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GBC Instructor Attends National Conference

Surveying and Geomatics Instructor Byron Calkins recently participated in the 2017 National Surveyors, Mapping, and Geospatial Conference

Instructor Attends National Conference graphic.Great Basin College Surveying and Geomatics Instructor Byron Calkins recently traveled to Silver Spring, Md. to participate in the 2017 National Surveyors, Mapping, and Geospatial Conference.

This year’s conference included a visit to Capitol Hill, professional development, an exhibit hall, and a national student competition. The topic for the 2017 student competition was to conduct a survey that focused on the collection and analysis of high precision vertical data.

Topics included using GPS for geoid model improvement and verification, precise leveling for seismic or subsidence monitoring, deformation monitoring in construction, complex point cloud models, monitoring of sea level rise, and industrial applications such as machine alignment.

The 2017 National Society of Professional Surveyors student competition baccalaureate division winners were:
1st place, Texas A&M
2nd place, Oregon Institute of Technology
3rd place, Penn State

Many of the attending constituents from this year’s conference gathered at the U.S. Capitol for meetings with their respective congressional and senate leaders to discuss important issues related to the geospatial profession. Three major talking points included:

  • Flood Insurance Reform
  • Infrastructure
  • Private Sector Utilization

In recognizing the importance of accurate geospatial data, our National Surveying, Mapping, and Geospatial coalition requested that Congress include legislative language calling for surveying, mapping, and geospatial data for the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance for all related federal infrastructure projects.

Great Basin College currently offers an online Bachelor of Applied Science in Land Surveying and Geomatics. For more information, contact Land Surveying Instructor and Program Advisor Byron Calkins by e-mailing or visit

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