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Spring Workshop (Rochester): How Advances in Technology May be Applied in your Everyday Practice
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Join us for this full day workshop to learn about the advance in technology that can by applied to your everyday surveying practice.

When: June 8, 2018
Where: Radisson Rochester Airport
175 Jefferson Road
Rochester, New York  14623
United States
Contact: NYSAPLS
(518) 432-4046

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How Advances in Technology May be Applied

in your Everyday Practice

Approved for 8.0 NY LS/PE CE hours
Register EARLY! Limited Seats Available!

About the workshop:

In order to close the widening gap between traditional land surveying procedures and emerging technologies, the licensed surveyor must become comfortable with advances in hardware and software currently in use and under production. Presentations on advances in equipment such as laser scanning, mobile mapping and UAS often focus on large scale projects that many surveyors may never encounter. This course has been developed with your everyday practice in mind. Recognizing that not every project requires the utilization of anything more than the standard GPS setup or total station, there are times that a more efficient manner of data collection is desirable. This may be due to safety concerns arising from exposing survey crews to heavy traffic or unstable ground conditions or simply a rush to beat pending inclement weather.


Hands on demonstration will allow participants to understand better what types of datasets are produced, how they are extracted, compiled and processed into a format they are used to working with. The participant will discover available sources of data and what they need to know and do for the work to remain under their direct supervision.


The participant will learn how to ease into these new territories with discussions focused on levels of equipment and resulting accuracies, or finding the right equipment for the job and how to collaborate with service providers, what to request and what to provide as is common practice with photogrammetrists.


About Our Speakers: Thomas Cerchiara, Jr, PLS & Michael Koterba

Tom is the owner to TEC Land Surveying in Beacon, NY and has an admitted addiction to technology and efficiency. He has served on the NYSAPLS conference committee, young professionals committee and is currently the President of Mid-Hudson Valley Land Surveyors Association. His interests lie in complicated boundary determination, applying innovative technologies to the field of surveying, and advancing the profession in any way possible. Tom is an outdoor enthusiast and can often be found mountain biking and hi8king around the Hudson Valley with his two young children.


Michael Koterba, MJ's 3D laser scanning and geospatial services manager, has been leading MJ's laser scanning initiatives for the past several years. He personally supervises all laser scanning activities from the coordination of field and office activities to the reduction and subsequent processing of collected data and client deliverables. He has implemented the use laser scanning on a wide variety of projects - from scanning New York City skyscrapers to 3D modeling of the New, NY Tappan Zee Bridge project and numerous historic locations.


Mr. Koterba has worked to advocate and educate MJ's employees and clients, as well as college and grade-school students on the uses and benefits of 3D laser scanning. He personally led the effort to incorporate mobile mapping to MJ's laser scanning capabilities. He has won several industry awards for his innovative use of laser scanning and mobile mapping techniques. His most recent applications of mobile mapping are both interesting and challenging, and include: Mobile mapping for the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Study using roadway vehicles, boat and ATV: Mobile mapping the City of Albany for its Complete Streets Design Manual.


Mr. Koterba has an Associate's degree in Land Surveying Technology from the New York Sate College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Wanakena and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Hunter College in New York City.

Workshop Fees
NYSAPLS Members (licensed)
By May 14 ...................$235
After May 14 ................$285


NYSAPLS Members (Non Licensed)

By May 14 ....................$185
After May 14  ................$235



By May 14 ....................$335

After May 14................. $385

Workshop Schedule 

7:30am - 8:00am


8:00am - 12:15pm

Workshop Begins

12:15pm - 12:45pm

Lunch Break (Now Included!)

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Workshop Resumes


Sign-out/Workshop Concludes


* LUNCH: Please note, lunch is now included with your registration fee and will be provided on site.

NYSAPLS Cancellation Policy:

Payment must be made in full upon registration. Purchase orders not accepted. Registrations cancelled 30 days or earlier will receive a full refund less a 10% processing fee. Cancellations 10-29 days prior will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations 0-9 days prior to the event will not receive a refund. Receipts will be provided at time of registration if requested. Schedules, presenters and programs subject to change without notice. Refunds will not be given due to inclement weather.


In accordance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we invite all registrants to advise us of any disability and any requests for accommodations to that disability. If you have any questions, please call the NYSAPLS office at 518-432-4046.

146 Washington Avenue
Land Surveyors Building
Albany, NY 12210
518-432-4046 -- (f) 518-432-4055

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