Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Chapter's November Meeting

The San Joaquin Valley Chapter's November meeting will be held via Zoom at Tuesday 11/16/2021 from 6pm to 9pm.

Please register for the meeting at the following link:

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Chapter's May Meeting

The San Joaquin Valley Chapter's May meeting will be held via Zoom at Tuesday 5/18/2021 from 6pm to 9pm.

Please register for the meeting at the following link:

The speaker will be Brian Gong with Airworks who will be discussing services to convert UAV aerial data into CAD drawing.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Chapter's April Meeting

The San Joaquin Valley Chapter's April meeting will be held via Zoom at Tuesday 4/20/2021 from 6pm to 9pm. Please register for the meeting at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrcOmurjwqH9JB2UA6EXFhTDWRFzU0lLCf

NCEES Surveyor Profiles

Our Chapter's own Joceyln Correa was recently profiled in an ongoing series by NCEES to explore the benefits of licensure and how professional surveyors are working on a daily basis to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Investing in a career in surveying

Jocelyn Correa, P.S.

March is Women’s History Month, and March 21–27 is National Surveyors Week. To celebrate, Jocelyn Correa, P.S., shares her surveying story, including her work with mentoring young surveyors and representing NCEES as a judge for this year’s Future City competition.

Read the full story

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Jocelyn Correa, Chapter Treasurer, Interview on Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast


 Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast — Episode 65

This session of the “Future Focus” series features Jocelyn Correa, a licensed surveyor from California. She recently talked with Tim Burch about making the early transition from architectural student to cadastral mapper and leading into discovering her love for surveying. Jocelyn shared her experiences with chasing boundary retracement, tying it together with UAV and topographic data with the appropriate quality checks, to create surveys that provide great information and value to the client. She also spoke about how a welcoming work environment adds to the overall positive experience as a surveyor. Jocelyn adds that mentoring is an important factor to the success of all surveyors, so keeping the channels open for learning opportunities is vital.

Link: Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast site

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Monday, January 18, 2021

GPS on Bench Marks

 GPS on Bench Marks

Help improve the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) and prepare for the NSRS modernization in 2022 by participating in the GPS on Bench Marks (GPS on BM) for the Transformation Tool campaign. For more information visit https://geodesy.noaa.gov/GPSonBM/

Bench Mark Map

Thursday, May 7, 2009

New Visalia Social Security Building Being Built on Flood Zone

Posted: May 6, 2009 10:37 PM PDT on www.KMPH.com

View Video: New Visalia Social Security Building Being Built on Flood Zone

By: Ashley Ritchie

Steve Nelson opened his newspaper Wednesday morning and realized he has something in common with the federal government; they both now have property in a flood zone.

"Three days after we have a city council meeting and we have 300-some people show up to voice their opinion, all of the sudden we find out about the social security building. I find that kind of, really ironic," Nelson said.

General Services Administration officials gave the go-ahead in September 2008 for a new social security office, six months after FEMA released Visalia's re-zoned flood maps.

"The federal government, under presidential directive, says that federal offices can't be located in flood zones," Alex Peltzer, Visalia City Attorney, said.

The social security office is being built right now at 1901 E. Noble, right across the street from Wal-Mart.

Originally, the General Services Administration planned to build the office at Lovers Lane and Tulare. But they chose the Noble site because it wasn't in a flood plain.

But with the new maps, the Noble location is now on a flood plain and the first site isn't and never was.

"The federal government may be in a position of having to get its own flood insurance. I don't know how that works between agencies. But that's what would happen with other people," Peltzer said.

"I'm gonna watch vigilantly to see if magically they become out of the flood zone," Nelson said.

In the meantime, the 8,900 residents now in the flood plain must start paying flood insurance by June 16th.

Steve Nelson says he hears the concerned stories every day.

"He says I'm upside down. What am I supposed to do? It's hard to look a man in the eye and say, I'd love to help you and I'm trying to help you. But in all honesty, I don't know if anybody cares," he said.

City officials say they're looking at several options for residents right now, including examining each individual property to see if it's really in a flood zone.

But until then, they're urging those affected residents to have flood insurance secured by June 16th.

The parcel of land the new social security building is being built on is being leased to the government by the southern California based Imperial Group.

City officials say they're not sure if the group even knew about the flood maps when the site was chosen.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Four men take a chance on new Visalia company

Four men take a chance on new Visalia company
Visalia Times-Delta - Visalia,CA,USA
BY JORDAN RIGHI • For the Times-Delta • February 24, 2009

After surviving three rounds of economic layoffs, four men decided to leave the civil engineering firm of Quad Knopf and start their own company.

Matt Ainley, David De Groot, Randy Wasnick and Craig Hartman opened 4 Creeks Inc. last June, setting up shop at 3643 W. Oakridge Ave. in the Demaree Square West business center on Goshen Avenue in Visalia.

"Everyone thought we were a little crazy and that our timing was a little nuts," said Ainley, 30, the eldest of the four men and the firm's president.

But their decision seems to be working out well. The company is showing signs of growth and now employs 11, three on a part-time basis.

As it turns out, the dark economic cloud has had a silver lining for 4 Creeks: The firm has been able to take advantage of the downsizing of others. Ainley said he has been able to pick up slightly used equipment at steep discount prices, much of it from Internet auction sites like eBay.

"People have a lot of extra equipment that they're trying to shed," he said

The cost of hiring also is a little lower than normal, he said. The firm has hired former Quad Knopf workers who've been laid off, Ainley said.

He said the firm's business plan is divided into four areas, based on the interests and specialties of the partners. Ainley is primarily responsible for land development and public works; De Groot handles agriculture and dairy; Wasnick handles land surveying; and Hartman is responsible for energy and environmental.

The firm is busy working with dairy clients to develop waste-management plans required by the state.