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Survey Mathematics for Survey Technicians

Description This day-long seminar will cover surveying mathematics and adjustments capable of being solved using a hand calculator.
Status Open
Number of Days 1
Start Time 7:30 AM
Begin Date 02/16/2018
End Date 02/16/2018
Early Reg: 02/16/2018

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Location name: Clark University
Location phone:
City: Southborough
State: MA
Meeting Room: Room 101

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Friday, February 16, 2018  
Survey Mathematics for Survey Technicians  
Sponsored by the MALSCE Professional Development Committee  
Joseph McNichols, PLS  
Clark University, MetroWest Campus  
333 Turnpike Road (Route 9), Southborough, MA (off I-495, Exit 23A)  
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Registration; 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Seminar  
Members*: $200; Non-members: $250  
  * Members of CALS, MSLS, NHLSA, NYSAPLS, REBA, RISPLS and VSLS can attend for the MALSCE Member rate.  
This day-long seminar will cover surveying mathematic topics contained in the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) and the Principals and Practice of Surveying (PS) examination Reference Handbooks not covered in the February 2016 mathematics seminar.  
Topics to be discussed:
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Spherical Triangles
  • Horizontal Spiral Curves
  • Astronomy
  • Curvature and Refraction
  • Photogrammetry
  • Physics
  • Geodesy
  • State Plane Coordinates
  • Electronic Distance Measurements
  • Stadia
  • Normal Distribution Curve
The Economics section of the handbooks will not be covered in this seminar.
The goal of this seminar is to familiarize the attendee with the use of formulas contained in the Reference Handbooks, it is not a comprehensive study of the topics included for discussion.
This seminar is presented as preparation for the NCEES examination for licensing in surveying. Those planning to sit for an examination, as well as individuals who would like to refresh or improve upon their current knowledge of survey mathematics, are encouraged to attend this seminar.
The FS Reference Handbook is available at the NCEES website, NCEES requires a user account to download the handbook.  After log in go to Reference Handbooks, FS Reference Handbook.
Attendees should bring a scientific calculator that they are familiar with operating, capable of trigonometric (and inverse) functions and conversion between decimal degrees and degree - minutes - seconds. (Note: The instructor will be unable to assist with specific, calculator-related questions.) NCEES has a calculator policy limiting the model of calculator examinees may use, see
Joseph McNichols, PLS
Joseph McNichols was licensed in 1996 as a Professional Land Surveyor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He has been employed in the surveying profession continuously since 1985, initially working as an instrument operator progressing to licensed professional. He is adjunct faculty in the College of Professional and Continuing Education at Wentworth Institute of Technology. At Wentworth he taught Survey Measurement, Construction Surveying, Legal Aspects of Surveying, and Massachusetts Regulations Affecting the Surveying Profession.  
Joseph is a registered member of the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). In 2005, MALSCE awarded him a Presidential Citation for his work in surveying education and in 2007 he was named Surveyor of the Year.  
For more information and to download the resgistration form, click here.  
Continuing Education: This seminar is worth 6.5 professional development hours (subject to state-specific exclusions; seek clarification from appropriate state authorities). All seminar participants will receive a certificate documenting attendance at the end of the seminar. Please complete the registration form with your legal name; address and other contact information so that you will be properly identified on the certificate.  
Tax Information: Expenses incurred for education undertaken to maintain and improve professional skills (including travel, meals and lodging) may be tax-deductible.  
Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather, find out the status of this seminar by calling 617/305-4118 after 3:00 PM on February 18 and listening to the recorded message.  
Location: Clark University, MetroWest Campus, 333 Turnpike Road (Route 9), Southborough, MA 01772  
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