Todd W. Horton, PE, PLS, is an associate professor and the director of construction degree programs at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, where he has taught surveying and construction management since 1998. In 2001, in partnership with local surveying professionals, he launched a Land Surveying associate degree program at Parkland College. In addition to teaching, he has presented continuing education seminars in 28 states.
Mr. Horton has over 20 years experience in planning, design, construction, surveying and maintenance of civil engineering projects including commercial structures, residential subdivisions, airfields, utility systems and highways. He has acquired significant public sector experience with the US Air Force and the Illinois Department of Transportation as well as private sector experience with engineering and surveying firms in central Illinois.
Mr. Horton is the faculty advisor of the Parkland College Student Chapter of the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association. He received his B.S. Civil Engineering degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Review the basic fundamentals of GPS operation with Todd Horton, PE, PLS, through discussion and hands-on field activities. Discover the proper field practices for construction layout and topographic survey; care of equipment; survey planning; error management; and data management.
Discuss with Todd Horton, PE, PLS, the continuing evolution of the geodetic datums and their impact. Discover how to reduce confusion caused by positional shifts and look ahead at the coming changes in the horizontal and vertical datums.
Todd Horton, PE, PLS, will discuss the growing need for datum knowledge as GPS use increases. Discover geodetic datum basics; state plane coordinate system basics; vertical datums and the geoid; online positioning user service (OPUS); error management; and project planning.