Qualifications

Goals are to provide land surveying in order to protect the “welfare, property, economy, and security of the public” through the “highest degree of moral and ethical standards”.

Licensed Professional Land Surveyor
Vice-President, Edwards Surveying, LLC, Decatur, Texas December 2004 – Today
Practicing professional land surveying primarily in Texas & Oklahoma (TCA# 10049400, OCA# 4780)

• Obtained board license in Texas December 2002
o Texas Registered Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS) Reg# 5627
o Licensed to perform services in locating real property boundaries, platting and laying out land and subdivisions of land, preparing maps, field note records, real property descriptions, and consulting.

• Obtained board license in Oklahoma June 2004
o Oklahoma Licensed Professional Land Surveyor (LPLS) Lic# 1612
o Licensed to perform services in locating real property boundaries, platting and laying out land and subdivision of land, preparing maps, field note records, real property descriptions, consulting, and restoration and rehabilitation of corners and boundaries in the United States Public Land Survey System or subdivision thereof.

• Obtained board state license in Texas December 2006
o Texas Licensed State Land Surveyor (LSLS) (1 of ~60 in the State)
o Licensed to perform services in determining by survey the location or relocation of original land grant boundaries and corners, calculating and preparing field note descriptions of surveyed and unsurveyed land or land in which the state or the permanent school fund has an interest.

• Obtained federal certification in United States of America February 2007
o Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) Cert# 1038 (1 of 2 in Texas w/ LSLS & CFedS)
 Of the inaugural class of 2006
o Certified to perform cadastral services in respective licensed states
 Federal Authorized Surveys
 State Authorized Surveys
 Administrative Surveys
 Land Description Reviews
 Chain of Surveys
 Certificate of Inspection and Possession
 Boundary Assurance Certificates
 Cadastral Geographic Information System Development & Maintenance
 Maintenance of the Public Land Surveying System
o BLM approved Continuing Education Units
 Accretions in the Public Land Survey System
 Avulsions in the Public Land Survey System
 Relictions in the Public Land Survey System
 Special Boundary Problems I
 Specifications for Descriptions of Land
 Stoddard Jacobsen and Robert C. Downer case study
 Non-Rectangular Surveys
 Monumentation and the Corner Record
 2009 BLM Manual of Instructions
 Introduction to the Geographic Coordinate Database
 Tussio 37 IBLA 135 Case Study
 85 IBLA 335, 97 IBLA 182, 103 IBLA 83 Case Study

• Pre-certified through the Texas Department of Transportation
o 15.1.1 Survey, 15.1.2 Parcel Plats, 15.1.3 Legal Descriptions, 15.1.4 Right of Way Maps, 15.2.1 Design and Construction Survey, 15.4.1 Horizontal and vertical control for aerial mapping, 15.5.1 State Land Surveying

• Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying
o Item Writing Committee member September 2009 – March 2012
o Cut-off Score Committee member January 2017 – Today
Geospatial Information Consultant September 1999 – Today

• Providing geospatial information analysis and consulting through development and maintenance of database systems.

• Obtained a certification as a Geospatial Information Systems Professional Cert#7080 in August 2011 (expired)

Adjunct Professor • Weatherford College – Wise County Campus January 2014 – May 2017
o Physical Geology courses
o Historical Geology courses

EDUCATION
Goals are to obtain the highest level of knowledge in order to provide my clients, colleagues, and family the best in whatever I pursue.

University of Texas at Dallas
Doctor of Philosophy in Geoscience May 2016
• Emphasis in Cadastral Systems Management and Riparian Boundaries issues
• Dissertation – River Channel Monitoring of the Red River of the Texas and Oklahoma State Boundary, U.S.A., Using Remote Sensing Techniques and the Legal Implications on Riparian Boundaries
• Passed PhD Qualifying Examination, unconditionally, Spring 2013
• Achieved a 3.4 GPA
• Course work achieved
o Applied GIS
o Spatial Analysis and Modeling
o Geospatial Applications in Earth Science
o Applied Geophysics
o Applied Hydrogeology
o Tectonics
o Special studies in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Masters of Science in Geospatial Survey Engineering December 2009
Emphasis in ancient Cadastral Systems Management
• Thesis – Texas & Pacific Railroad Company Survey 80 Mile Reserve Issues and Solutions For El Paso County, Texas
• Enrolled in the second class of the Program’s existence
• Eighth to graduate the Program and achieved a 3.8 GPA

University of Texas at Arlington
Post-graduate Studies in Civil Engineering September 1997 – May 1999

Texas A&M University – College Station
Post-graduate Studies in Cardio-physiology June 1994 – December 1994

Texas A&M University – College Station
Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Science May 1994

Alvord I.S.D. – Alvord, Texas
Advanced High School Program – graduated top 10% in a class of 34 May 1989

Publications
Edwards, W. (May 2000). Electronic Registration Seals – the Pitfalls and Perils. The Texas Surveyor, 28-29.
Edwards, W. (Sept. 2009). Oklahoma v. Texas Court Case and Texas Land Surveying. Surveying and Land Information Science, Vol. 69, No. 3, 129-133.
Educational Podcasts published on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzAevXkdLLBfNELp7byp8Tg
• Developed to educated the public of what a land survey is and how important our work is to the “record of the land”.
• Land Surveying: A Profession
o Vol. 1, No. 1
o Vol. 1, No. 2
o Vol. 1, No. 3
o Dallas Edition

Continuing Education
Obtained many continuing educational credits from Texas, Oklahoma and the Bureau of Land Management.

Self-study
Performed independent studies through various materials and resources to gain knowledge to be well-versed in the following subjects to provide a better understanding and develop an appealing product for the public.
• AutoDesk – AutoCad’s Land Development Desktop, Civil 3D, Map, and Infrastructure Design Suite Software
• Traverse PC – surveying based software for calculations and drafting
• Trimble – Trimble Business Suite, Trimble Survey Office, and Trimble Access Data Collection Software
• Trimble – 4800, R8, and R6 GNSS and 5600 Total Station Surveying Systems
• ESRI – ArcGIS
• Leica – Cyclone 3D Laser Scanning Software
• Leica – C10 High Definition Scan Station
• Riegl – Riscan Pro 3D Laser Scanning Software
• Riegl – 3D Terrestrial Laser Scanner
• Topcon – GR-5 GNSS Surveying System and AT-F7 Auto Level
• Topcon – Topcon Tools Post-processing and Analysis Software and TopSURV Data Collection Software
• Wild – T16 Theodolite
• Tripod Data System (TDS) – Survey GX Data Collection Software
• C&G Software – C&G for DOS, C&G for Windows, and C&G for AutoCad Software
• Nikon – Nikon Theodolite DTM 520 and NT-2D with a ND-21 laser measuring instrument
• Geotec – AL-23 Auto Level
• Corpscon – USACE Conversion Software
• Microsoft – Office Professional Suite Software
o Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access
• Adobe – Acrobat Professional and Photoshop Software
• Corel – Painter Software
• Pixologic – Sculptris Alpha Software
• Intuit – QuickBooks Professional Software
• Various online software for downloading and viewing online materials for researching resources
• Spanish, German and Norwegian languages – elementary understanding

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
Goals are to be a fair representative and speaker for the general population of surveyors to the respective governments and other professional societies, professions and each other.

Texas Board of Professional Land Surveyors August 2015 – Today
• Licensed State Land Surveyor member appointment from Greg Abbott, Texas Governor

Board of Architectural Examiners May 2013 – August 2015
• Public member appointment from Rick Perry, Texas Governor
• Rules Committee member May 2013
• SOAH Committee member October 2014

Wise County Surveyor (elected) November 2012

Texas Society of Professional Surveyors
Elected Positions
• Past President October 2012 – October 2013
• President October 2011 – October 2012
• President Elect October 2010 – October 2011
• First Vice-President October 2009 – October 2010
• Second Vice-President October 2008 – October 2009
• State Board Director October 2007 – October 2008
• Chapter Past-President (Chapter 2 Fort Worth) September 2008 – September 2009
• Chapter President (Chapter 2 Fort Worth) September 2006 – September 2008
• Chapter Vice-President (Chapter 2 Fort Worth) September 2005 – September 2006
• Chapter 2nd Vice-President (Chapter 2 Fort Worth) September 2004 – September 2005
• Chapter Executive Board (Chapter 2 Fort Worth) September 2003 – September 2004
Appointments
• Chapter Representative (Chapter 2 Fort Worth) October 2007 – October 2013
• TSPS Liaison to the Texas General Land Office October 2007 – October 2009
• North Area Representative October 2007 – October 2008
Committees
• Society Affairs Division Leader October 2010 – October 2011
• Educational Committee Division Leader October 2009 – October 2010
• Liaison Division Leader October 2008 – October 2009
• Governmental Affairs (member) October 2004 – October 2013
• Past Presidents Committee (chairman) October 2012 – October 2013
• Nomination Committee (chairman) October 2012 – October 2013
Awards
• Chapter President of the Year October 2007
• Young Surveyor of the Year October 2006
Texas A&M University Former Students Association
• Member May 1995 – Today
• Cross Timbers Chapter (Wise and Jack County, Texas)
o President-elect 2000
Northlake Community College Fall 2006
Served on the advisory committee for their Construction Management degree
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Spring 2010 – Summer 2016
Serving on the advisory committee for their Geospatial degree programs

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Goals are to provide adequate land surveying methodology and basic legal principles to para-professionals, other professions and colleagues.
Weatherford College January 2014 – May 2017
Geology courses
Surveying in the Public Land System States October 2011
Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Annual Convention
Texas Land Boundaries and Access Rights April 2010
Co-Teacher (Licenses & GIS) – Halfmoon Continuing Education
Surveying along Texas State Boundary March 2010
Texas Department of Transportation 2010 Conference for Surveyors
Introduction of the Certified Federal Surveyor October 2008
Texas Surveyors’ Short Course
Heart of Texas Boundary Retracement March 2006 – Today
Teaching Assistant, McCullough County, Texas
Locating Original Corners Seminar September 2006 – Today
Teaching Assistant, Uvalde County, Texas
Boundary Reconstruction Course May 2006 – February 2007
Co-Teacher and Developer

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
City of Decatur, Texas May 2011 – today
Appointed to serve as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission
• Elected by commission to serve as chairman November 2013 – today
• Elected by commission to serve as vice-chair January 2013
Youth League Sports
• Little Dribblers Basketball coach 2006 – 2010, 2014
• Pony League Baseball coach 2012 – 2013
First Baptist Church, Alvord, Texas January 2013
• Elected to serve as deacon by the congregation

MEMBERSHIPS
• Texas Society of Professional Surveyors
• Oklahoma Society of Land Surveyors
• National Society of Professional Surveyors
• International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Commission 7 Cadastre & Land Management
• Texas A&M University Association of Former Students
• Texas A&M University Twelfth-man Foundation
• Texas A&M University Geographic Information Science Student Organization
• University of Texas at Dallas Geoscience Club
• University of Texas at Dallas Geographic Information Science Student Organization