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  • 23 Jan 2019 11:27 AM | Jason Tobias (Administrator)
  • 21 Nov 2018 8:37 AM | Jason Tobias (Administrator)

    PSLS YSN report

    Thank you to the member of PSLS and the board of directors for your support of my attendance at the 3rd NSPS & FIG North American Meeting held in conjunction with the Maryland Society of Surveyors Fall Conference, and NSPS Fall Business Meeting, October 17-19, 2018 in College Park, MD.

    More than 50 attendees represented 40 states across the US as well as Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Argentina, and Nigeria.

    The meeting theme of ‘Plotting a Course for the Future’ was well presented across the various sessions. An emphasis on where the profession is heading and how the Young Surveyors will lead into the future was stressed throughout the meeting. Session topics ranged across Technology, Leadership, a Panel of Outsiders’ View of our Profession, and a Keynote by Dr. Dru Smith of NGS centered on the 2022 Datum.

    On Thursday our delegation toured the US Capitol as a group. Hosted by former U.S. Representative, Daniel Maffei of NY, we were given a private tour of the U.S. House chamber which is not normally part of the public tours. A tour of the rotunda and old House and Senate chambers followed. After lunch together at the Capitol, our group dispersed to spend that afternoon touring the various monuments and museums of the DC National Mall area.

    Friday, we reconvened at the conference center for various sessions in conjunction with the Maryland Society Conference. History of Surveying, Law, Business, and GNSS Technology were all covered and targeted to the Young Surveyors in the session track titled “Wow! I Wish Someone Told Me That Thirty Years Ago!”.

    The next NSPS Young Surveyors meeting to be held April 2019, in conjunction with NSPS Spring business meeting in Arlington, VA.

    Respectfully submitted October 30, 2018 Chris Jackson, PLS – PSLS YSN representative

    3rd NSPS/FIG YSN North American Meeting Attendees, College Park, MD October 17, 2018

  • 22 Oct 2018 10:13 AM | Jason Tobias (Administrator)

    Daniel R. Hendricks, PLS, 83, of Doylestown, PA, passed on September 27, 2018.  He graduated from New Hope Solebury Junior Senior High School in 1952 and served in the Marine Corps from 1952 to 1956.  Following his service to our country, Dan worked as a licensed Land Surveyor until he retired in 2010.  In addition to his loving wife of 59 years, Joan Donner Hendricks, Dan is survived by his sons, Thomas (Sandi) Hendricks, PLS, and Daniel (Brenda) Hendricks; daughter, Fawn Thurston; brother, Ross (Anne); grandchildren Adam, Brittany, Tiffany, Kyle, Luke, Daniel and Amy; and, great-grandchildren, Madison and Jacob.  He also leaves behind his greatly loved cat, Bush.  Dan's hobbies included sports, horse riding, gardening and travel.  He was a Life Member of the PA Society of Land Surveyors.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Daniel's name may be made to the Palisades Community Bible Church food bank or a charity of the donor's choice.


    Friends and family members are invited to attend the memorial service on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Palisades Community Bible Church, 8730 Easton Road, Revere, PA.  There will be a gathering afterward and all are welcome. 

  • 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 (, 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 | Jennifer Summers (Administrator)

    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 | Jennifer Summers (Administrator)

    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 | Jennifer Summers (Administrator)

    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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