2024 Fall Conference

Thursday-Friday, September 12-13, 2024
Fireside Inn, Lebanon NH

12-16 PDH (Pending)

Program Schedule

Day 1

  • 7:30 AM  Registration opens  | Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM  The Art of Retracement - Following in the Footsteps, Gary Kent (4 PDH)
  • 12:00 PM  Buffet Luncheon
  • 1:00 PM  The Art of Retracement (continued), Gary Kent (4 PDH)
  • 5:00 PM  Daily Wrap-Up

Day 2

  • 7:30 AM  Registration opens  | Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM  The Surveyor in Jeopardy,  Gary Kent (4 PDH)
  • 12:00 PM  Buffet Luncheon and Business Meeting
  • 1:30 PM Alfred State University
  • 2:30 PM  Tech Time Exhibitor Presentations (? PDH)
    • Maine Technical Source
    • TopoDOT
    • ....
  • 5:00 PM  Concluding Remarks

Registration Fees

Member in good standing of VSLS or kindred association TBD
Life member TBD
Associate Member TBD
Non-member technical staff (attending with member) TBD
Three or more from same firm (one must be member) TBD
Non-member TBD

*$25 late fee after September 2nd

Day 1 - 8:00 to 5:00 PM: 8.0 PDH

The Art of Retracement – Following in the Footsteps

Every professional surveyor across the Unites States knows the phrase “Follow in the Footsteps” as it relates to conducting a boundary retracement survey. But what does it really mean and what is the basis for following the footsteps? And exactly whose footsteps are we talking about?

Surveyors also know the effect of the statute of frauds is that what is written in the conveyancing document is considered by the courts to be the highest and best expression of the parties’ intentions.

But what happens when the evidence of the footsteps on the ground conflicts with the written title? What if there are seemingly no footsteps to follow?

In this program we will explore the concept of retracement, how it relates to and is dependent on the document of conveyance, and what controls when conflicts are inevitably encountered.

When armed with a full understanding of the concept of retracement, surveyors will be much better equipped to help steer their clients (and their affected neighbors) away from the pain and cost of litigation, and towards an amicable solution based on well-placed confidence and understanding of their respective roles and responsibilities.

Day 2 – 8:00 AM to Noon 4 PDH

The Surveyor in Jeopardy

The Jeopardy-like format of this program has the presenter offering answers for which the audience - assembled into teams - must provide the relevant question.  The program will include several hundred questions/answers covering the following topic areas: Boundaries, ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, Safety, Expert Witness, Risk Management, Easements and Rights of Way, and Vermont Statutes and Rules. Answers and questions will be discussed as appropriate or necessary to be sure all participants understand the context and correct answers. This is a very audience-centric program; it is far more than a simple trivia contest!

Day 2 - 1:30 - 2:30 PM (1 PDH)

Alfred State University

Day 2 – 2:30 to 4:30 PM (? PDH)

Exhibitor Presentations

Description(s) pending

Our Presenters

Gary Kent is a Professional Surveyor with Schneider Geomatics in Indianapolis. After 37 years, he transitioned to part-time in 2020 and formed Meridian Land Consulting through which he provides training, consulting and expert witness services. Gary was Chair of the ALTA/NSPS Workgroup responsible for the ALTA/NSPS Standards from 1995 to 2021. He has presented programs on boundaries, standards, risk management, safety, easements, leadership, and other topics multiple times in all 50 states. Gary has served on the Indiana State Board of Registration for Professional Surveyors since 2004 and is a past-president of both ACSM and the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors.


Richard Carlson (LS, CP) is an Assistant Professor at Alfred State University.

Our Sponsors

Registration Online

  • Pending

Registration by Mail

  • Pending

Exhibitor Information

Lodging Information

Fireside Inn
25 Airport Road
West Lebanon, NH 03784
(603) 298-5900

Room Rate: $119.95 + tax

Please reserve by August 12 by calling the hotel and asking for the VT Society of Land Surveyors to be guaranteed the room rate.  Please note: The normal nightly rate is substantially higher, so be sure to book early!

There is ample paved parking at the venue

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