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

October 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, Nitsch Engineering,
Samiotes Consultants Inc., Spiller's, Topcon Solutions Store, VHB, Inc., Waypoint Technology Group
MALSCE Proprietors' Council Meeting

Friday, October 29, 2021
Zoom Video Meeting
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Michael Feldman
President and CEO, Feldman Geospatial
Chair, MALSCE Proprietors’ Council
Join Proprietors' Council members for their fall meeting. Continuing their ongoing discussions, agenda items for this virtual meeting will include Covid-19 and other factors impacting the business of land surveying and the MALSCE President discussing MALSCE programs and initiatives.

Register by Thursday, October 28. Click here to register
Did You Miss the Following Webinars?
Register Today to View a Recording.

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.

Easements & Covenants
2 hour webinar

Presented by:
Knud Hermansen, PLS, PE, PhD, Esq.

Easements and covenants are often employed in development. As a consequence, easements and covenants are common and important aspects often dealt with by the municipal official. This webinar will explain the differences, difficulties, problems, use, and considerations in employing easements and covenants.

A recording of this webinar is available for registrants to view until November 17, 2021.
Click here for more information, including how to register.
Help Us Determine the Format of the Thirteenth Annual Legal Perspectives on Land Surveying Seminar

Scheduled for late January 2022, MALSCE is planning the thirteen annual Legal Perspectives on Land Surveying seminar. We are interested in member feedback on how the program should be presented. Options currently being considered are a virtual program spanning two mornings, as was the case in 2021, an in-person one-day event, and an in-person event with remote access. Take a moment to let us know your preference by clicking here.
MALSCE Updates
Renew Your MALSCE Membership Today

The MALSCE Board of Directors 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. Prompt payment of your dues invoice will also ensure that you continue to receive the numerous benefits that MALSCE has to offer through June 30, 2022.
Second MALSCE dues invoices were emailed in mid-September. Third dues notices will be sent shortly. If you did not receive or retain your MALSCE dues invoice or have any questions, please email
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 - October 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.

You can also visit MALSCE's Covid-19 resources and guidance for MALSCE members for recent news about the pandemic.
Philip D. Holmes, of Holmes & McGrath, Passes Away

MALSCE is sad to report that MALSCE life member Philip D. Holmes, co-founder of Holmes and McGrath, Inc., passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021.

Commenting on Philip's life, Holmes & McGrath, Inc.'s co-founder Michael McGrath indicated that Philip began his land surveying company Philip D. Holmes - Registered Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor in the late 1950s. In 1979, Philip partnered with Michael and the company's name was changed to Holmes & McGrath, Inc.. Over his career, Philip designed several significant projects in Falmouth, and dozens of subdivisions throughout Massachusetts. He led the team to re-design the Silver Pointe subdivision off Route 28A in North Falmouth. Silver Pointe was one of the first cluster subdivisions in Falmouth. Philip assisted in the permitting for the dredging of Fiddlers Cove canal and the construction of various houses along Five Gate Lane in North Falmouth. Philip prepared land surveys of various parcels of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and was part time consulting Town Engineer for the Town of Mashpee for several years.

A memorial service will be held at the Falmouth Congregational Church on October 30. The Holmes family encourages donations to Hospice of Cape Cod and Neighborhood Falmouth. Click here to view Philip's full obituary. 
Surveying Education Opportunities
MALSCE Education Trust Accepting 2022 Scholarship Applications

The MALSCE Education Trust was founded to enhance the profession of land surveying and civil engineering in Massachusetts by providing scholarship and education grants for the students of land surveying and civil engineering who are Massachusetts residents. Now through November 30, the Trust is accepting applications for its Surveying Certificate Program Scholarship, Memorial Scholarship, and 2022 UMaine Scholarship.

Click here to learn more. Applications are due November 30, 2021.

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.
NSPS Advocacy Alert: Request Co-Sponsors in the US Senate and House for RETAIN GPS & SatCom Act

The bipartisan Recognizing and Ensuring Taxpayer Access to Infrastructure Necessary for GPS and Satellite Communications Act ‘RETAIN' was introduced in the US House in July. This legislation requires Ligado, a private American satellite communications company, to cover the cost for correcting any interference their operations create for the public or private sector. The House RETAIN Act mirrors Senator Jim Inhofe’s bill, which also works to make our GPS and satellite communication services more reliable and secure.
NSPS's lobbyist, JB Byrd, is asking MALSCE members to contact their US Representatives to ask them to sign on as co-sponsors to the House bill (H.R. 4634). Click here to find a sample letter and more information on how to contact your House Representative.
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.
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."
Affiliate Association Events
Rhode Island Society of Professional Land Surveyors
Annual Convention
Thursday, November 12, 2021

Email Sherri Andrukiewicz at more information.
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, 
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