Fall Conference

Fall Conference 2020
Presented by Webinar

Thursday and Friday
September 10-11, 2020

Webinars presented online each day. A few notes:
  • We will use GoToWebinar to present the workshops.
  • You will need reliable access to a computer and the Internet. We will send a link to test your system a week prior to the webinars. Please note that Chromebook users may experience compatibility issues and may want to choose an alternative device to attend the webinars. 
  • Sessions will be presented live, but they will also be recorded for registrants to view later.
  • You will have the opportunity to ask questions (through a message screen) during the webinars.

Thursday, September 10

8:00-11:00 a.m. Floodplain Issues in Surveying (4 PDH)
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. BREAK
2:00-2:50 p.m. Floodplain Issues in Surveying (continued)
3:00-3:50 p.m. Business Practices for Land Surveyors (1 PDH)
4:00-4:50 p.m. Seven Deadly Sins of Email & Eight Essential Contract Provisions (1 PDH)

Friday, September 11

8:00-8:50 a.m. Charging What You're Worth (1 PDH)
9:00-9:50 p.m. Working Successfully with Realtors (1 PDH)
10:00-10:50 p.m. Overview of Vermont Survey Library (1 PDH)
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. BREAK
2:00-3:50 p.m. The Professional and Ethics (2 PDH)
4:00-4:50 p.m. Tick Talk: Blacklegged Ticks in Vermont (and Tick Bite Prevention) (1 PDH)

Webinar Descriptions

Jim Nadeau, Professional Land Surveyor | Certified Floodplain Manager

This webinar will begin with an overview of the National Flood Insurance Program, including key terminology and concepts. We will discuss the role of the land surveyor, including the following important factors: flood determination and the lending process; understanding the flood insurance rating system, and improving client representation.

Rick and Patti Brooks, Co-Owners of Brooks & Brooks, PC
COVID-19 Issues
  • Business Survival: employees, clients and your best business practices
  • Relief programs, preparing for the next round (Benefit.gov)
  • Lessons learned
  • What is next? Disaster-proofing your business
Business Structure
  • The Secretary of State recognizes 14 types
  • Vermont Statutes: Title 26-professions, Chapter 45-Land Surveyors
  • § 2593. Corporations: limited liability companies, partnerships, associations; individual proprietorships; liability
Tax Structure & Busines Practices
  • As a businessman or businesswoman, the land surveyor’s object is to make money.
Cameron Poole, Associate, Poole Professional

This program will examine the eight contract provisions that matter most to Land Surveyors, including indemnification, standard of care, and others. It will then outline the seven deadly sins of email practices for design professionals, concluding with steps to take to keep you out of email hell.

Jim Nadeau, Professional Land Surveyor | Certified Floodplain Manager

This webinar will discuss implementing value-based fees, rather than billing by the hour or day. A value-based fee is set based on your contribution to the results the client achieves; it ends up providing more equitable compensation for the land surveyor and avoids ethical conflicts with the client.

Jim Nadeau, Professional Land Surveyor | Certified Floodplain Manager

This presentation is designed to help land surveyors understand and communicate risk in their interactions with realtors. We will discuss the realtor’s duty to disclose hazards and enhancing client representation. We will also identify additional educational resources on the topic.

David Fox, Parcel Project Technical Lead, Vermont Center for Geographic Information

The Vermont Land Survey Library is built and maintained by the Vermont Center for Geographic Information, with input from the Board of Land Surveyors and VSLS. The library was developed to modernize access to Vermont's property and ownership information as part of Act 38. As of January 2020, surveyors are required to submit PDFs of any new surveys to the library. David will review how the library and submissions are working so far, and take questions from members about its use. Questions may be submitted to Kelly ahead of time or typed in during the webinar.

Robert Dahn, Principal Surveyor and Managing Partner, Meehan & Goodin

This seminar will explore the ethical roles and responsibilities of the surveying professional in modern practice. Included is a brief introduction to the history and the evolution of ethics. The talk will cover the relationship between surveying and its allied professions, as well as the duties and obligations professionals owe to their clients and the public at large. We will review and discuss the Section regarding Unprofessional Conduct contained in the Vermont Statutes. We will explore ways a professional surveyor can incorporate ethics into our daily practice and our lives in general.

Eliza Doncaster, Vector Management Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Of the 14 known tick species in Vermont, only one is responsible for 99% of all tickborne diseases reported to the Vermont Department of Health: the blacklegged tick. In this talk we will discuss the biology and behavior of the blacklegged tick as well as what the Vermont Agency of Agriculture is doing to track tick populations and disease prevalence throughout the state. Tick bite prevention will also be discussed.


As president of Brooks & Brooks, Patricia Pauli Brooks, L.S., has been Licensed as a Land Surveyor since 1988 and is a second generation Surveyor. Mrs. Brooks’ expertise includes title surveys, large tract surveys, highway right of way surveying, site planning and subdivision design. She also enjoys an extensive background in land use planning, including preparation of site analysis, feasibility reports and environmental assessments. She has assisted many municipalities in the implementation and/or revision of zoning and subdivision regulations. Her knowledge of the New York State Environmental Quality Act has led her to serve as a consultant to many private and public agencies. She has presented educational programs to the New York State Bar Association, many Colleges and Land Trust organizations.

As vice-president of Brooks and Brooks, Richard C. Brooks, L.S. achieved his license as a land surveyor in 1984. He started his land surveying career in 1974 as a third generation Surveyor. As the special projects manager for Brooks and Brooks he has successfully managed many logistically complicated projects including, title surveys for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Watershed Protection Program now in it’s twenty fifth year, as well as large tract surveys for land preservation organizations such as the Open Space Institute, Scenic Hudson, Wallkill Valley Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy. He oversees the firms Site Analysis Mapping program offering clients complete land asset feasibility studies. He regularly presents seminars for the New York State Association of Land Surveyors. He has been a guest lecturer for the New York State Bar Association, the Catskill Area Forestry Association, as well as many educational and historical organizations. In addition he has authored numerous articles on surveying related matters.

Cam Poole is a third generation professional liability insurance agent at Poole Professional, Ltd. Cam has worked with design firms of all sizes and disciplines throughout New England and New York to develop individualized risk management plans and insurance programs. Cam is a graduate of Colby College and a resident of Newburyport, MA.

Bob brings over 35 years of direct experience to the management, scheduling and preparation of all types of land surveying projects. He is a past president of the National Society of Professional Surveyors having previously served as Area 1 Director and Vice President for NSPS. He is a past president of the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors and a member of the Connecticut Building Industry and Safety Council. Bob is a also member of his Town's Conservation Commission and the Joshua's Land Trust. He was named Surveyor of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors. He has co-authored (with Rita Lumos, NSPS Past President), an article outlining the activities, accomplishments, and on-going efforts and goals of the NSPS,published in the November 2006 edition of the Surveying and Land Information Science Journal.

Jim Nadeau is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has been a professional surveyor in Maine since 1993. As the owner of Nadeau Land Surveys, Jim holds the three National Flood Insurance Program designations: Certified Floodplain Manager, Certified Floodplain Surveyor, and Associate in National Flood Insurance. He is Chair of the State of Maine Board of Licensure for Professional Land Surveyors, Co-chair to the FEMA Sub-committee of the NSPS External Affairs Committee, and a delegate on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Jim also serves as the Land Surveyor Member on the Technical Mapping Advisory Council, a federal advisory committee that makes recommendations to FEMA, and in 2018, received the Francis Crowe Society Distinguished Engineer Award from the University of Maine, in recognition of outstanding professional service to the Field of Engineering. Jim has been a Realtor since 2004, and is an active Broker and owner of Jim Nadeau Realty.

As an instructor with The Real Estate Learning Group and Beyond the Boundary, Jim conveys the importance of land surveying and floodplain management to Realtors, lenders, appraisers, municipal officials, and other professional consultants to improve client representation and public safety. He successfully completed Kirkpatrick Bronze Level certification in training evaluation, is an internationally Certified Distance Education Instructor, and received a Basic Instructor Certificate from FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. His formal education has passed through the doors of the University of Southern Maine, New England College of Business and Finance, and Colorado State University for Real Estate, Business Administration, and Organizational Leadership, respectively.

David comes to the Vermont Center for Geographic Information by way of Virginia, where he worked as a Planner for Albemarle County. David holds a Master's Degree in Geography from Virginia Tech. Previously, David worked for over a decade in Conservation, studying birds and plants, working on land conservation, and conducting prescribed fires across Virgina. David loves a good map, closely followed by a good graph--sometimes he even puts graphs on his maps.

Eliza Doncaster is the Vector Management Coordinator with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, working to track disease-carrying arthropods throughout the state. Growing up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Eliza stayed in the state to pursue higher education at Northern Vermont University – Johnson with a degree in General Biology. After graduation in 2015, she began working with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture's mosquito and tick surveillance programs.

Conference Fees

You may select as many webinars as you would like to attend. The cost is per professional development hour (PDH).

Member of VSLS or Kindred Society $12.50
Life Member $9.50
Non-member $20.00
*10% DISCOUNT when you register for ALL the webinars.

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