Sweet Success and Ethical Engagements: Vilbig & Associates Hosts Festive Holiday Party and Dessert Showdown for Northeast Texas Engineers

Denison, TX – December 14, 2023 – Vilbig & Associates, proudly hosted the annual holiday party and dessert competition for the Northeast Texas Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) on Thursday, December 14th, 2023.

Engineers from across the region gathered at the festive event to celebrate the holiday season and engage in stimulating discussions on ethics and engineering practices. The venue was abuzz with the spirit of camaraderie and professional fellowship as participants enjoyed an evening filled with lively conversations and friendly competition.

Catered by Rustico’s, the event featured a delicious fajita buffet that included an assortment of mouth-watering options such as queso, beans, fajita meat, and fajita vegetables. The culinary delights provided the perfect backdrop for the festive occasion.

The dessert competition, a highlight of the evening, showcased the culinary talents of a smaller group of contestants compared to the previous year. However, the competition was no less fierce, with participants vying for the coveted trophy.

Following a spirited runoff, the victor emerged: Matthew Fusselman, EIT of Vilbig & Associates. Fusselman’s creation, the Christmas Éclair Cake, earned him the title and the prestigious trophy. The dessert competition not only added a sweet touch to the celebration but also highlighted the creative and competitive spirit within the engineering community.

Prior to the dessert competition, attendees engaged in a lively ethics discussion, providing engineers with the opportunity to earn 1 pdh credit. This insightful discussion served as a platform for professionals to reflect on their commitment to the engineering profession and the paramount importance of ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

About Northeast Texas Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE):

The Northeast Texas Chapter of TSPE is a local chapter of the state society, meeting monthly in various locations within the Grayson County area. Typically held on the second Thursday of the month, these meetings provide a platform for engineers to connect, share knowledge, and stay updated on industry developments. For more information and to be added to the chapter’s email list, please contact NE.TEXAS.TSPE@gmail.com.

About Vilbig & Associates, PLLC:

Founded in 1983, Vilbig & Associates, PLLC (VA) is a distinguished professional services firm specializing in the design and delivery of consulting civil engineering, land planning, and surveying services. Serving clients in North Texas and surrounding states for both the public and private sectors, VA is a certified Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) with expertise in NAICS 541330 (Engineering Services) and 541370 (Surveying & Mapping). The firm’s main office is located in Denison, Grayson County, Texas, and branch office located in Plano, Collin County, Texas. We are strategically positioned to provide services to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and south-central states. VA continues to deliver excellence in engineering and related services.

ASCE Dallas Monthly 50/50 Raffle: A Heartwarming Tale of Generosity

Every month, the ASCE Dallas chapter conducts a special 50/50 raffle as part of its commitment to supporting the education of future engineers through its scholarship fund. David Vilbig, PE, RPLS, has become a familiar face at these events, enthusiastically participating in the raffle with the hope of contributing to the noble cause. While luck may not always be on his side, last month’s raffle turned into a heartwarming story of generosity and community spirit.

David’s Regular Participation: David, a dedicated supporter of the ASCE Dallas community, has made it a tradition to purchase raffle tickets every month during the branch’s gatherings. His eagerness to be part of the initiative reflects not only his passion for engineering but also his commitment to nurturing the next generation of professionals in the field. Despite the usual outcome of not clinching the winning ticket, David’s enthusiasm remains unwavering.

A Surprising Turn of Events: Last month marked a special occurrence in the ASCE Dallas 50/50 raffle history – David’s ticket emerged as the lucky winner. The room buzzed with excitement as the announcement was made, and cheers filled the air. For a moment, David found himself in the spotlight, but what happened next truly captured the essence of the event.

David’s Act of Generosity:

In a selfless act that embodies the true spirit of community and giving, David chose to donate his winnings back to the ASCE Dallas scholarship fund. This unexpected and heartening gesture left an indelible mark on the event, showcasing the altruism and camaraderie that define the ASCE Dallas community.

Monthly Meetings and Future Events: For those interested in joining the vibrant ASCE Dallas community, the Dallas Branch of the American Society of Engineers convenes monthly on the second Monday of each month. These gatherings provide not only opportunities for professional networking but also a chance to participate in initiatives like the 50/50 raffle that contribute to the betterment of the engineering field.

Stay Connected: To stay updated on the ASCE Dallas chapter’s upcoming events, including the monthly meetings and special initiatives like the 50/50 raffle, interested individuals can visit the organization’s official website: ASCE Dallas Website. Here, you’ll find information about the organization, its mission, and details on how you can get involved in supporting the future of engineering through events like the monthly raffle.

Conclusion: The ASCE Dallas 50/50 raffle not only serves as a fun and engaging activity for its participants but also as a platform for fostering a sense of community and philanthropy within the engineering realm. David’s inspiring act of donating his winnings adds a touching chapter to the ongoing story of ASCE Dallas, reinforcing the idea that the spirit of giving back is alive and thriving in the hearts of its members.

A Weekend of Knowledge and Camaraderie: The Kerrville Fall Conference 2023

This past weekend, the picturesque town of Kerrville, Texas, once again played host to the Annual Kerrville Fall Conference, a much-anticipated event in the field of land surveying. Organized by Hill Country Land Surveyor Seminars, this continuing education seminar drew professionals from all over the Lone Star State for a weekend filled with invaluable insights, networking opportunities, and a strong sense of community.

A Journey into Knowledge and Professional Growth

The heart of the conference lay in its dedication to fostering continuous learning among Texas land surveyors. Over the course of the weekend, participants engaged in a comprehensive review of the Texas Land Surveying Practices Act. This provided attendees with a thorough understanding of the regulatory framework governing their profession, ensuring they stay on the right side of the law while delivering high-quality surveying services to the state.

In addition to the Act review, participants were treated to an update on the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyor Rules. This update offered a fresh perspective on the ever-evolving landscape of rules and regulations that surveyors must navigate in their daily practice.

Furthermore, the conference facilitated an engaging ethics discussion. Ethics lie at the heart of the surveying profession, and this session allowed attendees to delve into the moral and professional considerations that guide their work. It was an opportunity for surveyors to reflect on their roles as stewards of land and society, emphasizing the importance of integrity and ethical decision-making.

Voices from the Conference

What truly makes the Kerrville Fall Conference special is the positive impact it leaves on its participants. Here’s what some of the attendees had to say:

  • “Thank everyone for the hard work in putting this seminar together. By far and away the very best class available. I’ll be back as long as y’all keep putting it on.”
  • “Well prepared, looking forward to next year.”
  • “Informal/flowing interaction between instructors and attendees is extremely beneficial.”
  • “Really enjoy the opportunity to listen to 2 very knowledgeable surveyors.”
  • “Table exercise/discussion was very good – do more next year.”
  • “Great interaction between participants.”

These testimonials highlight the immense value and appreciation attendees have for the conference. The combination of expert instruction, interactive sessions, and the camaraderie among professionals creates an environment that nurtures both personal and professional growth.

Looking Ahead to the Future

The Kerrville Fall Conference continues to be a beacon of excellence in the land surveying community. As we conclude this year’s event, we eagerly anticipate the next installment. David A. Vilbig, P.E., R.P.L.S., and Ben Thomson, R.P.L.S., L.S.L.S., P.E, the brilliant minds behind this conference, have consistently delivered a top-notch experience. Special thanks to Don and Lee Voelkel with Hill Country Land Surveying Seminars for organizaing the registration and logistics.

Keep your calendars open, as we look forward to the announcement of the save-the-date for the Kerrville Fall Conference in 2024. Don’t miss the opportunity to enhance your knowledge, engage with fellow professionals, and contribute to the thriving land surveying community in Texas. David and Ben have more in store for you, and you won’t want to miss it! Stay tuned for updates and get ready for another unforgettable weekend of learning, networking, and inspiration in Kerrville.

Immerse Yourself in Surveying Excellence: Join Ben Thomson, R.P.L.S., L.S.L.S, P.E. and David A. Vilbig, P.E. R.P.L.S. at the 23rd Annual Kerrville Fall Conference

Are you passionate about land surveying and eager to expand your knowledge in this field? Mark your calendars for Friday, September 29th, and Saturday, September 30th, as the picturesque town of Kerrville, Texas, plays host to the 23rd Annual Kerrville Fall Conference. Presented by Hill Country Land Surveyors Seminars, this event promises to be a milestone in your professional journey.

Surveying Essentials Seminar:

The main highlights of this conference is the Surveying Essentials Seminar—an interactive 12-hour session that spans both Friday and Saturday. This seminar is carefully designed to equip you with essential knowledge and skills in the field of land surveying. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting your career, there’s something here for everyone.

Comprehensive Curriculum:

The Surveying Essentials Seminar covers a wide range of topics crucial for any land surveyor. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

  1. Ethics Hour: Ensuring professional integrity is a cornerstone of any successful surveyor’s career. This seminar will dedicate at least one hour to explore ethical considerations, emphasizing the importance of honesty, transparency, and accountability in your work.
  2. Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Rules: Understanding the rules and regulations governing your profession is paramount. Spend quality time delving into the intricacies of these rules to ensure you’re always in compliance.
  3. Texas Land Surveying Practices Act: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Texas Land Surveying Practices Act, a crucial aspect of your work as a surveyor. This knowledge will empower you to navigate complex legal and regulatory issues with confidence.

Interactive Learning:

Learning is most effective when it’s engaging and interactive. The Surveying Essentials Seminar incorporates various teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, and interative discussions. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your newfound knowledge in practical scenarios, enhancing your skills and boosting your confidence.

Networking and Community:

Apart from the invaluable knowledge you’ll gain, this conference provides an excellent platform for networking. Connect with fellow land surveyors, share experiences, and build professional relationships that can last a lifetime. The sense of community in events like these is truly inspiring.

Save the Dates:

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to elevate your surveying career. Mark your calendars for Friday, September 29th, and Saturday, September 30th. The 23rd Annual Kerrville Fall Conference promises to be a transformative experience, packed with knowledge, networking, and professional growth.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Kerrville for this unforgettable event!

Kerville Kroc Center
201 Holdsorth Drive
Kerrville, Texas

More details and registration information is availble in the seminar flier.

Meet the Presenters:

Ben Thomson R.P.L.S., L.S.L.S., P.E.
Ben is a graduate of Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering degree, Class of ‘59. He has been active in the surveying and engineering professions since 1960. Dates of licensure include R.P.L.S.- 1965, P.E. – 1967, and L.S.L.S. – 1971. He is also a licensed surveyor in Colorado. Prior to being employed by the Texas General Land Office (GLO). he was active in surveying and engineering in all phases of land development. Subsequently he was with TxDOT for several years preparing right of way maps and highway plans and supervising all phases of highway construction. Entering full time private practice in surveying and engineering in 1972 he worked in many areas of the state and was a frequent researcher in the records of the GLO. He was employed at the GLO in March of 1988 and became Director of Surveying in September of that year, a position he held for 18 years. He was promoted to Senior Land Surveyor in September of 2006 and retained that position until retirement in 2008. His 20 years of experience at the GLO included supervision and performance of survey work on state lands with substantial work on littoral and riparian boundaries, assessment, review, and retracement of state land boundaries, review of private survey work submitted to the state for various purposes, extensive gradient boundary experience on streams throughout the state, assessment and handling of vacant land and excess land matters, court appearances on boundary litigation, and extensive research in the records of the GLO. Since retiring from the GLO he has returned to the full time practice of surveying and engineering at his office in Junction. He holds the distinction of being the longest serving member of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying, serving from 1977 to 2006. He is a life member of TSPS and served on its Board of Directors 1973-1980. He has served on the surveying exam committee of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying since 1990 and chaired that committee for one year.

David A. Vilbig, P.E., R.P.L.S.
David is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering degree in 1977. He became licensed as a Registered Professional Land Surveyor (No. 3989) – Texas in 1981 and a Registered Professional Engineer (No. 67207) – Texas in 1990. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma, and on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. David is a Managing Member of Vilbig & Associates, P.L.L.C. and is directly responsible for the firm’s engineering and surveying operations. Likewise, he presides over the management of business matters of the company. David founded the company in 1981and continues to play a hands-on role in the growth and development of the firm. David’s career reflects over 30 years of professional land surveying and civil engineering experience in connection with airport, military and civil public works projects, as well as corporate land development activities for residential, commercial and industrial projects. His diversified experience encompasses large scale residential and apartment developments, including shopping centers and industrial parks. David was appointed by Governor Clements to the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveyors (1989-1994) and was former vice chairman. He was also appointed to the Advisory Committee for Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi-Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science. His technical presentations include Land Law Conferences of Texas with James Johnson (2002 and 2006), Texas Society of Professional Engineers Annual Conference with James Johnson (2006), Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Technical Presentation-Annual Conference (2011), and Hill Country Land Surveyors Seminar with Ben Thomson (2022).

Reeling in Success: Highlights from the Inaugural Striper Fishing Tournament on Lake Texoma

Imagine a sunny Saturday, the gentle lapping of water against your boat, and the thrill of a fishing line tugging with a potential catch. That’s precisely what attendees experienced on Saturday, June 24th, at the inaugural Striper Fishing Tournament organized by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Northeast Texas Chapter. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Texoma, this event promised a day filled with friendly competition and the joy of reeling in the big one.

Fierce Competition:

With eighteen enthusiastic participants, the competition was fierce right from the start. Each angler brought their A-game, armed with the hopes of landing the most impressive catch of the day. The anticipation hung in the air as the boats set sail, lines cast, and the tournament commenced.

David Vilbig’s Triumph:

In the end, it was David Vilbig”s exceptional skill and a bit of luck that secured him the coveted title. He managed to haul in a remarkable 9-pound striped bass, which left both fellow competitors and onlookers in awe. David’s dedication to the craft and his understanding of the lake’s ecosystem played a pivotal role in his success, making him a well-deserved champion.

Dennis Wade’s Impressive Run:

While David undoubtedly claimed the top spot, it’s essential to acknowledge the impressive performance of Dennis Wade, who emerged as a close runner-up. His dedication to the tournament and his sportsmanship throughout the day earned him the respect of his peers. Dennis’s skill was evident, and his catch was nothing short of remarkable, making him a fierce contender.

More Than Just a Tournament:

Beyond the excitement of the competition, this event served as an excellent opportunity for networking and fostering camaraderie among professionals in the engineering community. Bonds were formed, stories shared, and knowledge exchanged, all while basking in the beauty of Lake Texoma.

A Scholarship with Purpose:

The tournament was more than just a fishing event; it was a means to raise funds for a scholarship. The Texas Society of Professional Engineers Northeast Texas Chapter understands the importance of investing in the education of budding engineers. Scholarships can be life-changing, opening doors of opportunity for young, aspiring engineers who have a passion for innovation and a commitment to excellence.

Investing in the Future:

The funds generated from the tournament will go directly towards establishing a scholarship with the Texas Engineering Foundation that will benefit deserving students at Texas A&M Commerce pursuing engineering degrees. This act of philanthropy is a testament to the chapter’s dedication not only to their profession but also to the larger community and the future of engineering.

A Day to Remember:

The first annual Striper Fishing Tournament on Lake Texoma will undoubtedly go down as a memorable event for the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Northeast Texas Chapter. It not only celebrated the love for fishing but also showcased the talent and determination of its members. As the sun set on Lake Texoma that day, it marked not just the end of a tournament but the beginning of a tradition that will be cherished for years to come.

Looking Ahead:

As the success of this inaugural event sets a high bar, there’s no doubt that future tournaments will be even more exciting and competitive. Anglers will be gearing up, sharpening their skills, and eagerly awaiting the next opportunity to cast their lines into the pristine waters of Lake Texoma.

Stay tuned for updates on future events, as the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Northeast Texas Chapter continues to bring together professionals for thrilling competitions and meaningful connections. It’s a reminder that even in the world of engineering, there’s always time to enjoy the simple pleasure of a day out on the water, chasing the elusive striped bass.

Vilbig & Associates Sponsors 2022 TSPE NE Texas Holiday Party & Dessert Competition

On Thursday, December 8th, 2022, Vilbig & Associates hosted the Northeast Texas Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) annual holiday party and dessert competition. The event brought together engineers from across the region to celebrate the holiday season and engage in stimulating discussions on ethics and engineering practices.

The party featured a fajita buffet catered by Rustico’s, a local restaurant in Denison, Texas, that provided a variety of savory dishes for attendees to enjoy. The food was a hit among the engineers, and it was the perfect fuel to keep everyone going throughout the evening.

The highlight of the night was the dessert competition. With over 20 entries, the competition was more significant than in previous years, and the engineers were ready to show off their baking skills. After the first round of voting, there was a two-way tie for first place, which led to a second round of voting to determine the ultimate winner.

In the end, Gary Ballard, PE, emerged as the winner of the competition with his mouth-watering amaretto tiramisu. The dessert was a crowd favorite, and everyone enjoyed a slice of the delicious treat.

NE Texas TSPE Treasurer, Brittney Rouse, PE presenting the tropy and prize to Gary Ballard, PE. Congratulations, Gary!

Aside from the delicious food and dessert, the party also featured an ethics discussion that provided engineers in attendance with the required one hour of ethics continuing education credit. The discussion centered around several recent cases from the National Society of Professional Engineers Board of Ethical Review, prompting thought-provoking debates and discussions on the ethical responsibilities of engineers.

Overall, the event was a great success, bringing together engineers from various fields and specialties for a night of networking, fun, and education. The Northeast Texas Chapter of TSPE is already looking forward to next year’s event and hoping to make it even bigger and better.

Vilbig & Associates, PLLC Announces Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Denison, Texas – Vilbig & Associates, PLLC, was granted Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The state program is a certification program for the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Programs in Texas.

The DBE certification adds another to our existing certifications, which are:

  • North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency – Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification No. WFWB07513N1020.
  • Historically Underutilized Business – State of Texas – HUB Certificate (VID Number): 14541206281000
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) – TxDOT
  • Federal Certified Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) DUNS 117494418

“After a lengthy certification progress and many delays, we are delighted to be recognized as a DBE” said Barbara J. Vilbig, PE, Managing Member. “We hope to expand our current services and continue the Vilbig tradition of building our communities while serving our clients, profession and country since 1886.”

About Vilbig & Associates

Founded in 1983, Vilbig and Associates, PLLC (VA) is a professional services firm specializing in the design and delivery of consulting civil engineering, land planning, construction management and surveying services. We serve our clients in the north Texas area and surrounding states for both the public and private sectors. We are a certified Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) providing services for NAICS 541330, Engineering Services and 541370, Surveying & Mapping. Our Cage Code is 8KH40 and Duns is 117494418. Our corporate office is located in Denison, Grayson County, Texas. Our second office is located in Plano, Collin County, Texas. We are well-positioned to serve clients throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex, the state of Texas and are also licensed civil engineers in Louisiana and Oklahoma.

Grayson County Approves Half Acre Lots. Approval from TCEQ pending

The Grayson County Commissioners Court passed an order on August 8, 2021 to modify the On-Site Sewage Facilities (OSSF) Rules to allow for half-acre lots in certain circumstances. Read the full order here: https://agendasuite.org/iip/grayson/file/getfile/4094

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulates septic permits in the state of Texas. The last sentence of the order states: “This order shall be in full force and effect from and after its date of approval as required by law and upon the approval of the TCEQ”.

Since last year, TCEQ requested some changes to the wording, and another vote was held last month. Read the full amended order here: https://agendasuite.org/iip/grayson/file/getfile/8695.

The county is still waiting on a response from TCEQ.

A recent news article by KTEN reported on the approval. Read more here: https://www.kten.com/story/44494747/smaller-lots-could-bring-more-affordable-housing-to-grayson-county