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  • 07 Apr 2014 1:52 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    Updated March 29

    PSLS Reached New Heights Thanks to Volunteers During Surveyors' Week

    The PSLS Reaching New Heights Team and PSLS want to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in National Surveyors Week and PRNH March 16-22!  We have accomplished a lot in a short period of time.  While a final tally isn’t complete this is the latest set of accomplishments.

    PSLS Reaching New Heights - As of March 29, we have reported:
    • 85 point groups volunteered
    • 108 point recoveries were reported
    • 42 point occupations were reported
    • 9 shared solutions were reported
    The QA/QC process had just begun. It may be a week or two until our volunteers get a chance to review your occupations. They will be in touch shortly.

    Public Relations Activities: Photo Submissions

    We know many more occupations occurred than have been reported so please submit your recoveries and occupations!  If your submitted your occupation to OPUS and it didn’t process correctly, submit the raw data to us anyway.  We have a team of volunteers willing to examine this data and remove observations that may be causing issues.  We will do our best to get it to process.

    Please remember to submit your information through the online map so that we can keep a tally of activities. If you observed a point not appearing on the map, please e-mail Brian Naberezny so that the point can be added.

    For those of you waiting for snow to clear, don’t worry the map will be available for some time.  Your regional coordinator will be in touch in the next week or two to get an update on your progress.  Anyone who wants to volunteer and hasn’t had a chance, go right ahead and volunteer using the interactive map.

    Over the next few months PRNH will be transitioning to a permanent initiative and changes will be made to the interactive map to address the shortcomings uncovered in the past month.  Please refer to the map when you will be occupying bench marks with GPS to see if there are points in the area that may be beneficial to your work as well as for PRNH. 

    Again we would like to thank our regional coordinators, those that helped with public relations initiatives, and all of you who volunteered your time to make this event a huge success!

    Adam Crews, PSLS President and PRNH Regional Coordinator Manager
    Mike Kreiger, PSLS President-Elect and PRNH Public Relations Manager
    Brian Naberezny, PRNH Technical Manager

    PSLS: Surveying Beyond Boundaries
  • 07 Apr 2014 12:36 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    Dear Colleagues:

    Many of the bench marks which we considered for occupation during National Surveyors Week were along active railroad lines. I spoke to a number of surveyors about this and reminded them that this was trespassing, as well as dangerous. However, I still saw photographs of surveyors along railroads using their GPS.

    I was told by a railroad company representative that the penalty for trespassing on a railroad right-of-way was $300.00. He said there could also be a federal penalty of $1,500.00 assessed to the individual, not the company. He provided me with this document entitled "Compilation of State Laws and Regulations Affecting Highway Rail Grade Crossings". This is a US Department of Transportation document which spells out the various laws and penalties which apply to this situation. Please familiarize yourself with it and pass it along to your colleagues and members.

    Frank Lenik, PLS
  • 04 Apr 2014 8:32 AM | Anonymous
    Lou Spadaccino, president of Tri-State Engineers & Land Surveyors and founding member of PSLS, passed away yesterday. Read his obituary that list the times and dates of his services.
  • 03 Apr 2014 8:38 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    In this issue of NSPS News & Views:
    Surveyors' Week Recap - PA is Top Contributor
    Proposed Bylaws Changes
    NSPS Attends NOS 2015 Budget Briefing
  • 03 Apr 2014 8:32 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    From FEMA: You are invited to attend an upcoming series of free training webinars presented by FEMA Region III with the support of Risk Assessment, Mapping, and Planning Partners (RAMPP). This series is designed to provide best practices, helpful tips, and other practical information about a variety of key National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and floodplain management topics. While geared towards local floodplain administrators, anyone interested in floodplain management activities at the local, state or Federal level could benefit from participating, including residents and private sector partners. 

    Click here for details: NFIP Essentials & Best Practices Webinar Series - FREE

  • 27 Mar 2014 1:03 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    In this issue of NSPS News & Views:
    • Crimes Against Surveyors Hits Close to Home
    • Proposed NSPS Bylaws Change
    • Davis-Bacon Act update

  • 24 Mar 2014 3:52 PM | Anonymous
    Penn State Wilkes-Barre will be hosting Computational Methods in Stormwater Management, August 7-8, at Best Western Plus East Mountain Inn & Suites, Wilkes-Barre

    About the Course:

    Plan now to attend this two-day short course in computer methods for stormwater management design professionals. Presentation of topics include a comprehensive array of hydrologic and hydraulic tools for stormwater management design, including detention facility design and structural BMP design. Participants will use the Virginia Tech/Penn State Urban Hydrology Model (VT/PSUHM) version 8.1 to solve problems in the hands-on workshops. Attendees must bring a Microsoft Windows-based laptop computer to the course. Visit our website at www.wb.psu.edu/ce/stormwater for additional details about the computer requirements.

    Flyer

    Speakers Include:
    • Tom Seybert, Ph.D., PE, Professor of Engineering, Penn State, Wilkes-Barre
    • Thomas Smith, PE, PLS, President of Bercek and Smith Engineering, Inc.
    • Clayton Hodges, PE, VP, Altizer, Hodges, and Varney, Inc.
    • Domenic Rocco, PE, Environmental Program Manager, PA DEP
    More Information: www.wb.psu.edu/ce/stormwater

    Contact: wbce@outrach.psu.edu | P: 570-675-9253
  • 21 Mar 2014 12:16 PM | Anonymous
    Description: The Allegheny National Forest is soliciting offers from surveyors for an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract to perform boundary work on the forest.  We have posted this on the Fed Biz website www.fbo.gov under solicitation number AG-24H8-S-14-0016. 

    Our SF-330s (offers) are due April 24, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

    Contact: For questions, contact Mike Bowermaster at 814 728 6231 or mbowmaster@fs.fed.us.
  • 19 Mar 2014 4:12 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    NSPS News & Views - It's National Surveyor's Week!
  • 18 Mar 2014 10:24 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    Follow this link to see the pictures submitted by participants in the Surveyor's Week activities.
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