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Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors
Geospatial Committee

The Committee shall monitor and report practices, activities and legislation as it pertains to geospatial services relative to the profession of land surveying. Furthermore, the Committee shall promote the education of land surveyors, cartographers, photogrammetrists and those providing geographic and geospatial services.

The Committee's 2019 recommended duty by the President is to "Advance the involvement of the Professional and the Society in the planned release of the NGS 2022 Datum".  The Committee expects to interact with the NGS State Geodetic Coordinator, the PA State Geospatial Coordinating Board, Commonwealth Agencies, Geospatial Professionals, etc. in order to plan for a PA State Plane Coordinate System while educating the Profession and other Geospatial Professionals.

Chair: Michael Kreiger, PLS
Executive Liaison: Brian Yorkiewicz, PLS

Schedule of Meetings: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:30 – 5:00 PM by GoToMeeting (yes, from your desk). Please coordinate with the Committee Chair for additional information.

March 6, 2019 - Agenda

Geospatial Committee Members:

David Archibald, PLS

David Butterbaugh, PLS

Greg Clark, PLS

Dan Groesser, PLS

James Hartman, PLS

Brian Naberezny, PLS

Periodic responsibilities:
  1. Identify, review, and report on any geospatial activities relative to the profession of surveying
  2. Build mutually beneficial relationships with the geospatial community
  3. Perform outreach to the geospatial community and surveyors


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

Contact: Michael.Dennis@noaa.gov

Link to recorded webinar presentation that was delivered prior to this



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.

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