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  • 23 Mar 2015 7:53 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    National Surveyors' Week 2015

    March 15-21

    Governor Wolf Signs Proclamation

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf honored surveyors across the Commonwealth by issue a proclamation stating that March 15 – 21 is Surveyors Week.  The proclamation states in part “land surveyors provide exceptional service to our communities, our Commonwealth, and our nation…”  March 15 – 21 is also National Surveyors Week and is celebrated across the nation.  The Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors appreciates Governor Wolf’s recognition of the efforts of surveyors to protect and promote the health, safety and welfare of the public through their specialized training and skills. 

    Contact us at psls@psls.org for a digital copy of the proclamation.


  • 19 Mar 2015 9:32 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)
    PSLS was just notified that Reading Chapter member George G. Margetto, age 70, of Atglen, passed away Mon., Jan. 19, 2015. Husband of Barbara "Bobbi" Margetto; father of five; grandfather of seven. George was a member of PSLS since 2002.



  • 19 Mar 2015 9:06 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)
    PSLS Life Member Ronald Dolla passed away on March 16, 2015 at the age of 79. Ron was a member of the PSLS Reading Chapter since 1985. Click here for the obituary.


  • 17 Mar 2015 12:43 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    In celebration of National Surveyors Week, PSLS has been sending press releases to media contacts across the state.  Please look for these articles in your local newspapers and other publications.

    Pennsylvania Celebrates National Surveyors’ Week

    Governor Signs Proclamation

    The Land Around You


  • 05 Mar 2015 10:37 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)
    The March 4 issue of NSPS News & Views is now available. In this issue:
    • Government report focuses on funding rural water infrastructure 
    • Energy Department real property data examined 
    • NSPS discusses infrastructure with Rep. Perry of Pennsylvania


  • 05 Mar 2015 10:33 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    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 .


  • 05 Mar 2015 7:51 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)
    PA One Call Reminder
    Members of Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors receive PA One Call System free of charge.  In order to receive this benefit, simply mail, fax, or email a copy of your annual PA One Call invoice to PSLS headquarters and we will take care of it.  

    Don't miss out on the $125 savings!


  • 04 Mar 2015 3:31 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    GPS Observations on Bench Marks Webinar

    March 5, 2015

    3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

     

    NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey encourages anyone with survey-grade Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers or GPS-enabled phones and hand held devices to help collect GPS on Bench Marks.  This webinar will provide guidance to collect GPS observations at any time, including during National Surveyors Week (March 15–21, 2015). Joining the 2015 effort will help raise awareness about professional surveying while improving the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS).

    This webinar will cover the following topics:

    Recover
    • Perform desktop reconnaissance for finding bench marks in the field using NGS Data Explorer - Brian Ward, Arkansas Geodetic State Advisor
    • An overview of the new GPS on Bench Marks web page and how to use the ArcGIS Maps Package or the ArcGIS Online Web Map to investigate bench marks in your area and perform analysis - Brian Shaw, NGS
    Observe
    • How to submit data to OPUS-Share and looking up what has been submitted in the past - Joe Evjen, NGS Branch Chief
    Report
    • Using DSWorld for reconnaissance and submitting a mark recovery using DSWorld - Malcolm Archer-Shee, NOAA Contractor

    The webinar will be recorded and posted within 1 week.

     

     


  • 26 Feb 2015 11:24 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    The latest issue of NSPS News & Views is now available.  In this issue:

    • NCEES launches Squared
    • NSPS-MAPPS National Conference
    • US Spatial Data Report


  • 26 Feb 2015 7:49 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Hello Potential Exhibitors and Sponsors,

     Pennsylvania 811 is offering you an opportunity to participate in our 2015 PA Safety Days!

     Our conferences provide a forum for Pennsylvania 811 stakeholders and underground excavation professionals to exchange information and promote protection of Pennsylvania's critical underground infrastructure throughout the state. The conference is a no cost high-quality experience for its attendees where they can learn about underground excavation safety. Over 2,000 people from various stakeholder groups, i.e. excavators, designers, public utilities, facility owners, project owners, municipalities, sewer and water authorities, public officials, emergency responders, and other underground excavation professionals annually attend our safety days.

     

    Below are the dates and locations for this year’s conferences:

     Northeastern PA--Tuesday, May 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highway Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Southeastern PA--Thursday, May 7 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA

    Central PA--Thursday, June 25 at the York Expo, East & West Memorial Halls, 334 Carlisle Ave., York, PA

    Western PA--Thursday, September 24 at Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA

     

    Join us in providing damage prevention for our guests. If you interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor please complete the attached paperwork and put my name on it. You can also visit our website to learn more about sponsor and exhibitor opportunities.

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    Pennsylvania One Call: The Keystone of Damage Prevention

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    Norm Parrish

    Liaison Representative

    Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc.

    (484)-366-6647

    nlparrish@pa1call.org


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