P.L.S.W. Technical Session
Dates: November 4th & 5th, 2021
Address: Clarion Inn, 123 W. E. Street, Casper, WY 82601
Block Rate - $88/night - limited space

Speaker: J. Anthony Cavell

J. Anthony Cavell is licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in Louisiana since 1990, one of the original group of Certified Federal Surveyors and a Board Approved Continuing Professional Development Provider. He has been speaking on surveying topics since the late 1980s, was awarded the Earle J. Fennell award by the ACSM and was in the first class of Trimble Certified Trainers. He has a particular interest in promoting and elevating the practice and the perception of the ancient practice of surveying. He repays his chosen profession by active participation in his state and national associations including LSPS, NSPS, AAGS, GLIS and ACSM; currently he is serving as Louisiana NSPS Governor and Secretary to the Board of Governors.

Tony has taught classes for Government agencies: the US Army Corps of Engineers, States' DOT, FEMA, Saudi Ministry of Communications; Professional Societies: LSPS, TSPS, MAPS, ASPS, NSPS and others; General Public at Public Libraries and University Continuing Education; Fellow Surveyors as technical trainer and expert consultant. As Vice President and CEO at N.E.I. a colleague noted that Tony “helped to develop and lead a small business to become a national provider and consistently top performing dealership of products and services to the GIS and Surveying industry.”

His expert consultation has been sought by attorneys, legislators, other surveyors and individuals, most often for advice understanding maps, datums, historical surveys and the technologies of surveying. Tony's experience is wide ranging and includes construction, boundary, offshore positioning, hydrographical and topographical surveying, technical sales and training, business administration and university research. He is able to bring this breadth of experience to bear on difficult problems or to clarify complex concepts for students. Reviews of his classes consistently indicate a depth of understanding on his part and desire to return to another presentation by him.


Ethics and the Learned Professions
One of the most important distinctions to get clear about initially in ethics is the descriptive vs. normative distinction. Descriptive statements are statements about what is. Normative statements are statements about what ought to be. Two people can behave radically differently, enact radically different policies, and make radically different claims about right and wrong, all while sharing the same fundamental moral beliefs.
A profession is a disciplined group of individuals who adhere to ethical standards and hold themselves out as and are accepted by the public as possessing special knowledge and skills in a widely recognized body of learning derived from research, education, and training at a high level, and who are prepared to apply this knowledge and exercise these skills in the interest of others.

Five Little Pigs or The Surveyor and Marketing
Do you know the importance of marketing your surveying firm or do you sit in the office waiting for someone to find you on the Internet? Learn some basic techniques to make your business more successful.
There is a demonstrable need for surveyors, as professionals, to better present themselves to the market. By use of (hopefully) clever metaphor and a little tongue-in-cheek humor, you will learn why marketing is inevitable, necessary for success, and then so obvious as to wonder why it was ever considered otherwise.

Determining Boundaries
What is a boundary?
boundary (n.)"that which indicates the limits of anything," 1620s, from bound (n.1) + -ary. a dividing line, a bound being the limit or furthest point of extension of any one thing.
Understanding the position of the boundary is of vital importance to an individual in his relationship with his community, and local government. It has economic significance in defining common rights. The position of a boundary can determine the value of a property and be of great significance.

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