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  • 20 Jul 2015 2:47 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    The Be Captivated Live Tour is an exciting event that lets you explore revolutionary touch-technology survey software and be among the first to test-drive the world's first self-learning total stations.You won't want to miss it! We will give personalized technology demonstrations and answer all your questions. Everyone who attend the Live Tour will be entered into a drawing to win a trip to Switzerland!

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

    Lester Olen Brosius, Jr., PLS, former PSLS member and Northwest Chapter President, passed on Jul 14, 2015.  Olen was a 15 year member of the PSLS Northwest Chapter. Click here for the Olen’s obituary.

  • 30 Jun 2015 9:00 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    All are invited to participate in the 10th Annual Northwest  Pennsylvania GIS Conference that will be held on October 15-16, 2015 at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  This event will once again be hosted by Clarion University.

    It will be a pleasure to share with you:

    • Exciting presentations from varied participants in the field.
    • Exhibitors from renowned national and regional companies and agencies.
    • Map gallery/poster session

    Other events that will be available and advertised for on the conference's website soon.

    Please visit for more information or for registration to attend, present and/or exhibit. Presentation, exhibition, and map gallery entry registrations are due by Friday, September 25th, 2015. Mark your calendar. Please pass along this information to anyone who may benefit from attending this event.

    Presentations are especially encouraged in the following tracks:

    • Achievements over the past 10 years
    • GIS in Education: Open for students and educators in general to share their projects,  experiences and applications.
    • Oil and Gas Applications.
    • Emergency Management: GIS role in preparedness, mitigation and remediation
    • Emerging Technologies/Web & Mobile GIS
    • Natural Resources Management.
    • Open Topics for your interesting application, how-to, theories and methods in geospatial  technologies or related fields.

    Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Yasser Ayad  for sponsorship  opportunities,  or for questions or comments. 

  • 23 Jun 2015 8:14 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Philip R. Peterson 1924 - 2015

    Phil Peterson, the Berntsen International chairman and co-founder who pioneered new marking products for the survey industry, passed away June 18 at the age of 90.

    During his more than four-decade career, Phil Peterson helped transform how surveyors mark land boundaries.    “The surveying industry has lost a visionary and champion and we have lost an amazing man, said Rhonda Rushing, Phil’s daughter and President of Berntsen.   We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much."

    Phil and friend, Peter Berntsen co-founded Berntsen Cast Products, Inc. (now Berntsen International) in 1972 based on their ‘restaurant napkin design’ of the W-1 monument – a cast aluminum breakaway marker that was light-weight, resistant to corrosion, and detectable with a magnetic locator.     The W-1 won the Governor’s New Product Award in 1975 and it became the core of a business that today sells survey monuments, caps, rods, and posts throughout the world. 

    Phil never stopped being an entrepreneur or a tireless promoter of surveying.     He was responsible for many product innovations throughout his career and remained an active advocate to the end with his push to move Berntsen into a ‘smart’ marking world.  

    At the end of the day, Phil was committed to his family, his employees, and his customers – the surveyors in the field.   “Salt of the earth people”, he called them, “we’re here to make sure that they can do the best job possible.” 

    Philip R. Peterson 1924-2015

    In remembrance of Phil Peterson, our offices will be closed Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

  • 19 Jun 2015 3:44 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    PSLS has received a thank you letter from the Friends of Independence Hall National Historic Park for our donation to restore the Mason Dixon instrument which will reside in the Governor's Chamber in Independence Hall.  The Society voted to support the instrument restoration at the March Board meeting.  

    PSLS is proud to support the historic preservation of the surveying profession.

  • 02 Jun 2015 8:41 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    The geospatial technology program at HACC is pleased to offer a model course developed by the National Geospatial Technology Center for Excellence -GeoTech Center- called Exploring Our World: Fundamentals of Geospatial Science. This is an eight week online course that introduces fundamental concepts of geospatial analysis and map interpretation - technologies explored include geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning system (GPS), cartography, remote sensing, geo-visualization and interpretation, internet mapping and spatial statistics (see attached).

     The course begins August 24, 2015 , the cost is $99, and the instructors are Nicole Ernst and Peter Muller. The course can be used for Act 48 credit, continuing education units (CEUs), and the course will articulate into the HACC geospatial technology program as the free elective.  Digital badges (micro-credentials) will be awarded for successful completion of the course modules. The course is open to anyone- high school students, K-12 teachers, engineers, surveyors, real estate agents, grant writers, business owners - anyone who wants to learn more about geospatial technology!

     To enroll in the class, visit and select section number 60491.

    To learn more about HACC’s geospatial technology program:

  • 02 Jun 2015 8:38 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Georgia History Press announces the July pre-release of award-winning Dr. William J. (Bill) Morton’s latest book, Andrew Ellicott: The Stargazer Who Defined America. This book is not Ellicott’s biography, although previously unknown facts of his life will be revealed, but is the never-before-told story of the survey of the first southern boundary between the United States and Spain. Ellicott’s efforts could arguably be said to have stopped Spain’s dominance of the entire North American Continent.The dramatic events of his four-year-long efforts are the stuff of fiction: adventures into unknown territory fraught with physical hazards, hostile Indians, double agents, and a cast of remarkable characters. 

     A percentage of the sales to surveyors will be donated to the National Society of Professional Surveyors.

    The book will soon be available on Amazon,, and as an ebook on Smashwords, Kindle, Lulu, Nook and Apple iBooks.

     For more information about the author, go to

  • 02 Jun 2015 8:33 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Receive a master’s degree in surveying engineering on-line, no time on campus required!

    If accepted to the program by fall 2015 all non Maine students will pay in-state graduate tuition * 1.25 for their entire curriculum!  Note it can take up to six weeks to process an application so out-of-state residents please apply by July 2015 to ensure you receive the tuition discount.

    Click here for more information.

    Please read this and if questions email

    Surveying Engineering Concentration
    Professional Science Masters (PSM) Degree in Engineering and Business
    University of Maine
    Established January 23, 2014

  • 26 May 2015 3:23 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Engineering Cooperative (Co-op) Education Program 

    Senior Engineering Students are looking for co-ops now with a target start date of Aug 31st.

     ABET accredited

    Four year Bachelor of Science degree

    Majors: Mechanical, Electrical/Computer Engineering 

    • Develops a strong pool of talented engineers for employers in our regional area 

    About the York College Engineering Co-op:  

    1.    Each co-op runs for a full semester period, students are full time employees while on co-op (no required classes for students during co-op). 

    • Seniors - fall semester (Sept - Jan)
    • Juniors - spring semester (Jan - May)
    • Sophomores - summer semester (May - Aug) 

    2.    To earn college credit for co-op, students must work full time for a minimum of 12 weeks in the summer and 15 weeks in the fall and spring.  

    3. Contact Joanne Wilkes, Co-op Program Director at or (717) 815-1733 office or (717) 779-8997 cell if you’d like me to post the position for you.  

    More about our program:

    Best regards, 

    Joanne Wilkes

    Engineering Co-op Program Director

  • 18 May 2015 7:56 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)
    Kevin Katchko, Penn State University surveying student is one of 12 members of the 2015–16 NCEES Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group. The group will connect young engineers and surveyors with NCEES decision makers. For more information, click here.

    Congratulations Kevin!  We know you will be a fine addition to the group.

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