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  • 11 Aug 2017 9:17 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    From the Registration Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists:

    We changed licensing systems.  Please follow the below instructions to renew your license online.

    RENEWAL NOTICE INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. If you already have a User ID and Password from the previous renewal, go to www.pals.pa.gov and Login.

    2. If you do not have a User ID and Password from the previous renewal, or if you forgot your information, you will need to create a User ID and Password at www.mylicense.pa.gov.  Click the appropriate link under ‘MyLicense User ID and Password Registration” and follow the on-screen instructions to reset your account.  After you have reset your User ID and Password, proceed to our new online system at www.pals.pa.gov and Login.  Please allow 15 minutes for the data to sync to the PALS website.

    3.  Using your MyLicense User ID and Password, Login to PALS at www.pals.pa.gov.  Verify and complete the registration information and click “Save Changes” to proceed to your User Dashboard.

    4.  To renew your license, look for the banner entitles PROFESSIONAL LICENSE DETAILS.  Click the APPLY/REQUEST icon associated with the license you wish to renew and then “Renew” to access the renewal form.

    *Do not use Google, Google Chrome as your supporting browser.  Use Internet Explorer.


  • 10 Aug 2017 11:52 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)


  • 09 Aug 2017 3:15 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Late last week, news broke that the US Army had issued a memo asking units to discontinue the use of DJI drones while the military investigated potential cyber vulnerabilities. There wasn’t much detail on what the exact concerns were or where they stemmed from, but it turns out that another federal agency recently looked into the issue. Read more here

  • 21 Jul 2017 7:25 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    PSLS Delaware Valley Chapter

    Fall 2017 State Specific Review Course

    The Pennsylvania State-Specific Principles and Practices of Land Surveying exam includes approximately 30% of its content on Stormwater Management. In order to help competent candidates through this tough requirement, The Delaware Valley Chapter of the PSLS will offer seven (7) classes of approximately two (2) hours every Tuesday starting September 5th 2017 through October 17th 2017. Course materials include a link to the test syllabus, handouts, and sample problems.

    The classes will include Storm Water run-off theory, resource material and practice problems. We assume you are registered for the State Exam and are preparing to take the test in fall of 2017 or spring of 2018. The next State Test Dates are October 27-28 2017 (to be verified).

    Tentative schedule:

    September 5, 12 & 19: Storm water Runoff/Hydrology using the Rational Method as featured in the State E &S Manual. 

    September 26 & October 3 & 10: Storm water Runoff/Hydrology using TR-55

    October 17: Vertical & Horizontal Curves Unfinished business and class review

    Instructors: Charles Karat, PLS, & G. Windsor Tracy, PLS

    FEES TO BE VERIFIED AND ARE DUE BEFORE AUGUST 29, 2017:

    $200.00 (PSLS MEMBERS) $250. 00 (PSLS-NON MEMBERS)

    WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

    Location: Offices of Stantec | 400 Davis Drive, Suite 400 | Plymouth Meeting PA 19462

    Coordinator: Charles Karat.  Contact info: charles.karat@stantec.com with PSLS review class in the subject line



  • 07 Jul 2017 8:12 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    After months of anticipation, Trimble Catalyst — a high-accuracy, on-demand positioning-as-a-service for Android devices — is hitting the market today worldwide, so I wanted to make sure you received the news directly. Here’s a link to the press release that went out today: 

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/high-accuracy-on-demand-positioning-as-a-service-now-available-with-trimble-catalyst-300483073.html

    What is Catalyst? Trimble Catalyst transforms consumer devices into centimeter-accurate mobile geo-data collection systems, and it is available for purchase for the first time today through Trimble’s global distribution network.

    Why is this important? Catalyst kicks off a new era of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology by making professional-grade positioning easily accessible to a broader base of users. Catalyst is revolutionary because of its flexibility. By reducing reliance on hardware for high-accuracy positioning, customers can use it on demand rather than spend money on hardware that often sits unused. Here’s a one-minute demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsUr9tiXpOM&feature=youtu.be


  • 21 Jun 2017 8:06 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Mine surveying equipment will be featured at the Penn State Fayette Campus. The new exhibit details the importance of mine surveying in southwestern PA.  Click here for the story.

  • 15 Jun 2017 12:54 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    PUBLIC AUCTION

    Owner’s Sale

    LAND SURVEYING EQUIPMENT

    SOLD ABSOLUTE TO HIGHEST BIDDER

    Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Assets of J.A. Rice, Inc.

    408 Headquarters Drive, Suite 1

    Millersville, MD 21108

    Sale to be held on the premises

    Pre-Sale Inspection to be held:

    Wed., June 21 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Mon., June 26 at 9:00 a.m. (Prior to the Auction)

    J.A. Rice was well known for its use of the latest technology, including Robotic Surveys, GPS Surveys, and VRS – Virtual Reference Systems utilizing GPS – all with electronic data collection.

    Items include (but not limited to):

    Survey Equipment

    • Leica ScanStation C10 All-in-One Laser Scanner System
    • Trimble Robotic Total Stations Model S6
    • New (month old) Canon ImageProGraf iPF770 Printer
    • Topcon Digital Levels
    • Topcon Auto Level
    • Nikon Total Station
    • Trimble VRS-GPS Receivers
    • Nikon Auto Level
    • Spectra Data Collectors
    • Trimble VRS Data Collectors
    • Schonstedt Metal Detectors
    • Trimble and Topcon Tri-Brachs with Prisms
    • New AVision Color Scanner AV5100
    • Green Night Prism 4700 Series
    • Red Night Prism 4700 Series
    • Optima Prisms
    • Peanut Prisms
    • Bar Code Rods
    • GPS Poles
    • Tripods
    • ICOM Airfield Radios
    • Trimble Battery Packs and Chargers
    • Safety Cones

    Office Furniture

    • Bush Series A Furniture including workstations, desks and more
    • Marble Conference Room Table and Chairs
    • Lateral Storage Cabinets
    • File Cabinets
    • Office tables and chairs
    • Shredders

    PLUS Kitchen Equipment, Computer Equipment, Printers, Artwork and More

     

    Terms: Cash, certified or pre-authorized checks, with settlement to be made on the day of sale.  All items sold As-Is, Where-Is; no warranties or guarantees.  10% Buyers Premium.  Maryland Sales Tax will apply.  Removal deadline to be announced at sale.  Bidders should review complete terms of sale at registration on day of sale.

    For more information visit our website, www.atlanticauctions.com  and click on Other Asset Auctions for directions, auction catalog and photos or contact Bill Hudson at 410-803-4161 or bhudson@bscamerica.com

    AA Co. Lic. #000400  


  • 15 Jun 2017 7:33 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    On March 12, 2014, an increase in License Renewal Fees was requested by the Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists in order to cover the deficit in operating expenses.  According to the Depart of State’s Bureau of Finance and Operations (BFO), a review of the revenue and expenses showed the board having a deficit of $660,000 at the end of fiscal year 2012-13.  The deficit is projected to increase to $2,270.000 by 2026.  AS a result of the report, the Board voted to increase biennial renewal fees from $50 to $100.

    The PSLS Board of Directors has reviewed the report and agrees that the increase is necessary.  The public meeting date for discussion of the regulation is August 24, 2017.

    Click here for more details on the regulation.


  • 24 May 2017 7:45 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    According to GIM International Magazine, an Italian company has developed a product called the HERON System.

    Gexcel has developed a backpack laser scanner for challenging jobs such as mines and tunnels or complex industrial areas. Read more at: 

    https://www.gim-international.com/content/news/gexcel-presents-wearable-mobile-surveying-system


  • 22 May 2017 11:05 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    NSPS Student Competition Presentation

    The Penn State Student Presentation which won third place at the National Competition was recorded and can be viewed at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj2_635PIrU


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