Christopher Mc Donald

Christopher Mc Donald

Additional Professional Activities

Vice Chair to the APLSState Board of Directors and past President of the Central Chapter of APLS. Appointed to Western Federation of Professional Surveyors (WFPS).

Appointed to the ArizonaState Board of Technical Registration Enforcement Advisory Committee.Applying my thorough knowledge of principles and practices of land surveying including legal principles, I evaluate complaints filed against other surveyors. I then prepare a report stating any deficiency in their work, if any.

As a volunteer for the APLS Conferences and Seminars Committee, I assist in set up of the event along with the instruction of classes. Upon achieving the status CFedS I began receiving requests for advice on how to handle situations on the PLSS and IndianLands. I frequently served as a consultant to various firms regarding land issues.

Awards Received

APLS 2007 Surveyor of the Year Distinguished Mention. Numerous STAR and Special Recognition Awards. LSAW, ACSM and Berntsen Scholarship and Allen Chelf Award.

Professional Memberships

Member of the ArizonaProfessionalLand Surveyors (APLS), National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), and American Congress on Surveying & Mapping (ACSM).

Summary

Registered Arizona Land Surveyor; one of 531 Certified Federal Surveyors (CFedS) nationwide. A working knowledge of the principles, practices, and methodologies in all areas of applied Land Surveying, including Cadastral, Geodetic, Topographic, and Photogrammetric. Excellent background in people-centered management style. Team member with strong organizational skills. Sharp, innovative, quick learner; proven ability to adapt quickly to a challenge.

Bureau of Land Management Training

Adopting the Appropriate Management Styles, General Environmental Management System (EMS) Awareness, Interviewing and hiring Practices, Managing and Working with Difficult People Simulation, National Invasive Species Information Management System (NISIMS), Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR), DOI Learn Instructor-Role Training, Instruction Seminar, FBMS Basic Navigation Course, and Legal Description and Land Status

Salt River Project Classes

The Emerging Leader, Bridging Generational Talents Across the Workplace, Powerful Writing Skills for E-Mail Users, E-Mail Management Skills, Business English and Grammar Review, Powerful Business Writing, Crucial Conversations, Conflict and Negotiation Skills, Dealing with Difficult People, and Behavioral Emergencies.

Education

Education
Aug 2000 - Jun 2002

Associate’s Degree in Survey Engineering

Renton Technical College

Maintained perfect attendance along with a 3.85 GPA

Served as teacher’s aid to the Surveying instructors and as a tutor for fellow students.

Work History

Work History
Jun 2009 - Present

Cadastral Surveyor

Bureau of Land Management

  • Responsibility is to conduct cadastral surveys to identify the extent of the federal interests and assure cadastral surveys comply with national and local policies and regulations, while simultaneously protecting the bona fide rights of the claimants and patentees of the lands within and bordering the boundary in question.
  • Prepare survey document and technical correspondence, such as field returns, briefing statements, memoranda, Land Description Review (LDR) Certificate, Chain of Surveys (COS) Certificate, Certificate of Inspections and Possession (CIP), and Boundary Assurance Certificate (BAC), and other survey documents.
  • In the course of the field work responsible for the supervision of assigned personnel, including monitoring and training as required to accomplish the goals of the survey. We must be able to work as a team to solve problems and answer technical issues pertaining to Federal authority surveys.
  • Aauthor field returns, technical reports, briefing statements, memoranda’s, and or other similar documents. A comprehensive descriptive record of all the evidence found or established in the course of a survey, along with the bearings and distances between them, are written and assembled into a body of field notes. Use Computer Aided Drafting software to produce survey plats or other drawings to a standardized format.
Dec 2005 - Apr 2009

Surveyor A Sr.

Salt River Project
  • Served as the primary person for solving GPS and TGO problems.
  • Properly executed land boundary, Public Land Survey System (PLSS), Right-of-Way (R.O.W.), Geodetic, Topo, engineering, and construction surveys.
  • Revised and wrote new standard operating procedures for SRP survey.

CADD Technician

  • Draft Exhibits, Results of Survey for Easements, and ALTAs.
  • Processed topo and compose and examined legal descriptions.
  • Calculate stake out points for electric pads, underground and poles for overhead electric.
Apr 2005 - Dec 2005

Surveyor

Gila County

  •  Work on Height Mod, Static Surveys, Boundary Surveys, and ROW Acquisition.
  •  Processed topo and compose and examined legal descriptions.
  •  Provided cost estimates for surveys proposals.
Mar 2003 - Apr 2005

Party Chief

Entranco
  •  Work on GDACS, subsidence surveys, ADOT ROW, ADOT TOPO, Photogrammetric Control and Gila County Control Survey.
  •  Processed topo and compose and examined legal descriptions.
  •  Provided cost estimates for surveys proposals.
  •  Numerous first order first class level loops.

Certifications

Certifications

Professional Registered Land Surveyor

Arizona