Berntsen International granted patent for new survey markers
Madison, WI, Feb. 19, 2015 -- United States Patent no. 8,947,205, issued on Feb. 3, was assigned to Berntsen International Inc. The "system, method and monument for land surveying" was invented by William C. Rushing, of Berntsen International, Inc. According to the abstract released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the magnetic RFID system is "A monument usable for locating stationary geographical positions and/or assets.”
The patent recognizes the uniqueness of Rushing’s design to combine a magnet with electronic marking using RFID-enabled products as a means of precisely identifying an asset point. The marker can be placed above or below ground and located with a magnetic locator while also receiving and/or transmitting asset related information. The technology recognized in this patent can be implemented by surveyors to expedite the location of public land survey monuments or boundary corners as well as provide a means of accessing essential information in the field from a smartphone, laptop, or notebook device. The system can also be used for marking and locating utility lines and appurtenances, signs, poles, or any valuable asset where the location and attribute information needs to be protected and maintained.
“The patent is recognition of over six years of work in this leading technology”, says Rhonda Rushing, President of Berntsen International. “We will continue to build our RFID-enabled products and systems to assist surveyors and others in land, utility, and related infrastructure management marking.
Berntsen International, Inc. is a manufacturer and supplier of survey markers, survey monuments, utility markers, and related accessories. They are located in Madison, Wisconsin. Berntsen has been "Marking the Infrastructure of the World" since its founding in 1972. For more information call 800-518-0934 or visit them on the web at www.berntsen.com and www.inframarker.com .