Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors The Board was established to protect the public by helping to safeguard life, health, and property.

The Board was established by legislative action in 1935. Its charter is to protect the public by helping to safeguard life, health, and property, and to promote the public welfare by providing for the licensing and regulation of persons in the practices of engineering and land surveying. This is achieved through the establishment of minimum qualifications for entry into the professions of engineering and land surveying, the adoption of rules defining and delineating unlawful or unethical conduct, and through swift and effective discipline of individuals or firms who violate those laws or rules. The Board does not provide recommendations regarding a specific individual licensee or firm performing engineering and/or land surveying services in Alabama.

Mission: Our mission is to protect the health and safety of the public through licensure and regulation of the engineering and land surveying practice in the State of Alabama.

07/17/2020

From NSPE:
Today is #WorldEmojiDay! What emoji best represents your work as a PE or PLS?

07/17/2020
12 of the World’s Most Insane Engineering Marvels

On today's edition of #lessonslearned we are taking pause to look at 12 pieces of engineering that stagger that imagination and leave people wondering how exactly they were able to create them.

Enjoy - and as always - come back to the comments and let us know what you think should be added to the list.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFbug8as10U

From Chandra X-Ray Space Telescope to Hong Kong International Airport here are 12 of the World’s Most Insane Engineering Marvels. Subscribe to Talltanic http...

Sometimes the job can feel overwhelming.  You've just got to keep grinding. #wordsofwisdom
07/16/2020

Sometimes the job can feel overwhelming.
You've just got to keep grinding.
#wordsofwisdom

07/15/2020

We did this last week and had success, so here we go again: Tell BELS a joke. Keep in mind, the funnier the joke - the greater chance it has of appearing in THE STANDARD and the end of year Annual Report.

The clubhouse leader is Joey Beck:

"How do you tell the difference between an introverted engineer and an extroverted engineer?
The introverted engineer looks at his/her shoes while talking to you. The extroverted engineer will look at yours."

Think you can do better?

Jokes must be generally clean and generally related to the professions of Engineering and Land Surveying.

And let the laughter begin ...

While SmartCities and the idea of a "planned, futuristic development" seem to be something found on the SyFy channel - h...
07/14/2020
10 Smart Startups in Far-Flung Locales - ASME

While SmartCities and the idea of a "planned, futuristic development" seem to be something found on the SyFy channel - here are 10 towns that have already taken that step. It's a bit of a read, but it's quite interesting.

https://www.asme.org/topics-resources/content/10-smart-startups?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=technology-and-society&utm_campaign=wk_062920

We are spotlighting 10 startups or young companies developing products in a variety of engineering fields. Some are in small towns, others in large cities. Almost all are in cities that can offer a high quality of life at an affordable cost.

07/10/2020
The Panama Canal: The Greatest Engineering Feat in History

#LessonsLearnedFridays
Here in the office Griffin Pritchard and investigator Bruce Thornell typically have what is called Lessons Learned Friday where they will look over a part of the code and try to understand it better. In terms of our social media, we are looking to expand that to see the different Lessons Learned throughout history.

Today's offering is YouTube video focusing on one of the greatest feats of construction and design history: The Panama Canal. Please, enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY8QdxWRCwU

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Following up with the theme of #communitynews we asked members of or surveying community what their favorite piece of la...
07/09/2020

Following up with the theme of #communitynews we asked members of or surveying community what their favorite piece of land surveying equipment was and why?

From Tepper Middleton (Schoel): My favorite surveying equipment is an auto level. The ability to transfer elevations and at the same time to check your work all while in the field is absolutely critical to the efficiency of surveying. Though an auto level was not the first piece of equipment I was taught to use in surveying, it was the first piece of equipment with which I felt truly competent. More specifically, I prefer using a Heerbrugg Wild Na2. Even though it is now no longer in production, this instrument has been praised by both new and long experienced surveyors. Unlike the levels on the market today, the Na2 was made from durable materials and has stood up to the tests of time. Another important feature of the Na2, that is lacking on almost all of today’s current models, was the small button on the side of the level that allowed the user to check that the prism inside the instrument was free floating and not in a bind. While more modern levels are less likely to have the prism bind in the instrument, being able to check that this prism is free floating before beginning your level loop helps to bring peace of mind and allows your day to run that much more smoothly.

Please send Griffin Pritchard ([email protected]) photos of you or your staff depicting what you do on the job or celebrating a work-related accomplishment or award.
Photos will be compiled and used in social media posts, upcoming issues of THE STANDARD and at the end of the year in the annual report. Also, to help keep content fresh in each issue, please submit suggestions that can be crafted into articles.
If there is a trend within the field of engineering or land surveying that you think should be explored, please let us know. Also, follow us on Twitter (@bels382) as, from time to time, we will pose questions on different social media platforms where your feedback will possibly be used in upcoming editions.

07/09/2020

#OutreachUPDATE
Just conducted a Zoom session with a group of engineering students from University of South Alabama (The University of South Alabama) and had a great time. Thanks to Prof. Rebecca MacDonald for arranging this opportunity. Here are some of the students' takeaways from An Ethical Roadmap:

It takes time to make a good name for yourself, but one bad decision can erase all that and make it much harder to rebuild that good name.

How you were raised has a great impact on how you view ethics and they way you preform ethical conduct.

Engineers have the power to shape the world, but with that come great responsibility. It is an awesome power but only if engineers do it ethically.

From the #CommunityNews section: NCAT  (The National Center for Asphalt Technology)is performing research on US Highway ...
07/09/2020

From the #CommunityNews section:

NCAT (The National Center for Asphalt Technology)is performing research on US Highway 280 in Opelika to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of different asphalt surface treatments. Dr. Adriana Vargas, Assistant Research Professor at NCAT, and their staff needed information about the pavement conditions and contacted BHATE Geosciences due to our experience with pavement evaluation and management programs. BHATE Geosciences has performed thousands of miles of pavement assessments and the company has invested heavily in the latest GPR technology and equipment to provide GPR services to numerous state DOTs and municipalities.
NCAT contracted with BHATE to perform a pavement layer thickness assessment using air-launched ground penetrating radar (GPR) scanning technology. GPR is a geophysical method that uses radar pulses to image the subsurface to locate utilities and items such as underground storage tanks or through structures to map structural reinforcements.

Please send Griffin Pritchard ([email protected]) photos of you or your staff depicting what you do on the job or celebrating a work-related accomplishment or award.

Photos will be compiled and used in social media posts, upcoming issues of THE STANDARD and at the end of the year in the annual report.

Also, to help keep content fresh in each issue, please submit suggestions that can be crafted into articles. If there is a trend within the field of engineering or land surveying that you think should be explored, please let us know.

07/09/2020
Episode 34 - In this episode of "Future Focus" Curt Sumner interviews current NSPS Secretary Craig Amey.

For the PLS members of our community, here is the latest episode of Surveyor Says from NSPS:

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-9j9wk-e28df9?utm_campaign=au_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=au_share

In its continuing effort to provide opportunities for listeners to get to know the NSPS Officers, not only as the organization’s leaders, but also as fellow Surveyors, Curt Sumner recently interviewed current NSPS Secretary Craig Amey for this episode of “Surveyor Says!”

07/08/2020

#HUMPDAYHUMOR

We did this last week and had success, so here we go again: Tell BELS a joke. Keep in mind, the funnier the joke - the greater chance it has of appearing in THE STANDARD and the end of year Annual Report.

The clubhouse leader remains Larry Lofton:

"What's the main difference between Mechanical and Civil Engineers?
Mechanical Engineers build weapons.
Civil Engineers build targets."

Think you can do better?

Jokes must be clean and generally related to the professions of Engineering and Land Surveying.

And let the laughter begin ...

On the heels of Independence Day - we want to take a moment and give a shoutout to the members of our community who have...
07/07/2020

On the heels of Independence Day - we want to take a moment and give a shoutout to the members of our community who have served and are currently serving.

Thank you for what you do and your service.

Now ... for those of you in the military new to our state here's a website with a ton of great resources:

If you are seeking information on quality-of-life issues pertaining to your military family, check out the newly launched Heroes Welcome Initiative. You can navigate the many curated and reputable resources in the most military family-friendly state in the Country by visiting: https://www.heroeswelcome.alabama.gov

Tell BELS what podcasts or audiobooks you are listening to. They don't have to be profession related. And this is just f...
07/06/2020

Tell BELS what podcasts or audiobooks you are listening to. They don't have to be profession related. And this is just for fun and for us all to get to know each other a little better.

One thing I've been trying to do is create a dialogue on Fridays - so here is the question of the day: What has been you...
07/03/2020

One thing I've been trying to do is create a dialogue on Fridays - so here is the question of the day:

What has been your greatest accomplishment as a Professional Engineer or Land Surveyor.

I'm excited to read your answers in the comments.

Keep in mind, that some may be used for portions of the Annual Report and issues of THE STANDARD.

Author Frank Willis wrote in Point of Beginning that “during the past 50 years, surveying and engineering measurement te...
07/02/2020
bels.alabama.gov

Author Frank Willis wrote in Point of Beginning that “during the past 50 years, surveying and engineering measurement technology has made five quantum leaps: the electronic distance meter, total station, GPS, robotic total station and the laser scanner. Unmanned aircraft systems will be the sixth quantum leap in technology.”

Learn more about this quantum leap:https://bels.alabama.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020JanuaryNewsletter.pdf

#HUMPDAYHUMOR We did this last week and had success, so here we go again: Tell BELS a joke. Keep in mind, the funnier th...
07/01/2020

#HUMPDAYHUMOR

We did this last week and had success, so here we go again: Tell BELS a joke. Keep in mind, the funnier the joke - the greater chance it has of appearing in THE STANDARD and the end of year Annual Report.

The clubhouse leader is this offering from Larry Lofton:

Reaching the end of a job interview, the HR manager asked the young engineer fresh out of university, “And what starting salary were you looking for?”
The engineer said, “In the neighborhood of $100,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”
The HR Manager said, “Well, what would you say to a package of $200,000 a year, 5 weeks of vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary and a company car leased every 2 years – say, a Mercedes?”
The engineer sat up straight and said, “Wow!!! Are you joking?”
And the HR Manager said, “Of course…but you started it.”

Think you can do better?
Jokes must be clean and generally related to the professions of Engineering and Land Surveying.

We all joke that we live and work out of our cars and trucks but some surveyors actually do. Let's start a conversation:...
06/30/2020
A Surveyor Truck Can Be A Mobile Office

We all joke that we live and work out of our cars and trucks but some surveyors actually do.

Let's start a conversation: What are the tools that every surveyor should have in their work truck?

https://www.pobonline.com/articles/102161-a-surveyor-truck-can-be-a-mobile-office?utm_content=bufferff90e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Chief Surveyor John T. Donohue Jr. now has the survey truck of his dreams after trading up from his 2005 Quigley. He works for JFC Inc., a full-line land development company in Ellicott City, Maryland and mostly completes construction stakeout and onsite red line plans.Vehicle(s): Mercedes-Benz Spri...

Let's lighten the mood a little, shall we. I (Griffin) want you to tell me a joke .. clean and in relation to your profe...
06/26/2020

Let's lighten the mood a little, shall we. I (Griffin) want you to tell me a joke .. clean and in relation to your profession as an engineer or a land surveyor.

For instance -- I told a joke to a bunch of chemical engineers a few months ago ... there was no reaction.

Some of the better bits of comedic brilliance may appear in upcoming issues of THE STANDARD or be used on our Twitter account.

With that said ... the joke telling starts ... now.

06/25/2020
Episode 32 - Curt’s conversation is with Jared Wilson, Assistant Professor and Faculty Coordinator at East Tennessee State University

Surveyor Says is the newest NSPS offering. Their latest episode just dropped. The link is below:

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-c9gj9-e11492?utm_campaign=au_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=au_share

Curt’s conversation for this “Future Focus” episode with Jared covers how distance learning from online university programs are the future of the profession and helping to maintain our “essential service” status. Thanks for joining us for another “Future Focus” here on this episode of ...

ASPE and MES are looking to grow their membership.
06/24/2020

ASPE and MES are looking to grow their membership.

Membership Recruitment 101: Lead by Example! How many members have you recruited?

Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors shape their communities. From BHATE Geosciences: "Check out the p...
06/24/2020

Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors shape their communities.

From BHATE Geosciences: "Check out the progress on Lakeview Green! Proud to be part of this project that is revitalizing Birmingham's Lakeview neighborhood."

Please send Griffin Pritchard ([email protected]) photos of you or your staff depicting what you do on the job or celebrating a work-related accomplishment or award.

Photos will be compiled and used in social media posts, upcoming issues of THE STANDARD and at the end of the year in the annual report.

Also, to help keep content fresh in each issue, please submit suggestions that can be crafted into articles. If there is a trend within the field of engineering or land surveying that you think should be explored, please let us know.

While yesterday was a celebration of women in engineering, here is a story crafted by the Alabama News Network expanding...
06/24/2020
Female engineers still in the minority, but numbers continue growing - Alabama NewsCenter

While yesterday was a celebration of women in engineering, here is a story crafted by the Alabama News Network expanding the topic.

https://alabamanewscenter.com/2020/06/23/female-engineers-still-in-the-minority-but-numbers-continue-growing/

Also, please visit our Women in Engineering Day post and comment what piece of advice you would give your high school self.

June 23 is International Women in Engineering Day.

Let's take a moment to celebrate the professional women in the field of engineering. Ladies - What advice would you give...
06/23/2020

Let's take a moment to celebrate the professional women in the field of engineering.

Ladies - What advice would you give to your high school self?

One of the foundational elements of being both an engineer and a land surveyor is the ability to adapt and eventually ov...
06/23/2020

One of the foundational elements of being both an engineer and a land surveyor is the ability to adapt and eventually overcome. But you are also involved in the business aspects of the profession and this quote speaks greatly to that.

Of the nearly 20,000 professional engineers and professional land surveyors licensed in Alabama, only a portion of them ...
06/22/2020

Of the nearly 20,000 professional engineers and professional land surveyors licensed in Alabama, only a portion of them actually reside in the state.

Take Troy Ward for example. He’s a University of Alabama graduate and began his career at U.S. Pipe and Foundry Company. He has spent the past 20 years working for Smyrna, Tennessee - Systems Spray-Cooled.
There, he designs and manufactures water-cooled equipment that is used on Electric Arc Furnaces in the steel-making industry.

Please send Griffin Pritchard ([email protected]) photos of you or your staff depicting what you do on the job or celebrating a work-related accomplishment or award. Photos will be compiled and used in social media posts, upcoming issues of
THE STANDARD and at the end of the year in the annual report.
Also, to help keep content fresh in each issue, please submit suggestions that can be crafted into articles. If there is a trend within the field of engineering or land surveying that you think should be explored, please let us know.

Thank you for following us on Facebook, but we also have a twitter handle @bels382. Venture over and give us a follow there too.

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