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Pre-Conference Workshops - October 14th, 2015

WEDNESDAY 10/14/2015

Available Workshops:
1- Land Surveying: a 3000 year old profession - Rope stretching to satellite positioning
2- Introduction to ArcGIS Pro

1- LAND SURVEYING: a 3000 year old profession - Rope stretching to satellite positioning

Two sessions:  9 AM - NOON & 1 PM - 4 PM  (Wednesday October 14, 2015)


Provide an historical perspective of surveying, demonstrate modern surveying tools, and analyze field data.


Greg Clark, Professional Land Surveyor   Clarion, PA
Cory Mason,  Productivity Products & Services, Inc.   Saxonburg, PA

Workshop Summary:

PART ONE (40 minutes in class room)

  1. History of surveying: Ancient egypt to the 21st century; fast forward through 3000+ years
  2. Surveying tools-old and new         
  3. Science/mathematics      
  4. Theory of errors (one thing that makes surveyors lose sleep)    
  5. Modern units of measurement

PART TWO (90 minutes demonstrating equipment)

  • Hands-on field experience using modern surveying equipment.
  • Topcon GPS instruments

PART THREE (40 minutes in class room)

  • Analyze and compare field measurements
  • Questions/answers

 Attendees are encouraged to bring a scientific calculator 

Gregory H. Clark, PLS-PE

  • Graduated Penn State 1974.
  • Licensed professional land surveyor 1980
  • Licensed professional engineer 1987
  • Taught Basic Surveying classes at Clarion University.
  • Provided expert witness testimony in several land boundary court cases in Clarion and      surrounding counties.
  • Private practice land boundary surveys & engineering surveys since 1985.

 Cory W. Mason, LSIT

  • Cory has been in the Surveying Industry for over 15 years.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Land Surveying from Penn State University and is currently a Land Surveyor In Training (LSIT) working toward his Professional Land Surveyors (PLS) License.  Prior to joining Productivity Products and Services, Inc., he worked at Topcon Positioning Systems for over 3 years in Livermore, CA and Columbus, OH performing Technical Support, GPS Instructions, and New Market Testing.  At PPS, Inc. for over 8 years, Cory is a Territory Manager and on the Technical Support Team.

2- Introduction to ArcGIS Pro
One Session: Wednesday October 14, 2015 (1:00PM-4:00PM)

This workshop aims at introducing ArcGIS Pro to anyone working with ArcGIS Desktop. ArcGIS Pro software is going to become one of the major rivals to the Desktop system and is being prepared to replace it in the upcoming years. This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to interact with the new software through introductory lectures as well as hands-on practice. The tentative topic layout for this workshop is:

  • ArcGIS Pro Interface and Project Structure
  • Map Views
  • Displaying Data and Symbology
  • Editing
  • Performing Geoprocessing and Analysis in Pro
  • Creating Map Layouts
  • Other Features and Capabilities


Dr. Yasser Ayad
Professor, GIS
Clarion University of PA 

Attendees are required to have an ArcGIS online account