• 07 Jul 2017 8:12 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    After months of anticipation, Trimble Catalyst — a high-accuracy, on-demand positioning-as-a-service for Android devices — is hitting the market today worldwide, so I wanted to make sure you received the news directly. Here’s a link to the press release that went out today:

    What is Catalyst? Trimble Catalyst transforms consumer devices into centimeter-accurate mobile geo-data collection systems, and it is available for purchase for the first time today through Trimble’s global distribution network.

    Why is this important? Catalyst kicks off a new era of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology by making professional-grade positioning easily accessible to a broader base of users. Catalyst is revolutionary because of its flexibility. By reducing reliance on hardware for high-accuracy positioning, customers can use it on demand rather than spend money on hardware that often sits unused. Here’s a one-minute demo:

  • 21 Jun 2017 8:06 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Mine surveying equipment will be featured at the Penn State Fayette Campus. The new exhibit details the importance of mine surveying in southwestern PA.  Click here for the story.

  • 15 Jun 2017 12:54 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)


    Owner’s Sale



    Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Assets of J.A. Rice, Inc.

    408 Headquarters Drive, Suite 1

    Millersville, MD 21108

    Sale to be held on the premises

    Pre-Sale Inspection to be held:

    Wed., June 21 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Mon., June 26 at 9:00 a.m. (Prior to the Auction)

    J.A. Rice was well known for its use of the latest technology, including Robotic Surveys, GPS Surveys, and VRS – Virtual Reference Systems utilizing GPS – all with electronic data collection.

    Items include (but not limited to):

    Survey Equipment

    • Leica ScanStation C10 All-in-One Laser Scanner System
    • Trimble Robotic Total Stations Model S6
    • New (month old) Canon ImageProGraf iPF770 Printer
    • Topcon Digital Levels
    • Topcon Auto Level
    • Nikon Total Station
    • Trimble VRS-GPS Receivers
    • Nikon Auto Level
    • Spectra Data Collectors
    • Trimble VRS Data Collectors
    • Schonstedt Metal Detectors
    • Trimble and Topcon Tri-Brachs with Prisms
    • New AVision Color Scanner AV5100
    • Green Night Prism 4700 Series
    • Red Night Prism 4700 Series
    • Optima Prisms
    • Peanut Prisms
    • Bar Code Rods
    • GPS Poles
    • Tripods
    • ICOM Airfield Radios
    • Trimble Battery Packs and Chargers
    • Safety Cones

    Office Furniture

    • Bush Series A Furniture including workstations, desks and more
    • Marble Conference Room Table and Chairs
    • Lateral Storage Cabinets
    • File Cabinets
    • Office tables and chairs
    • Shredders

    PLUS Kitchen Equipment, Computer Equipment, Printers, Artwork and More


    Terms: Cash, certified or pre-authorized checks, with settlement to be made on the day of sale.  All items sold As-Is, Where-Is; no warranties or guarantees.  10% Buyers Premium.  Maryland Sales Tax will apply.  Removal deadline to be announced at sale.  Bidders should review complete terms of sale at registration on day of sale.

    For more information visit our website,  and click on Other Asset Auctions for directions, auction catalog and photos or contact Bill Hudson at 410-803-4161 or

    AA Co. Lic. #000400  

  • 15 Jun 2017 7:33 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    On March 12, 2014, an increase in License Renewal Fees was requested by the Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists in order to cover the deficit in operating expenses.  According to the Depart of State’s Bureau of Finance and Operations (BFO), a review of the revenue and expenses showed the board having a deficit of $660,000 at the end of fiscal year 2012-13.  The deficit is projected to increase to $2,270.000 by 2026.  AS a result of the report, the Board voted to increase biennial renewal fees from $50 to $100.

    The PSLS Board of Directors has reviewed the report and agrees that the increase is necessary.  The public meeting date for discussion of the regulation is August 24, 2017.

    Click here for more details on the regulation.

  • 24 May 2017 7:45 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    According to GIM International Magazine, an Italian company has developed a product called the HERON System.

    Gexcel has developed a backpack laser scanner for challenging jobs such as mines and tunnels or complex industrial areas. Read more at:

  • 22 May 2017 11:05 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    NSPS Student Competition Presentation

    The Penn State Student Presentation which won third place at the National Competition was recorded and can be viewed at:

  • 17 May 2017 9:24 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The results of the May 2017 Primary Election are listed below as reported by PoliticsPA.


    Ceisler, Clark Win Dem Commonwealth Court Primary, Knock Off Endorsed Candidate: Judge Ellen Ceisler and Irene Clark won the Democratic Commonwealth Court primary, knocking off endorsed candidate Todd Eagen.


    Pawlowski Wins Allentown Mayoral Primary: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski won the Mayoral primary with a strong plurality, fending off six challengers. He will face-off against Republican Nat Hyman in the general election.


    PA GOP Goes 3 for 4 in Superior Court Primary, Murray Beats Patrick: Judge Mary Murray, who did not seek the PA GOP endorsement will join Judges Emil Giordano, Wade Kagarise, and Craig Stedman on the ballot in the general election.


    Endorsed Dems Win Superior Court Primary: Judges Deborah Kunselman, Maria McLaughlin, Geoffrey Moulton, and Carolyn Nichols won the Democratic Superior Court primary.


    Papenfuse Wins Harrisburg Mayoral Primary: Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse won the Democratic Mayoral primary.


    Rhynhart Wins Philadelphia City Controller Primary: Democratic challenger, Rebecca Rhynhart defeats incumbent Alan Butkovitz for the Democratic nomination for City Controller.


    Schember Wins Erie Mayoral Race: Former Erie City Councilman Joe Schember won the Democratic primary for the Erie Mayoral race with a plurality of the votes.


    Kranser Wins Philadelphia District Attorney Democratic Primary: Larry Krasner won a clear plurality of votes in a seven person race to replace current District Attorney, Seth Williams for the Democratic nomination.


    Peduto Wins Pittsburgh Mayoral Primary: Current Mayor Bill Peduto won with a majority of votes in a three way primary for the Democratic nomination.


  • 05 May 2017 9:55 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    General Chapter Meeting

    Date:  Tuesday May 23, 2017


    Presented by Dave McIntire

    of Axis Geospatial 

    Sponsored by:               Axis Geospatial                                     


    Time:                           6:30 p.m.         Meet & Greet

                                        7:00 p.m.         Dinner

                                        8:00 p.m.         Business meeting followed by our guest speaker

    Place:                          Country Squire Diner Restaurant & Bakery

                                        2560 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA 19008


    Menu:                          You may order from the menu

                                        Cost:  depends on what you order! $20.00 +/- Includes Drinks and tip

    Note:                           The meeting room is a BYOB facility, for those that are interested.

    Reservations:              NO LATER THAN Monday May 22, 2017

    Please Contact:           Richard Shewman (preferred)

                                        (610) 223-1315  

  • 01 May 2017 4:23 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    PA 1 Call’s South Central Safety Day is almost here again!   

  • 20 Mar 2017 9:13 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Donald J. Boucher, PLS of Willow Grove, PA passed away March 15 at the age of 85.  Donald was a 20 year member of the Society in the Delaware Valley Chapter

    Donald was a registered professional land surveyor for more than 62 years, and was employed as the chief land surveyor for Philadelphia Suburban Water Company for more than 30 years.

    Donald was a Korean War veteran in the U.S. Navy Air Corps.


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