True North Surveyor's Workshop 2020 (POSTPONED)

Start Date
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 8:30 am
End Date
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 4:30 pm
Event Contact Name
Laurie Laird
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PLEASE NOTE: the Surveyor's Workshop will not go on as scheduled. If you are registered for the event already, you should have received an e-mail with updated instructions on what you can do to maintain your registration for a rescheduled event or to receive a refund. If you have not registered, you may contact us to be put on a wait list.

This year marks the 11th Surveyor's Workshop at Ohio Northern University, sponsored by the T.J. Smull College of Engineering. The workshop is an annual opportunity for surveyors to learn of the changes in the industry and new requirements of the State Board of Registration while networking with other professional surveyors from around Ohio - especially those in Northwest Ohio. The college has appreciated the great support, encouragement, and suggestions from past participants for ongoing program topics.



8 a.m.             Registration – McIntosh Center – first floor

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

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 Section, with Case Studies and Interviews – Joseph D. Fenicle, PS, Chief Surveyor, Office of the Fulton County Engineer

11:30 a.m.      Flood Plain Analysis and Management – Joseph P. Myers, PE, PS, Vice President, Myers Surveying Company

12:20 p.m.     Lunch

1:30 p.m.        Professional Construction Layout in 2020 – John Brumbaugh, Brumbaugh Engineering & Surveying, LLC

2:20 p.m.       Break

2:30 p.m.       GIS at ODOT – Raymond Foos, PS, Survey Operations Manager, Office of CADD and Mapping Services, The Ohio Department of Transportation

3:20 p.m.       Break

3:30 p.m.       Forensic Mapping: Documentation of Crash/Crime Scenes  - Lieutenant Christopher Kinn, Crash Reconstruction Commander, Ohio State Highway Patrol

4:20 p.m.      Closing Remarks and Evaluations


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

Cost: $120 ($110 for ONU alumni). Fee covers course materials, continental breakfast, break refreshments, lunch and certificate.

On-line Registration is closed.

Cancellation Policy: If you cannot attend, please notify us by Monday, March 23, 2020 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.

Continuing Education Credit: By participating in this course, 7.0 hours of continuing professional development credit will be earned.

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

NEED TO KNOW MORE OR HAVE QUESTIONS? Please contact Lori Goldsmith, Executive Administrative Assistant, College of Engineering at 419-772-2371 or You may also contact Laurie Laird, Director of Corporate & Alumni Relations, College of Engineering at 419-772-2421 or


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 and he will provide a practical approach to reading and applying each section of the Ohio Code of Ethics and how it relates to the surveyor.

Joseph D. Fenicle, PS has been a professional surveyor with the Office of the Fulton County Engineer since 2005. He has also worked in private industry specializing in boundary retracement and remonumentation in Ohio & Michigan, in addition to serving as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toledo. His 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 issue with case studies and interviews.

Joseph P. Myers, PE, PS, BSCE '83 is Vice President of Myers Surveying Company. He is active in many organizations, and speaks regularly to professionals. Joe's presentation will include Field Procedures for Elevation Certificates, a discussion of the Letter of Map Amendments, and case studies.

John Brumbaugh, PE, PS, is part owner of Brumbaugh Engineering and Surveying, LLC. Brumbaugh Engineering and Surveying has as many as 11 crews working in 3 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 2020, including equipment, procedures, size of crews, liability and insurance, and some unique challenges he has encountered.

Ray Foos 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 up-date on the new datums from the National Geodetic Survey, a look at Grid to Ground analysis, as well as ODOT's efforts to implement Low Distortion Map Projections for ODOT projects.

Lieutenant Christopher Kinn is the Crash Reconstruction Commander of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s twelve county Findlay District. His presentation will explore how the Ohio State Highway Patrol Crash Reconstruction Section uses technology to document the scene of motor vehicle crashes and crime scenes.