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UESI Hosts First Surveying Summit at Cal Poly Pomona

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

UESI Surveying Summit UESI Surveying Summit at Cal Poly Pomona - January 6, 2017. Photo by Frank Kim, UESI

The UESI's Surveying & Geomatics Division hosted the first Surveying Summit at Cal Poly Pomona, CA , on January 6-7, 2017. The purpose of the Summit was to bring together ASCE professional members who are surveyors and engineers to discuss the surveying profession and the future of surveying. Thirty professionals who participated included the UESI Surveying & Geomatics committee members, UESI members from the Orange County and Los Angeles sections, and Cal Poly Pomona Surveying & Engineering faculty.

ASCE 2016 President Mark Woodson, P.E., L.S., D.WRE, F.ASCE participated in the Summit, presenting on the importance of the Role of Surveying. Special welcomes were presented by Dr. Cordelia Ontiveros, Ph.D., Interim Dean of College of Engineering and Dr. Xudong Jia, Ph.D., Chair of Civil Engineering Department. The Summit was hosted by Surveying & Geomatics Education Committee Chair, Francelina A. Neto, Ph.D., and her College of Engineering faculty at Cal Poly Pomona.

UESI Surveying Committees

From L to R: Shawn Clark, Marlee Walton, J.P. Mohsen, John Segna, Larry Hothem, Ken Lenhardt, Tom Pilarski, Francelina Neto, Alec Grkovic, Chris Camp, David Widmer. Photo by Frank Kim, UESI.

Special topics such as why the UESI was created was presented by David Totman, A.M.ASCE, UESI Governor; Surveying & Geomatics Division activities by David Garber, P.E., P.L.S., F.ASCE, Surveying & Geomatics Division Chair; and the Future of Surveying by David Widmer, P.L.S., M.ASCE, UESI Governor.

Special presentation on the update on the Engineering Surveying Manual of Practice (MOP) was given by Daniel Gillins, Ph.D., P.L.S., M. ASCE, Chair of Task Committee on Engineering Surveying Manual; UESI Orange County and Los Angeles Chapters activities were given by Shawn Clark, P.E., M.ASCE, UESI Member; and the Surveying Engineering programs at East Los Angeles College (ELAC) by Humberto Gallegos, Ph.D., P.E., L.S., Professor at ELAC.

Dr. Francelina Neto went over the theme and schedule for the UESI 2018 Surveying Conference, which is to be held at Cal Poly Pomona in spring 2018. Dr. Neto will serve as the Chair for the Inaugural UESI Surveying Conference. The 2018 conference will be the first ASCE Surveying related conference since 1992.

The Summit focused on the past, present and future of Surveying & Geomatics profession- overall state of surveying and geomatics profession and what needs to be done to better market the value of a career in the surveying and geomatics fields.

UESI Surveying Leaders

From L to R: Joe Paiva, David Totman, Allan Ng, Eark Burkholder, Carol Morman, David Garber, Marlee Walton, Dan Gillins, John Segna. Photo by Frank Kim, UESI.

Participants also received a special tour of the Geospatial Engineering Department Laboratory in the College of Engineering Department at Cal Poly Pomona. Several technical committees of the Surveying & Geomatics Divisions held meetings on the second day: Executive Committee, Education Committee, Spatial Data Accuracy Committee and Spatial Data Applications Committee.

David Widmer, a professional licensed surveyor and UESI Governor stated:

"Professional Surveyors from around the country gathered at Cal Poly recently to learn how we can better prepare our youth for what lies ahead. The future is bright, we just need to highlight the appropriate technologies and encourage education at a young age. Drones will be the technology of the future even more so than they are in use today accompanied by LIDAR and Laser scanning. There will still be those who get mud on their boots by retracing property lines but those who can control automated equipment with a joystick efficiently will have an extreme advantage as we continue to utilize these new technologies.
It is apparent that the future of surveying relies on us recruiting youth at a young age by letting them understand that surveying is not just standing behind a tripod. It is maneuvering a drone (UAV), or using a laser scanner to obtain thousands of points to monitor movement over time. Professionals from education, professional societies and licensing were together to look at and discuss what is current, what is behind us and what the future holds. There always will be a need for boundary surveys and that work will always be there as long as there is land but the many other areas of surveying that utilize the latest technologies will be our future."