2021 True North Surveyor's Workshop

Start Date
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 8:00 am
End Date
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 4:30 pm
Event Contact Name
Laurie Laird
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2021 Surveyor’s Workshop: Six Short Courses on Ethics and Other Surveying Topics


8 a.m.              Registration – Field House, King Horn Sports Center, Ohio Northern University

8:30 a.m.         Welcome

8:40 a.m.         A Workshop on Ethics for Surveyors – Dr. Jonathan Spelman, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Ohio Northern University

10:20 a.m.       Break

10:30 a.m.       The Center of the Section with Case Studies and Interviews – Joseph D. Fenicle, PS, Assistant Professor, University of Akron

11:30 a.m.       GIS at ODOT – Raymond Foos, PS, Survey Operations Manager, Office of CADD and Mapping Services, The Ohio Department of Transportation

12:20 p.m.       Lunch provided – Field House, King Horn Sports Center, ONU

1:30 p.m.         Professional Construction Layout in 2021 – John Brumbaugh, PE, PS, Project Manager, Brumbaugh Engineering & Surveying LLC

2:20 p.m.         Break

2:30 p.m.         “A Study of the Ohio-Indiana State Line” –  Michael G. Buettner, PS

3:20 p.m.         Break

3:30 p.m.         Forensic Mapping: Equipment and Methods used in Crash/Crime Scene investigation - Trooper Jeremiah Smith, Ohio State Highway Patrol

4:20 p.m.         Closing Remarks, Evaluations and Distribution of Certificates


Jonathan Spelman holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is currently assistant professor of philosophy at ONU. He specializes in both ethical theory and applied ethics. He will provide participants with a practical approach to reading and applying each section of the Ohio Code of Ethics for Engineers and Surveyors, and discuss how it specifically relates to the surveyor.

Joseph D. Fenicle, PS is Assistant Professor of Practice in Surveying & Mapping, Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering & Polymer Science at The University of Akron. Joe was previously a professional surveyor for the Fulton County Engineer and has also worked in private industry specializing in boundary retracement and remonumentation in Ohio & Michigan.  Joe’s presentation will be on the elusive center of a section. It is a topic of mystery and confusion. The Bureau of Land Management tells us to do one thing yet the monumented and occupied position tells us another. This session will directly address the center of the section issue with case studies and interviews.

Ray Foos, PS is the Survey Operations Manager in the Office of CADD and Mapping Services at the Ohio Department of Transportation. He serves as the state geodetic advisor for NGS and is responsible for training and support for ODOT Survey Departments. Ray’s presentation will include an update on the new datums from the National Geodetic Survey and discuss Grid-to-Ground analysis. He will also cover ODOT’s efforts to implement Low Distortion Map Projections for ODOT projects.

John Brumbaugh, PE, PS is part owner of Brumbaugh Engineering and Surveying, LLC, which has as many as eleven crews working in three different states (Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky) at any given time. John’s presentation will include some of the nuances of professional construction layout surveying in 2021 including equipment, procedures, size of crews, liability and insurance. He will also highlight some unique challenges he has encountered.

Michael G. Buettner, PS is a professional surveyor and amateur historian from Lima. Mike graduated from Purdue University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Land Surveying and is active in the Treaty Lands Chapter of the PLSO. His presentation is based on a study of the Ohio-Indiana State Line, with actual field work performed for that section bordered by Van Wert County. Observations from this study will include: (1) the relationship of the state line to its intended true north direction; (2) the extent of monumentation on the state line in the northern five counties; and (3) an analysis of the government survey work into townships and sections.

Trooper Jeremiah Smith is stationed in the Findlay District of the Ohio Highway Patrol. His presentation will explore how the Crash Reconstruction Section of OHP uses technology to investigate and to document the scene of motor vehicle crashes, and other crime scenes.


ONU on-campus COVID safety plan will be adhered to and must be followed by all attendees. Currently (May 2021): masks are to be worn inside the building at all times except when eating or drinking and attendees will be seated to accommodate social distancing. Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Maximum permitted attendees: 150.

Date and Time:  Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location:  Field House @ King Horn Sports Center, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH. Campus map is located HERE.

Cost:  $140.00 ($130.00 for ONU Alumni). Includes workshop, certificate, morning snack and lunch.

To Enroll: Click on this LINK to register.  Please note: Credit card payments accepted through on-line registration only.

Cancellation Policy:  If you cannot attend, please notify us by June 8, 2021 for a full refund. After this date there is a $25 administration fee for cancellations. Participants may enroll substitutes any time before the course begins.

CPD Credits:  Participants earn 7.0 hours of continuing professional development (CPD).

Accommodations: Overnight lodging is available at the Inn at Ohio Northern University. For reservations call 419-772-2500.

Have questions or need additional information? Contact:  Lori Goldsmith, Executive Administrative Assistant, College of Engineering (419-772-2371 or l-goldsmith@onu.edu) or Laurie Laird, BSME ‘86, Director of Corporate & Alumni Relations (419-772-2421 or l-laird@onu.edu)