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
- Curvature and Refraction
- State Plane Coordinates
- Electronic Distance Measurements
- 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, https://ncees.org/. NCEES requires a user account to download the handbook. After log in go to Reference Handbooks, FS Reference Handbook. https://account.ncees.org/reference-handbooks/
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 https://ncees.org/exams/calculator/.
For more information and to download the seminar flyer/registration form, click here
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.
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