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William Bernsen's Resume

Objective

To be the best man I can be, the best husband I can be, the best father I can be, the best surveyor I can be and the best county judge I can be.

Summary

  • I was self-employed for the first time at the age of seventeen, while a junior/senior in high school, when I delivered newspapers for the San Antonio Express News.  Paper carriers were independent contractors and had to buy and resell newspapers and contract with, and collect from, subscribers.  I learned responsibility at an early age.  I delivered newspapers in the wee hours of the morning, faithfully and without fail, seven days a week for two years, one while in high school and one while in college.
  • I started in the surveying profession when I was nineteen as a general laborer for a land surveyor in Hondo, Texas.  I was studying civil engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio at the time and was looking for employment in an engineering-related field.  What I found was the surveying profession.  Shortly thereafter, I moved to Corpus Christi to study geographic information science with an emphasis in geomatics (land surveying) at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.  I graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • I worked my way through college, funding most of it myself.  I always worked for engineering and land surveying firms and the practical experience I gained while studying theory has served me well.  After graduation, I was asked to serve on the University’s inaugural Academic Advising Committee for the GIS program, which advises the University on matters of curriculum.  I served as Vice Chair, for a decade as Chair, and I still serve to this day.  In 2004, I was appointed to the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveyor’s Item Writing Committee, which develops licensing exams for surveyors.  I served as Vice Chair and as Chair before the legislature combined the Surveyors’ Board with the Engineers’ Board and I still serve as team leader on the new exam committee.
  • I have worked in about a third of Texas’ 254 counties, mostly in central, south, east and west Texas.  I have performed a wide variety of boundary, topographical, construction and other types of surveys and worked with land owners, professionals, regulators and construction workers from all walks of life.  I founded Absolute Land Surveying (formerly Absolute Geomatics) in 2002 and have been securing peoples’ inheritance ever since.
  • In 2022, I ran for Fayette County Judge in the Republican Primary and received 14% of the vote in a four-way race despite the lack of name recognition and overwhelming odds.

Education

  •  1990 – 1994     Hondo High School – Hondo, Texas
    • I was the Salutatorian of my graduating class of 111 in 1994 and was a member of the National Honor Society.  My extra-curricular activities included football, basketball, track, cross-country, FFA, Band and private business.
  • 1994 – 1996    The University of Texas at San Antonio – San Antonio, Texas
    • I attended UTSA for two years immediately after high school, pursuing an education in civil engineering.  While working part time for a surveyor in Hondo, Texas, I found I enjoyed exploring the ranches of south Texas and so I left UTSA to pursue a career in surveying.
  • 1996 – 1999    Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi – Corpus Christi, Texas
    • I transferred to Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi in 1996 and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Science, with an emphasis in Geomatics (land surveying), in December of 1999 with a GPA of 3.648.

Work Experience

  • Circa 1993-1994 and 1995-1996 – San Antonio Express News – Hondo, Texas
    • Independent contractor as a paper carrier.
  • March 1996 to August 24, 1996 – Howard Surveying Co. – Hondo Texas
    • Survey Technician – Part time work during school year and full time during the summers, experience as party chief, survey technician and general laborer.
  • August 24, 1996, to May 15, 1998 – Bass & Welsh Engineering Co. – Corpus Christi, Texas
    • Party Chief/Survey Technician – Full time work split equally between fieldwork as party chief and office work as survey technician.
  • May 15, 1998 – June 15, 2001 – Frontier Surveying Co. – Corpus Christi, Texas
    • Survey Technician/Assistant Project Manager – Full time work as survey technician and later, assistant project manager, doing research, field work as needed, preparing survey plats, fieldnotes descriptions, performing all the required calculations and corresponding with clients.  I helped maintain the computer systems, managed the drafting department and participated in the development of surveying practices and procedures in the field and the office.
  • June 15, 2001 – September 2001 – Oliveira and Associates – Corpus Christ, Texas
    • Party Chief, Survey Technician – For the short while I was there, I performed field-to-finish for all the surveys that I worked on.
  • October 1, 2001 – October 21, 2002 – Capital Surveying Co. – Austin, Texas
    • Registered Professional Land Surveyor/GPS Technician – I brought RTK (real-time kinematic gps) to the company.  I handled most of the static GPS work, and all the RTK work.  Outside of GPS, I performed mostly technician-type work, drawing plats and writing fieldnotes.
  • October 21, 2002 – present – Absolute Land Surveying (formerly Absolute Geomatics) – La Grange, Texas
    • Owner, manager, surveyor – I have owned and/or operated the same surveying company since 2002, starting from scratch and continuing to this day, securing the inheritance of land owners for Fayette and surrounding counties and more recently, surveying bridges for the country’s largest transportation companies across several states.

Professional Experience

  • Having surveyed all over Texas, I have studied the subdivision regulations, flood maps and zoning ordinances from dozens of jurisdictions.  I have researched in the General Land Office (GLO) archives and records, in dozens of county clerks’ offices, studying their organization and layout, and researched in dozens of appraisal district offices, studying their databases and maps.  I have prepared road and zoning maps for multiple jurisdictions, including La Grange and Weimar.
  • I have surveyed miles of utilities, pipelines, rivers, creeks, county roads, TxDOT highways, city streets and railroads.  I have worked with hundreds of realtors, escrow officers, land men and title attorneys.  I have talked with thousands of land owners, surveyed hundreds of thousands of acres, and studied hundreds of thousands of land patents, deeds, easements, partitions, wills and restrictions.
  • I have surveyed flood zones and base flood elevations and prepared elevation certificates.  I have surveyed churches, convents, cemeteries, hospitals, clinics and FEMA facilities, schools, stadiums, tracks, football and baseball fields, parks, playgrounds and fairgrounds, museums, libraries, water towers, a waste water plant and a dam, camp grounds and RV parks, city halls, convention, exhibition and recreational centers, high rise buildings, apartment complexes, bridges, hotels, billboards, radio and cell phone towers, and even an aircraft carrier (the USS Lexington) and the fort at La Bahia near Goliad.
  • I have surveyed lakes, ponds, bays, beaches and islands, everything from residential lots to sod farms for the King Ranch to large ranches (King Ranch, Kenedy Ranch, La Copa Ranch, the Galvan Ranch and George Straight’s ranch to name a few) and everything in between.  I have run title, surveyed easements, found vacancies, prepared hundreds of subdivision plats and replats.
  • I have studied the history of Texas land ownership, the colonization laws of Mexico, subdivision and easement law, boundary, land title and case law and systems of land records.  I built a custom index and database for the Fayette County Official Public Records.
  • I have surveyed grain mills, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, plant machinery, a power plant, refineries, oil and gas wells, tank farms and valve and compressor sites.  I have worked with lidar, aerial and satellite imagery, elevation models and other forms of GIS data, and in general surveyed and mapped just about everything on God’s green earth.

Certifications

  • I scored the second highest score in the state on the Fundamentals of Surveying Exam to begin my two-year internship.
  • I am licensed by the State of Texas as a Registered Professional Land Surveyor, #5506.
  • I have received specialized training in gradient boundaries (river boundaries) from our State’s foremost subject matter experts.
  • I am eRailSafe certified for contractor safety and security management for railroads and the vendors that serve them.
  • I have completed the FEMA basic training courses for Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS), Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, An Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and An Introduction to the National Response Framework.

Additional Studies and Experience

I have studied the nature of citizenship (specifically natural born citizenship), the Social Security Administration Act, the Bretton Woods Agreement, the Federal Tax Code, Anti Money Laundering Laws and the Banking Secrecy Act, the US and Texas Constitutions, the DC and Texas Trust Codes, Texas Election Law, the Texas Business Organization Code, marriage law, parliamentary procedure and numerous other areas of interest.  I have prepared bylaws and articles of association for non-profit organizations and have secured tax-exempt status with the IRS.

Other Interests

I am very technologically capable and have interests in several fields, including, database design and development, web design, software development, computer programming in various languages and Bitcoin.  I created my own custom accounting application which we use to keep our accounting books, a portfolio manager and I have completed a back-end prototype (in PostgreSQL) for a stand-alone desktop accounting application capable of handling complex assets, such as Bitcoin, and portfolio management.