Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast

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January 19, 2022  

Episode 112 - Ron Nelms, PLS - Author of ”Putting Big Sticks by Little Sticks”

“Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast goes to the library! This week, we feature Ron Nelms, PLS, who recently published a wonderful book “Putting Big Sticks by Little Sticks” that reflects the journey that his surveying career has taken. Ron recently talked with our two hosts, Curt Sumner and Tim Burch, on what inspired him to write about his career and how many life lessons are learned along the way. He explained that the surveying profession has provided him with my experiences and challenges that taught him more about life than just working as a surveyor. Ron also shared his personal challenge of putting his experiences into a written form and how it allowed him to reflect even more on a “storied” career.

The book is currently available on BookBaby.com (the publisher of the book), Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Putting-Big-Sticks-by-Little-Sticks

https://www.amazon.com/Putting-Big-Sticks-Little-Surveyor/dp/1667821296/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/putting-big-sticks-by-little-sticks-ronald-j-nelms/1140818262

Thanks for joining us here on “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast! More amazing surveying stories and information in the weeks ahead, so subscribe and follow us on all popular media channels.

January 12, 2022  

Episode 111 - Galen Scott - GPS on Benchmarks

We promised to have him back! This week is the return of our favorite National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Constituent Resources Manager, Mr. Galen Scott. Back in Episode 71, Galen discussed the popular GPS on Benchmarks program that uses crowdsourced geodetic information from around the country to help NGS with future transformation tools.

We appreciate you tuning in to listen to “Geospatial with Galen” and he will be back soon to talk about all things OPUS and other great things from NGS. Thanks again for listening to “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast.

https://geodesy.noaa.gov/web/science_edu/webinar_series/gpsonbm-nsrs-campaign-continues.shtml

https://geodesy.noaa.gov/GPSonBM/

 

January 6, 2022  

Episode 110 - Big Announcement! w/ Curt & Tim

After a much-needed break for the holidays, we are back and with big changes to announce for the new year. This episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast features our two hosts, Curt Sumner and Tim Burch, but in different roles for the organization. After a 23-year run as Executive Director, Curt is transitioning to an Emeritus role and has handed the reins to Tim as the new Executive Director. Curt and Tim sat down after a hectic first week to reflect on the change at the top of NSPS yet retaining the continuity of the organization with its wonderful staff. We learn about Curt’s career to date and how this next chapter takes him back to his roots and near his immediate family.

Lots of great episodes and guest are on tap for 2022 so make sure you are subscribed to “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast to catch more of these great interviews. Thank you for joining us!

December 15, 2021  

EP109 ”What is Surveying?” - Subsurface Underground Engineering & Mapping

This episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” delves into the world of underground utility location from the surveyor’s perspective and features Mike Clifford, DGT Associates co-founder & principal, and Mike Twohig, Director of Subsurface Mapping for DGT.

December 8, 2021  

Episode 108 - This episode features interviews with Jeanette Harley, Heather Kennan, and Eric Salovich, the candidates for NSPS Young Surveyors Network (YSN) Secretary in the upcoming 2022 Election.

This episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” features interviews with Jeanette Harley, Heather Kennan, and Eric Salovich, the candidates for NSPS Young Surveyors Network (YSN) Secretary in the upcoming 2022 Election. All three young entrepreneurs sat down recently to chat with NSPS President-Elect Tim Burch about goals for the YSN, the importance of a strong relationship between the Young Surveyors and the NSPS Board of Directors, and what each of them sees coming up with the future of surveying.

The Young Surveyors Network represents a bright future ahead for the profession and these two candidates are prime examples of those leaders. Thank you for listening to this episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast and look for ballots for the 2022 NSPS Young Surveyors Network election cycle to be announced soon.

December 1, 2021  

Episode 107 - The NSPS Podcast” features interviews with Nolan Mark and Jacob Heck, candidates for NSPS Young Surveyors Network (YSN) Vice President in the upcoming 2022 Election.

This episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” features interviews with Nolan Mark and Jacob Heck, candidates for NSPS Young Surveyors Network (YSN) Vice President in the upcoming 2022 Election. Both gentlemen sat down recently to chat with NSPS President-Elect Tim Burch about goals for the YSN, the importance of a strong relationship between the Young Surveyors and the NSPS Board of Directors, and what each of them sees coming up with the future of surveying.

The Young Surveyors Network represents a bright future ahead for the profession and these two candidates are prime examples of those leaders. Thank you for listening to this episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast and look for more interviews with the YSN Secretary candidates for the 2022 NSPS election cycle.

November 24, 2021  

Episode 106 - Happy Thanksgiving!

Each week, we bring you fascinating guests that are involved in the profession of surveying, but this week we are doing something a little different in the spirit of Thanksgiving. This episode finds several of the officers and our Executive Director, Curt Sumner, sharing what they are thankful for during this holiday season.

Thanks for joining us here on this holiday edition of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast.

November 18, 2021  

Episode 105 - Bob Akins, PLS - Candidate for NSPS Vice President

This episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” features executive Director Curt Sumner sitting down to speak with Bob Akins, PLS (OH) and a candidate for NSPS Vice President in the upcoming 2022 Election. Bob has been involved in the surveying profession for over 40 years after serving his country in the Army as a surveyor for several tours of Southeast Asia.

Bob represented the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio (PLSO) as NSPS Governor and was part of the 100% Membership initiative in which he became the Ohio representative on the NSPS Board of Directors. Bob currently serves as Chair of the NSPS Railroad Abandonment Committee and is committed to finding legislative support and financial backing for establishing monuments any time a railroad chooses to abandon a previously used line.

Bob would like to see NSPS continue to support the Young Surveyors Network and provide mentorship for any surveyor looking for career guidance.

Thank you for listening to this episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast and look for more interviews with the officer candidates for the 2022 NSPS election cycle.

November 10, 2021  

Episode 104 - Survey & GIS Summit -”What is Surveying” Panel Discussion

This week’s episode features our panel discussion from the recent “Survey & GIS Summit” hosted virtually by NSPS and URISA. Our panelists are Linda Foster, PLS, GISP from Ferber Engineering, Tripp Corbin, MCP, GISP from Davey Resource Group and Brent Jones, PE, PLS from Esri. Surveyors and GIS professionals share tools, markets, clients, and a lot more. There are many commonalities with services that surveyors and GIS professionals offer, but there are many differences as well. Questions were presented for this expert panel of both professional land surveyors and practicing GIS professionals.

November 3, 2021  

EP103 Rick Howard, PLS - Candidate for NSPS Vice President

This episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” features executive Director Curt Sumner sitting down to speak with Rick Howard, PLS (CT) and a candidate for NSPS Vice President in the upcoming 2022 Election. Rick has been involved in the surveying profession for over 30 years.  His educational background includes an associate degree in Civil Technology from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Science in Survey Engineering from The University of Maine, Orono.  Rick has both private and public sector experience. He spent 18 years working for Northeast Utilities in Berlin, Connecticut gaining experience in all types of land surveys including monitoring, GPS, GIS and large mapping projects.  He has been in private practice since 2007 and maintains land surveying licenses in CT, MA and NY.

Rick has served on The Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors (CALS) Board of Directors since 2007 and was selected as its Surveyor of the Year in 2014.  Rick represented CALS on the NSPS Board of Governors from 2007 to 2013, receiving the Key Governor Award in 2007, and serving as Chairman for two years (2012 and 2013).  As a CALS NSPS Director he received the Key Director Award in 2016.

Rick became a member of the NSPS team of ABET Program Evaluators (PEV) in 2014, served on the NSPS Executive Committee in 2015 and received an NSPS Presidential Citation in 2017.  

Rick currently serves as an NSPS Trustee on the NSPS Foundation Board (2015 to the present) and has served as Vice-Chair for the last two years.

Rick would like to see NSPS continue to be "One Unified Voice for the Surveying Profession", to strengthen our membership and continue to excel at the things we have proven we can do well.

Thank you for listening to this episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast and look for more interviews with the officer candidates for the 2022 NSPS election cycle.

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