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  • 05 Aug 2016 2:39 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Interested in learning more about excavation safety or how to properly mark your underground lines? Join us for these upcoming no-cost programs located in your area. Click on any of the links below to register today.

    Learn and review excavator responsibilities under PA Act 287 at an interactive Excavator Program:

     Familiarize yourself with the definitions and terminology used in PA Act 287, how to respond through the Karl automated system, and how to properly mark your underground lines during a Locator Program:

    Learn about safe digging practices through numerous educational sessions during our annual PA Safety Days:

    Visit our events calendar to see all dates and locations.


  • 13 Jul 2016 3:04 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, Labor & Industry
    Launch Pa. Outdoor Corps Employment Program

    Lewisberry, York County, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today joined Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino, other state officials, and representatives of the Student Conservation Association in launching the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps at Gifford Pinchot State Park, near Lewisberry, York County. 

    The new Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is offering paid work experience, job training, and educational opportunities to young people who complete recreation and conservation projects at state parks, forestlands, and other Pennsylvania public lands.  A crew of 10 high school-age students from southcentral Pennsylvania began work Monday at Gifford Pinchot. 

    The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps will help to protect and restore public lands and waters, while providing young people with the knowledge and expertise to be good stewards of our natural resources,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, speaking at a park trail site where the young crew was working. “This program will connect youth and young adults with job opportunities relating to the outdoors and the environment and provide training in work skills necessary for future successful employment.” 

    The DCNR secretary noted the new program is a key element of the department’s Youth initiative -- one of six being pursued by DCNR “to position the department as a leader in areas that go far beyond the operation and stewardship of our state parks and forests. 

    “This youth employment and enrichment program is managed by DCNR in cooperation with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), with financial and program support provided by DCNR and the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry.” 

    Initial roll-out of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is financed through the Department of Labor & Industry’s Reemployment Fund. 

     “Labor & Industry is pleased to support the PA Outdoor Corps and to collaborate with our sister agency at DCNR,” said L&I Secretary Kathy Manderino. “Work experience for high school students is tantamount to later career success and we can’t think of a better way to experience working in Pennsylvania than through one of its state parks.” 

    SCA was chosen through a competitive bid process to manage day-to-day operations of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps. 

    In addition to safeguarding the state’s natural resources, the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps will provide participants with empowering leadership and career tracks,” SCA Eastern Regional Vice President Christopher Jackson told the gathering. “The widespread benefits of this program will be felt for years to come, and SCA is delighted to be part of this important partnership.” 

    The statewide program will be based in state parks and forests locations in rural and urban locations in all regions of the state, particularly those areas within close proximity to disadvantaged communities and school districts. Crews will be dispatched within the region, working on public lands with resource and infrastructure project needs. Initial site locations are in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre and Johnstown. 

    While initially project work will be performed on state park and forestlands, DCNR aims to expand the corps work areas on a cost-share basis to local land managers with municipal and county parks and recreation departments in 2017. 

    The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps consists of two components: a six-week, summer program for youth between the ages of 15-18; and a 10-month program for young adults ages 18-25, which will launch in early 2017. 

    The Outdoor Corps will tackle hands-on projects such as trail restoration, tree planting, light construction, shoreline restorations and invasive species management in state and local parks, state forests and other public lands, as well as undertake specialty projects in relation to recreation and conservation, which may include public outreach, research and assessments. 

    To oversee the program, DCNR appointed Scott Carney as Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps Coordinator. He joins the department with nearly 20 years of habitat management, project management and youth and partnership experience with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. In addition, he has worked outside of government as an environmental consultant and project manager. 

    The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s oldest and largest youth conservation organization. SCA seeks to conserve land and transform lives by empowering young people of all backgrounds to plan, act and lead, while they protect and restore natural and cultural resources. Founded in 1957, its mission is to build future conservation leaders, and seven in 10 of SCA’s 80,000 alumni worldwide are employed or studying in conservation-related fields.  For more information: www.thesca.org. 

    For more details on Pennsylvania Outdoors Corps: www.outdoorcorps.dcnr.pa.gov


  • 12 Jul 2016 12:27 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    On April 24-25, 2017 we will host the 2017 Geospatial Summit in Silver Spring, Maryland.

    The 2017 Geospatial Summit will provide updated information about the planned modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). Specifically, NGS plans to replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) in 2022.

    The Summit will provide an opportunity for NGS to share updates and discuss the progress of projects related to NSRS Modernization. NGS also looks forward to hearing feedback and collecting requirements from its stakeholders across the federal, public and private sectors. This event will also help continue discussions from previous Geospatial Summits held in 2010and 2015.

    Additional information about the 2017 Geospatial Summit will be posted online. In the coming months, NGS will update the web-page with information about the agenda, registration options, and logistics. 


  • 21 Jun 2016 10:22 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    The PSLS Public Relations Committee is kicking off another contest! Most of the words used to describe what surveyors do are really big and hard for kids to understand.  The challenge is to describe what you do as if you were talking to a five year old. 


    Analogy: what does a doctor do?  Fixes you.  Takes pictures of your bones.  Makes you feel not sick.  Use short words; easy for kids to read and understand.  

    Post your answers to our Facebook page.  The top five 5 kid-friendly answers, (phrases with 10 words or less) will win gift cards from Sheetz, Turkey Hill, or Wawa.   


  • 20 Jun 2016 11:43 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    The Spring Issue of the PA Surveyor is now available in the Events/News page of the website.  This issue sponsored by:


  • 31 May 2016 9:13 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Computational Methods in

      Stormwater Management

    Nittany Lion Inn,  State College, PA

    August 10-12, 2016

    Register now to attend this three-day short course in computer methods for stormwater management design professionals. Presentation of topics include a comprehensive array of hydrologic and hydraulic tools for stormwater management design, including detention facility design and structural BMP design. Participants will use the Virginia Tech/Penn State Urban Hydrology Model (VT/PSUHM) version 8.3 to solve problems in the hands-on workshops. Attendees must bring a Microsoft Windows-based laptop computer to the course. Contact Thomas Seybert for questions or additional details about the computer requirements.

    This course is intended for stormwater facility designers with previous exposure to urban runoff calculations involving NRCS (SCS) methods, reservoir routing principles, and Rational methodologies. Special emphasis will be on fundamental calculations for detention facility design, particularly outlet structure design. The multiple stage routing model (MSRM) in VT/PSUHM will be used to assist in understanding this process. Because hands-on computer work is emphasized in the course, the fundamental concepts behind these methods will not be presented in great detail. However, specific details for each of the methods presented will be documented or referenced in the supplemental short-course notes. Each participant is encouraged to bring a hand calculator for occasional use. 

    Topics covered include curve number method, travel-time calculations, design rainfall, NRCS unit hydrograph method, NRCS tabular hydrograph method, detention pond routing, detention storage estimates, multiple-stage outlet design, Rational hydrograph method for detention design, bio-retention cell design, extended detention design, enhanced extended detention design and infiltration basin design.

    In addition to the supplemental course notes, each attendee will receive a copy of the VT/PSUHM version 8.3 program. The program will be distributed to attendees on August 9 from 7 :00 - 9:00 PM in Boardroom 2 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

    Presenters include:

    • Thomas Seybert, PE, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Engineering, Penn State University, Wilkes-Barre, PA

    • Thomas Smith, PE, PLS, President of Bercek and Smith Engineering, Inc., Royersford, PA

    • Clayton Hodges, PE, Vice President of Altizer, Hodges, and Varney, Inc., Blacksburg, VA

    • Domenic Rocco, PE, Environmental Program Manager, PA DEP, Norristown, PA

    Visit the Education page  for additional important details about cost, registration and lodging.


  • 16 May 2016 8:28 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    John J Graser of Wrightstown passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016.  John was a member of the Bucks Chapter of PSLS.  He became a licensed surveyor in 1995 and joined PSLS the same year.  Please join us in paying our respects to John and our condolences to his family. Service details can be found here.

  • 28 Apr 2016 9:44 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
    TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT


    Non-PennDOT Personnel should use the self-registration process in the Technical Training Calendar using the links below.  On the 'Class Information' screen, click the Scroll to Business Partner Information button to register.


    Click here to get more information about this course from PennDOT's Technical Training Calendar.

    Title:

    Highway Occupancy Permit

    Description:

    This training course shall cover a range of topics common to many HOP applications including: preliminary or scoping meetings; Transportation Impact Studies; construction; right-of-way, and traffic signal plans; and other commonly encountered items such as access impacts, access covenants, drainage impact reports, waivers of design requirements, insurance and bonds/letters of credit. Extra emphasis shall be placed on topics which are frequently seen on comment response letters and/or cause avoidable time delays prior to HOP insurance.

    Learning Outcomes:

    The objectives of this course are to understand how to:
    *Submit HOP applications and plans so they will be administratively and technically complete with consideration given to common items typically encountered, such as access impacts, access covenants, drainage impact reports, waivers of design requirements, insurance and bonds/letter of credit.
    *Submit applications to meet Pennsylvania laws and regulations and PennDOT policy and guidelines for HOP applications.
    *Produce overall quality HOP applications which will be such that the average issuance time will decrease, and that the number of submission cycles will decrease.

    Instructors:

    Chris Zivkovich

    Offering(s):

    05/17/16 - 05/19/16: Clearfield, District 2
    06/07/16 - 06/09/16: Harrisburg, Riverfront Office Center (ROC)

    (See the Technical Training Calendar for further information.)

    Special Instructions:

    There will be no additional classes added until after September 2016

    Continuing Education Credits:

    (Check Class Information screen in the Technical Training Calendar for the latest information.)

    Registration Cost / Charge-Back:

    (Check Class Information screen(s) in the Technical Training Calendar for the latest information.)

    LSO Course Code:

    78TECH400794

    Sponsoring Organization:

    Highway Administration

    Contact Email:

    RA-PDHighAdminTrain@state.pa.us

    If you require special assistance to attend or participate in this training, please notify the Contact listed above.


  • 30 Mar 2016 10:59 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Photo Contest:  

    The Photo contest had 83 entries!  After much debate, the judges have decided, and the winners are...

    First Place: Photo # 1 Surveying by the stream by Jordan L Grover, Survey Crew Chief, Dawood Engineering, Inc.



    Second Place: Photo # 8 Innovative use of a tripod by Thomas Smit, Keystone Consultants, Inc.



    Third Place: Photo #68 Taking multi- shots on bolt patterns for steel work by Landon Woodward.




    Congratulation to the winners and thanks to all who submitted photos.

    A special thank you to our guest Judges:

    • Theresa Damiani, PhD of NOAA
    • Jon Warren, PLS, NSPS  President
    • Frank Lenik, PLS, NSPS National Surveyors Week Chair


  • 22 Mar 2016 11:34 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    This year PSLS celebration of National Surveyors Week is centered on the idea of calibration.  You read that correct, this year, we will celebrate surveyors all year!  Throughout the year, we will be looking for chapters and individuals to volunteer their time to perform service to the profession and to the community. 

    The first activity was the 2016 Photo Contest, which has just ended.  The winners will be announced March 24.

    The second activity we are asking members to participate in is a survey.  This survey has two goals.  First, the survey will assess the current use and knowledge of Calibration Base Lines (CBL).  Second, the survey seeks to identify individuals who can help with public relations opportunities. Please complete the survey by March 28.

     The results of this survey will be used to further our goals to National Surveyors Week.  

    With respect to CBL, this includes performing a field assessment of every CBL in the state, developing an online map of CBL with improved resources, and developing a long-term goal for the maintenance of CBL in Pennsylvania.  

    With respect to public relations, this includes hosting several events for the public centered on calibration of personal fitness devices (FITBIT FUN DAY) and accuracy of GPS and coordinates (CELL PHONE CHALLENGE) as well as developing a list of individuals that can help advertise these events and promote the profession.

    This week, we are asking surveyors to print the NSW flyer in the link below and post copies, with permission, in your favorite community gathering place (e.g. coffee shop, 4H club, community center, etc.) to promote national surveyors  week! 

    After posting your flyers, take a selfie with it or a picture of where you posted it and share it with PSLS on our Facebook page or via email.

    Also, this week, send out press releases!  Click this link for a sample Press Release.  You can add your company name and send it out to any media sources you may have along with a copy of the NSW Flyer and/or a copy of the Governor’s Proclamation.  

    If you do not have any media contacts, you can send the edited Press Release to PSLS (psls@psls.org) with the county or area where you would like to have it published.  PSLS will take care of sending it to the correct media contacts.

    Please remember to complete the survey by March 28 and watch your email for updated information on National Surveyors Week events this year.



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