Encroachments to the Profession of Surveying Webinar

  • 04 Sep 2013
  • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
  • Online


  • Member of NSPS or other Professional Association in the geospatial industry. Requires Registration Code
Online registration is now closed.  If you wish to attend the webinar, please contact Laurie at psls@psls.org before 11:00 AM and you will be registered.  

Encroachments to the Profession of Surveying

Presenter: Jeffrey A. Horneman, PLS
Webinar Description: “Encroachments to the Profession of Surveying” is meant to update the attendees on the current use of technology to include GIS and GPS by non‐professionals, and its negative effects on the surveying profession and related engineering maps and data. Comparisons are made with other professionals (doctors, architects, attorneys, etc.) and new technology tools. A section on the definition of “authoritative” use for GIS is discussed with examples and opinions by the author for future inclusion in professional licensure state law. Existing state laws already incorporating these areas are also included as reference. Finally, real world examples of GIS and GPS are shown for discussion. The presentation is slated for 1.25 hours with a minimum of an additional 30 minutes for discussions, questions/answers. The intent is to show attendees how much our profession is impacted, and bolster support for new legislation to restrict non‐professional products and usage.

Registration Available: August 21, 2013
Registration Fees:
  >Free to PSLS Members
  >NSPS Members (with password) $40
  >Non-member: $50

About the Presenter: Mr. Horneman has been working in the survey/geospatial field since joining the US Army Reserves in 1984 as a geodetic surveyor. He attended Defense Mapping Agency in Fort Belvoir for geodetic survey, and continuing education in the US Army Professional Development Institute, Community College of the Air Force, and various conferences for over 200 credits in surveying, mapping, geology, GIS, and engineering. His experience during the past 29 years varies from surface and underground mining and permitting, boundary surveys, ALTA surveys, subdivisions, GIS, oil/gas wells and pipelines, and consulting through several small to large private engineering and survey firms, as well as the US Government (US Army Reserves, US Air Force Reserves, and US Army Corps of Engineers (civilian)).

Mr. Horneman retired from the Reserves as a Master Sergeant with 24 years of service, and currently works for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, as the Real Estate Cartographer for cadastral projects and GIS base mapping. He is licensed as a professional land surveyor in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York, and is also a GIS Professional (GISP). Jeffrey is also the current president of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS) Southwest Chapter, and is the PADEP‐PSLS Liaison Committee chair, and on the GIS (Geospatial) Task Force Committee.

Committed to volunteering, Mr. Horneman is a black belt instructor for Se Jong Tae Kwon Do, which is a nonprofit martial arts organization; a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 395; and a leader of career day classes at various high schools and technical schools for surveying.

He has lived in southwestern Pennsylvania all of his life, although he has traveled to half of the US states, Honduras, Italy, Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq with the US Government/Military. He resides with his wife, Sharon, of 20 years, along with their four boys, Daniel, Derek, Nico, and Benjamin.
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