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True North Surveyor's Workshop 2014

Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 -
8:30am to 4:30pm
Event Location: 
McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
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True North Surveyor's Workshop 2014

Sponsored by the T.J. Smull College of Engineering and Treaty Lands Chapter of Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio

Course Outline:

8:30 a.m.  Registration at McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University
9:00 a.m.  Welcome, Thomas R. Zechman, PE, PS - ONU T.J. Smull College of Engineering
9:10 a.m.  The History of the Michigan Meridian and Proposed Ohio Historical Society Historical Marker, Joseph D. Fenicle, PS - Fulton County Engineers Office
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. State Plane Coordinate Systems for GPS Users, Todd W. Horton, PE, PLS - Parkland College
12:15 p.m. Lunch at McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University
1:30 p.m.   State Plane Coordinate Systems for GPS Users (continued), Todd W. Horton, PE, PLS - Parkland College
3:00 p.m.   Break
3:15 p.m.   UAS - Unmanned Aerial Systems, Fred Bulger, PE - Trimble Navigation
4:30 p.m.   Closing Remarks and Evaluations


Joseph D. Fenicle, PS has been a professional surveyor with the Office of the Fulton County Engineer in Wauseon, Ohio since 2005.  Fenicle worked with J.C. Andrus & Associates in Toledo from 1996 to 2005 and specialized in boundary retracement and remonumentation in Ohio & Michigan.  In 2003, he took a sabbatical to New Hampshire and represented a large multidisciplinary firm surveying throughout multiple New England states.  Fenicle is a member of the remonumentation peer group for Lenawee and Monroe counties, Mich., and continues to work as a sub-contractor digging and remonumenting Michigan land corners.  He also sits on the planning commission for Fairfield Township, Mich. and continues to write research and speak on various surveying related topics.  Fenicle received his AAS in GIS/GPS from Hocking Technical College and a BS in surveying/mapping from the University of Akron.

Todd W. Horton, PE, PLS is an associate professor and the director of construction management degree programs at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, where he has taught since 1998. In 2001, in partnership with local surveying professionals, he launched the Land Surveying associate degree program at Parkland College. In addition to teaching, he has presented continuing education seminars in 29 states. Mr. Horton has over 20 years experience in planning, design, construction, surveying and maintenance of civil engineering projects including commercial structures, residential subdivisions, airfields, utility systems and highways. He has accumulated significant public sector experience with the US Air Force and the Illinois Department of Transportation as well as private sector experience with engineering and surveying firms in central Illinois. Mr. Horton is the faculty advisor of the Parkland College Student Chapter of the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association.  He received his B.S. Civil Engineering degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Frederick Bulger, PE has over 29 years of industry experience. He started out as civil engineer for a company in Chicago, Illinois. During his nine years for that company, he worked in varying capacities from a drafter to engineer to project engineer. He worked on notable projects such as the new Comiskey Park and the United Center. Fred then teamed up with Trimble Navigation. Over the past 20 years, Fred has been a product manager, trainer and a support representative. Fred has worked with and trained Surveyors and Engineers on Trimble equipment all across the United States.

Session Description

The History of the Michigan Meridian and Proposed Ohio Historical Society Historical Marker - A presentation detailing the history of the Michigan Meridian as it passes through Ohio into Michigan and how it was originally defined and field surveyed. The crew members will be discussed along with backgrounds and field techniques – then compared to modern field measurements. Also there will be discussion on a proposed Ohio Historical Society Historical Marker to be placed at the intersection of the Michigan Meridian and the Ohio-Michigan State Line. This marker will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Meridian and the 100th anniversary of the retracement of the State Line.

State Plane Coordinate Systems for GPS Users - A practical guide to state plane coordinate systems for the field and office.  Learn the basics of Lambert Conformal Conic and Transverse Mercator projections, scale factors, elevation factors, and distance conversions.  Discover how to apply state plane coordinates properly.  Gain insight in troubleshooting state plane coordinate problems.

General Information

Fee: $95.00 ($90.00 for PLSO members or ONU Alumni)
Earn Continuing Education Credit: By participating in this course, you will earn 6.0 hours of continuing professional development credit.
Fee covers: course materials, continental breakfast, break refreshments, lunch, certificate.
Cancellation policy: if you cannot attend, please notify us by April 3, 2014 and we will refund your fee.  Cancellations after this date and no-shows are subject to a $25 administration fee.  Participant may enroll a substitute any time before course starts.
Accommodations: Overnight lodging is available at The Inn at Ohio Northern University.  For reservations, call 419.772.2500.

On-line registration is located HERE.

A copy of the brochure/application can be found at the bottom of this page.  Mailed registrations, with checks made out to Ohio Northern University, should be sent to:

Jennifer Snyder
c/o Ohio Northern University
T.J. Smull College of Engineering
525 South Main Street
Ada, OH  45810

Need to know more?  Questions?

Jennifer Snyder, Senior Administrative Assistant, Dean's Office
419.772.2398 or

Laurie Laird, Director of Corporate & Alumni Relations for the College of Engineering
419.772.2421 or