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Registration 7:30 AM Seminars begin 8:00 AM Local Time

September 19, 2019

Surveying and Engineering: Past, Present and Future

Holiday Inn Effingham, 1301 Ave. of Mid America, Effingham, IL

8 Surveyor and Engineer Credits

Registration Fee: $225 per person includes lunch

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Topic Description

Surveying and Engineering: Past, Present and Future

Speaker: Duane Brown, P.E., PS

This  course will include historical information on how projects were  completed (e.g., data gathering & compilation, calculations, plan  preparation, presentation,  and approval process), current issues and challenges (lack of  historical perspective, liability & ethical issues, increasing  complexity - regulations, involved parties, construction process,  financing, and client relationships), and trends for the future  (education, over-confidence  in technology, dealing with the morass of regulatory controls, building  & maintaining relationships, and protecting the  health/safety/welfare of the public).  Examples will be given from historical G.L.O and U.S.C.&G.S.  surveys.  Opinions will be offered on retracement survey methods in  metes-and-bounds tracts and platted subdivisions. Suggestions will be  provided on job set-up, record indexing & retrieval, plan &  drawing preparation, and establishing reliable survey procedures.

Risk Management

Speaker: Gary Kent, P.S.

Responding to Risk Management Issues

· Focusing on Serving the Client by Managing Risk

· General Rules for Creating Effective Contract Language

· Types of Surveys and Standards

· Practice Management

· List of Issues

· Certifications

· Dispute Avoidance/Dispute Resolutions

· Electronic Information Transfer

· Environmental Hazards

· Insurance Requirements

· Risk Allocation

Being an Expert Witness

Speaker: Gary Kent, P.S.

This program will begin with a brief look at the types of projects and actions that result in the most claims against surveyors, and how big those claims typically are.   The program will then explore how a company can organize and manage itself to help avoid such claims.  From there, the focus will shift to serving as a consulting or expert witness for which there are many facets, ranging from assessing whether the surveyor should even accept the assignment in the first place, to providing actual testimony in court.  This program will look at the considerations that need to be dealt with as the surveyor proceeds along the litigation path as an expert or consulting witness.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, the participant will be able to…

1. List the primary sources of claims in surveying

2. Outline strategies for avoiding claims

3. Explain the role of the consultant and of the expert witness

4. Outline important elements related to providing expert reports, depositions and expert testimony

Railroad Rights of Way - Interest, Rights, and Rail-to-Trails

Speaker: Gary Kent, P.S.

Railroad Rights of Way – Interests, Rights, and Rail-to-Trails

Professional Surveyors frequently encounter railroad rights of way in their work as they retrace boundaries, deal with questions of seniority between public roads and railroads, address abandonments or reversionary rights, or guide clients on their needs for easements or licenses over railroad rights of way. In the process they often face confusion over the status of a railroad right of way: Is it a fee ownership or just an easement? Is it abandoned or just inactive? Is it active? How does one know? How does one find Railroad Valuation Maps and vesting deeds? What about "Rails to Trails?" In this session, we will review several significant Federal and Indiana Court decisions regarding railroad rights of way including Preseault v. Interstate Commerce Commission (U.S. Supreme Court, 1990), Consolidated Rail Corporation v. Lewellen (Indiana, 1997), Clark  v. CSX (Indiana, 2000) and the more recent Howard v. U.S. (Indiana,  2012). We will also exam the National Trails System Act of 1969 and its progeny in order to better understand the whole of the debate over "Rails to Trails" and how the standing of a railroad's right of way can be perplexing.

The Art of Retracement

Speaker: Gary Kent, P.S.


Every professional surveyor across the Unites States knows the phrase “Follow in the Footsteps” as it relates to conducting a boundary retracement survey. But what does it really mean and what is the basis for following the footsteps? And exactly whose footsteps are we talking about? Surveyors also know the effect of the statute of frauds is that what is written in the conveyancing document is considered by the courts to be the highest and best expression of the parties’ intentions. But what happens when the evidence of the footsteps on the ground conflicts with the written title? What if there are seemingly no footsteps to follow? What then? In this program we will explore the concept of retracement, how it relates to and is dependent on the document of conveyance, and what controls when conflicts are inevitably encountered. When armed with a full understanding of the concept of retracement, surveyors will be much better equipped to help steer their clients (and their affected neighbors) away from the pain and cost of litigation, and towards an amicable solution based on well-placed confidence and understanding of their respective roles and responsibilities.