About Amerisurv| Contact    
Magazine | Newsletter    
Flickr Photos | Advertise    
HomeNewsNewsletterAmerisurv DirectoryJobsStoreAuthorsHistoryArchivesBlogVideosEvents
Register to receive the Amerisurv Newsletter | Also See Our LiDAR News Newsletter | RSS Feed  

Sponsored By

Software Reviews
Continuing Series
An RTN expert provides everything you need to know about network-corrected real-time GNSS observations.
Click Here to begin the series,
or view the Article PDF's Here
76-PageFlip Compilation
of the entire series
Test Yourself

Got Answers?
Test your knowledge with NCEES-level questions.
  Start HERE
Meet the Authors
Check out our fine lineup of writers. Each an expert in his or her field.
Wow Factor
Sponsored By

Product Reviews
Partner Sites







Spatial Media LLC properties




  The American Surveyor     

NSPS to Withdraw from ACSM? Print E-mail
Written by amerisurv and Tony Cavell   
Saturday, 29 May 2010

At the recent ACSM conference in Phoenix, a big stir was caused by a motion made before the NSPS Board of Governors to withdraw from ACSM. I asked Tony Cavell, the Louisiana NSPS Governor and Secretary to the Board of Governors, about it and here's what he said:

ACSM & the MOs employed Scott Oser Associates & Whorton Marketing & Research to research and explain to them how to improve the marketing or branding of ACSM in particular and surveying in general. The general take has been that the Oser report copped out somewhat by saying if you were organized differently (monolithically much like ASCE) then we have this (off the shelf) solution for your marketing. The gossip was mostly a question about where is the advice we sought to market what we are?

The report was addressed to the Congress that meets on the last day of meetings after most folks have already departed. It does so to give the MOs time to meet and give their delegates direction. NSPS Board of Directors meets a day after the Board of Governors meets to advise the BOD. In part due to this chronology some folks were included in discussion about complications that might arise if the decision to accept the advice of Oser was made because by agreement of the last re-org. an MO must give 2 years notice before changing the relationship. SoÖ

Before the report was even delivered a well-intentioned governor made a motion, which he thought was simply a housekeeping thing, to initiate withdrawal of NSPS from ACSM. He reasoned that if we waiting until next opportunity it would be a 6-12 mo. Delay before the decided correction could take place. Plus, the activity to withdraw could be rescinded at any time in the 2 year period.

Well, you had 50+ governors, who hadnít seen the Oser report and had only first heard about withdrawal that day and reaction to the motion was, to say the least, EMOTIONAL. The motion was passed by a slim majority. This prompted a second motion to study the idea of withdrawal instead of acting on it. Emotions rose again and this was amended to do both and passed with a significant majority. The Directors met the next day and approved the amended motion. Then the congress met and I am not privy to those events. Obviously, the report was delivered and Curtís letter was sent.

Subsequent to the meeting, a document was prepared, written by Wayne Harrison, NSPS President, Curt Sumner, NSPS Executive Director, and John Matonich, NSPS Immediate Past President, titled The Evolution of a National Voice: The Future of the National Society of Professional Surveyors

You can read this document, a 14Kb Word doc, by clicking HERE

You can read the 256Kb Word doc of the Oser/Whorton Report HERE

After the meeting, Tony wrote an article titled Is Your Association Healthy? which we have posted in amerisurv's exclusive online-only area.

Tony had this to say about his article:

All too often associations donít hear why folks choose not to join. All too often members lack the vocabulary to express clearly their reasons. I, for one, believe the better each individual (prospective and existing) member of associations understands, the more able they each are to express what is desirable and from that the associations are better able to accommodate and serve those needs and grow.

I believe the true solution opportunity lies at the local level. If local surveyors can pick up their heads and look around the social & political landscape the same way they would a topo, they would see how to advance their careers along with the profession.  Hopefully enough people will read my article before all the gossip and scuttlebutt gets more leverage.

You can read the 41Kb Word doc of Tony's article HERE

< Prev   Next >


Amerisurv Exclusive Online-only Article ticker
Featured Amerisurv Events
List Your Event Here
contact Amerisurv


JAVAD Intros
Spoofer Buster

press [at] amerisurv.com
Online Internet Content


News Feeds

Subscribe to Amerisurv news & updates via RSS or get our Feedburn
xml feed

Need Help? See this RSS Tutorial

Historic Maps

post a job
Reach our audience of Professional land surveyors and Geo-Technology professionals with your GeoJobs career ad. Feel free to contact us if you need additional information.


Social Bookmarks

Amerisurv on Facebook 

Amerisurv LinkedIn Group 

Amerisurv Flickr Photos 

Amerisurv videos on YouTube 



The American Surveyor © All rights reserved / Privacy Statement
Spatial Media LLC
905 W 7th St #331
Frederick MD 21701
301-695-1538 - fax