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Presenter: Thomas H. Meyer, Ph.D.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Somerset, NJ

Doubletree by Hilton Somerset
200 Atrium Drive
Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone: 732-469-2600

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:30 pm

Motivation: One System to Rule Them All

   Local ad hoc coordinates are mutually incompatible
   When we want to stitch ad hoc maps together, we discover problems
   Maps cannot depict Earth’s surface without distortion


   Latitude and longitude
   Earth’s shape
   Reference ellipsoids
   Heights: gravity, the geoid, and Gauss
   The Inferno: distances (slope, geodesic, horizontal, topographic enlargement)

Map Projections

   Rectangular, plate carreé
   Conformal and authalic
   Distortions in distances and directions
   State plane coordinates

How to Map in the State Plane Coordinate System

   Directly from geodetic: USACE CORPSCON, NGS state plane tool
   From total-station observations
      • Reductions
      • The forward problem
   Worked-out examples
      • Using total-station data
      • Some interesting case studies

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors

Professional Land Surveyors
     6.5 CPC Credits

Professional Engineers
     6.5 CPC Credits

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 CPC credits/continuing education hours to professional land surveyors and engineers in most states, including New Jersey.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for New Jersey engineers (Approval No. 24GP00000700), and the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors has approved this course for 6.5 CPC credits for professional land surveyors.

HalfMoon Education is approved by the New York State Education Department as a continuing education provider for engineers and land surveyors (NYSED Sponsor No. 35). This course is eligible for 6.5 continuing education hours/PDHs.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for professional land surveyors and engineers in Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is also an approved education provider for Florida engineers.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Thomas H. Meyer, Ph.D.

University of Connecticut
Dr. Meyer is a professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR). He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and he is a fellow and past president (2016) of the American Association for Geodetic Surveying. Dr. Meyer is a past president (2006-2007) of the Geomatics Society of New England (previously known as the New England Section ACSM) and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Surveying Engineering and Surveying and Land Information Science. Dr. Meyer earned his Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University (College Station, 1998) where he was a research associate in the Mapping Sciences Laboratory. He was named a UConn Teaching Fellow (2015), and has taught geomatics courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in geodesy, geographic information science, digital terrain modeling, spatial statistics, and global navigation satellite system surveying. Dr. Meyer has authored an undergraduate-level geodesy textbook and numerous peer-reviewed papers about surveying and mapping, and he teaches professional education seminars for surveyors throughout New England and the United States.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.