2023 Surveyor's Workshop

Start Date
Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 8:30 am
End Date
Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 4:30 pm
Event Contact Name
Carol Turchick
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Ohio Northern University is hosting its 15th annual Surveyor's Workshop on Thursday, April 20, 2023. This in-person workshop will allow surveyors to earn 7.0 continuing professional development credits with 2.0 of the 7.0 hours in Ethics. 


8 a.m. - Registration, McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University

8:30 a.m. - Welcome

8:40 a.m. - Ethics - Recent Changes in Requirements, John Greenhalge–Ohio Board of Engineers and Surveyors

9:20 a.m. - Break

9:30 a.m. - Ethics - Lessons Learned from Teaching Ethics to Undergraduates, Dr. Josh Gargac-Ohio Northern University

10:20 a.m. - Break

10:30 a.m. - Liability in Corner Crossings, Joseph D. Fenicle-University of Akron

11:20 a.m. - Break

11:30 a.m. - When NOT to Stop and Smell the "Roses" - Noxious Plants Surveyors Should Avoid, Dr. Vicki Abrams Motz, Ohio Northern University-Retired

12:20 p.m. - Lunch (provided)

1:30 p.m. - Surveying the M&E Canal, Bryan Smith, PS, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

2:20 p.m. - Break

2:30 p.m. - Measurement Techniques, Bryan Smith, PS, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

3:20 p.m. - Break

3:30 p.m. - Surveyors Expert Witness Training, Dean Charles H. Rose III, Ohio Northern University

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


John Greenhalge, Executive Director, has been with the State Board of Registration since 1998. Mr. Greenhalge has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and an MBA from Ashland University. He has served on numerous national committees for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) including the Committee on Law Enforcement, the NCEES Leadership Task Force and the Member Board Administrators Committee. John will bring an update from the state board and document some of the effects from the board’s implementation of required ethics training. He will also field questions from attendees.

Dr. Joshua Gargac, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio Northern University earned a BSME from ONU and PHD from Notre Dame. His workshop will include lessons learned from teaching ethics to undergraduate students and will highlight how they may affect the workforce. Recent unscrupulous activity at high profile companies underscores the need for well prepared professionals but training ethically-minded professionals is challenging. The purpose of this presentation is to review traditional ethics education, discuss the challenges, and describe methods to engage students. Attendees will better understand new hires, and be equipped to evaluate the effectiveness of ethics training at their companies.

Joseph D. Fenicle, PS, is Assistant Professor of Practice in Surveying & Mapping, Department of Civil Engineering of the College of Engineering & Polymer Science at The University of Akron and owner of Angular By Nature, LLC dba Hudson Land Surveying.  He has surveying degrees from Hocking, Akron, and Maine. His presentation is on corner crossings and takes us to Missouri where four hunters found the wrong corner. Facing a multimillion dollar lawsuit the hunters are preparing for a court battle that could set a precedent for millions of acres of Federal Land. It will give insight into the lawsuit and surveyors’ liability. Prepare for the controversy. 

Dr. Vicki Abrams Motz, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at ONU, recently retired after 40 years of college teaching, the last 13 at ONU (where she taught a course in medicinal herbalism). Her research focus includes various aspects of human interactions with plants, including ethnopharmacology: the use of plants by indigenous people as medicines; and plant interactions such as the use of the jewelweed plant to prevent poison ivy rashes. She lives on 8 acres of wild forest in NH which she is taming. Her talk will focus on plants which you want to avoid contact with, pointers for likely locations of unfriendly plants, identification of dangerous and look-alike plants, and what you can expect if you touch a nasty plant - or it touches you.

Bryan Smith, PS, Surveyor at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will join us for two sessions. His first session will discuss highlights of surveying the Miami and Erie Canal. Bryan has extensive experience with the Ohio canal system. Knowing the history of how the canal was originally surveyed can be extremely helpful in conducting modern surveys in and around the canal property. His second presentation is a popular presentation on surveying measurement techniques.

Charles H. Rose, III, Dean of the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at ONU has extensive  experience in preparing and training expert witnesses. His presentation will be preceded by a short skit put on by members of the ONU student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The skit will portray an example of how not-to-do-it, and Dean Rose will then provide tips and guidance on how to be an effective expert witness, and how to avoid common pitfalls in the courtroom.


Date and Time: Thursday, April 20, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Ohio Northern University, McIntosh Center Ballroom in Ada, OH

Cost: $150 ($140 for ONU Alumni)

Cancellation Policy:  If you cannot attend, please notify us by April 7, 2023 for a full refund. After this date there is a $25 administration fee for cancellations.

CPD Credits: Participants will earn 7.0 hours of continuing professional development (CPD). Two of the 7 hours are for Ethics.


Registration HERE.


If you have questions or would like to register via mail, please contact: Carol Turchick, Director of the Center for Corporate Engagement at 419-772-3552 or c-turchick@onu.edu