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A Compendium of Transcripts from the Best of Mentoring Monday Sessions & The Geoholics Podcasts

The Colorful History of the California / Nevada State Boundary

by John P. Wilusz, LS, PE

Threats to licensure: How can they be avoided? 

by Trent J. Keenan, PLS |  Reprinted with permission of the Nevada Land Surveyors Association, Nevada Traverse, Issue 49.2 www.NvLandSurveyors.org/nevada_traverse.html

The Importance of Workforce Development: Why it is critical & A few ideas to help you get started.

by Trent J. Keenan, PLS |  Reprinted with permission of the Nevada Land Surveyors Association, Nevada Traverse, Issue 49.2 www.NvLandSurveyors.org/nevada_traverse.html

Are we pushing on a pull door?  Steps to change our Land Surveying Outreach Efforts moving forward.

by Trent J. Keenan, PLS |  Reprinted with permission of the Nevada Land Surveyors Association, Nevada Traverse, Issue 49.2 www.NvLandSurveyors.org/nevada_traverse.html

Mastering Safety from the Top Down

An abstract of The Geoholics Podcast – Episode 109 & 112 | Prepared by Trent J. Keenan, PLS & Kristina Poulter | Reprinted with permission of the Nevada Land Surveyors Association, Nevada Traverse, Issue 49.1. www.NvLandSurveyors.org/nevada_traverse.html

4 Challenges of Running a Survey Business

An abstract of a Mentoring Mondays presentation from January 18, 2021

The Business of Land Surveying

An abstract of The Geoholics Podcast – Episode #66.5 | Prepared by Trent J. Keenan, PLS & Kristina Poulter |  Reprinted with permission of the Nevada Land Surveyors Association, Nevada Traverse, Issue 49.1. www.NvLandSurveyors.org/nevada_traverse.html

Marketing & Promotion: Why it goes beyond selling your services

An abstract of The Geoholics Podcast – Geoholics Anonymous | Prepared by Trent J. Keenan, PLS & Kristina Poulter | Reprinted with permission of the Nevada Land Surveyors Association, Nevada Traverse, Issue 49.1. www.NvLandSurveyors.org/nevada_traverse.html

A Surveying Makeover: 8 ideas for attracting and training new talent

 An abstract of The Geoholics Podcast Episode #86 from June 20, 2021 | Prepared by Trent J. Keenan, PLS & Kristina Poulter | Reprinted with permission of the Nevada Land Surveyors Association, Nevada Traverse, Issue 48.3. www.NvLandSurveyors.org/nevada_traverse.html

Project Management 101

An abstract of The Geoholics Podcast – Episode #66.5 | Prepared by Trent J. Keenan, PLS & Kristina Poulter |  Reprinted with permission of the Nevada Land Surveyors Association, Nevada Traverse, Issue 49.1. www.NvLandSurveyors.org/nevada_traverse.html

The Business Aspects of Surveying: Understanding Money (Week 14)

Jay Seymour is a senior land surveyor with the Orange County Department of Public Works Survey Division. He’s also the 50th state president of CLSC. Prepared by Trent Keenan, An abstract of a Mentoring Mondays presentation.

Final Point

I’m sure most surveyors have heard of the “Final Point” program created by Berntsen International, Inc. and the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation (NSPSF). It’s a way to memorialize the work of beloved surveyors who have had a lasting impact on the profession, while supporting the future of surveying through NSPS/Berntsen scholarships. By Emily Pierce, PLS, CFedS

Corporate Culture & Safety

An abstract of The Geoholics Podcast – Episode 109 & 112 | Prepared by Trent J. Keenan, PLS & Kristina Poulter | Reprinted with permission of the Nevada Land Surveyors Association, Nevada Traverse, Issue 49.1. www.NvLandSurveyors.org/nevada_traverse.html

Professional Land Surveying: Then, Now, and Where Are We Headed?

The landscape of the licensing requirements for the land surveying profession has changed dramatically over the past decade. In this article, I will take an in-depth look at where the Nevada Legislature has brought us today, current trends of the profession, and the direction our future actions might take us. Prepared by Trent Keenan

ALTA Surveys from the “Other Side of the Table”

As land surveyors, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day work and not stop to look at the big picture. But after a long and successful career, Jay Kay Seymour can say with certainty that there is value in stepping back and looking at your business from a different angle – the client’s perspective. Prepared by Trent Keenan & Kristina Poulter

Saving surveying: What does it take to get people involved?

In almost every state, the number of licensed surveyors is dwindling in comparison to the number of surveyors who are projected to retire in the coming decade. Prepared by Trent Keenan & Kristina Poulter

The Concerns of Young Land Surveyors

When you get bit by the surveying bug, it’s safe to say that you’re bit for good. Prepared by Trent Keenan & Kristina Poulter

Field note Fundamentals: How to Prepare Them & What to Include

Field notes: love them or hate them? Paper or electronic? Clear-cut process or wild west? Prepared by Trent Keenan & Kristina Poulter

Practical Management of Field Surveys

Managing field surveys is challenging. And the bigger the organization, the more chaotic it can get. With multiple crews, dozens of jobs, and varying equipment needs, it can be a lot to keep track of. Prepared by Trent Keenan & Kristina Poulter **An abstract of a Mentoring Monday’s presentation from November 16, 2020

A Surveying Makeover: 8 ideas for attracting and training new talent

Today there is an overriding question facing the land surveying profession: how do you attract new surveyors and train them well? Numerous articles in this publication have chronicled the dangers of an impending surveyor shortage as experienced professionals retire in the coming years. Prepared by Trent Keenan & Kristina Poulter **An abstract of The Geoholics Podcast Episode #86 from June 20, 2021

Women in surveying: How empowering women will empower the profession

In any given state across the USA, women surveyors account for approximately 3% of the surveying workforce. Given that small percentage, it’s hard to believe that the number of women surveyors has skyrocketed in most states since 2000. Prepared by Trent J. Keenan, PLS, Anna Rios, RPLS & Kristina Poulter **An abstract of The Geoholics Podcast Episode #83 and Mentoring Mondays Week #36

The Journey of Young Geomatics Professionals

The average age of a surveyor today is approximately 60 years old. But there are new young professionals making their mark on the industry each year, and they are powered by a sense of energy and optimism. Prepared by Trent J. Keenan, PLS & Kristina Poulter. **An abstract of The Geoholics Podcast – Episode Geoholic Anonymous from October 11, 2020

The Role of Mentoring in Land Surveying

In any industry, there is perhaps nothing so formative and influential as a great mentor. This is particularly true in the land surveying profession, where unique laws govern each state and various project sites lie around every corner. We gathered several veteran surveyors to share their thoughts on the role of mentoring and how it can be best facilitated in the modern world. Prepared by Trent J. Keenan, PLS & Kristina Poulter. **An abstract of The Geoholics Podcast – Episode Geoholic Anonymous from September 27, 2020

Surveying and the Great Education Debate

Perhaps nothing is discussed more frequently—and heatedly—in surveying than educational requirements. Should formal education be required for surveying? If so, how much? If required, how standardized should an educational requirement be among states? And is education really necessary, or would an apprenticeship model do the job equally well? Prepared by Trent J. Keenan, PLS & Kristina Poulter. **An abstract of The Geoholics Podcast – Episode Geoholic Anonymous from August 23, 2020

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