• 20 May 2014 3:15 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    Pennsylvania 811 - 2014 PA Safety Days: Bringing the Industry Together.
    (Click here for brochure)
    The conference provides a forum for Pennsylvania 811 stakeholders (excavators, designers, facility owners, project owners, public officials, emergency responders, and other excavation professionals) to exchange information and promote protection of Pennsylvania's critical underground infrastructure throughout the state. The daylong conference begins at 7:00 AM and ends at 2:00 PM. The keynote speaker is Brad Livingston who will talk about how one wrong choice on the worksite can result in a lifetime of regret. The remainder of the day will feature numerous concurrent education sessions and demonstrations. Up to (2) DEP credits are available for water/wastewater operators in their 3 year license cycle if a valid DEP number is provided at the time of registration. Arrive early by 7:00 AM, and stay late for the door prizes at 1:30 PM. Pennsylvania 811 provides a complimentary lunch for registered attendees.

    At the Central PA Safety Day the Susquehanna Municipal Trust will hold its fourth annual Safety @ Work Competition.

    Join us at one of the Pennsylvania 811 PA Safety Days will be held at the following locations in 2014:
    • Central PA--Wednesday, June 18 at the York Expo Center, East & West Memorial Halls, 334 Carlisle Ave., York, PA
    • Western PA--Wednesday, September 10 at the Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA
    To register: Please visit and go to Events > Events Calendar. You can also call Registration at 412-464-7168.
  • 19 May 2014 12:09 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    The Surveyors Historical Society has issued an invitation for all to attend the dedication of the Osgood Bilby Tower on June 14.  Click here for complete information.  Click here for amazing pictures. 
  • 19 May 2014 10:31 AM | Anonymous
    Many GPS users have reported intermittent outages in their devices. This has been linked to flawed processing of satellite data within certain receiver chipsets. Read the article from the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) as posted on the American Association of Geodetic Surveying website.
  • 15 May 2014 11:25 AM | Anonymous


    • Small UAV approval may still be a long way off
    • Judge rejects LightSquared bankruptcy plan
    • NSPS Radio Hour — May 19, 11 a.m. EDT
    • May is World Trade Month; surveyors will get a peek at exporting in September
    • House defense bill includes procurement reform
  • 15 May 2014 9:07 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Representing the Penn State surveying programs at this year’s Annual NSPS Student Competition is
    from right to left, Matthew Boozer, Brian Halchak, and advisor Dr. Wesley Parks.

    Matt is a senior in the Surveying Engineering Program, while Brian is in his third year in the Concurrent Surveying and Civil Engineering Program. This year’s competition was titled, “ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys.” Student teams from eight schools each chose a small site under five acres with at least one permanent building on which to perform an ALTA/ACSM land title survey and complete a variety of forms of project documentation. The survey was to be completed in accordance of the 2011 Minimum Standards for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys with specific Table A items specified by NSPS.

    Brian and Matt, under the advisorship of Dr. Parks, chose a rural site in Mehoopany Township, Wyoming County. This site offered a variety of surveying challenges; including junior/senior rights, non-navigable bounding waterways, possible encroachments, etc. The field work was completed over the course of two weekends from February 8-15. Project deliverables, a final plat and a project documentation binder, were competed on March 5.

    The final project requirement was an oral presentation in front of five judges at the Annual NSPS business meeting held in conjunction with the California Society of Land Surveyors/Nevada Association of Land Surveyors Conference in San Diego, California on April 13, 2014. The five judges were from different state jurisdictions across the United States. Final scores, while not sufficient to place the Penn State team in the top three, did get the team an honorable mention. Brian and Matt consider the project a huge success based on what they learned and positive feedback from the five judges.

    Matt and Brian would like to thank PSLS for aiding in the opportunity for us to test our surveying abilities at this year’s NSPS Student Competition in San Diego.

  • 15 May 2014 9:06 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Penn State Surveying Student Lands Cover
    & PSLS Earns Ink in Professional Surveyor Magazine

    A fine picture of Matthew Boozer, Penn State Student and PSLS member, graces the cover of the May 2014 issue of Professional Surveyor magazine.

    Matt is the current president of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Surveying Society, 2013-14 PLS Foundation scholarship recipient, and 2nd place winner in the PSLS Annual Student Competition. 

    Matt submitted the photo as part of the PSLS Reaching New Heights initiative during Surveyors' Week. Check out the May 2014 issue of Professional Surveyor featuring PSLS Reaching New Heights. 

    The tagline added above the feature article by PSLS member Brian Naberezny says it all; “Collaboration among Pennsylvania surveyors exemplifies the spirit of the National Height Modernization campaign.” Check it out now!

  • 13 May 2014 1:25 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania DEP and Marcellus Shale Coalition are offering a workshop on Pipeline Erosion & Sedimentation Control Implementation and Maintenance on June 11, 2014.  Click here for complete information.

  • 09 May 2014 10:52 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    PSLS Members Kreiger and Hartman Attend GIS Conference

    PSLS extends thanks to Mike Kreiger and Jim Hartman for proudly representing PSLS at the 2014 PA GIS Conference May 5-7 in State College.

    In addition to being exhibitors, they were presenters. Kreiger sat on a panel discussion titled Needed GIS/Survey Cooperation--New Opportunities to Work Together, and Hartman spoke aboutLegal Descriptions for Real Property in a Deed.
    We appreciate these volunteers for sharing their time and expertise with others in the GIS community!

  • 07 May 2014 4:23 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    In this issue of NSPS News & Views, NSPS Announces the winners of the National Student Competition.  Also included in this issue:

    Members urged to write Congress in support of 3-DEP funding
    Pressure is on FAA to approve small, commercial UAV operations
    Private Flood Insurance
  • 07 May 2014 12:46 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    NSPS posted a press release today with the results of the National Student Competition.  PSLS is proud of our Penn State student members for all of the hard work and dedication that went into this competition.
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