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

November 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.
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Massachusetts Land Development Law
1.5 hour webinar
Presented by:
Mark Bobrowski, Esq.
Partner, Blatman, Bobrowski & Haverty LLC Attorneys at Law

This webinar features Mark Bobrowski, a partner at Blatman, Bobrowski & Haverty LLC Attorneys at Law and author of the Handbook of Massachusetts Law of Land Use and Planning Law. Now in its third edition, this handbook is frequently cited by the courts of the Commonwealth and has proven to be an excellent resource for many professional land surveyors. During his presentation, Mr. Bobrowski discussed the following topics along with pertinent cases where he has worked with surveyors:

  • Lot Merger Doctrine 
  • Variances
  • Special Permits
  • Zoning Reform Act (LURA)
A recording of this webinar is available for registrants to view until December 21, 2021.
Click here to register to view the recording.
Save the Date for These In-Person Events With Remote Access

Thirteenth Annual Legal Perspectives on Land Surveying
Friday, January 21, 2022
Conference Center at Waltham Woods

2022 MALSCE Convention
Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, 2022
DoubleTree by Hilton Leominster

Look to future emails for more information on these events.
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 will be emailed to non-renewing members this week. 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.
Join the MALSCE Proprietors' Council

Join the growing list of MALSCE members who represent their company as a member of the MALSCE Proprietors' Council. Under the leadership of its chair, Michael A. Feldman, Feldman Geospatial, the MALSCE Proprietors' Council has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to helping MALSCE grow and thrive, Proprietors' Council members have the opportunity to work with leaders from across the Commonwealth to help define the direction of MALSCE. There are also opportunities to hear from clients and bounce ideas off of peers regarding staffing, business opportunities, marketing and sustainability in our industries.

Click here for a list of Proprietors' Council members and learn how you can join the Proprietors' Council.
MALSCE Government Affairs Update - November 2021

Click here for Government Affairs activities and news for MALSCE members. Learn more about proposed and adopted federal and state legislation impacting the land surveying and civil engineering professions as well as recent Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors discussions.
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.
President Biden Signs $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill into Law

On November 15, President Biden signed into law H.R. 3684, the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” now Public Law 117-58, the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. Included in the highway portion of the bill is a provision NSPS long supported, Section 11308. Geomatic Data, which requires the Secretary of Transportation to “develop guidance for the acceptance and use of information obtained from a non-Federal entity through geomatic techniques, including remote sensing and land surveying, cartography, geographic information systems, global navigation satellite systems, photogrammetry, or other remote means”. It further requires the Secretary to “ensure that acceptance or use of information meets the data quality and operational requirements of the Secretary and calls for a public comment period before the issuance of the guidance. The bill also includes provisions regarding utility location and relocation that will require surveying and subsurface utility engineering services. Click here for the Executive Order for implementation of the bill.
2022 NSPS Student Competition

The 2022 NSPS Student Competition will be held in conjunction with the spring meeting of the National Society of Professional Surveyors. This year’s competition will only include field exercises in order to lessen the workload for students and faculty. There will be no work required to be performed outside of the competition although preparations and training may be deemed necessary by the individual faculty. There will be two separate divisions, one for students in Associates degree programs and one for students in Baccalaureate degree programs. The status of a student’s eligibility will be their status on January 1, 2022. Any team made up of students in both Associates and Baccalaureate degree programs must compete in the Baccalaureate degree division. Graduate students may not be part of a team. Teams are required to have a Professor or University/College approved Chaperon present for the competition.

Click here to learn more and apply.
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.
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 hosts, NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner and NSPS President-Elect Tim Burch sit down with various personalities to discuss all things surveying, all bundled in a 30-minute conversation.

Download episodes of "Surveyor Says! - The NSPS Podcast" from your favorite streaming providers or find them at NSPS' podcast hosting site, Podbean. Watch NSPS' social media outlets for upcoming episode news and contests/giveaways on special occasions. 

And remember - "It's a great day to be a surveyor."
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. Visit for details.
Affiliate Association Events

NHLSA 52nd Annual Workshop

December 16-17, 2021
7:30 AM-4:00 PM
Courtyard Marriott Grappone Conference Center
Concord, NH

Click here for more information, including how to register.

NYSAPLS' 63rd Annual Surveyors Conference

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

Click here to learn more and register.
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Surveyor Technician II - Eversource Energy

Determines property boundaries/easement locations and other exact locations on the earth’s surface by means of precise measurements Searches, locates and reviews property title documents. Assists with the oversight of vendor work, including developing scope of services, QA/QC and assuring work is performed on-time and within budget. Ability to lead a survey field crew and work independently both in the office and field. Provide guidance to the Surveyor I role as required.
Essential Functions
  • Gathering and analyzing land plans, deeds, aerial photos, highway alignment plans and similar documents.
  • Assisting in determining precise locations and boundaries utilizing equipment such as transits, theodolites, auto levels, and similar devices.
  • Analyzing and plotting data utilizing computer software and CAD system.
  • Drafts final boundary, subdivision and right-of way plans utilizing a CAD system.
  • Assisting in determining the volume of soil removed from excavation sites by means of precise measurement.
  • Establishing and re-establishing transmission line rights-of-way on the ground using deeds, records, plans and precise surveying equipment.
  • Providing assistance to other departments or divisions in the procurement and design of transmission line rights-of-way, the field analysis of transmission line encroachments and subsequent plans, construction surveying including baseline establishment, precise leveling, as-built surveys and plans.
  • Acting as liaison for the Company with engineering and surveying public. Responding to right-of-way dimension questions, and real estate questions regarding Old Company deeds, plans and title information.
  • Assisting with ensuring that Vendor survey work is being performed within scope of services, including budget and schedule.
Click here to learn more and apply.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Surveying Engineering Technology - University of Maine

The School of Engineering Technology at the University of Maine invites applications for a full-time, academic year, tenure-track position in the area of surveying engineering. The successful candidate must develop and teach both traditional and online courses at all levels of the curriculum. Engineering technology faculty members clearly communicate with students the connections between principles and professional practice using written and verbal methods. UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.
Click here to learn more and apply.
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,  One Walnut Street, Boston, MA 02108, 
P: 617/227-5551 | F: 617/227-6783,