• 05 Mar 2015 10:33 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Berntsen International granted patent for new survey markers

    Madison, WI, Feb. 19, 2015 -- United States Patent no. 8,947,205, issued on Feb. 3, was assigned to Berntsen International Inc.  The "system, method and monument for land surveying" was invented by William C. Rushing, of Berntsen International, Inc. According to the abstract released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the magnetic RFID system is "A monument usable for locating stationary geographical positions and/or assets.” 

    The patent recognizes the uniqueness of Rushing’s design to combine a magnet with electronic marking using RFID-enabled products as a means of precisely identifying an asset point.  The marker can be placed above or below ground and located with a magnetic locator while also receiving and/or transmitting asset related information.  The technology recognized in this patent can be implemented by surveyors to expedite the location of public land survey monuments or boundary corners as well as provide a means of accessing essential information in the field from a smartphone, laptop, or notebook device.  The system can also be used for marking and locating utility lines and appurtenances, signs, poles, or any valuable asset where the location and attribute information needs to be protected and maintained.   

    “The patent is recognition of over six years of work in this leading technology”, says Rhonda Rushing, President of Berntsen International.  “We will continue to build our RFID-enabled products and systems to assist surveyors and others in land, utility, and related infrastructure management marking.

    Berntsen International, Inc. is a manufacturer and supplier of survey markers, survey monuments, utility markers, and related accessories. They are located in Madison, Wisconsin. Berntsen has been "Marking the Infrastructure of the World" since its founding in 1972. For more information call 800-518-0934 or visit them on the web at and .

  • 05 Mar 2015 7:51 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    PA One Call Reminder
    Members of Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors receive PA One Call System free of charge.  In order to receive this benefit, simply mail, fax, or email a copy of your annual PA One Call invoice to PSLS headquarters and we will take care of it.  

    Don't miss out on the $125 savings!

  • 04 Mar 2015 3:31 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    GPS Observations on Bench Marks Webinar

    March 5, 2015

    3:00 – 4:00 pm ET


    NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey encourages anyone with survey-grade Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers or GPS-enabled phones and hand held devices to help collect GPS on Bench Marks.  This webinar will provide guidance to collect GPS observations at any time, including during National Surveyors Week (March 15–21, 2015). Joining the 2015 effort will help raise awareness about professional surveying while improving the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS).

    This webinar will cover the following topics:

    • Perform desktop reconnaissance for finding bench marks in the field using NGS Data Explorer - Brian Ward, Arkansas Geodetic State Advisor
    • An overview of the new GPS on Bench Marks web page and how to use the ArcGIS Maps Package or the ArcGIS Online Web Map to investigate bench marks in your area and perform analysis - Brian Shaw, NGS
    • How to submit data to OPUS-Share and looking up what has been submitted in the past - Joe Evjen, NGS Branch Chief
    • Using DSWorld for reconnaissance and submitting a mark recovery using DSWorld - Malcolm Archer-Shee, NOAA Contractor

    The webinar will be recorded and posted within 1 week.



  • 26 Feb 2015 11:24 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The latest issue of NSPS News & Views is now available.  In this issue:

    • NCEES launches Squared
    • NSPS-MAPPS National Conference
    • US Spatial Data Report

  • 26 Feb 2015 7:49 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Hello Potential Exhibitors and Sponsors,

     Pennsylvania 811 is offering you an opportunity to participate in our 2015 PA Safety Days!

     Our conferences provide a forum for Pennsylvania 811 stakeholders and underground excavation professionals to exchange information and promote protection of Pennsylvania's critical underground infrastructure throughout the state. The conference is a no cost high-quality experience for its attendees where they can learn about underground excavation safety. Over 2,000 people from various stakeholder groups, i.e. excavators, designers, public utilities, facility owners, project owners, municipalities, sewer and water authorities, public officials, emergency responders, and other underground excavation professionals annually attend our safety days.


    Below are the dates and locations for this year’s conferences:

     Northeastern PA--Tuesday, May 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highway Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Southeastern PA--Thursday, May 7 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA

    Central PA--Thursday, June 25 at the York Expo, East & West Memorial Halls, 334 Carlisle Ave., York, PA

    Western PA--Thursday, September 24 at Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA


    Join us in providing damage prevention for our guests. If you interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor please complete the attached paperwork and put my name on it. You can also visit our website to learn more about sponsor and exhibitor opportunities.


    Pennsylvania One Call: The Keystone of Damage Prevention


    Norm Parrish

    Liaison Representative

    Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc.


  • 05 Feb 2015 7:26 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The February 4 issue of NSPS News and Views is now available.  In this issue NSPS issues a second call for surveyor input on the Department of Labors description of Surveyors and Survey Technicians.  Check out this isse for details.

    Also in this issue:

    • GPS Act Re-introduced into Congress
    • Floodplain Development 
    • Proposed Federal Study of State Licensing

  • 22 Jan 2015 8:36 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The January 21 issue of News and Views is now available.  In this issue:

    • NSPS discusses acquisition reform
    • NSPS national conference to feature 'Hill Day' 
    • 'Move Over & Slow Down' law 

  • 20 Jan 2015 8:27 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    PSLS extends our sincere thanks to the exhibitors, attendees, speakers, hosts, and guests of the 2015 Surveyors’ Conference. Without your participation and support this conference would not be possible.

  • 19 Jan 2015 7:17 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Fred Rogers Center, St. Vincent College, Latrobe

    8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

    The same workshop is presented both days. Pick the day that fits your schedule.

    The Westmoreland Conservation District’s 2015 Engineers’ Workshop is just around the corner. New this year is our co-sponsor, the Allegheny County Conservation District. Learn about how the two districts are working together to make stormwater improvements in local watersheds.
    The Keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Robert Traver, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University and Director of both the Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering and the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership. Dr. Traver will present what he has learned about monitoring stormwater control measures.
    Topics for this year’s workshop include:
    • DEP Updates
    • Erosion Control Design Plan Techniques
    • NPDES Refresher
    • Project Funding Opportunities with PENNVEST
    • An Overview of Conservation District Projects in Allegheny and  Westmoreland Counties
    • Building BMPs for Maintenance
    • Wetlands
    • And more!
    The workshop also features displays of the latest engineering and E&S tools and materials on the market.

    Participants will receive 7 professional development hours. Cost is $85 per person. Lunch is included.

    Seating is limited so register by March 10th!

    For a complete conference agenda and a mail in registration form, visit

    To register on-line, click here:

  • 16 Jan 2015 11:00 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The latest issue of NSPS News & Views is now available.  In this issue:

    • Geospatial bill passes U.S. House
    • NOAA 'RESTORE Act grants availability announced 
    • Congress looks to consider transportation bill in 2015 

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