviser for professional societies. Joe received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Missouri.

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    Edward Fitzpatrick, Bergeron Paradis Fitzpatrick

    Ed is a lifelong resident of Vermont. Prior to joining BP&F, Ed served as deputy state’s attorney for five years in Franklin County. He then was elected as State’s Attorney for Grand Isle County, a position he held for four years. Once in private practice, Ed drew upon his substantial prosecutorial experience in developing a busy criminal defense practice. Ed has since gained extensive experience in working with landowners and developers, as well as handling commercial real estate and business transactions. He frequently represents buyers, sellers, lenders and financiers in all transaction and regulatory matters.

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    Jim Nadeau, Nadeau Realty

    Jim has been working in the real estate industry for over 35 years, providing brokerage services, land use consultation, and education. First licensed as an Associate Broker in 1993, and becoming a REALTOR in 2004, his passion to self-improve has remained a mainstay in his life. In 2019, Jim became a Designated Broker and founded Jim Nadeau Realty. In 2012, Jim became an instructor with The Real Estate Learning Group, and in 2014 founded the educational organization, Beyond the Boundary, to guide real estate licensees through the complex and often misunderstood land surveying and floodplain management processes that impact real estate transactions. As an instructor, Jim has presented over 75 learning events to local and national audiences, including municipal code enforcement officers and planners, mortgage and insurance professionals, title companies, attorneys, land use consultants, and the general public.

  • Tim Terway

    Tim Terway, VCGI

    Tim is the Vermont Center for Geographic Information's point of contact for users and creators of geospatial information. He is responsible for coordination and knowledge-sharing activities, as well as for advancing the design and use of VCGI's data products and services. Tim comes to VCGI as a geographer and GIS professional with a background as a practicing urban designer, landscape architect, social scientist, and educator. Tim holds professional degrees in city planning from MIT and landscape architecture from Penn State, and a PhD from Yale University. He lives in Barre City and is often found in the hills on a bicycle.

Lodging Information

Delta Hotel by Marriott
1117 Williston Road, So. Burlington
Room rate: $249/night
Please reserve by August 15 and mention the VSLS conference to be guaranteed the room rate.

Other Lodging
We are seeing unusually high lodging rates this year. Some other possibilities you may want to try include:
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