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Measuring Unit Change Coming in 2022


Since 1959, two definitions of the foot have been used in the United
States: the international foot and the U.S. survey foot. The U.S. survey
foot is longer by 0.01 foot per mile than the international foot, and
having both measurements in use creates confusion. Modernizing the
National Spatial Reference System in 2022 represents an opportunity to
eliminate this confusion. Representatives from NGS, the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Department of
Commerce unanimously decided to phase out the survey foot. NIST and NGS
will issue a Federal Register Notice (FRN) to solicit public comment on
the proposed change. A second FRN will formally announce the change,
with the details and process of this change based on the comments


Link to recorded webinar presentation that was delivered prior to this


Women Surveyors Summit, Austin, TX

August 23-24, 2019

More information here.


Celebrating 50 Years!

2019 Conference Photos

and Award Winners

2019 Conference Updated Course Approvals

January 12-15, Hershey Lodge

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Drone ID Marking Rule 
Interim Final Rule Effective 
February 25, 2019.
The FAA also posted proposed new rules to let drones fly routinely at night and over people,
and to further integrate them safely into the nation’s airspace.
The comment period for these proposals is now open and ends on April 15. See link for more information.


Office space for sub-lease 
Great for a startup company or satellite office for an established firm

721 square foot unfurnished suite

801 East Park Drive, Suite 100

Harrisburg, PA 17111

Monthly rent:    August 2018 –August 2019 - $1,202.00 

August 2019 – August 2020 - $1,238.00

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PA GeoBoard 2017 Annual Report

The Pennsylvania State Geospatial Coordinating Board (PA GeoBoard) was established to provide advice and recommendations to the Governor and citizens of the Commonwealth on geospatial issues and provide uniform data standards, coordination of efficiency in geospatial policy and technology issues among Federal, State and local government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector.

Read the 2017 Annual Report here.

Legislative Action

The Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Act (Pennsylvania) governs how these design professions practice. 

House Bill 1106 addresses fundamental aspects of the act such as clarifying the definitions of "practice of land surveying" and "practice of engineering".

Click here to access a letter which you can e-mail your legislator as it is written, or you can customize it.

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