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OSU-boardmeeting.jpgThis past spring OSBEELS coordinated with the Oregon State University’s College of Engineering to hold the May Board meeting on the OSU campus in Memorial Union Hall. In addition to the normal business agenda, OSBEELS staff presented to students about the path to professional licensure and held a Q&A session with College of Engineering faculty and students.

Following completion of these activities, the Board received tours of OSU’s Graf Hall and the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory. Board members were first greeted by staff and graduate research assistants in Graf Hall’s Robotic Decision Making Laboratory where they learned about various robotic projects. Dr. Geoff Hollinger, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, discussed several projects his staff and students were currently researching, including underwater mapping robots and human interaction robots, among others.

Afterward Board members were shuttled to the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory. On their tour, Board members were able to experience the Driving Simulator Lab, which conducts studies on traffic and collision situations, full-scale structural engineering testing mechanisms and the various wave research models within the laboratory.

OSBEELS would like to thank the OSU College of Engineering for hosting the May Board meeting and providing our members with a behind-the-scenes look at their facilities.

​This past winter OSBEELS staff and Board members participated in E-week activities throughout the state of Oregon. Staff visited Southwestern Oregon Community College to participate and present to local students at their annual E-Week career day. At the event, OSBEELS staff was able to share information about the agency, ABET-accredited college programs, NCEES exams, and the path to earning professional licensure in Oregon.

In early March, OSBEELS staff visited Woodburn, OR to participate at the 2017 STEM Festival. Nearly 500 kids from local elementary schools attended the event and learned about STEM professions and jobs available to them in the future. OSBEELS staff came equipped with various interactive activities to help the young attendees understand the types of projects that engineers, land surveyors and photogrammetrists commonly work on.

On May 15, OSBEELS staff attended the Salem-Keizer Career and Technical Education Center’s Student Fair. Nearly 400 students participated at the fair where staff provided materials to help interested students learn more about engineering as a profession and the preferred combination of education and experience to receive professional licensure.  


​Earlier this year, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) honored former Board member Ron Singh, PLS, with the 2017 Surveying and Mapping Award. Mr. Singh was recognized for his work with the Oregon Department of Transportation, where he helped implement new engineering automation technologies for operations, maintenance, and construction.

Now retired, Mr. Singh spent over 40 years with the Oregon Department of Transportation, most recently surveying as the Geometronics Manager and Chief of Surveys. He was nominated for the national award for his efforts over the past decade to develop the Oregon Coordinate Reference System and the Oregon Real-time GNSS Network. These advancements have helped surveying, mapping, and engineering professionals across the state work more efficiently and accurately.

ASCE first established the award in 1969, which is presented annually to an individual who has made definite contributions to the advancement of surveying and mapping. ​

​OSBEELS has proposed increasing the application for registration and biennial renewal fees for professional engineers, professional land surveyors and registered professional photogrammetrists, effective December 2017. The proposed increases would raise the application for registration fee from $360 to $400 and the biennial renewal fees from $150 to $190.

The Board proposes the increases to avoid a deficit in the Board’s operational budget for the upcoming biennium. As a semi-independent agency, OSBEELS maintains its budget separate from the State General Fund. All revenues collected are expended to provide services to regulate the practice of engineering, land surveying, and photogrammetry in the state of Oregon as they relate to the welfare and safety of the public. The Board last approved the adjustment of renewal fees in June 2012, decreasing them from $180 to $150. 

During the February Finance Committee meeting, committee members determined that a fee increase was necessary to help balance net losses that are currently being accrued by the agency month-to-month.  The amount of the increase was determined through analysis of current fund balances, recent trends in industry and expected expense increases. The Board approved the proposed changes during their March meeting.  The biennial renewal rate for certified water rights examiners will remain at $40.

Rulemaking Hearing

The Board will hold a Rulemaking Hearing on September 12 at 1:00 p.m. in the Conference room of the Board office to get public input on the recommended fee increase. Members of the public will be able to submit input on the proposed fee increase until this meeting. 


Daren Cone, PE, PLS and Dr. Sean St.Clair PE 
 
​Daren Cone, PE, PLS and Dr. Sean St.Clair PE​
Dr. Sean St.Clair PE, and Daren Cone, PE, PLS, were appointed by Governor Kate Brown to the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and land Surveying (OSBEELS) as of April 2017.

Dr. St.Clair completed his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Utah State University. He earned his graduate and doctoral work in Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He obtained his registration to practice civil engineering in Oregon in 2007. 

Prior to moving to Oregon in 2004, Dr. St.Clair was an Instructor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and worked as a Structural Designer for Starzer Brady Fagan Associates, Inc. In Oregon, he has been a professor and, currently, the Civil Engineering Department Chair at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Dr. St.Clair also continues to provide independent structural design consulting. While at OIT, Dr. St.Clair helped Oregon Tech’s Civil Engineering Department earn the Walter LeFevre Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Dr. St.Clair believes his commitment to upholding professional and ethical standards in the engineering profession will help him work towards fulfilling the core functions of the OSBEELS Mission – safeguarding the life, health, and property of the people of Oregon. “I take great pride in my profession and have a strong desire to ensure the integrity of the license in Oregon is preserved,” he explained.

Dr. St.Clair has also spent time as a member of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam Development Committee, FE Content Review Study Committee, and has authored sections of the FE Reference Handbook for the National Council for the Examination of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES). “I made it my personal goal to prepare students to be the best professional engineers possible,” he said, “I believe these avenues demonstrate my dedication to the FE Exam and the licensure process.”

St.Clair is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Institute of Steel Construction and Order of the Engineer.

Mr. Cone will be joining the Board with over 15 years of professional engineering experience and 7 years of professional land surveying experience.

He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering at Oregon State University and earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Oregon University. Mr. Cone obtained his registration to practice forest engineering in 2001 and professional land surveying in 2009.

With a background in forest engineering, Mr. Cone holds experience working with small-to-medium sized businesses and a fortune 500 company. He previously worked with the Boise Cascade Corporation and is curre​ntly with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Aside from his professional career, Mr. Cone enjoys participating in National Engineering Month activities and presenting at career fairs and National Society of Professional Surveyors Trig-Star exams for high school students. He is also an active member of the Council on Forest Engineering and the Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon (PLSO). As a member of PLSO, Mr. Cone has served as vice president of the Rogue River Chapter and vice president and president of the Willamette Chapter.

In his personal time, Mr. Cone enjoys bicycling, wood working, hunting and shooting sports.​

ken hoffineThe Board would like to thank Ken Hoffine, P.E., PLS, C.W.R.E, for his service as an Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (OSBEELS) Board and Committee member. After fulling his eight years of service as a Board member in May of 2016, Ken agreed to remain a Board member till his replacement was found this past April.

During his time with the Board, Hoffine served as the chair of the Rules and Regulation Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee, Standards of Land Surveying Practice Committee, Customer Service and Communications Standards Task Force, and the Oregon Specific Examination Task Force. Previously, he served as President for the Professional Land Surveyor Organization (PLSO) Umpqua chapter and was a member of the Oregon State University Forest Engineering Curriculum committee.

Hoffine first obtained his professional engineer registration from the Board in 1984. Shortly following, he was issued registration as a professional land surveyor in 1987 and gained certification as a water right examiner in 1989. His wide range of experience in the engineering, land surveying and water rights professions helped him be a tremendous asset to the Board and provide many contributions during his time on various committees.

Originally from Medford, OR, Hoffine graduated from Oregon State University in 1979 with his Bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering. Professionally, he has worked at Lone Rock Timber Co. since 1983 where he serves as an engineer and surveyor. He has previously worked at Coos Head Timber Co. in Coos Bay as a forest engineer.

“Ken has been a major asset to OSBEELS,” Jason Kent, OSBEELS Board President said.  “He has contributed to the Board on many subjects; we will miss him and wish him the best going forward.”

Outside of his profession, Hoffine has been involved with Boy Scouts of America serving as a troop and pack leader.

The Board and OSBEELS staff would like to thank Ken for his commitment and wish him the best in his future endeavors.​​

ron singh
The Board would like to thank Ron Singh for his four years of service as a Board and Committee member. 

During his time with the Board, Singh served as the chair of the Digital Signature Task Force and as a member of the Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing Task Force and the Law and Enforcement Committee. Singh used his extensive background and knowledge to assist the Board with a variety of projects involving the development of rules for use of digital signatures by engineers and land surveyors. 

Professionally, Singh spent much of his career with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) being hired as an Engineering Aide in 1975. Most recently Singh was the Geometronics Manager and Chief of Surveys for ODOT before his retirement in December of 2016. He obtained his registration to practice land surveying from OSBEELS in 1988.
Singh is currently a member of the Transportation Research Board – Geospatial Data Acquisition Technologies in Design and Construction, the American Society of Civil Engineers Geomatics Division – Spatial Data Applications Committee, the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping, the National Society of Professional Surveyors, and Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon.

“Ron has been an integral member of the Board since joining in 2013,” OSBEELS President Jason Kent said. “He has assisted with the improvement of numerous Board processes, most notably the digital signature initiative.”
In his spare time, Singh enjoys aviation, building and flying experimental aircrafts, sailing, photography, electronics, and woodworking.

The Board and OSBEELS staff would like to thank Ron for his dedication to improving the engineering and land surveying professions and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

osu campus building
The upcoming OSBEELS Board meeting on Tuesday, May 9, will be held at Oregon State University in Memorial Union Hall’s Jack Porter Board room. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held in conjunction with OSU’s College of Engineering.
Memorial Union Hall is located on the Corvallis campus at 112 Memorial Union Corvallis, OR 97331. The building is located northeast of the 26th St. and Jefferson Way intersection. Registrants and the public are encouraged to attend this special Board meeting.​

social security card
To ensure compliance and personal identity, OSBEELS would like to remind professionals seeking license renewal that it is required to provide your Social Security number as part of your application. 

The record of your Social Security number will be used for child support, administration and identification purposes only, unless you authorize other uses of the number. 

Failing to provide your Social Security number on your license renewal application will result in a delay of your renewal and you will be informed to submit your Social Security number. If during the renewal process your professional license become expired, you will be categorized as “delinquent” and will be assessed an additional $80 fee. 

If you have not been issued a Social Security number, OSBEELS will accept a written certification to fulfil this requirement.​

CPD Form
All registrants are required to complete 30 professional development hours (PDH) each biennial renewal cycle. Often, it’s difficult to distinguish if non-technical courses count or how much teaching, authoring, mentoring, or self-education can be used per biennial period. 

According to Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 820-010-0635, PDHs must be obtained in qualifying activities related to the individual’s registration. However, these qualifying activities don’t necessarily need to be specific to the technical aspects of engineering, land surveying, photogrammetry or water right examination. The activities must have a clear purpose or objective which improves, or expands the skills and knowledge relevant to the registrant’s field of practice or practices. If a registrant spends a majority of their time in the field, knowledge of first aid and CPR would be a valuable skill and that course would count towards fulfilling their PDH requirements. Similarly, if an engineer had a foreign client with whom they needed to communicate directly, classes in that language would be beneficial to their practice of engineering and would also count as PDHs. Accounting and management courses have been approved as appropriate PDH courses in past years. For nontechnical courses, further explanation of the courses’ relevance may be requested by Board staff. 

Every registrant shall report PDH units on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Organizational form provided by the Board and submit it to the Board office with the renewal form and fee. The CPD Organizational form must be completed in its entirety.

While some individual courses may be up for discussion, OAR 820-010-0635 clearly states the amount of PDHs earned for activities such as teaching, authoring, performing self-study, and mentoring. The PDH limits for specific activities are as follows: 
  • Teaching or instructing a course or seminar can only be claimed the first time the course or seminar is taught and not if the registrant is a full-time faculty member 
  • Authoring or co-authoring published papers, articles or books: maximum of 10 PDHs 
  • Active participation in a professional or technical society, committee or board: maximum of 8 PDHs 
  • Self-study: maximum of 6 PDHs
  • Mentoring of engineering, land surveying, or photogrammetry topics to a nonregistered individual not under your supervision. Each 10 hours spent mentoring equals 1 PDH: maximum of 4 PDHs 
  • Non-technical educational activities related to the registrant’s employment
  • Developing, writing, or scoring an engineering, land surveying, or photogrammetric mapping examination for licensure or certification maximum 15 PDHs 
The following activities DO NOT count toward fulfilling the biennial PDH requirements:
  • Regular employment 
  • Real estate licensing courses 
  • Personal, estate, or financial planning 
  • Personal self-improvement 
  • Service club meetings or activities 
  • Equipment demonstrations or trade show displays 
  • Topics not relevant to engineering, land surveying, or photogrammetry professions 
  • Enrollment without attendance at courses, seminars, etc. 
  • Repetitive attendance at an identical course 
  • Repetitive teaching of an identical course 
  • Attending committee meetings or general business meetings of any organization. This can be confused with active participation with profession or technical societies. Attending a meeting is not the same as actively participating with an organization.
  • Taking professional or required examinations 
When determining how many PDH credits are earned through college and continuing education courses, remember that 1 college semester hour equals 45 PDH, 1 college quarter hour equals 30 PDH, and one continuing education unit equals 10 PDH. 
If you have questions concerning your PDHs at any time during your biennial period, please contact OSBEELS Accounts Specialists Tina Sorensen at 503-934-2112 or at SorensenT@osbeels.org, Amelia Volker at 503-934-2111 or at VolkerA@osbeels.org, or Veronica Gloria at 503-934-2008 or GloriaV@osbeels.org.​

oregon state capital
The Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying is seeking to fill a vacant Board member position. The Board seeks a professional land surveyor (PLS). The position will be available to interested applicants beginning July, 2017.

As per Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 672.240, the PLS Board member must be a resident of Oregon for at least three years immediately preceding appointment and have been practicing as a registered professional for at least five years since the date of the individual’s initial registration. The Board operates as a semi-independent state agency subject to ORS 182.456 - 182.472 and is authorized to examine, register, and regulate professionals and investigate claims against unlicensed persons who engage in the practice of engineering, land surveying, photogrammetric mapping, and water right examination. The primary responsibility of every Board member is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.

Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each odd-numbered month and Committee meetings are held the second Thursday and Friday of each even-numbered month. Board members are eligible for per diem and reimbursements for actual expenses involved in carrying out Board business.

Interested?

For more information on the application process or the role of State Board members, visit http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/Boards-and-Commissions.aspx​ and follow the instructions provided. Contact the Board office with any questions.​
 

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