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GeoLearn is proud to announce our partnership with! Our renowned video based education courses praised for their relevant information, world class faculty and ease of access are now available to customers.

GeoLearn Partners with TrimbleCourse topics include the NEW 2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title SurveysThe Judicial Role of the Surveyor, Easements, The Importance of Surveyors Notes (on a map or plat), Real-Time GNSS Positioning, Use of GNSS for Heights, Floods, NFIP and Floodplain Management, Applied Ethics, Technical Writing, Unmanned Airborne Systems, State Plane Coordinates, Introduction to Geodesy and Random Errors.
All courses are approved for professional development hours (PDHs) by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, one of the nation's leading institutions in geospatial education. They include course quizzes, a mandatory final exam prior to receiving a certificate of completion, as well as the presenter's PowerPoint and additional resources. Our courses meet most jurisdictions' requirements for renewal of professional licensure. Check your board or other approving authority's rules and regulations for applicability.
Faculty includes David Doyle, Dick Elgin, Bill Henning, Gary Kent, Wendy Lathrop, and Joe Paiva, and soon, Dennis Mouland. New courses will be released regularly and availability will be announced on as well as via press and media.
"Partnering with GeoLearn is a great opportunity for Trimble Navigation and Trimble users," said Brant Caley, Trimble Training Certification Sales Manager. "With this integration, Trimble customers now have a single website to learn about Trimble products and industry best-practices."
"Trimble has a highly regarded training platform for its users; we are pleased that GeoLearn is able to offer additional value to customers who come to Learn.Trimble for product training," said Joe Paiva, CEO of GeoLearn.
See previews of all the courses on the GeoLearn YouTube channel. You can also view a video excerpting clips from several courses here.

The 2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards Are Here


And So Is GeoLearn’s Support to Help You Understand Implementation

On February 23rd, 2016 the results of the joint work of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and the American Land Title Association (ALTA) was made effective in the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, but often referred to as the “Standards.”

GeoLearn faculty member Gary Kent who is also the chair of the committees in both of these partner societies came into our studios in January to begin putting together a series of courses to help surveying professionals, their teams and professionals from related areas learn more about how to implement the Standards, use them, and to collaborate with clients and clients’ representatives to ensure proper compliance.

The new Standards replace the 2011 Standards. The societies re-evaluate the need to update them on a five-year basis. They take suggestions from members and other stakeholders and consider them on this interval, always realizing that the importance of a change may require a departure from the schedule.

People familiar with the Standards will notice a big change right in the title. They are now ALTA/NSPS Standards; they used to be the ALTA/ACSM Standards. This change recognizes that NSPS is the logical successor to ACSM.

So…What’s Up With the Changes?

Here are the highlights from the 2016 Standards:

  • Providing more clarity as to the surveyor’s responsibility with regard to research associated with a Land Title Survey
  • Clarifying the precision with which features are to be located and depicted on the plat or map
  • Giving better guidance for locating and depicting abutting roadways
  • Visible utility features must now be shown; no longer an option in Table A
  • If a new description is prepared, there must be a note on the face of the map/plat explaining why it was required and how the new description relates to the land described in the record description
  • The requirement for adjoiners’ names is now an optional item in Table A
  • The Table A item requiring the surveyor to address zoning issues now calls for a zoning letter or report to be given to the surveyor
  • The near universal use of Phase One Environmental Assessments on commercial property has rendered the old Table A item 18 on use of the property as a solid waste dump, sump or sanitary landfill unnecessary. There is a new Table A option however if the surveyor is to show “substantial areas of refuse.”
  • The old Table A item 19 on wetlands has been removed due to misunderstanding of this item by those requesting it
  • Similarly the old Table A item on monumentation of appurtenant easements has been removed, as those requesting it did not understand the ramifications

How GeoLearn Can Help You

Here’s a lineup summarizing the new content that you can access or provide to your teams:

  • A FREE course on What’s Changed. We offer ½ PDH with this. You hear from Gary a bit more on the highlights than we can describe above. You can also access this course via our YouTube Chanel, and through our Learning Management System, however the PDH credit cannot be offered when taken via YouTube.
  • An overview course, one hour long, ideal for managers on the entire 2016 Standards. Perfect for managers who want to keep up with the requirements in a general way, and members of professional teams not involved on a day-to-day basis with executing Land Title Surveys. 1.0 PDH awarded with this course.
  • A seven-course series (each 1.0 PDH) that cover the Standards in some detail.
  1. Introductory concepts and sections
  2. Measurements standards
  3. Records research
  4. Fieldwork
  5. Plat and map creation
  6. Certification and deliverables
  7. Table A items.

If you don’t have the standards in hand, they are provided with each of the courses on the GeoLearn site, but you can also download them from the NSPS website here. If you’d like to see how the 2011 Standards were changed, NSPS also has a redline markup of the 2011 Standards with the 2016 edits here.

Nine New GeoLearn Courses by Gary Kent on ALTA/NSPS Topics

"Mr. ALTA" completes tour-de-force batch of benchmark-setting courses

GeoLearn is proud to present a FREE ½ hour course on what's changed with the ALTA/ACSM standards as well as an overview of the new standards as updated on February 23rd, 2016. These changes have been jointly adopted by the two leading organizations committed to providing guidelines for excellence in land title problem-solving and proactive problem prevention. We are also excited to announce an ALL-NEW set of seven detailed tutorials on the Standards taught by Gary Kent. Gary is a 33-year veteran at The Schneider Corporation of Indianapolis and is the nation's most acclaimed expert on these surveys. He chairs the ALTA and NSPS committees responsible for setting the Standards and all offered courses carry approval for professional development hours (PDHs) from the highly acclaimed ABET-accredited geospatial program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Gary Kent Teaching Land Surveyor PDH at GeoLearnGary's 7-course series for licensed land title survey professionals and their teams includes information on: introductory concepts, measurements standards, records research, fieldwork, plat and map creation, certification and deliverables, as well as Table A. "Land surveyors are relied upon by professionals in the title and real estate industry to be the 'boots on the ground' in collecting, evaluating, and reporting evidence of potential title problems relating to real property.  This is most typically accomplished through the execution of ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys. It is my hope that this new set of courses will help survey practitioners achieve a consistent level of excellence in serving the needs of clients and others who will rely on their surveys," said Gary Kent.

If not seeking PDH credit, we urge readers to view and share the link to GeoLearn's YouTube channel where we provide an overview of What's Changed with the ALTA/NSPS Standards free of charge. Associations, companies and individuals are also encouraged to link to this resource on their own websites as a way of disseminating this information more widely to the professional and technician community.


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