Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast

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October 13, 2021  

Welcome to the 100th episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast”!

Welcome to the 100th episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast”!

When NSPS began the process for replacing its venerable “NSPS Radio Hour” on internet radio, we knew it would take some time, work, and learning some new skills to put together our own podcast. While the format has changed, the transformation to a podcast medium has allowed us to attract more guests from around the globe and introduce many more topics than before.

This week is no different, as we meet our coordinators for the upcoming “Survey & GIS Summit” co-hosted by NSPS and URISA. Brent Jones (EP79) and Linda Foster (EP81) are leading the charge to bring a virtual conference event that has plenty to offer to the GIS and surveying professions together. Listen in on the details of the origin of the conference, evolution to today’s version, and where this endeavor can take both professions.

Thank you for tuning into “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” and listen for the question to enter into our drawing for great prizes. Simply email the answer to info@nsps.us.com to enter the drawing for shirts, hats, Yetis, and more!  The deadline is enter is Wednesday, October 20 at 5:00 pm Eastern. And watch social media for more announcements about future episodes and guests!

October 6, 2021  

Episode 99 - This episode is with Virginia Winberg, a PLS from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, (Minnesota, for those who don’t know that tidbit).

Chalk up another great conversation with a true role model! Our chat this week for Episode 99 of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” is with Virginia Winberg, a PLS from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, (Minnesota, for those who don’t know that tidbit). Tim Burch sat down with Virginia to talk about her involvement in the Women’s Survey Summit AND the Future Surveyor’s Foundation with our previous “Surveyor Says!” guests, Anna Rios (EP21) and Heather Sides (EP95). She also shared her recent experience at the Minnesota State Fair (exhibiting for 12 days!) and spreading the survey gospel to fair goers. Virginia talked about what makes a great mentor and how we need to continue to give back to our wonderful profession.

Thank you for tuning into this episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast and keep watching social media for our announcements regarding Episode 100 and cool prizes!

September 29, 2021  

Episode 98 - This episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” is a recent conversation with Denver Winchester, PLS, and the current President of the NSPS Young Surveyors Network (YSN).

This episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” is a recent conversation with Denver Winchester, PLS, and the current President of the NSPS Young Surveyors Network (YSN). Tim Burch sat down with Denver to discuss the 2022 NSPS Student Competition being held in conjunction with the NSPS Spring Business Meetings. They also discussed topics and outcomes of the YSN meetings during the NSPS Fall Business Meetings in Oak Brook, Illinois, (just outside of Chicago). Denver and Tim talked about the importance of both the Student Competition and growing the YSN to provide a solid future for the profession and for the Association.

Thank you for tuning into this episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast and keep watching social media for our announcements regarding Episode 100 and cool prizes!

September 22, 2021  

Episode 97 - Our discussion this week includes Curt Sumner, Gary Kent , and Tim Burch talk about how licensing varies nationwide.

Professional surveyors are well aware of the duties that go with being licensed; protection of the public’s safety, health, welfare, and property as related to boundaries and correctly prepared legal descriptions. The public itself, and the governmental officials they elect, often do not realize the importance of the professional land surveyor. Today’s episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” covers the topic of why licensure of surveyors is critical to public safety while attempts to include surveying in license deregulation will harm many aspects of property ownership and accurate descriptions. Our roundtable discussion includes Curt Sumner (NSPS Executive Director), Gary Kent (longtime ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Chair), and Tim Burch (NSPS President-Elect) talk about how licensing varies nationwide, the multitude of land systems, and how the educational requirements must be a significant component in the path to licensure.

High precision measurement has become the norm thanks to technology, but surveyors are relied upon for their accuracy in establish, retracement and legal descriptions of real property. This discussion establishes several good talking points for our practitioner to use when deregulation comes knocking at their door. This is one episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast you don’t want to miss!

September 15, 2021  

Episode 96 - This week’s episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” allows us the opportunity to meet Christina Lee, our newest staff member.

The staff at NSPS, while small in number, carries much responsibility in their roles and the Accounting Manager is no different. This week’s episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” allows us the opportunity to meet Christina Lee, our newest staff member. Christina replaces Bob Jupin, who retired at the end of 2020 after a 13-year run with NSPS. Tim Burch recently sat down with Christina to talk about how she came to NSPS, her path to becoming an accountant, (earning THREE Master’s degrees along the way!) and adjusting to the fast-paced world of professional surveying. She shared how she quickly adapted to our means and methods as well as charting a course for NSPS to continue a strong financial portfolio. Christina also talked about fiscal responsibility in an age where fraud and theft are just a few clicks away.

As NSPS prepares for leadership changes, Christina and the other staff members provide the organization with a solid foundation into a new era. Knowing we are fiscally stable and financial outlook is looking good, we can continue to be the national representative and advocate the profession has come to expect. Thanks for tuning into this informational episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast.

September 8, 2021  

Episode 95 - Today’s conversation is with DJ Kyle, the TSPS Executive Director and Heather Sides, the TSPS President-Elect (but only for another month!).

Welcome to “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” as we welcome our distinguished affiliate, the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors. Today’s conversation is with DJ Kyle, the TSPS Executive Director and Heather Sides, the TSPS President-Elect (but only for another month!). These ladies recently caught up with Tim Burch to talk about their backgrounds, how they became involved with TSPS, and how association advocacy is an important part of the profession. Heather shared her experiences with the Texas Young Surveyors, promoting the Certified Survey Technician (CST) program, and her strategic plan for taking TSPS further forward in recruiting our future generations of surveyors. DJ spoke of the promotional work, media involvement, and conference planning that she has coordinated for TSPS to help keep surveying front and center for students and young adults. Together, these ladies, along with the chapters of TSPS, are making a difference for the profession in Texas and beyond.

This episode was a refreshingly positive conversation on the future of surveying. TSPS has taken a hands-on approach to promoting the profession and the proof is in the results. Join us for an inspiring discussion of this episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast.

September 1, 2021  

Episode 94 - Tim Burch recently talked with Connie Barrett, a professional surveyor in California who also paints still life portraits in watercolors.

Welcome to “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” and our conversation with Connie Barrett, a professional surveyor in California who also paints still life portraits in watercolors. She recently talked with Tim Burch to discuss her path into surveying (thanks to her grandfather!), getting acclimated to life here in the US versus her childhood in Yugoslavia (present day Croatia), and pursuing his professional license. Connie talks about her early love for art and how she “rediscovered” her passion while using painting for a relaxing hobby. Her artwork has been recognized throughout social media and now has presented her with the challenge of a backlog of commission work. Check out Connie’s work on many of the surveyor group pages on various platform to see why her paintings are in demand.

Connie is another great example of a positive role model for surveyors of all ages. We are very appreciative for her time to be here with us on “Surveyor Says!” and look forward to more great painting in the future.

August 25, 2021  

Episode 93 - David Acosta, Chair of the NSPS Diversity Committee speaks with host Curt Sumner about the progress of ongoing activities of the committee.

NSPS is committed to insuring that it represents the interests of the diverse composition of the Professional Surveying community. David Acosta, Chair of the NSPS Diversity Committee speaks with host Curt Sumner about the progress of ongoing activities, and the Committee’s plans for further engagement. As one might expect, the Committee is comprised of individuals representing a broad cross-section within the profession.

August 18, 2021  

Episode 92 - “What is Surveying?”, this episode of “Surveyor Says! finds us chasing down the original geospatial “Deadhead” Dave Doyle, our favorite retired NGS Chief Geodesist.

Continuing to ask the question “What is Surveying?”, this episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” finds us chasing down the original geospatial “Deadhead” Dave Doyle, our favorite retired NGS Chief Geodetic Surveyor. We caught up with Dave between his speaking engagements and monument hunting trips to discuss our topic and provide his perspective of surveying through the evolution of geodesy becoming an important part of positioning. He shared his story of how he was introduced to surveying (Thank you, Uncle Sam!), his early involvement with developing the NAD83 framework, and how important the proper understanding of GPS metadata is to the surveyor. Dave also highlights the importance of geospatial data by the surveyor for collaboration with the GIS community.

Thanks for tuning into this next installment of our “What is Surveying” series with another great viewpoint of the profession. We will continue to bring you those perspectives in future episodes of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast.

August 11, 2021  

Episode 91 - NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John Palatiello joins host Curt Sumner to discuss the issue of Occupational Licensing.

NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John Palatiello joins host Curt Sumner to discuss the much talked about issue of Occupational Licensing, from its origins to the present-day legislation and government policy threatening licensure. Clearly, whether related to circumstances wherein licensure is critical (for Professional services such as Surveying), or whether licensure for some occupations limits competition and market entry, with no public health, safety, and welfare benefit, this podcast reviews why it is critical to actively advocate for preservation of Surveying licensure as protection for the public.

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