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True North Surveyor's Workshop 2019

Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Event Location: 
McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University
Event Category: 
College of Engineering
Event Audience: 

This marks the 10th edition of the Surveyor's Workshop at Ohio Northern University, sponsored by the T.J. Smull College of Engineering. The first workshop was held with approximately 70 participants in 2010 and since that time it has nearly doubled in size. The workshop is an annual opportunity for surveyors to learn of changes in the industry and new requirements of the State Board of Registration while networking with other Professional Surveyors throughout Ohio – especially those in Northwest Ohio. The college has appreciated the great support, encouragement, and suggestions for ongoing program topics.

Currently, the College of Engineering is in the midst of a $30 million building construction project and participants of this workshop will have an opportunity to view the new James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building, which we will occupy in fall 2019.



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. - Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Land Surveyors by  Dr. Tony Nettleman, Nettleman Land Consultants

10:45 a.m. - Break

11:00 a.m. - How Ohio Counties Got their Shapes by Michael Buettner, PS, Kohli & Kaliher Associates, Inc.

Noon - Lunch

1:00 p.m. - The Elusive Center of the Section by Dr. Tony Nettleman, Nettleman Land Consultants

2:00 p.m. - Break

2:10 p.m.  - Deeds, Descriptions and the Law by Dr. Tony Nettleman, Nettleman Land Consultants

3:20 p.m. - Break

3:30 p.m. - The Legal Aspects of Surveying by Dr. Tony Nettleman, Nettleman Land Consultants

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


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

Cost: $110 ($100 for ONU Alumni)

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

To Register and pay by Credit Card:  Registration is now CLOSED.

Cancellation Policy: If you cannot attend, please notify us by March 22, 2019 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


Lori Goldsmith, Executive Administrative Assistant, College of Engineering at 419.772.2371 or


Tony Nettleman, PhD, RPLS, Esq. is a land surveying engineer and attorney who teaches surveying exam prep education, continuing education courses for attorneys and land surveyors. He also serves as an expert witness in boundary, easement, and title disputes. Nettleman earned a BS in Land Surveying Engineering from New Mexico State University, an MS in Geospatial Surveying Engineering Computer Science from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, a JD from Florida International University and a PhD in Geomatics from University of Florida.

The topics Nettleman will present were selected by the participants of the 2018 True North Workshop. The first topic will be a description of what ethics really is and how it applies to land surveying including a discussion of the responsible charge placed on licensed surveyors, including liability for licensed and unlicensed subordinates. Participants will also learn a systematic process for making the “right choice,” especially on the tough calls. The afternoon session will begin with a discussion of the legal and practical principles of the Public Land Surveying System (PLSS) in re-establishing the center of a section that has been lost. That will be followed by a discussion of deeds, legal descriptions and easements, including an understanding of how the law views them separately and together. The final session of the day will be on how the surveying profession relies on court cases and statutes to set liability, determine negligence, and to determine how much work needs to be done in the office and the field.

Mike Buettner, PS is a licensed professional surveyor and amateur historian from Lima, OH. He is a 40-year employee and partner at Kohli and Kaliher Associates, Inc. Buettner is active in the Treaty Lands Chapter of The Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio, and is a regular program presenter for PLSO and the Allen County Historical Society. He holds a BS in Land Surveying from Purdue University.

Ohio has a unique history and Mike delivers an informative and interesting discussion of how the counties in Ohio got their original shapes and sizes and how they have changed over time to the shapes established today.