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Monthly chapter lunch meeting and presentation. Event offers 1 PDH to attendees.

When: Wednesday 11/4
From 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM
Where: Riverfront Hotel Grand Rapids
270 Ann Street N.W.
Grand Rapids, Michigan  49504
United States
Contact: Ivan Ivanov

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November 2015 Chapter Meeting

Hydrographic Positioning in Surveying and Mapping
Presented by:
Carl F. Shangraw, PLS, CFedS, MSE Professor of Surveying
Engineering at Ferris State University

Program Description:

The role of the surveyor continues to evolve. Among the major challenges facing the modern surveyor is being able to integrate large data sets obtained from numerous sources with varying degrees of precision into a single, three dimensional, seamless model meeting the needs of the client. This presentation will provide an overview of the surveying profession, describe remote sensing systems particularly those relating to point cloud data sets, explain the strategic partnership forged with the Freshwater Studies Institute at Northwest Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City, Michigan, and provide a status report on a current student project integrating high definition laser scanning of above water structures, with sector scanning of below water structures with a surface model of the NMC harbor bottom developed from hydrographic surveys.


Carl F. Shangraw is a Professor of Surveying Engineering at Ferris State University. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Surveying Engineering from Purdue University, is licensed as a Professional Surveyor in the States of Michigan and Wisconsin, and is a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS). He is a member of The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), the Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA), the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), and the Michigan and Wisconsin societies of professional surveyors. Carl has over 20 years of teaching experience at Ferris in addition to having over twenty years of practical experience with both government and private sectors. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves.

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Lunch: Lunch choice will be choice of Chicken Caesar Wrap, Meat Lasagna, or Chef
Salad - (please specify with RSVP) $15 per person

Location: Riverfront Hotel Grand Rapids – 270 Ann Street N.W., Grand Rapids, MI
49504 (Exit #88 from US-131), Phone: (616) 363-9001

RSVP: Please contact Ivan Ivanov, PE via e-mail (,
by 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 29, 2015 with your lunch choice.
Note: No charge cancellations are accepted up to 2 days prior to the event.

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