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  • 12 Oct 2016 4:29 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    The National Society of Professional Surveyors recently signed Articles of Affiliation with the NSPS Young Surveyors Network, and a mutual statement of agreement with the United States Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD). The affiliation document with YSN documents the organizations' mutual obligations and responsibilities, results in an advisory seat for YSN on the NSPS Board for Directors. The MOU with USBID acknowledges a commitment to work collectively on issues related to education, development of products, political activities, and promotion of the respective organizations.

  • 28 Sep 2016 9:51 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    PennDOT’s Photogrammetry and Surveys Section maintains a website called PennDOT Photogrammetry Assets Management System which contains PennDOT permanent ground control, occupied NGS control used during bridge and highway project surveys, and photo footprints of aerial photography projects.

    PennDOT’s Photogrammetry and Surveys Section would appreciate you taking the time to complete a survey using the link below:

  • 26 Sep 2016 9:19 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)
    ESE Consultants of Columbia, MD reported the theft of Surveying equipment The equipment was recently stolen from storage in Horsham, PA .  Below is a list of the items stolen.  If you have any information on this, please contact Michael Boyceat  

    Topcon GPS  Hi-Per Pro base serial number 309-0133

    Topcon GPS  Hi-Per Pro rover serial number 326-0185

    Topcon GPS  Hi-Per Pro base serial number 309-0447

    Topcon GPS  Hi-Per Pro rover serial number 326-0499

    Topcon robot GPT-8003A serial number YN0351

    Topcon robot GPT-2003 serial number VS0322

  • 12 Sep 2016 10:31 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    The Reading Chapter hosted its annual Golf Outing on September 9 at Chapel Hills Golf Course.  52 players, 1 organizer, 5 volunteers, and 1 fan came together in laughter and competitiveness.  Check out the pitures at

  • 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: 

    For more details on Pennsylvania Outdoors Corps:

  • 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.

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