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Site Workshop Weekend

NSHBDA- Site Workshop Weekend   *Immediate response required*

NSHBDA is offering its “Site Assessment Workshop” this weekend.  This course is part of our Association’s certification training, and is recommended for all members to take as early as possible or repeat several times, as it will assist them in their growth and development of their designing skill and how they will create the structure and how it relates to the land and the surrounding environment.

The first part of this two day course (site assessment and instrument handling) will take place on Saturday, Oct 19 in the Sheldrake Heights Subdivision, just off exit 4 on highway 103. Please dress accordingly – the forecast for Saturday is for sun, but this is preceded by two days of steady rain!  Rubber boots or insulated work boots are recommended.   We will meet at 9:00am sharp at the end of Eider Drive – take exit 4 of hwy 103, at the off ramp, turn east on hwy 3 towards Halifax, Eider Rd is the second road on the left after you leave/cross-over hwy 103.  The session will continue without a break until we are finished (approximately 2:00pm) – please bring a beverage and a snack.

During the site inspection and review session, you will learn to:

–          Inspect an undeveloped or developed site.

–          Work with an eye level and a dumpy (carpenter’s) level

–          Perform a closed-loop survey

–          Perform a spin survey

–          Work with a surveyors plan, establish the property lines and true south

–          Find electrical power and/or civic sewer/water hookups and/or test holes

–          Establish the slope of the land, determine what advantages or disadvantages the  slope offers

–          Find true south using a compass and/or time of day

–          Establish the view planes, considering privacy related issues

–          Determine if there are any shading related issues

–          Determine any site related accessibility problems

–          Create a detailed site plan (sketch)

–           Consider future development on and adjacent to the site.


Items to bring (bring any that you may have):

Clip board, paper, pen or pencils, compass (or smart phone with app), eye level, 30’ or 100′ tape measure


The second part of the workshop will take place on Sunday, Oct 20 @ NSCC Waterfront Campus, Room 1416, 80 Mawiomi Place, Dartmouth. This is the classroom-based segment of the course. This again, will start at 9:00am sharp and possibly go to 5:00pm.  There will be a one-hour lunch break – either bring your own or acquire from one of the local fast food joints – making sure you are fed is your responsibility.

During the classroom segment of the training you will learn to use the basic design techniques we discussed last evening and how to work with the previous day’s site related information.  You will create a design within a designated amount of time, using a given scenario and information from a given property that you surveyed and analyzed.  You will present your design to the group for comments and feedback.

Items to bring (bring any that you may have):

Graph paper (recommend 11″ x 17″), sketch paper, scotch tape, pencils, erasers, coloured pencils, felt tip markers, etc.

Cost:    $20.00 for NSHBDA Members

$50.00 for Non-Members

Payment options:

1. Internet banking email transfer to  Make sure you include your contact info and place “Site Assessment Workshop” in the Subject line and use your surname as your password/security question

2. Make payment through PayPal using our website, click on membership tab at top of page, click on payment tab and look for “Workshop Weekend On Site Training Course”.

3. Cash can be paid in person on Saturday to John Hattie or Don Roscoe (the course presenters)

Summary: It is imperative that we know how many are attending this course from all areas prior to the end of this week. Payment of the above course fee structure is your commitment to the course. You have several options to make payment. It must be paid by this Friday, Oct 18, 2013 by midnight or you must send a confirmation email to John Hattie at, letting him know you will be attending.

Once we know how many will be attending, we can begin to make carpooling arrangements, if necessary.

John Hattie, education committee member:

Cell: 902 456-0279

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