News and Announcements
News and Announcements

28th Chariho Survey Class Completed
We are proud to announce that the Chariho surveying program has completed its 28th year in May 2016.

This program was originally developed by the Rhode Island Society of Professional Land Surveyors (RISPLS) and the Chariho administration as a vehicle to introduce young people to the surveying profession. Those interested in continuing along the surveying path can utilize this basis introduction to obtain entry-level employment with local surveying and engineering firms.

Some graduates of the program have gone on to join the state's surveying community, obtain advanced degrees in surveying and engineering, and attained professional registration.

The program opens with a brief introduction to the profession of land surveying, including:
  • What surveyors do on a day-to-day basis
  • How surveyors fit into today's project design teams
  • The path to becoming a surveyor in Rhode Island
  • Various advanced education options for surveying in Rhode Island and the New England states
  • Statutory obligations and professional development requirements for the surveyor
  • A review of the most recent salary and benefit statistics.
The programs goes on to include the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the school's various surveying instrumentation.

Class participants take basic survey measurements, including the measurement of angles and distances, they develop field notes, and use that information to generate a map representing their observations.

I appreciate the opportunity to interact with the students of instructor Jeff Domingoes and acknowledge Mr. Domingoes' gracious assistance in bringing surveying to the Chariho facility.

I've had the pleasure of being the instructor for this program since its inception in the mid-1980's and, once again, I enjoyed this opportunity to share my passion for surveying with the this year's group of young people.
Chariho Survey Class

What is Mean High Water?
With the recent court ruling that confirms the extension of private ownership of beachfront property to the mean high water (MHW) line (specifically in the Misquamicut area of Westerly, RI), the inevitable question from both coastal property owners and beach visitors will be "where is the mean high water line"?

While there are several "rule of thumb" gauges for estimating the MHW line, the only precise and accurate method is to place the MHW elevation on the shoreline, typically utilizing survey techniques.

It should be noted that even this accepted technique is only valid for a relatively short period of time as any change in the shoreline configuration (from storms or tidal actions) will change the horizontal location of the MHW elevation.

Still, we believe that RTK GPS technology offers the most cost-effective solution to placing this critical feature on the shoreline. Call us if we can provide this service to you or your clients.
Beach Survey

A non-profit company called Digital Life has begin the ambitious project of building a database of digital scans of every animal on Earth...a modern day Noah’s Ark. Their goal " preserve the heritage of life on Earth through creating and sharing high-quality and accurate 3D models of livings organisms."

The Beastcam technology is a multi-camera 3D modeling platform that can rapidly capture 3D models of everyday objects, including living animals.

This technology creates high-quality 3D models through photogrammetry—the integration of 2D images to create 3D models.

Digital Life is a non-profit initiative within the University of Massachusetts at Amherst that creates digital 3D models of living organisms to support wildlife conservation, science and education.

Digital Life’s models are freely available online for public viewing. Visit their website.

Highest Wave on Record
[From GPS World, January 2017]. The World Meteorological Organization announced the highest wave on record: a behemoth that towered 19 meters (62.3 feet) above the North Atlantic. Examination of data sent by an automated buoy showed the monster wave rose on February 4, 2013, at a remote spot between Britain and Iceland.

Automated buoys are vital tools for oceanographers, sending back data on sea currents, temperature and swells for seafarers, climate researchers and others.

Many buoys are GPS-equipped to measure water height. "We suspect this one was, though it has not been confirmed."
Big Wave

New RIDEM Guidance Documents
RIDEM has announced several new and updated Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Guidance Documents and Planning Tools.

Updated! RI Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook – July 2016

New! RI Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Field Guide

New! SESC Plan Template for Small Sites (less than 1 Acre) with Educational Brochure

New! DEM Webpage Dedicated to Soil Erosion and Sediment Control

Construction Site

Alfred W. DiOrio, RLS, Inc.
Professional Land Surveyors and Land Use Consultants

P.O. Box 999
Ashaway, Rhode Island 02804-0009

(401) 377-8124