Post Conference Hubbub
Back from the Kentucky Conference. It was a pretty good one. Since I missed last year, it was a pleasure to be back.
We had a Board of Licensure panel discussion. Some highlights would include discussion of education requirements and trends observed in test taking applications.
Dennis Smith presented on surveying and repairing the sinkhole at the Corvette Museum that occurred back in 2014.
David Carter did a program on 3D for Engineers and Land Surveyors – discussing how to incorporate 3D data in a variety of ways.
Nick Jerdon presented a mandatory every 4 year course on standards.
Kandie Adkinson from the Secretary of State’s Land Office did some interesting presentations about researching land grants and patents as well as a section on the city annexation process (history and current).
Regional geodetic advisor from NGS, Jeff Jalbrzikowski, gave some guidance on the 2022 datum as well as discussion around OPUS, Geoids, and all other things geodetic. Very well received presentations.
ETSU Professor Jared Wilson came up and presented topics on management and leadership as well as a section on scanning. Folks in Tennessee – this guy is a really good presenter. Great resource for your state. If you aren’t already asking him to present at your annual conference, I suggest you do so.
Jeff Lucas presented programs on Deeds, Conveyances & Boundaries as well as Research. As is always expected, his courses generated a good deal of discussion during breaks. I’ve been dragged into at least a couple of “this is what he said” conversations afterwards.
It seemed that all the courses were well received.
The Young Surveyors Network reached out to the regional university (Western Kentucky University) and had a gathering where several students attended and networked with some of the younger licensees.
We had great support from many vendors. I won’t mention all of them, but Matt Sibole (from this board) was there representing Javad. If he shows up at your state conference, make sure and have him show you the “little” survey project he is working on with Tom Bushelman (also from this board).
During the annual banquet, Stephen Chino (a KAPS member) MC’ed and did a better job than a professional comic we’ve hired in the past. While I wish I had been given more notice to prepare a better presentation, it was a great honor for me to speak about Jim Riney and award him with a lifetime achievement award.
About the only negative I have to say about it would be the same as occurs at any similar type function. In one class I proctored, there was a guy sitting in the back who was twitching and jerking throughout the presentation like he was waiting for his next illicit substance hit. It was apparent that he was knowledgeable on the subject at hand and wanted so badly to jump up and let everyone know that he already knew it all. Instead, he sat through the course and marked the review form for the course with low scores. This behavior always sticks in my craw. If you are already the leading expert on the material – WHY are you taking that course instead of another? or even more important WHY aren’t you preparing and presenting the material in the manner you find acceptable?
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