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Idaho Society of Professional 
Land Surveyors

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Matthew Byrd is an expert in the construction technology & reality capture space, and has a passion for helping companies around the world utilize new technology and innovative workflows to successfully capture, process, and deliver accurate data from real world project sites, integrating them into digital environments, with a major focus on the “Built Environment” through the AEC & Industrial Industries.  He founded Nexus 3D Consulting in 2016, and currently serves as President of the firm.  Matthew Launched the “Reality Capture Network” in 2020. The goal of RCN is to educate, inform, train, and provide a go-to resource for those looking to learn more about reality capture technologies, and all new innovative solutions in the built-environment.  

Thank you to our ISPLS Sustaining Sponsor Reality Capture Network!

Gary Kent is a Professional Surveyor in his 40th year with Schneider Geomatics in Indianapolis. After 37 years, in 2020 he transitioned to part-time status and formed Meridian Land Consulting, LLC to provide training, consulting and expert witness services. Gary served as Chair of the Joint ALTA/NSPS Committee responsible for the ALTA/NSPS Standards from 1995 to 2021. Gary has served on the Indiana State Board of Registration for Professional Surveyors since 2004 and is a past-president of both the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors.

Lisa Van Horn, Past President of the NSPS, Past President of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors, former county surveyor, owner of a Private Land Surveying business with husband Les and a past Certified instructor for Trimble GPS.

Les Van Horn, Past President of Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors, past Chairman of the Wisconsin Land Information Board and Past President of the Wisconsin County Surveyors, served as County Surveyor for Brown County (Green Bay, WI) for 28 years before retiring to work with his wife Lisa in their own private surveying company. 



All sessions  will be held at the Grove Hotel 2nd floor, Downtown Boise

Monday, March 13

9:00 am-4:00 pm        ISPLS Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 14

7:00 am-6:00 pm Registration

7:00 am-8:00 am Continental Breakfast

7:00 am-7:00 pm        Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 am-9:30 am            Opening General Session "Completion Surveys - Part 1".  Daniel S. Young, PLS, and John S. Zink, Idaho BLM Cadastral Surveyor.   

Surveys are sometimes required to finish a partially subdivided township or section.  This presentation will provide the fundamental concepts of completion surveys and how they occur.  An overview of the laws, procedures and regulations pertaining to completion surveys will also be provided covering topics such as protection of existing rights, protecting the plat and administrative concerns.  Case studies will then be presented demonstrating the application of technical procedures to resolve various completion surveys in Idaho.

Dan Young is a Supervisory Land Surveyor for the Idaho Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  He currently leads the office section at the Idaho State Office responsible for the review and approval of federal authority surveys and boundary evidence reports in Idaho.  His surveying career started in 1999 as a surveyor for the San Juan National Forest in Colorado.  Thereafter, he transferred to Intermountain Region 4 of the Forest Service in his hometown of Boise.  After becoming a licensed land surveyor in Idaho, he has served as a project surveyor for various land development firms, responsible for conducting a wide variety of land survey projects.  He is a graduate of the University of Idaho where he obtained a B.S. in Environmental Science and minor in Forest Resources.  

John S. Zink has been a Land Surveyor for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for 38+ years.  Currently he is at the Idaho State Office in Boise serving as a Senior Reviewer and Riparian Boundary Specialist. His land surveying career began in 1977 with the U.S. Forest Service, in the Land Line Location program on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Mount Shasta, California, working with the U.S. Forest Service until 1984.  In 1979, he graduated from Humboldt State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering (Surveying Emphasis), with a minor in geology.  In 1984 he joined BLM Cadastral Survey, working in the field on Group Surveys in California, Nevada and Idaho.  In 1989 he became a Quality Review Specialist, Reviewing official BLM surveys in California, Nevada and Idaho. During his career, he has served in a variety of capacities in both the field and office sections.

9:30 am-10:00 am Break with Vendors

10:00 am-11:30 am        Opening General Session "Completion Surveys - Part 2"      
Continuation of 8:00 am session.   Daniel S. Young, PLS, and John S. Zink, Idaho BLM Cadastral Surveyor.   

11:30 am-1:30 pm          Lunch - Annual Meeting & Swearing In Ceremony

1:30 pm-3:00 pm Breakouts

   1. Corner Evidence Evaluation - Part 1 (BLM).  Monte L. King, PlS (AL & ID), and Bradley F. Dillon, PLS. 

What is the best evidence of a corner point? How much evidence is enough? This presentation will reinforce some principles that will assist you in evaluating evidence for its ability to serve as proof of a corner point, and help you determine the answer to these questions. After evaluating the available evidence, the next step is corner classification as to whether it is existent, obliterated, or lost. If the corner point is not existent then you should consider all means for ascertaining the location of the corner point by knowing and applying all elements of collateral evidence that should be evaluated for their ability to serve as proof of the corner point, before determining that the corner point is “lost.”  Every corner point has its own “story” and the goal is to gather all evidence, evaluate all the evidence, and determine your interpretation of the “story” using your professional judgement. Once determined, your record should be able to clearly communicate to others your interpretation along with your reason(s) for weighting and/or rejecting conflicting evidence.

Monte King is a Supervisory Land Surveyor for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cadastral Survey in Idaho. He currently leads the field section responsible for the field aspect of Cadastral Surveys. His surveying career started in 1996 as a survey technician for BLM Cadastral Survey in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Beginning in 2005 he was in responsible charge of surveys as assigned. Over the course of his career, he worked under 4 BLM State Offices (ES, ID, MT, & NM) in 17 states executing numerous Official Dependent Resurveys and investigations (M&B and PLSS states). He became a supervisor in 2019 and worked in D.C. for Eastern States Cadastral Survey leading the office section for approximately 1 year before relocating to Idaho. Licensed in Alabama in 2008 and Idaho in 2022. 

Brad Dillon is a Land Surveyor for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the Idaho State Office in Boise. His land surveying career began in 2010 with the BLM in Rawlins, Wyoming; after graduating from Ferris State University with a B.S. of Science in Surveying/Engineering and minor in Mathematics. During his career, he has worked in 3 BLM offices (WY, NV, and ID) and served in a variety of capacities in both the field and office sections. He is currently a Field Section Lead, a licensed PLS in Idaho, and has also obtained his EIT.

  2. "Revolutionizing the Built Environment: Harnessing the Power of Surveying and Reality Capture Technologies".  Matthew Byrd 

In this presentation, we will delve into the latest technologies being adopted in the built environment such as 3D Laser Scanning, Drones, 360 Cameras, Robotics, BIM, Digital Twins. We will also address the challenges that come with their implementation. We will emphasize the crucial role of the survey community in advancing these technologies and the importance of inspiring and encouraging young people to consider a profession in surveying and the reality capture industries. Additionally, we will explore ways to inspire innovation within companies that may struggle with change and discuss how these technologies can help transform the way we work.

3:00 pm-3:30 pm Break with Vendors

3:30 pm-5:00 pm Breakouts

   1.    "Corner Evidence Evaluation - Part 2"  Continuation of 1:30 pm session.   Monte L. King, PlS (AL & ID), and Bradley F. Dillon, PLS, assisting. 

   2. Open Discussion / Q&A with the group. (Reality Capture Technology, Entrepreneurship, Branding and Marketing).  Matthew Byrd 

This would be carrying over from the previous slot. This session would be a Q&A time to talk through how to get started with new technologies, answer questions and have open discussion around the previous topics.   
I will give a little bit of my story about how I started my business, talking about the importance of building a brand, marketing tactics for growing your business with social media, etc.

5:30 pm-6:30 pm Awards Dinner

Wednesday, March 15

7:00 am-8:00 am Continental Breakfast

7:00 am Registration Opens

7:00 am-6:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 am-9:30 am General Session - Gary Kent

This program is designed to help surveyors navigate the constantly changing climate of today’s  economy, technologies and society.  The program ranges from a close look at a number of traditional business topics such as financial statements, contracts, metrics and project management to a study of the elements of leadership that make for a healthy workplace, like understanding millennial employee motivations, leading by serving, and listening.

9:30 am-10:00 am Break with Vendors

10:00 am-Noon General Session - Gary Kent 

12:00 pm-1:30 pm Lunch with speaker Gary Kent

1:30 pm-3:00 pm General Session - Gary Kent

3:00 pm-3:30 pm Break with Vendors

3:30 pm-5:00 pm General Session - Gary Kent

5:00 pm-6:00 pm Reception

6:00 pm Dinner and Scholarship Auction

Thursday, March 16

7:00 am-8:00 am Continental Breakfast

7:00 am Registration Opens

7:00 am-Noon Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 am-10:00 am General Session "GIS, Parcel Mapping and the Surveyor".  Lisa Van Horn & Les Van Horn

How a survey grade GIS system was built on actual surveyed data and the variety of uses that expanded from that type of data in the modern world.   A great tool for the local surveying profession and others in need of a reliable cadastral data set. 

10:00 am-10:30 am      Break with Vendors

10:30 am-Noon Breakouts

     1.  "Survey Instruments History and Use".  Lisa Van Horn & Les Van Horn

Compass and chain to GPS?  This course will look at the instruments of the past and how they evolved through time.  What type of instruments were required for the PLSS work.  

     2. "Disciplinary Case Studies and Ethics".  Tom Judge

Disciplinary cases test the laws and rules governing our profession, and serve as a reminder of our responsibility to the public. Fortunately most of us will never experience this process. That does not mean we can't learn from others. This class is designed to show the basics of case development, where to find precedential orders, and the main 'lessons' learned' from some of them. This will be an ethics centered discussion with audience participation.

12:00 pm-3:00 pm Lunch and General Session - "Idaho Rules & Regs Briefing".  Tom Judge

The face of regulation is changing across the country and Idaho is no exception. While many States are gradually moving to new models, Idaho has made a dramatic shift. These changes have impacted everything from legislation and rulemaking to the discipline process. The duties and authorities of IPELS have been impacted greatly. This session will start with an overview of recent changes in our laws and rules and shift to a discussion of ongoing regulatory changes in Idaho. This discussion will focus on ways we can ensure the mission of protecting the public is preserved.

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