A monthly Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and
Civil Engineers member newsletter

December 2021
MALSCE Sustaining Members: AirWorks Solutions Inc., Allen & Major Associates, Inc.,
Beals and Thomas Inc., Bluesky Geospatial Limited, Brennan Consulting, Inc., BSC Group, Inc.,
Carlson Software, DGT Associates, Donovan Hatem LLP, Eastern Topographics, Feldman Geospatial,
Hancock Associates, Maine Technical Source, Moran Surveying, Inc., Nitsch Engineering,
Samiotes Consultants Inc., Spiller's, Topcon Solutions Store, VHB, Inc., Waypoint Technology Group
UAV Mapping Educational Series

Thursdays, January 13 & 27, February 10 & 24, and March 10, 2022
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Zoom Video Webinar
Presented by:
Raymond J. Hintz, PLS, PhD
Professor, University of Maine

The UAV Mapping Educational Series is comprised of five two-hour webinars that are designed to teach professionals about the concepts behind UAVs, mission planning, data collection, data processing, georeferencing, quality assurance, lidar alternatives, attributing the information, national standards, and products. While directly related to traditional fixed wing large camera format photogrammetry, the use of UAV in producing similar products has dramatic differences due to no pilot on board, smaller format handheld cameras, multi-ray overlaps of photos, self-calibration of cameras, automated pixel matching, and automated classification. The use of airborne GNSS and inertial measuring system (IMU) sensors has changed the traditional georeferencing problem dramatically.

In addition to lectures, the series’ featured sessions will utilize example data and example software, and allow time for questions and answers. Each two-hour session will include a ten-minute break and a quiz to measure participant learning. Registrants who view all five sessions and pass all administered quizzes will receive a certificate of completion. For participant convenience, the first four sessions will be recorded and made available between classes. Participation in the live fifth session is mandatory.

Click here to learn more about session content and to register.
Thirteenth Annual Legal Perspectives on Land Surveying

Friday, January 21, 2022
7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration; 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Seminar
The Conference Center at Waltham Woods
This program will simultaneously be presented as a Zoom Video Webinar

Don’t miss this popular seminar examining legal issues impacting the land surveying profession. This year’s seminar will feature the same insightful analysis of recent legal interpretations of surveys by Massachusetts courts and related matters that is the hallmark of this program. Attorneys from Englander & Chicoine P.C. and other notable land use practitioners will discuss the following topics that will enable you to create a more effective survey, which may help parties avoid litigation or prevail on disputed claims. Learn why this is MALSCE’s most popular seminar year after year.

Click here to learn more about the topics being covered and to register.
Save the Date
2022 MALSCE Convention
The convention's featured sessions will simultaneously be presented via Zoom
Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, 2022
DoubleTree by Hilton Leominster

Save the date for the 2022 MALSCE Convention on March 18 and 19, 2022 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Leominster, MA. The convention will feature in-depth presentations, a convention exhibit, and opportunities to network with your peers. The convention will also feature Joseph V. R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE who is principal and CEO of GeoLearn, LLC. Joe will be presenting the following sessions:

50 Ways to Improve Your Surveying Measurements
This session covers at least 50 ways that it is possible to make outright blunders, or to include errors that could be important to the measurements you make. Not being aware of them or not considering them can decrease the accuracy of your surveys or make them just plain wrong. 

Things About Instrumentation You May Have Forgotten or Never Learned
It is a well-known fact that most surveying team members could use a deeper understanding of how the technology works and the assumptions that are made about its condition at any time. The premise of this session is that by knowing some simple technology checking techniques and a few more things about technology operation, you as a team member can become the first level of quality assurance in your organization’s work. 

Re-Engineering Surveyors and Their Businesses
Surveyors often ponder their status as professionals and their relationship to other professionals. During this session, Joe will examine what surveyors do currently and how it affects their self-perception and perceptions by others. He will also discuss how these perceptions are created and what we might do to alter them as individuals, as a group, and as businesses. 

Look for convention materials beginning in January 2022!
MALSCE Updates
Final Chance to Renew Your MALSCE Membership!

MALSCE leaders would like to thank all MALSCE dues-paying members who have paid their fiscal year 2022 dues. Your timely payment helps ensure that MALSCE has the financial support that is needed to sustain its operations.

Third and final dues invoices were emailed to non-renewing members in early December. The MALSCE memberships of those who have not paid their fiscal year 2022 dues will be made inactive in January. If you have not paid your FY22 dues and would like to receive another copy of your MALSCE dues invoice, contact Michelle Monette at 617-305-4113 or
Become a MALSCE Sustaining Member

There is still time to become a 2021-2022 MALSCE Sustaining Member. The enrollment period for new and renewing Sustaining Members is ongoing. Promote your organization to nearly 400 MALSCE members and demonstrate your support of the land surveying profession by renewing your Sustaining Membership or by becoming a MALSCE Sustaining Member today! For $500 or a prorated fee if you become a new member, your organization can become a Sustaining Member for the 2022 Fiscal Year as well as the 2022-2023 sustaining member renewal period which lasts until Fall 2022. 

Click here to learn more.
Industry News

Thomas A. DiPaolo, PE, Assistant Chief Engineer of MassDOT – Highway Division recently announced the release of Engineering Directive E-21-005, Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE). This directive requires designers to make provisions for the completion of SUE Level B investigations during the preliminary design phase of all new projects anticipated to involve subsurface utility relocations. This work, if necessary, shall be performed and paid for under Task 302, Utility Coordination, in MassDOT’s Standardized Scope of Services for Consultant Services.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Thomas directly at
Surveying Education Opportunities
MALSCE is happy to share any information about surveying education opportunities that it learns about with members. UMaine has several different surveying degree and certificate programs available online, click here to learn moreWentworth has an online Professional Land Surveying Certificate program, click here to learn moreIdaho State University has recently announced online options for their surveying and geospatial program, click here to learn more.
2022 NSPS Election - Don't Forget to Vote

Among the most important benefits of membership in any organization is the ability to participate in the selection of its leadership. The 2022 National Society of Professional Surveyors Election Ballots have been emailed to voting members from the email address Please take the opportunity to read the email message or one of the two follow-up “reminder” email messages you will receive, and vote for the candidate of your choice by the December 31 deadline. If you do not recall receiving this email, please check your spam folder.
NSPS Young Surveyors' Network 2021 Election

The ballots for the Young Surveyors' Network 2021 annual election have been released! Members under 35 or within 10 years of getting their degree can sign up at to vote for the next YSN Vice President and Secretary.

Click here to learn more about the candidates.
2022 NSPS and AAGS Scholarships

Each year, through the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation (NSPSF), over $30,000 in scholarships funded by a variety of individuals, companies, and organizations are made available to encourage and support college education in geospatial sciences. These scholarships are a great opportunity for college students in surveying, mapping, geographic information systems, and geodetic science programs. Information about scholarships and the Application Form is available on the NSPS website.

Click here to view the application and apply by January 21, 2022!
Emergency Appeal for the NSPS Disaster Relief Fund

As we approach the holiday season, a major portion of our nation has been devastated by a disaster of a magnitude that is difficult to comprehend. The Trustees of the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation, Inc. (NSPSF) are asking every member of our professional community, from businesses to individuals, to please help NSPSF be prepared to aid our colleagues in need. Please make a holiday donation to the NSPSF Disaster Relief Fund. 100% of all donations to the Disaster Relief Fund will be used for disaster assistance.

Make your tax deductible donation online or mail a check to the NSPS Foundation, 5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q, Frederick, MD 21704 
Affiliate Association Events

NYSAPLS' 63rd Annual Surveyors Conference

January 19-20 & January 27-28, 2022
Virtual Conference

Click here to learn more and register.
MALSCE News is a monthly publication of the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers. This newsletter highlights the program and activities of MALSCE and reports on national and local matters of interest to land surveyors and civil engineers. While we cannot promise to print all news items that we receive, if you have one to share with your fellow MALSCE members please forward it to Rich Keenan at
Questions or comments?
Michelle Monette, MALSCE,  One Walnut Street, Boston, MA 02108, 
P: 617/227-5551 | F: 617/227-6783,