Workshop Program: Maximizing The Benefits Of Municipal Control Networks


This is a three and a half (3.5) hour workshop that teaches land surveyors and civil engineers how to maximize the benefits of municipal survey control network. It highlights 5 ways to start getting more value from survey control networks, explains how to conduct a monument inventory, shares ideas on how to design a benchmark book, and explains how to create a spec for control sheets in construction plans for public works.

This workshop is typically taught along with the workshop entitled “Practical State Plane Coordinates for the Land Surveyor and Civil Engineer”.


What You Will Learn

  1. The 5 ways to start getting more value out of your municipal survey control networks.
  2. The steps to conducting an effective monument inventory.

  3. How to design a useful benchmark book.

  4. How to integrate differential leveling into your municipal control network.

  5. How to use GIS to manage municipal survey control networks.


Teacher Bio

Landon has practiced as a licensed land surveyor in Central California and Western Nevada for 15 years. He specializes in surveys to support the design of large public works projects like freeways, highways, trains, pipelines, canals, and levees. He has helped build infrastructure in the California Bay Area, the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Carson Valley in Nevada.

Landon encourages land surveyors to learn about the basic principles of geodesy and to understand the relationships between geodesy and their GNSS surveying equipment.

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Workshop Outline

  1. The 5 ways to start realizing more value from your municipal control network.
  2. Conducting a monument inventory.
  3. Choosing an appropriate coordinate reference system.
  4. Designing a useful benchmark book.
  5. Creating a spec for control sheets.
  6. Using differential levels.
  7. Applying GIS to manage your survey control network.

Workshop Questions:

  1. What are easy ways to get more value out of your municipal control network?
  2. Should you be tying boundary surveys to your regional control network? How do you implement this?
  3. What type of survey control information should your consultant engineers be providing on the construction plans?
  4. What is a monument inventory and how do you execute one?
  5. Do you need to tie your municipal control network to CORS?
  6. Is differential leveling needed in the era of multi-constellation GNSS?
  7. How an GIS help you manage your municipal control network?

Take This Training As An Online Course

This training is offered as an online course for individuals and groups. Certification of course completion is available. If you would like to take this training as an online course, or would like us to offer an online course to your team, please reach out to Landon Blake by e-mail.

Host This Workshop

Would you like to host this workshop at your organization or in your community? Redefined Horizons teaches workshops across the Western United States. If you are interested in hosting this talk, please contact Landon Blake by e-mail.

We can offer the course at a discount for members of your organization or support a local scholarship of your choice if you host the workshop.

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Related Workshops

Landon teaches several other workshops on business for land surveyors and civil engineers. These workshops include:

Learn about these and other workshops on the Redefined Horizons Talks and Workshops web page.

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