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  • 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.



  • 22 Mar 2016 11:27 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    The Penn State Surveying Society is hosting it's annual golf tournament for the surveying society. Below are links to the sign up forms for sponsors and teams. 

    This is a great opportunity to show your support for the students.

    Sponsor Form

    Team Form


  • 18 Mar 2016 11:40 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors is to announce the opening of the 2016 "TRIG-STAR" competition. We are cosponsoring this National High School Math Skill Award with the National Society of Professional Surveyors and are offering high schools in Pennsylvania the chance to compete. The complete information on the Trig-Star Program, meeting dates, and requirements are in the attached letter. More information can be found at http://www.nsps.us.com/?page=TrigStar

  • 18 Mar 2016 11:36 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Land Surveyors’ Foundation, Inc. is offering academic scholarships to students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or associate degree in land surveying. We hope that several students will be interested in taking advantage of this opportunity to help fund their education.

    Attached you will find a Scholarship Application and Instructor Recommendation form.  This information can also be found at http://www.psls.org/scholarshipPlease pass this information along to those students whom you believe will qualify and benefit from financial assistance.

    Each year, the Foundation presents approximately $15,000 in scholarships to individual land surveying students who are outstanding scholars, students, and citizens. By sharing this information with your students, you will help us to reach a wider audience and be able to provide funds to the outstanding students who will become tomorrow’s land surveyors. 


  • 11 Mar 2016 2:34 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    PSLS Photo Contest

    Get your cameras ready! PSLS is holding a photo contest in honor of Surveyors Week!

    Object: To take a photo which captures the essence of the profession of surveying. Use your imagination and show the world what the profession really is. This is an opportunity to show the public exactly what it means to be a Professional Land Surveyor.

    Rules:

    ·         Photos may be staged, but may not be digitally altered, so no Photoshop or airbrushing. Vignettes, sepia tones, etc are permitted.

    ·         Photos must be appropriate for public viewing

    ·         Photos must be submitted by posting on the PSLS Facebook page. (Staff will assist if necessary)

    ·         Photo must be the original work of the person submitting

    ·         Photo submissions must include a signed media release form (To be sent separately to PSLS)

    ·         Judging will be done by the Surveyors Week Planning Committee and all decisions are final

    ·         Photos must be received by Noon on Monday March 21, 2016. Winners will be announced by Noon on Thursday March 24th, 2016.

    Prizes:

    ·         1st Place winner receives a FitBit personal health device

    ·         2nd Place: $100

    ·         3rd Place: $50

    Small Print: All photo submissions become the property of PSLS. PSLS will use the photographs in Newsletters, online postings, and other media.


  • 22 Dec 2015 7:07 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Survey Van Vandalized & Survey Equipment Stolen

    To Whom It May Concern:

    We would appreciate that you communicate this information to ALL of your members to be aware of stolen surveying equipment.

    On Thursday, December 10, 2015 while our survey crew was working in the City of Syracuse, NY, our survey van was vandalized and the following survey equipment with serial numbers shown for each item was stolen. A police report has been filed with City of Syracuse Police Department.

    Anyone who becomes aware of any of the following equipment should contact Jeff Phillips, PLS @ 585-364-1622 or jphillips@popligroup.com

    List of equipment stolen with serial numbers are as follows:

    • ·       LEICA CS15 FIELD CONTROLLER W/ SMARTWORX VIVA SOFTWARE  - SN 2906064
    • ·       LEICA CS15 FIELD CONTROLLER W/ SMARTWORX VIVA SOFTWARE -  SN 2906105
    • ·       LEICA GS 14 PERFORMANCE SMART ANTENNA, GLONASS ENABLED -  SN 2804273
    • ·       LEICA GS 14 PERFORMANCE SMART ANTENNA, GLONASS ENABLED -   SN 2804292


  • 17 Dec 2015 12:01 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)
    PSLS Life Member Ronald Griffin passed away on December 14th.  Ron joined PSLS in 1983 and became a Life Member in 2000. 

    GRIFFIN – Ronald “Ron,” 102, Portage, Ind., formerly of Northern Cambria, died Dec. 14, 2015, at Brookdale Senior Living. Born Sept. 23, 1913, in Houtzdale, son of Joseph and Louise (Todhunter) Griffin. Preceded in death by parents; wife of 641/2 years, the former Dorothy E. Birchall, on Jan. 5, 2002; brothers, Paul and 3-year-old Melvin; sisters, LaRue Carlson and Delores Kuhn; grandchild, Melinda L. Vargo; and great-grandchildren, Brandon and Colby Vargo. Survived by daughter, Karen Diane Fleming, Griffith, Ind.; grandchildren, Michele L. Watters, Melissa L. and Ryan Sullivan and Michael Vargo; and great-grandchildren, Madeline, Gabrielle and Zackery Sullivan and Kera and Sean Watters. Brother of Betty Louise Griffin, Northern Cambria; and Clifford J. Griffin, and wife, Nancy, Wickliffe, Ohio. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Member of St. John’s United Methodist Church since 1929, where he taught Sunday school and was very active in all church activities. He was employed with Barnes and Tucker Co. for 50 years; retired as a mining engineer in 1982; received a coal mining instructor diploma in 1946 from Pennsylvania State College; taught first aid and mine supervision classes for 25 years for Barnes and Tucker Co.; and received a mine foreman, first grade certificate in 1949, professional engineer license. Member of American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers since 1968. He received professional land surveyor license and became a lifetime member of Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors in 2000. After retirement, he taught mine supervision classes for Inland Steel. Former member of North Barnesboro Cemetery Board. Ron wished to thank and have the following people acknowledged for their wonderful help over the years: Henry “Cooney” Caldwell, Jack Emerick, Galen Seese and Dennis Sheehan. Friends will be received from noon until time of funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday at Long-Contres Funeral Homes Inc., Northern Cambria. Interment, North Barnesboro Cemetery.

  • 07 Dec 2015 11:38 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Can anyone recomend a reasonably priced Land Surveying Cogo software that would run on a Mac Firefox or Safari platform.  Dale R. Leonard, PLS


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