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  • 07 Jun 2018 1:46 PM | Jason Tobias (Administrator)

    Mobile-Friendly PAMS Aids Surveying Community

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Photogrammetry & Surveys Section recently released a new publicly accessible, mobile-friendly web version of its Photogrammetry Job Tracking and Asset Management System (PAMS) web application. Through the mobile-friendly PAMS (http://www.penndotpams.org), surveyors can use web-enabled smart phones and tablets to quickly look up and view map locations of permanent geodetic monuments installed and documented by PennDOT, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the National Geodetic Survey (NGS). 

    “We have always promoted unrestricted access to public records as our objective with PAMS,” said Bradley Foltz, PLS, CP, Chief of the Photogrammetry & Surveys Section. “PAMS has been embraced by the private sector surveying and engineering communities who routinely use the website to research geodetic monuments and aerial photography flight lines.”

    This mobile-friendly version of PAMS will greatly enhance accessibility while surveyors are in the field. PennDOT’s vision is to partner with the surveying community to confirm the existence of geodetic monuments they visit and to document monument conditions. This collaborative partnership can help maintain critical survey infrastructure for future public/private photogrammetry and surveying projects. 

    geographIT®, a division of EBA Engineering, Inc., developed and hosts PAMS for PennDOT’s Photogrammetry & Surveys Section. The original system, developed and deployed into production in early 2000, has been continually enhanced and upgraded to adapt to the latest open source technology components.


  • 21 May 2018 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    Larry Elliott, 88, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018. He was currently living in Lewes, Del., but was a longtime resident of McMurray.

    He was the beloved husband of 56 years to Jeri Vesely Elliott and loving father of Rod (Carolyn) Elliott of Lewes. Mr. Elliott was very proud of his grandchildren, Clara, Sylvie, Alodie and Nathaniel.

    Mr. Elliott was preceded in death by his daughter, Teri Lynn; his parents, William and Harriet Elliott; and four siblings, William, Rodney, Jean and Nancy.

    Following his service in the U.S. Army, Mr. Elliott and his brother, Rod, owned Elliott Surveying Inc. Years later, he opened his own company, Lawrence R. Elliott Surveying.

    Mr. Elliott found time to devote a great deal of energy to supporting the Peters Township library, rotary and fire department. In fact, he was even named an honorary fireman.

    Almost daily, he could be found at the local Eat 'n Park, enjoying the food and camaraderie. He loved to laugh, share a good joke and conversation and follow the Pittsburgh sports teams, especially the Steelers. He also loved the game of golf. He appreciated kindness and valued friendship. Mr. Elliott was truly loved, and he will be missed and remembered.

    Friends and family are welcome from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peters Township Public Library.


  • 15 May 2018 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Wife. Mother. Aunt. Sister. Friend.
    In Memory of Linda Klein Hummel

    In laughter and love, to honor a life well lived.

    Obituary for Linda Hummel


    Linda Hummel age 70, of Squirrel Hill, formerly of Carnegie and West Palm Beach, FL. Beloved husband of Mark Hummel; loving mother of Adam (Mindy) Zweig; grandmother of Cole Zweig whom she loved dearly; aunt of Wendy Crann; daughter of the late Milton and Dorothy (Bable) Klein. She had a remarkable mind, if she met you she always remembered your name. She had an impeccable sense of style and a great sense of humor, her jokes were always spot on with delivering the punch lines. Linda loved her son Adam and his wife Mindy. She loved the Pittsburgh Penguins and enjoyed competing with the on air contestants while watching Jeopardy, always taking pride in knowing the answers when the contestants didn't. Her family will receive friends on Thursday, from 6pm until the time of a service at 7:30pm at the D'Alessandro Funeral Home and Crematory Ltd., 4522 Butler St. Pgh., PA 15201 (Lawrenceville). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Working Animals Giving Service for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids).


  • 07 May 2018 11:41 AM | Jason Tobias (Administrator)

    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.

  • 10 Apr 2018 9:29 AM | Jason Tobias (Administrator)

    Freddy, former president of the North Central Chapter of PSLS, was born October 9, 1966 and passed away on March 19, 2018.

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  • 29 Mar 2018 3:13 PM | Jason Tobias (Administrator)

    Kathy E. Logue

    Member of the Community Chapel of Hesston

    Kathy E. Logue, 71, of Huntingdon, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at her home.  She was the daughter of Kermit and Irma Laney. She was united in marriage to David Logue, who survives.  Mrs. Logue is survived by her daughter, Laurel, and son-in-law, Jason.  She was a member of the Community Chapel of Hesston.  Mrs. Logue was employed in nursing.

  • 13 Mar 2018 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    By Frank Lenik, PLS

    We’ve all heard about National Surveyors Week – the week long celebration of the surveying profession that takes place annually in March. But who’s actually celebrating, and how? What is the best way to use this event to the advantage of our profession?

    Consider the main three goals of the program;

    1. Public awareness of our profession through education;

    2. Public awareness of our profession through the media;

    3. Public awareness of our profession through public service

    The education of the public, both adult and youth, is probably the number one goal of National Surveyors Week. The work we perform for the benefit of the public often goes unrecognized and we need to share our knowledge with them. The work being done by our Trigstar volunteers is incredible and should be highlighted during National Surveyors Week. There are volunteers doing outreach to Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups and resources are available for these programs. We can expand on this and offer to speak to the local Rotary or Lions Club. They are always willing to have a speaker at their meetings. How better to promote your profession and your business than to make a public appearance?

    Reaching out to the public through the media and making them aware of our profession and our role in today’s society is a goal whose value we all recognize. Over the last few years we have achieved this in a variety of ways including Presidential, gubernatorial, and municipal proclamations, newspaper articles, and radio spots highlighting National Surveyors Week. There is also a GPS Day Website, a National Surveyors Week Facebook page and a National Surveyors Week Twitter account. Each of these channels represents another way for the land surveying community to stay connected with a different section of the public.

    Although the annual effort of contacting the President, members of Congress, your governor and your municipal leaders may seem trivial, remember that it serves to remind them that surveyors are important. It is an essential part of our awareness campaign and serves as an introduction to our senators and representatives when we visit them on the hill. Whenever a bill, law or ordinance is being contemplated which affects the public and impacts on our profession, these elected officials should know who to turn to for answers to their questions.

    Newspaper articles, radio advertisements, and on line media can serve the same function for our profession, keeping us in the public eye. Rather than being hidden behind an attorney, title agent or real estate agent, we can use the media to highlight the value of our profession with our most important constituency - our clients. The best way to get an article about surveying published in a newspaper is to contact a local reporter and let them know that you have a good lead on a community interest story. If that fails to attract their attention offer to write one yourself and submit it to the paper. State societies, society chapters and even private firms have written or sponsored articles or public service announcements which serve as advertising for our profession and their businesses.

    In his inaugural address on January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy poignantly said “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”. It is with this attitude in mind that we should attempt to give back to our nation and our profession and lay the groundwork for the future. We can lament the passing of the geodetic field parties of the past and the disappearance of the NGS monuments, or we can embrace the future, share our expertise and volunteer for a common cause. In doing this we can prepare the foundation which future surveyors and the public will turn to for their geodetic positioning. It will help us hone our skills and keep us current on changes in our own practice.

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  • 13 Mar 2018 3:33 PM | Anonymous

    Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors is proud to announce that Frank Lenik, PLS, has been recognized as the 2017 Surveyor of the Year.

    Presented at the 2018 Annual Conference in Hershey, PA, the society’s most prestigious award is presented to a surveyor who has displayed exemplary service to the Society, the public, and the profession.

    Frank Lenik, PLS studied environmental science at Richard Stockton University and took his BSc in Geology. Following his graduation, Frank joined the United States Peace Corps and taught science and math in the Agricultural and Vocational Secondary School in Gerihun, Sierra Leone. Frank also worked for the Congregation of the Holy Ghost as a construction manager, building classrooms and faculty housing for the secondary school in Gerihun.

    He returned to the US and was hired by Glenn McAllister PLS for his first land surveying job with Pennoni Associates in Absecon, NJ. In the late 1980’s Frank organized and ran the “Land Surveyor’s Round Table” which was a night class run through Atlantic Community College to fill the gap in land surveying education in southern New Jersey. He was recognized as the “Technician of the Year” by the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors in 1988 and was later appointed by the President of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors to serve as their Governor to the National Society of Surveyors. He was subsequently elected to a seat on the National Society of Professional Surveyors Board of Directors.

    Frank is an advocate for survey education and currently serves on the industrial advisory boards for Penn State Wilkes Barre, Delaware Technical College and Bucks Technical High School. Licensed as a land surveyor in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and North Carolina, he is employed by Leica Geosystems as a Technical Sales Representative.

    Mr. Lenik played a part in creating a program between Schonstedt Instruments and his Quaker church, the Woodstown Friends Meeting, for the purchase and distribution of Schonstedt metal locators for locating unexploded ordinance in countries affected by war. This program still exists today and has sent over 500 locators to 31 countries.

    The Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors, an affiliate of the National Society of Professional Land Surveyors, is a statewide professional organization that supports the practice of land surveying. The Society focuses on providing education, encouraging legislative involvement, enhancing public awareness, and promulgating ethics of the profession.

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  • 08 Mar 2018 1:38 PM | Jason Tobias (Administrator)
    Richard was born on October 16, 1927 and passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

    Richard was a resident of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania at the time of passing.

    He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday, March 12, 2018 at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, 2535 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp., PA 16066 Dick will be laid to rest with military honors at Pinewood Memorial Gardens in Cranberry Twp.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor to St. Ferdinand Catholic Church Building Fund, or to Allegheny Hospice, Office of Fund Development: Hospice and Palliative Care, 4818 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.

  • 21 Dec 2017 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    William R Hower Sr       September 23 1927 – December 20 2017

         Bill reported to US Navy Boot Camp in Bainbridge, Maryland the day after graduation from Hatboro High School in 1945.  World War II ended while he was still in boot camp.  Bainbridge became a separation center and he was assigned to the Separation Team.  He spent 14 months on active duty at Bainbridge and was separated in August 1946.

         In the fall of 1946 Bill entered Drexel Institute of Technology under the GI bill.  After 2 ½ years at Drexel, while doing his internship, he was offered a Surveyor’s position with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and began traveling throughout Pennsylvania. 

         In 1950 he married his high school sweetheart, Dale Crouthamel and began working at Charles E Shoemaker, Engineers and Land Surveyors.  Bill and Dale raised 3 children in their Glenside home, Sandy, Sue and Bill.  Unfortunately Dale passed away in 1990.  Bill was single and unhappy for 4 years until he met Donna Perlman.  They were married in September 1994.  Donna had 2 sons, Adam and Glenn.  Together they have 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

         In 1971 Bill and Kent Blades (also formerly of PSLS Del Val Chapter) purchased the business from Mr Shoemaker.  Bill served as President of the company until 1992 when he retired from full time employment.  He continued to work part-time until April 2000.   Bill was a Life Member of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors and served many years as an Officer of the Delaware Valley Chapter and was also an instructor at many of the annual Land Surveyor Conferences held at Penn State and Hershey Conference Center.

         Bill was active with Boy Scouts of America, Troop #48 in Glenside from 1972 to 2004.  He was Assistant Scoutmaster from 1975-1983, Secretary of the Troop Committee 1982-2000.  He also served on the Finance Committee of the Washington District Cradle of Liberty.  In 1994 he received the District Award of Merit, in 1999 the Cradle of Liberty Silver Beaver Award and in 2002 the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award. 

         Bill became a Mason in Friendship Lodge #400 at Jenkintown on February 14 1980. Within 2 years of receiving his Master Mason’s Degree, he became active in the Floor Work and Committees.  He was honored by the Lodge many times and received numerous awards

         Bill became a 32nd degree Mason in the Valley of Allentown Lehigh Consistory in 1999.  In 2008 he transferred to the Benjamin Franklin Consistory in Philadelphia. 

         In 1999 he  became a Shriner in LuLu Shrine.  He later joined the Bucks County Shrine Club, the Yacht Club, the Legion of Honor and the LuLu Scouting Unit.   With Bucks County he was a full time member of the George Washington Float Committee.  Shortly after joining the Legion of Honor, Bill was appointed Chaplain.  He was proud to recognize ALL Veterans.  He served as Chaplain from 2006 to 2015.  During those years he traveled with the Legion each November to Arlington National Cemetery to serve as Chaplain at the Dinner after the Wreath Laying. Bill Hower was highly respected by his peers for his professionalism and high business ethics.

    ​To pay your respects to Bill Hower his service will be at ​

    St Anne's Episcopal Church, 2119 Old Welsh Rd, Abington, PA 19001 January 6 2018 - visitation from 10:30-12 Noon. Mass at 12 noon with reception in the parish hall immediately following.

    In lieu of flowers if desired, donations may be sent to St Anne's Episcopal Church 2119 Old Welsh Road, Abington PA 19001 ...or...Shriner's Hospital for Children at 3551 N Broad St, Phila, PA 19140

    Bill Howers Legacy was spread thru his family boasting 5 Land Surveyors with 220 years of total survey experience!  From left to right: grandson Brian Ingram, son Bill Hower jr, Bill Hower PLS, Charles Hower brother, and Dale Leonard, PLS​

     


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