A monthly Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and

Civil Engineers member newsletter

February/March 2024

MALSCE Sustaining Members: Allen & Major Associates, Inc., Beals and Thomas, Inc.,

Bluesky Geospatial Limited, Brennan Consulting, Inc., BSC Group, Inc., Crocker Design Group,

DiPrete Engineering Associates, DGT Associates, Eastern Topographics, E.T. Engineering Enterprises, Feldman Geospatial, Field Resources, Inc., Hancock Associates, Maine Technical Source,

Nitsch Engineering, R.J. O'Connell & Associates, Inc., Samiotes Consultants Inc., Spiller's,

Tighe & Bond, Topcon Solutions Store, VHB, Inc., Waypoint Technology Group, WSP


UAV Mapping Educational Series

Thursdays, March 28, April 11 & 25, and May 9 & 23, 2024

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Zoom Video Webinar


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. Series participants will be given access to video recordings of sessions one through four in case they have a scheduling conflict preventing them from participating in one or more of the live webinars.

Click here to learn more and register.

The 2024 MALSCE Convention Was a Great Success

MALSCE leaders are pleased to report that the 2024 MALSCE Convention, which was held on Friday and Saturday, March 1 & 2, at the Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center, was judged to be a

great success. The convention attracted 150 registrants, the highest number of attendees in more than a decade. Feedback from the participants who responded to MALSCE's request for input indicated that the convention was well-received.

A Convention Planning Committee, co-chaired by Todd Chapman, MALSCE Cape Cod Chapter president, and Paul Campbell, MALSCE vice president, was charged with the task of developing and presenting this year's convention. After months of planning, this committee hosted a convention, which was organized under the theme "The Evolution of Our Profession," and featured nine general and concurrent sessions, fourteen exhibitors, MALSCE Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony, and a reception and auction to benefit the MALSCE Education Trust.

Dan Bremser Named

MALSCE Surveyor of the Year

J. Dan Bremser, PLS, senior project manager at Hancock Associates, Inc., was named the recipient of MALSCE's prestigious 2023 Surveyor of the Year Award during the 2024 MALSCE Convention’s Annual Meeting. This award is annually presented to a professional land surveyor who has provided outstanding leadership for the profession.

The MALSCE Awards Committee, which is comprised of the four most recent Surveyor of the Year Award winners, selected Dan for his outstanding leadership in the profession as a dedicated MALSCE officer and practicing professional land surveyor. Dan has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to promoting the ethics, integrity, and legal aspects of the surveying profession in these roles. His commendable efforts to further his colleagues’ and the public’s understanding of land surveying are impactful and noteworthy. Dan's colleague, Joseph Small from Hancock Associates, Inc., pictured on the right above, next to MALSCE President Ken Conte, accepted the award on Dan's behalf.

The tradition of selecting a Surveyor of the Year dates back to MALSCE’s early days. It allows the association the opportunity to honor and thank a leader who has been exemplary for their service to MALSCE, the profession and the community. You can see the names of the past award recipients on the MALSCE website.

David Prince Given

MALSCE Presidential Citation

David P. Prince, PLS, vice president survey services at WSP, was the recipient of a 2024 MALSCE Presidential Citation during this year's annual convention. Presidential citations are awarded by the MALSCE president to individuals who they feel have distinguished themselves by their contributions to MALSCE and/or the land surveying profession.

David (pictured on the left next to MALSCE President Ken Conte in the adjacent photograph) received this award in recognition of his exceptional contributions to MALSCE and the land surveying profession as chair of the MALSCE Public Awareness Committee. Under his exemplary leadership, this revitalized committee is promoting the benefits of a career in land surveying to students, teachers, and counselors. David has demonstrated an admirable dedication to helping ensure there is a future generation of professional land surveyors.

MALSCE Congratulates Convention Plan & Field Notes Contests Winners

One of the highlights of the 2024 MALSCE Convention was Friday's Plan and Field Notes Contests during which attendees were able to view a total of 42 entries and vote for the top plans in multiple categories, as well as the Plan and Field Notes of the Year. Click here to see a list of of contest winners.

Thank You to Our Convention Exhibitors!

MALSCE leaders would like to thank representatives of the following 2024 MALSCE Convention Exhibitors for their participation and support:

Bluesky Geospatial Ltd.

CADNET Services, LLP

Carlson Software

Franklin Cummings Tech

Keystone Precision Solutions

Maine Technical Source

National Geodetic Survey

Seiler GeoDrones & Seiler Design Solutions

Wachusett Survey Solutions

Waypoint Technology Group


Thank You to Our Sustaining Members,

Convention Advertisers, and Sponsors!

Members of the MALSCE Board of Directors and Convention Planning Committee would like to thank the Sustaining Members, Sponsors, and Advertisers who helped make the 2024 MALSCE Convention a success. Click here to read more.


Join the MALSCE Public Awareness Committee


The recently reconstructed MALSCE Public Awareness Committee is charged with promoting the general recognition and acceptance of the practice of land surveying and survey engineering and stimulating a greater interest in public perceptions affecting the profession. Committee chair David Prince, PLS, from WSP, has been holding regular meetings and member of the committee have made several visits to promote a career in land surveying to secondary school students.


To see a full committee description, click here. If you would like to volunteer to serve on the committee, email David Prince at

Governor Healey Proclaims Week of March 17, 2024 as Professional Land Surveyors Week

Governor Maura Healey proclaimed the week of March 17, 2024, to be Professional Land Surveyors Week. The Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE) encourages its members to continue its work to increase awareness of land surveying careers.

This week, March 17-23, 2024, is also National Surveyors Week and March 21, 2024 is Global Surveyors Day. The work of land surveyors is essential, and the goal of this week is to explain their contributions to the public, while promoting the profession to young people considering career paths.

Click here to read the full press release.

MALSCE Government Affairs Update February/March 2024


Click here for government affairs activities and news for MALSCE members. Save the date for Engineers and Land Surveyors Day at the State House on May 30, 2024! Learn about Governor Healey's fiscal year 2025 budget proposal, the updates to MassDOT Highway Division's Project Development and Design Guide, and recent Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors discussions.

Other News

US House Concurrent Resolution (H.Con.Res.) 96

Highlights Importance of Professional Licensure

Click here to read a statement from John M. Palatiello, contract federal lobbyist for NSPS, about the concurrent resolution introduced to the US House of Representatives.

Almer "Bud" Huntley, Jr. (1931-2024)

Members of the MALSCE Board of Directors are saddened to announce the passing of longtime MALSCE member and 1976-1977 MALSCE President, Almer "Bud" Huntley, PE, PLS, on February 19, 2024.

Click here to read Bud's full obituary.

Donate to the MALSCE Education Trust

The end of the year is a great time to donate to the MALSCE Education Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that invests in students and educators to advance the land surveying and civil engineering professions. Current initiatives include the annual MALSCE Education Trust scholarships and ongoing support for the University of Maine Surveying program. Donations to the MALSCE Education Trust make these and other undertakings possible and available for you and future professionals. Please consider contributing today! 


Click here to donate online.

Job Board

Multiple Positions - Hancock Associates

Hancock Associates has been a leader in the land development industry since 1978 and is growing. Our Civil Engineering, Land Surveying and Wetland Science experts provide services in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island through offices located in Boston, Chelmsford, Danvers, Marlborough, Newburyport, Palmer and Princeton, MA and Concord, NH. Positions we are hiring for include Professional Land Surveyors & Professional Engineers, Project & Staff Land Surveyors, Project & Staff Civil Engineers, Senior Level Project Managers, Field Crew Chiefs, Instrument Operators and Wetland Scientists.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Looking to promote a job to MALSCE members? Click here to learn more about posting on the MALSCE job board.

Surveying Education Opportunities

Look to MALSCE News and the MALSCE website for information on available surveying education opportunities. UMaine has several different surveying degree and certificate programs available online, click here to learn more. Franklin Cummings Tech (formerly Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology) is now offering professional land surveying courses for those currently working in surveying. Other universities with online surveying and geomatics programs options include Ferris State University and Oregon Institute of Technology.


NSPS Director's Report


By John Lloyd, PLS, Regional Survey Director, DGT Associates, Inc. and NSPS Director

As the MALSCE representative to the NSPS Board, John Lloyd attends NSPS spring and fall meetings and provides periodic updates on NSPS undertakings. Click here to read his report on the fall 2023 NSPS meeting.

Check Out "Surveyor Says" NSPS' Podcast


Want to hear from the movers and shakers of the surveying profession? Each week, NSPS brings you conversations with the trendsetters and difference-makers that are helping to shape the world of surveying. Your host, NSPS Executive Director Tim Burch, sits down with various personalities to discuss all things surveying, all bundled in a 30-minute conversation.

Click here to listen to Tim speak to John "JB" Byrd, NSPS federal lobbyist, about the upcoming NSPS Spring Meeting and NSPS "Day on the Hill."

Become a Certified Survey Technician


No matter what the future holds, prepare to meet challenges head on. Future-proof your resume by becoming a Certified Survey Technician (CST). This unique four-level certification program indicates official recognition by NSPS that a person can perform surveying tasks at a specific technical level. Show what you can do! Decide between the field or office track. Click here for more information.

Check Out NSPS' Redesigned Beasurveyor Website

Developed through a collaborative effort between NSPS and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), the redesigned now includes more outreach resources to engage young people and teach about surveying.

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,