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National Geodetic Survey Updates

Status Open
Number of Days 1
Start Time 8:00 AM
Begin Date 12/01/2017
End Date 12/01/2017
Early Reg: 12/01/2017

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Location name: Clark University MetroWest Campus
Location phone:
City: Southborough
State: MA
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Friday, November 17, 2017        
National Geodetic Survey Updates  
Friday, December 1, 2017  
Clark University, MetroWest Campus  
333 Turnpike Road (Route 9), Southborough, MA (off I-495, Exit 23A)  
8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration; 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Seminar  
During this one-day seminar, Dan Martin, Northeast Regional Geodetic Advisor for the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) will discuss three NGS projects:    
Journey to the Moving Center of the Earth - The Evolution of the National    
Spatial Reference System
In 2022, NGS will be replacing the US horizontal and vertical datums (NAD 83 and NAVD 88).  This workshop is designed to discuss the need and process for these changes, as well as how that affects surveyors and their access to these datums.  Our journey will begin with a discussion of the history of the North American Datum of 1983 and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988, their relationships to other reference frames, and the reasons for their ongoing evolution. We will also discuss the data used to produce NGS’ National Adjustment of 2011, the relationships of geoid models to various versions of NAD 83, and what can happen should these relationships be ignored.  Finally, we will discuss the need to replace NAD 83 and NAVD 88, and what activities are being undertaken to ensure a smooth transition.  
Update on GRAV-D and Progress Toward a New Geopotential Datum
The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) has a clearly stated mission to “define, maintain and provide access to the National Spatial Reference System” (NSRS).  Accurate gravity data is the foundation for the Federal government’s determination of heights (the vertical component of the NSRS).  In this presentation we will discuss the purpose and progress of the ongoing GRAV-D Project (Gravity for the Redefinition of the American Vertical Datum) and highlight other activities contributing toward the creation of a new geopotential datum which will replace NAVD 88.  
The NGS Geoid Slope Validation Surveys – Which Way is Up?
In 2011, 2014, and 2017, the National Geodetic Survey undertook a significant project designed to validate the slope of a gravimetric geoid which was created with the aid of airborne gravity as part of the GRAV-D project.  Projects would include over 600 new survey marks spread across three project areas (Texas, Iowa, and Colorado).  Observation on these marks included geodetic leveling, campaign GPS, absolute gravity, relative gravity, gravity gradients, and astro-geodetic observations.  This presentation will discuss the different field techniques used and the progression of the surveys.  
Daniel J. Martin,    
Northeast Regional Geodetic Advisor, National Geodetic Survey
Dan Martin works for the National Geodetic Survey and has been the Northeast Regional Geodetic Advisor since May of 2015.  As the Regional Advisor, he instructs local surveyors, state and municipal agencies, and the geospatial community at large, on how to use and preserve the National Spatial Reference System, and provides liaison between the National Geodetic Survey and the States of ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, and NJ, as well as other federal agencies.  He worked in the Route Survey and Geodetic Survey sections of the Vermont Agency of Transportation from 1988 through 2003, and held the position of Geodetic Program Supervisor for the Agency from 1999 through 2003.  In 2003 Dan began his career with the National Geodetic Survey as the Vermont State Geodetic Advisor.  Dan is a Past President and Fellow Member of the American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS), he is also a member of the Vermont Society of Land Surveyors and the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association.   
Registration Information:  
Registration deadline is Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Registration fees for the first of this two-part series are $200/person for MALSCE members and $250/person for non-members. Registration fee includes a continental breakfast, two snack breaks, lunch and all seminar handouts. Registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis.    
To register online and pay by credit card, click the "Register" button above. You may also register by fax or mail. Click here to download the seminar flyer and registration form. Fax your registration to 617/227-6783. Mail your registration form and check (payable to “MALSCE”) to: MALSCE, The Engineering Center, One Walnut Street, Boston, MA 02108-3616. To register online for this seminar at the MALSCE member rate, login using your MALSCE assigned username and password. If you do not know your login information call 617/227-5551. No refunds will be given after the registration deadline. No-shows will be billed.  
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.    
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Expenses incurred for education undertaken to maintain and improve professional skills (including travel, meals and lodging) may be tax-deductible.    
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