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  • 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

    List of equipment stolen with serial numbers are as follows:


  • 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

  • 24 Nov 2015 7:42 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Harry Floyd Schoenagel, 80, of Greentown, Pa., passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. He had a summer home in Newport.

    His service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church in Greentown, Pa.

    He was born on Oct. 25, 1935, to the late Fred C. Schoenagel and Letha Schoenagel. He was a lifelong resident of Greentown, Pa., with a second home in Newport. He graduated from Penn State University. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy retiring as a lieutenant commander in the reserves.

    He and his brother opened a surveying and engineering company, which they ran for 35 years, and now it continues under his son. He was a member of the Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church, the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors, the Wallenpaupack Area School Board, the Pike County Republican Committee and the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors. He served as treasurer and later as president of the Newfoundland Rotary Club. He also belonged to the Salem Masonic Lodge No. 330. He was appointed by the governor to the Pennsylvania Registration Board for Engineers, Surveyors and Geologists and was secretary of the Pike County General Authority. He was on the board of directors of LA Bank, which is now NBT Bank. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a founding member of the Crippled Bear Hunting Club.

    He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret “Peggy Whitehurst Schoenagel; two sons, James and wife Karen, and William and wife Michele; two granddaughters, Kaitlynn and Jenna; brother, Fred C. Schoenagel Jr. and wife Jeannie; and several nieces and nephews.

    Memorial donations may be made to the Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church, 491 Roemerville Road, Greentown, Pa. 18426.

  • 24 Nov 2015 7:41 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS) is proud to announce that member and past president, Michael F. Brinkash, PLS, has been elected to a second term as Board President of the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. Mike Sr. was appointed to the board in 2011 and is currently serving a six-year term.

     The State Registration Board is comprised of the Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs, two registered Professional Land Surveyors, five registered Professional Engineers, two registered Professional Geologists and three public members. The Board regulates the practice, licensure and registration of engineers, land surveyors and geologists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in order to safeguard life, health and property and promote the general welfare. The function of the Board includes investigating, approving or disapproving engineering, surveying and geology applications for those desiring to be licensed in Pennsylvania. Approval of Engineering, Surveying and Geology curricula and to revoke or suspend approvals where they are no longer deemed proper.

     Mr. Brinkash is a 1971 graduate of Mount Carmel Area School High School and was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserves in 1978. He is a licensed professional land surveyor in Pennsylvania and New York with over 35 years of experience. 

     Mike is a the owner of Brinkash & Associates in Ashland, PA, a member of the Susquehanna Chapter of PSLS, PSLS President from 1989 - 1990, and recipient of the 1991 Surveyor of the Year award.  He also authored and published 'County and Municipal Boundary Descriptions', a 472-page professional textbook copyrighted in 1997. He has been a presenter and speaker for various continuous education workshops on numerous surveying topics over the past twenty years. 

  • 09 Oct 2015 4:14 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    PSLS Member Amy J Hopkins, PLS has been named one of Pennsylvania's "2015 Women Making a Difference" by PA Business Central.   Congratulations  Amy! 

  • 16 Sep 2015 8:11 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    The NW PA GIS Conference is pleased to invite you to participate in two-half day hands-on workshops:

    1-     Land Surveying

    2-     Introduction to ArcGIS Pro

    They are both planned for Wednesday, October 14. Two sessions of the Land Surveying workshop (morning and afternoon), and one session of Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (afternoon).

    Land Surveying: A 300 Year Old Profession – Rope Stretching to Satellite Positioning:

    Gregory Clark, PLS-PE, and Cory Mason, LSIT

    This workshop will provide an historical perspective of surveying, demonstrate modern surveying tools, and analyze field data. It’ll be divided into three parts. Part I: Introduction and history of surveying, surveying tools (old and new), the science and mathematics behind surveying, theory of errors, and modern units of measurement. Part II: hands-on field experience using modern surveying equipment (Topcon GPS). And, Part III: Analysis and comparison of field data measurements, and Q&A.

    Introduction to ArcGIS Pro:

    Yasser Ayad, Ph.D., GISP

    This workshop aims at introducing ArcGIS Pro to anyone working with ArcGIS Desktop. ArcGIS Pro software is going to become one of the major rivals to the Desktop system and is being prepared to replace it in the upcoming years. This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to interact with the new software through introductory lectures as well as hands-on practice. This workshop will discuss the following: ArcGIS Pro Interface and Project Structure, Map Views, Displaying Data and Symbology, Editing, Performing Geoprocessing and Analysis in Pro, Creating Map Layouts, and other Features and Capabilities.

    Whether you plan to attend the NW PA GIS Conference or not, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about land surveying techniques and to catch up with the new ArcGIS Pro platform.

    The cost of each of the workshops is $25. To register, click here.

    If you are interested in attending the full NW PA GIS Conference (October 15-16, 2015) in addition to the workshops you would also need to register at the conference's website (separate registration). Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Yasser Ayad ( if you have any questions or comments. I’m looking forward seeing you at the workshops and the conference.

    On behalf of the conference committee, 

    Cherin H. Abdelsamie, GISP

    Director, Clarion County Mapping and GIS Department

    330 Main Street – Room 10 – Clarion, PA 16214

    Phone: 814-226-4000 ext.2302

    Fax: 814-297-7807

  • 16 Sep 2015 8:03 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Fall Meeting Registration NOW OPEN

    Grid to Ground for Mapping Professionals

    Let's talk about points, the grid, and the ground.  Why not? 

    As you are likely aware, progressively more high-precision GPS/GNSS (global positioning system/global satellite navigation system) based real-time-kinematic methods are being used in for project related mapping. 

    Unless proper correction methods are used, horizontal distances between two locations determined by the GNSS method will differ from the measurements that are made by traditional survey methods. This difference between the two measurements is often referred to as the grid-to-ground problem. This meeting will provide methodologies to address this challenge,  and assist the GIS community in gaining a better understanding of the process.  

    When:  Tuesday October 6, 2015

    Where:  New Jersey Institute of Technology- Newark, NJ

    Time:  8:00 am- 3:30 pm

    Parking will be provided in a campus garage 

    A light breakfast and lunch will be served. 

    Register now at

    Hope to see you there!

  • 08 Sep 2015 10:48 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Pictures of the Inaugural PSLS Summer Conference are now available!  

    A huge thank you to Education Committee Chair John Fuehrer for being our event photographer! Click here for the pictures.  Enjoy and share!

  • 14 Aug 2015 8:49 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    2015 PennDOT Surveyors Reunion

    The 2015 PennDOT Surveyors reunion will be held on Saturday, September 12 starting at noon.  

    The event will be held at the Clearfield Knights of Columbus, 512 Arnold Avenue, Clearfield, PA.  

    Cost is $10 per person and covered dishes are welcome. 

    All you can eat and drink!

    Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, macaroni salad, baked beans, and of course beer and soda provided. 

    If you are a present or former PennDOT surveyor, this event is for you. For more information contact:

    Shawn: (814) 577-5177

    Ed: (814) 592-5936

    Barry: (814) 378-7215

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