P.L.S.W. Technical Session
Dates: November 5th & 6th, 2020
Address: Ramkota Hotel, 800 N. Poplar, Casper, WY 82601
Block Rate - $85/night - limited space

Speaker: Joseph V.R. Paiva

Joseph V.R. Paiva, PhD is CEO of GeoLearn LLC, an online education company for surveying continuing education and exam prep courses. He also teaches in-person courses at 6-12 venues per year on invitation. Joe’s experience goes back to instrument man on a county surveyor crew, to party chief for an engineering firm, and partner in a surveying-engineering business. He taught surveying courses (the only surveying instructor) in the civil engineering department at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 11 years. He moved on to R&D at Sokkia, beginning as a consultant, designing the software workflow for the SDR 2, SDR20 series and SDR 33 Electronic Field Books. While at Sokkia he managed a development team of hardware and software engineers who also worked on software for the PC as well as software and hardware for GPS and total stations. He moved on to similar duties at Trimble. At both companies, he was eventually promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Sokkia Technology and Trimble’s Land Surveying Division. He left Trimble to work as a consultant on legal disputes, product development and marketing for a variety of smaller U.S. and international companies. He began in the UAS world at Gatewing in Belgium, eventually becoming its COO. He started GeoLearn in 2014. He continues to teach college courses at State Technical College of Missouri, and has also taught at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Paiva has served as an ABET program evaluator and for 6 years was a commissioner of the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Understanding What State Plane Coordinates Really Mean

This course begins with how projections work, followed by geodetic concepts. The latter is an essential part of learning how to deal with grid–to–ground issues. Then various strategies for communicating the issues and how stakeholders work with the published surveying information will be covered. All of these strategies apply equally to communicating and computing within a surveying organization or between surveying organizations. You may want to bring a calculator.

So you’re a Surveyor! Why don’t your measurements ever agree with those from the Descriptions of another surveyor?

In this course, we will cover elementary principles of measurements and statistics so that surveyors can analyze their work, compare to current or historic measurements and after making educated assumptions about the technology and methods used by the other parties, state whether any discrepancy is within reasonable measurement limits or not. Even when there is no conflict, we will discuss why it is prudent to state on your surveys what the uncertainties are in your stated quantities (distances, directions, areas, elevations, etc.) are.

Integrating Small Unmanned Airborne Systems (sUAS) Into a Geospatial Business

In this course you will learn about: Types of UAS, Understand some of the applications and potential new customer areas possible with UAS, Learn about company operations and management of personnel including training that must be understood and integrated into the business before using UAS, Learn about the photogrammetric differences with UAS as compared to conventional photogrammetry, How the FAA is regulating the process of flying a UAS and possible changes that may be coming.

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Every effort is being made to host our annual event in person. However, with the uncertainty of what the future with COVID will hold your early registration with contact information is vital to communicate any changes we may encounter as the seminar draws closer. In the event an in-person seminar is not possible we will have a virtual seminar at the ready. We appreciate your patience as we work through these challenges.
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Mr. Paiva is going to be presenting virtually. At this time (9/18/20) we are still planning on inviting everyone to join us in Casper but would also like to give the option to attend virtually. The price will remain the same for in person or virtual. Also there will be random questions throughout the virtual seminar to ensure you are actively engaged and there will be someone monitoring how long you are singed into the seminar for.
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