2013 Conference


The 2013 Conference was hosted by Tyler Junior College, at Tyler, TX, June 17-20, 2013.

The meeting was both a SaGES Colloquia and an FIG Regional Conference.

Click on the links in the Schedule (below) to see various abstracts, papers and presentations from the Conference.


Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society






Sunday, June 16

Airport shuttle to campus (6 times that day) - Dorm check-in all day

3:00-6:30 p.m. – Formal Registration (early arrivals will be given keys)

6:30-8:30 p.m. – The Garden at Ornelas - catered by Rusty’s Tacos, Texas Craft Beer tasting



Monday, June 17

Shuttle from Hotel District leaves by 7:45 a.m. Breakfast at Ornelas.

7:30-8:30 a.m.   Registration and breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m.   Welcome, Dean Clayton Allen

8:45-9:00 a.m.   Introduction and Welcome to Tyler

8:45-9:15 a.m.   Terry Cowan, R.P.L.S. The University of Texas at Tyler – Spanish Land Grants

9:15-10:00 a.m.    Brian Autio, B.P. – Surveying in Texas for Non-Texans   [Presentation]

10:00-10:20 a.m.   Break refreshments provided by FRESH

10:20-10:40 a.m.   Mark Neugebauer presenting for David Pyle, Texas GLO – Re-establishing the seashore boundary on Galveston Island after Hurricane Ike

11:00-11:20 a.m.   Bill O’Hara, Director Texas General Land Office - A Texas Anomaly – Vacancies-Unsurveyed School Land

11:20-11:40 a.m.   Mark Neugebauer, Texas GLO – Navigable Streams – Texas’ Perennial Test

11:40-12:00 noon   James Crossfield, L.S., Ph.D., CSU, Fresno - George Rogers Clark and the North-west Territory, Setting the Stage for the United States Public Land Survey

12:00-1:00 p.m.   Lunch catered by Stanley's Barbeque

 1:00-1:15 p.m.   Group Photo: steps at Ornelas Garden  [Photo]

1:15-1:40 p.m.    Will Anderson, Joseph Paiva - Developing More Accessible Undergraduate Education in Surveying Through Institutional Collaboration   [Abstract]

1:40-2:00 p.m.  Yushin Ahn, Michigan Technological University  -   Landsat SLC-off imagery processing in glacier study   [Abstract]

2:00-2:20 p.m.  Tony Nettleman – FIG Young Surveyors   Comments from FIG

2:20-3:20 p.m.   Jinseok Hong, Marian M. Young, and Jerry D. Taylor, ETSU - Establishing a New Surveying Facility at East Tennessee State University

3:00-3:20 p.m.  Break, refreshments provided by FRESH

3:20-3:40 p.m.   Laramie V. Potts, J. Miima – A Functional Curriculum Model for Undergraduate Course in Hydrography Surveying  [Abstract]

3:40-4:00 p.m.    A. Richard Vannozzi, MS, PLS, Assistant Prof Civil Tech/Surveying/ and Mapping, Univ. of New Hampshire -Perspectives on the Future of the Surveying Profession - A re-examination of the role of surveyors in society   [Paper]

4:00-4:20 p.m.   N.W.J. Hazelton, Univ. of Alaska, Anchorage – Days of Budget Cutting, Sequestration and Shrinking Spending: Strategies for Surviving in a Leaner Academic Environment  [Presentation]  [Abstract]

4:20-5:00 p.m.    Wes Parks, Frank Derby, Charles Ghilani, Sal Marsico and Tom Seybert, Penn State University - A Procedure to Assess Student Outcomes in the Penn State Surveying Programs [Paper]  [Presentation]  [Abstract]

Charles Ghilani, Wes Parks, Frank Derby, Tom Seybert, Sal Marco, Penn State University - Penn State Surveying Programs   (Not presented)  [Paper]


6:30-8:30 p.m.   Shuttle to The University of Texas at Tyler and dinner at Villa Montez

8:30-10:00 p.m.    Card games, domino lessons and film screening of The Searchers (John Wayne) in the game room off the lobby of Ornelas Residence Hall



Tuesday, June 18

Shuttle from Hotel District leaves by 7:45 a.m. Breakfast at Roger's Student Center.

7:45-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast and registration

8:30-9:00 a.m.   Richard Smith, Christine Allman, Gary Jeffress, Texas A&M Corpus Christi - End of Course Memo use in Tracking Course Learning Outcomes and Program Outcomes in Geomatics [Paper]

9:00-9:20 a.m.   Michael J. Olsen and Tracy Arras, Oregon State University – Geomatics-what is it?

 9:20-9:40 a.m.   Daniel T. Gillins, Michael J. Olsen, and Robert J. Schultz, Oregon State University – Educating and Preparing Students for the Wide Range of Surveying [Paper]

9:40-10:00 a.m.   John B. Miima and Laramie V. Potts, New Jersey Institute of Technology – Integrated Assessment of GIS/LIS in Geomatics for Improving Student Performance

10:00-10:15 a.m.  Break refreshments provided by FRESH

10:15 -10:40 a.m.   Laramie V. Potts, John B. Miima, Joseph Pavia, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Geomatics & Business Consultant - Correlation between State Licensing Requirements and Program Strength for Surveying/Geomatics Education [Abstract]

10:40-11:05 a.m.   Wesley W. Parks, faculty presentation, Penn State - 2013 ABET Outcome Assessments

11:05-11:30 a.m.   Ramesh Shrestha, The University of Houston

11:30-12:00 a.m.   David Gibson, University of Florida Geomatics – Comparison between the French and U.S. Surveying and Mapping Professions

12:00-1:00 p.m.   Lunch – Bruno’s Pizza, Salad and Lasagna

1:00-1:25 p.m.   N.W.J. Hazelton, University of Alaska, Anchorage – Riding the Wave of the Next Revolution: “Intelligence’ and ‘Meaning’ in Measurement Processes as a Paradigm of Change   [Presentation]  [Abstract]

1:25-2:45 p.m.    ABET Accreditation Workshop [Abstract]

The session will introduce ABET and its accreditation processes to institutions with programs considering ABET accreditation.  It will also deal with recent changes in ABET’s policies, procedures and criteria that impact accreditation, as well as initiatives that ABET is taking to streamline and lessen the expense of accreditation.  The workshop will also discuss ABET’s expansion into global accreditation.

2:45-3:00 p.m.  Break, refreshments provided by FRESH

3:00-5:00 p.m.- ABET Workshop continues

6:30-8:30 p.m.  Chicken Fried Steak dinner in Apache Rooms (Rogers Student Center), catered by Valley Services

8:30-10:00 p.m.  Film screening of  movies such as True Stories (true love and Texas innovations in the microchip) and games (Texas Hold’em and dominos)  in the game room off the  lobby of Ornelas Residence Hall



Wednesday, June 19 (Vacation Day Mixer)

Shuttle from Hotel District leaves by 7:45 a.m. Breakfast at Ornelas Residence Hall.

7:30-8:30 a.m.  Breakfast

9:30 a.m.  Bus leaves for Dallas Arts District

11:30-12:30 p.m.  Lunch - Stampede 66 – Stephan Pyles’ Southwest restaurant

12:30-4:30 p.m.  Vouchers for exhibits OR Shopping at North Park Mall (Neiman Marcus, etc.)

4:30-6:00 p.m.  Leica hosted cocktails at the Fairmont Hotel, bus loads for dinner

7:30-9:00 p.m.  Dinner, music and shopping at the village of Ben Wheeler

9:00-10:00 p.m.  Return to Tyler


Thursday, June 20

Shuttle from Hotel District leaves by 7:45 a.m. Ornelas Residence Hall.

7:30-8:30 a.m.  Breakfast

8:30-11:30 a.m.    Business Meeting/Committee Meetings, 2nd Floor Conference Room Ornelas

11:30-12:30 p.m.  Lunch provided by Fresh, meetings continue until adjournment

Shuttles to airport all day.