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True North Surveyor's Workshop 2018

Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Event Location: 
McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University
Event Category: 
College of Engineering
Event Audience: 

Professional development workshop for Professional Surveyors...Sponsored by the T.J. Smull College of Engineering


8:00 a.m. - Registration

8:30 a.m. - Welcome by Dr. J-D Yoder, Dean of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering, Ohio Northern University

8:45 a.m. - Is it moral? Is it ethical? Is it OK? by Dr. Patrick Croskery, Ohio Northern University

10:45 a.m. - Break

10:55 a.m. - I've Been Learning on the Railroad by Michael Buettner, PS, Kohli & Kaliher Associates, Inc.

11:55 a.m. - Teaser for Surveyor's Workshop 2019 by Dr. Tony Nettleman, Nettleman Land Consultants

Noon - Lunch

1:00 p.m. - New National Geometric (horizontal) and Geopotential (vertical) Datums by John Ellingson, PE, PS, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Geodetic Survey (NGS)

2:00 p.m. - Break

2:15 p.m.  - A History of the Canals across Ohio (in the eyes of a surveyor) by Joseph Fenicle, PS, Fulton County Engineer's Office

3:15 p.m. - Break

3:30 p.m. - Trimble SX10 Scanning Total Station Demonstration by Frederick Bulger, PE, Precision Laser and Instrument, Inc.

4:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks and Evaluations


Location: McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio.

Cost: $100 ($95 for ONU Alumni)

Fee Covers: Course materials, continental breakfast, break refreshments, lunch and certificate.

To Register: Registration is now CLOSED for this event. Please note: if you need professional development hours, especially in the area of ethics, ONU is hosting a fall workshop for engineers and surveyors focused on that topic on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Cancellation Policy: If you cannot attend, please notify us by March 29, 2018 and we will refund your fee. Cancellations after this date and no-shows are subject to a $25 administration fee. Participants may enroll substitutes any time before the course starts.

Accommodations: Overnight lodging is available at The Inn at Ohio Northern University. For reservations, call 419.772.2500.

Earn Continuing Education Credit: By participating in this course, you will earn 7.0 hours of continuing professional development credit.


Please contact:

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


Dr. Patrick Croskery is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ohio Northern University, director of the Honors Program and a long time instructor of professional ethics classes. Pat has been provided some real-world scenarios from practicing surveyors and workshop participants are invited to share their own experiences with the group. He will deliver a lively and interactive presentation addressing these and other issues using the Ohio Board of Registration for Engineers and Surveyors code of ethics as a guide.

Michael G. Buettner, PS is a professional surveyor and amateur historian from Lima, Ohio which also happens to be the home of the Lima Locomotive Works. Mike holds a BS in Land Surveying from Purdue and is a 39-year employee and partner at Kohli & Kaliher Associates, Inc. He is active in the Treaty Lands Chapter of The Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio and a regular program presenter for PLSO and the County Engineers Association of Ohio. Mike will present a talk on railroad safety, railroad geometry, railroad research and railroad history to prepare participants to perform boundary surveys which involve a railroad property.

John Ellingson, PE, PS holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with emphasis in surveying and geodesy. He serves as the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Geodetic Advisor to the Great Lakes Region, where he works with surveyors, engineers and GIS professionals helping them use the geodetic control of NGS’s National Spatial Reference System. Mr. Ellingson will present the latest updates on the new National Geometric (hz) and Geopotential (vert) Datums scheduled to arrive in 2022. He will discuss the much-improved 1018 national hybrid-geoid model, to replace GEOID12B, as well as the new NGS tool capable of 3D transformations between all commonly used datums. The presentation will conclude with updates on free NGS web based learning opportunities.

Joseph D. Fenicle, PS has an AAS in GIS/GPS from Hocking Tech and a BS in surveying/mapping from the University of Akron. He is a professional surveyor in the Fulton County Engineer’s office and has worked in boundary retracement and as a faculty member at Owens Community College. Joe is a member of the remonumentation peer group for Lenawee County, Michigan and he delivers surveying presentations throughout the midwest. He runs “Angular By Nature” a firm which provides professional development for surveyors. Joe's presentation will highlight the colorful history of the canals across Ohio and will discuss what happened to the canals and their lands once they were abandoned.

Frederick J. Bulger, PE is a sales representative for Precision Laser & Instrument with 30 years of experience having worked as a project engineer on the United Center in Chicago and spending over twenty years with Trimble Navigation. Fred will demonstrate the Trimble SX10 - the first scanning total station that truly merges high-speed 3D scanning, enhanced imaging, and high accuracy total station measurements into a single instrument. He will also present the history, technology, applications, demonstration and software associated with the instrument.