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  • 07 Mar 2013 1:04 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    NSPS published an interview with Legislative Affairs Consultant John Palatiello in the 3.7.13 issue of PSM Field Notes. Click here for a full transcript of the interview. In conjunction with the interview, NSPS is asking for your opinion on legislative issues. There is a brief survey posted in which you can express your interest in various issues. This is a quick and easy way to make sure your voice is heard.

  • 03 Mar 2013 1:42 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    We hope you enjoy the new PSLS website and the new Members Only section (login at the top right corner). With such a major project, we anticipate needing corrections, so please bear with us as we work to iron out the details of improving the site. It is now linked to our membership and event software, so you may see some changes in our e-notices and meeting registration. As always, please submit comments and suggestions to, and contact us at 717-540-6811 for assistance. We will be glad to help you.
  • 03 Mar 2013 11:30 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    The Penn State Surveying Society will hold its 7th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 6. Enjoy socializing while supporting the future of the profession, or consider being a sponsor if you cannot attend.View the Surveying Society’s website for more details.
  • 25 Feb 2013 2:30 PM | Wayne Kessler (Administrator)
    Congratulations to Karl Kriegh, PLS for being installed as the 2013 PSLS President on January 14 during the annual Surveyors’ Conference in Hershey, Pa.!

    Karl E. Kriegh, a Professional Land Surveyor in Pennsylvania since 1998, has been in the surveying field since 1983. For the past 16 years, he has worked for the City of Philadelphia, where he is currently a Surveyor and Regulator for the 7th Survey District.

    Involved with PSLS on a local level, as well as the state level, he has been a director for the Delaware Valley Chapter for the past 10 years.

    Following in the career path of his great-great grandfather, William F. Kriegh, a Land Surveyor in Clear Spring, Maryland, Karl pursued his surveying education at Tri-State College in Indiana and St. Louis Community College in Missouri.

    His first surveying position was with James Engineering in St. Louis, where he worked as a draftsmen, rodman, and instrument man, before becoming a crew chief. Later, he worked for Tony DePaul Contractors in Philadelphia, Damon Associates in Wallingford, Hunt Engineering in Malvern, and Chester Valley Engineering in Paoli.

    Karl resides in Philadelphia with his wife and three children. His hobbies are hunting, fishing and trapping, and he is an avid car collector and owner of several Pontiac GTOs.

  • 25 Feb 2013 2:29 PM | Wayne Kessler (Administrator)
    Richard A. Shewman, PLS, Douglassville, Pa., received the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors’ (PSLS) Surveyor of the Year Award during the annual PSLS Surveyors’ Conference in Hershey, Pa., January 13-16. The award is the Society’s highest honor.

    Rich is employed by Hunt Engineering Co., Malvern, Pa., and is the president and state director of the PSLS Delaware Valley Chapter. In addition to being active in his chapter, Rich has served as the Society’s chairman for the Bylaws Committee since 2010 and Membership Committee since 2011. Throughout the past 18 years, he has held several other leadership roles, including PSLS Delegate to the Pa. Design Association Center Executive Search Committee; Public Relations Committee member; Delaware Valley Chapter director and secretary; and, earlier in his career, Southwest Chapter director, bylaws chairman, and state director.

    In his free time, he enjoys many sports activities and traveling across North America with his family. They attended the event to share in his special evening and to show their support for his exceptional achievement.

    Congratulations to Rich for being the recipient of this outstanding award for excellence in surveying and for his contributions to the Society at the state and chapter level!

  • 25 Feb 2013 2:27 PM | Wayne Kessler (Administrator)

    These individuals were selected for their outstanding service to PSLS and the profession of land surveying. Awards were presented January 13 at the PSLS Surveyors’ Conference.

    Allegheny Heartlands
    Greg Facciani, PLS

    Bucks Chapter
    David K. Hines, SIT

    Delaware Valley Chapter
    Charles Karat, PLS
    G. Windsor Tracy Jr., PLS

    Harrisburg Chapter
    Michael D. Kreiger Jr., PLS

    Lehigh Valley Chapter
    Kerry T. Hahn, PLS
    Michael A. Housten, PLS
    Dale A. Kulp, PLS

    Northeast Chapter
    David Godowsky, PLS

    Southwest Chapter
    Amy Hopkins, PLS

  • 25 Feb 2013 2:26 PM | Wayne Kessler (Administrator)
    The outgoing 2012 PSLS president, Brent Birth, PLS, honored the entire Northeast Chapter with the President’s Award at this year’s conference. He thanked them for their tremendous support throughout his presidency. Glenn Johnson, PLS, accepted the plaque on behalf of the chapter.
  • 25 Feb 2013 2:25 PM | Wayne Kessler (Administrator)
    1st Place: Jessica Helman, Public and Private Rights to PA Water Bodies

    2nd Place: Eric Bogumil, Errors Related to GNSS Observations in Equatorial and Auroral Regions

    3rd Place: David Blackman,  How Gravity is Measured on Earth

  • 25 Feb 2013 2:25 PM | Wayne Kessler (Administrator)


    1st: Robert E. Blue Jr., Robert E. Blue Consulting Engineers

    2nd: Timothy J. Lockard, Lockard Surveying & Mapping

    3rd: Dennis Litzenberger, Dennis M. Litzenberger Survey


    1st: Steven Black, Land Grant Surveyors

    2nd: Robert E. Blue Jr., Robert E. Blue Consulting Engineers

    3rd: J. Michael Brill, J. Michael Brill & Associates


    1st: Dennis Litzenberger, Dennis M. Litzenberger Survey

    2nd: Timothy J. Lockard, Lockard Surveying & Mapping


    1st:  J. Michael Brill, J. Michael Brill & Associates

    2nd: Steven Black, Land Grant Surveyors

    3rd: Robert E. Blue Jr., Robert E. Blue Consulting Engineers


    1st: J. Michael Brill, J. Michael Brill & Associates

    2nd: Douglas Hoch, Systems Design Engineering

    3rd: Roy Stauch, Eustace Engineering




    1st: J. Michael Brill, J. Michael Brill & Associates


    1st: Reynold Petre, Ott Consulting Inc.


    1st: Reynold Petre, Ott Consulting Inc.

    Specialty Presentation

    1st: J. Michael Brill, J. Michael Brill & Associates

    2nd: Robert E. Blue Jr., Robert E. Blue Consulting Engineers

    3rd: Dennis Litzenberger, Dennis M. Litzenberger Survey

  • 25 Feb 2013 2:23 PM | Wayne Kessler (Administrator)
    The 2012-2013 Foundation scholarship winners received their awards on January 13 during the PSLS Surveyors’ Conference in Hershey, Pa. We extend congratulations to these recipients:
    • 1st Place, $2,500, Ryan White, Penn State Wilkes-Barre
    • 2nd Place, $1,500, Eric Bogumil, Penn State Wilkes-Barre
    • 3rd Place, $1,500, Melissa Loutitt , Ferris State University

    4th Place:  $1,500, Taylor Shepley, Line Mountain High School

    5th-9th Place each received $1,000. They are:

    • Matt Boozer, Penn State Wilkes-Barre
    • Greg Copelli, Penn State Wilkes-Barre
    • Dakota Cornell, Alfred State University
    • Jessica Helman, Penn State Wilkes-Barre
    • Alex Wood, Penn State Wilkes-Barre
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