• 21 Jun 2016 10:22 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The PSLS Public Relations Committee is kicking off another contest! Most of the words used to describe what surveyors do are really big and hard for kids to understand.  The challenge is to describe what you do as if you were talking to a five year old. 

    Analogy: what does a doctor do?  Fixes you.  Takes pictures of your bones.  Makes you feel not sick.  Use short words; easy for kids to read and understand.  

    Post your answers to our Facebook page.  The top five 5 kid-friendly answers, (phrases with 10 words or less) will win gift cards from Sheetz, Turkey Hill, or Wawa.   

  • 20 Jun 2016 11:43 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The Spring Issue of the PA Surveyor is now available in the Events/News page of the website.  This issue sponsored by:

  • 31 May 2016 9:13 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Computational Methods in

      Stormwater Management

    Nittany Lion Inn,  State College, PA

    August 10-12, 2016

    Register now to attend this three-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 8.3 to solve problems in the hands-on workshops. Attendees must bring a Microsoft Windows-based laptop computer to the course. Contact Thomas Seybert for questions or additional details about the computer requirements.

    This course is intended for stormwater facility designers with previous exposure to urban runoff calculations involving NRCS (SCS) methods, reservoir routing principles, and Rational methodologies. Special emphasis will be on fundamental calculations for detention facility design, particularly outlet structure design. The multiple stage routing model (MSRM) in VT/PSUHM will be used to assist in understanding this process. Because hands-on computer work is emphasized in the course, the fundamental concepts behind these methods will not be presented in great detail. However, specific details for each of the methods presented will be documented or referenced in the supplemental short-course notes. Each participant is encouraged to bring a hand calculator for occasional use. 

    Topics covered include curve number method, travel-time calculations, design rainfall, NRCS unit hydrograph method, NRCS tabular hydrograph method, detention pond routing, detention storage estimates, multiple-stage outlet design, Rational hydrograph method for detention design, bio-retention cell design, extended detention design, enhanced extended detention design and infiltration basin design.

    In addition to the supplemental course notes, each attendee will receive a copy of the VT/PSUHM version 8.3 program. The program will be distributed to attendees on August 9 from 7 :00 - 9:00 PM in Boardroom 2 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

    Presenters include:

    • Thomas Seybert, PE, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Engineering, Penn State University, Wilkes-Barre, PA

    • Thomas Smith, PE, PLS, President of Bercek and Smith Engineering, Inc., Royersford, PA

    • Clayton Hodges, PE, Vice President of Altizer, Hodges, and Varney, Inc., Blacksburg, VA

    • Domenic Rocco, PE, Environmental Program Manager, PA DEP, Norristown, PA

    Visit the Education page  for additional important details about cost, registration and lodging.

  • 16 May 2016 8:28 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    John J Graser of Wrightstown passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016.  John was a member of the Bucks Chapter of PSLS.  He became a licensed surveyor in 1995 and joined PSLS the same year.  Please join us in paying our respects to John and our condolences to his family. Service details can be found here.

  • 28 Apr 2016 9:44 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)


    Non-PennDOT Personnel should use the self-registration process in the Technical Training Calendar using the links below.  On the 'Class Information' screen, click the Scroll to Business Partner Information button to register.

    Click here to get more information about this course from PennDOT's Technical Training Calendar.


    Highway Occupancy Permit


    This training course shall cover a range of topics common to many HOP applications including: preliminary or scoping meetings; Transportation Impact Studies; construction; right-of-way, and traffic signal plans; and other commonly encountered items such as access impacts, access covenants, drainage impact reports, waivers of design requirements, insurance and bonds/letters of credit. Extra emphasis shall be placed on topics which are frequently seen on comment response letters and/or cause avoidable time delays prior to HOP insurance.

    Learning Outcomes:

    The objectives of this course are to understand how to:
    *Submit HOP applications and plans so they will be administratively and technically complete with consideration given to common items typically encountered, such as access impacts, access covenants, drainage impact reports, waivers of design requirements, insurance and bonds/letter of credit.
    *Submit applications to meet Pennsylvania laws and regulations and PennDOT policy and guidelines for HOP applications.
    *Produce overall quality HOP applications which will be such that the average issuance time will decrease, and that the number of submission cycles will decrease.


    Chris Zivkovich


    05/17/16 - 05/19/16: Clearfield, District 2
    06/07/16 - 06/09/16: Harrisburg, Riverfront Office Center (ROC)

    (See the Technical Training Calendar for further information.)

    Special Instructions:

    There will be no additional classes added until after September 2016

    Continuing Education Credits:

    (Check Class Information screen in the Technical Training Calendar for the latest information.)

    Registration Cost / Charge-Back:

    (Check Class Information screen(s) in the Technical Training Calendar for the latest information.)

    LSO Course Code:


    Sponsoring Organization:

    Highway Administration

    Contact Email:

    If you require special assistance to attend or participate in this training, please notify the Contact listed above.

  • 30 Mar 2016 10:59 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Photo Contest:  

    The Photo contest had 83 entries!  After much debate, the judges have decided, and the winners are...

    First Place: Photo # 1 Surveying by the stream by Jordan L Grover, Survey Crew Chief, Dawood Engineering, Inc.

    Second Place: Photo # 8 Innovative use of a tripod by Thomas Smit, Keystone Consultants, Inc.

    Third Place: Photo #68 Taking multi- shots on bolt patterns for steel work by Landon Woodward.

    Congratulation to the winners and thanks to all who submitted photos.

    A special thank you to our guest Judges:

    • Theresa Damiani, PhD of NOAA
    • Jon Warren, PLS, NSPS  President
    • Frank Lenik, PLS, NSPS National Surveyors Week Chair

  • 22 Mar 2016 11:34 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    This year PSLS celebration of National Surveyors Week is centered on the idea of calibration.  You read that correct, this year, we will celebrate surveyors all year!  Throughout the year, we will be looking for chapters and individuals to volunteer their time to perform service to the profession and to the community. 

    The first activity was the 2016 Photo Contest, which has just ended.  The winners will be announced March 24.

    The second activity we are asking members to participate in is a survey.  This survey has two goals.  First, the survey will assess the current use and knowledge of Calibration Base Lines (CBL).  Second, the survey seeks to identify individuals who can help with public relations opportunities. Please complete the survey by March 28.

     The results of this survey will be used to further our goals to National Surveyors Week.  

    With respect to CBL, this includes performing a field assessment of every CBL in the state, developing an online map of CBL with improved resources, and developing a long-term goal for the maintenance of CBL in Pennsylvania.  

    With respect to public relations, this includes hosting several events for the public centered on calibration of personal fitness devices (FITBIT FUN DAY) and accuracy of GPS and coordinates (CELL PHONE CHALLENGE) as well as developing a list of individuals that can help advertise these events and promote the profession.

    This week, we are asking surveyors to print the NSW flyer in the link below and post copies, with permission, in your favorite community gathering place (e.g. coffee shop, 4H club, community center, etc.) to promote national surveyors  week! 

    After posting your flyers, take a selfie with it or a picture of where you posted it and share it with PSLS on our Facebook page or via email.

    Also, this week, send out press releases!  Click this link for a sample Press Release.  You can add your company name and send it out to any media sources you may have along with a copy of the NSW Flyer and/or a copy of the Governor’s Proclamation.  

    If you do not have any media contacts, you can send the edited Press Release to PSLS ( with the county or area where you would like to have it published.  PSLS will take care of sending it to the correct media contacts.

    Please remember to complete the survey by March 28 and watch your email for updated information on National Surveyors Week events this year.

  • 22 Mar 2016 11:27 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The Penn State Surveying Society is hosting it's annual golf tournament for the surveying society. Below are links to the sign up forms for sponsors and teams. 

    This is a great opportunity to show your support for the students.

    Sponsor Form

    Team Form

  • 18 Mar 2016 11:40 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors is to announce the opening of the 2016 "TRIG-STAR" competition. We are cosponsoring this National High School Math Skill Award with the National Society of Professional Surveyors and are offering high schools in Pennsylvania the chance to compete. The complete information on the Trig-Star Program, meeting dates, and requirements are in the attached letter. More information can be found at

  • 18 Mar 2016 11:36 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Land Surveyors’ Foundation, Inc. is offering academic scholarships to students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or associate degree in land surveying. We hope that several students will be interested in taking advantage of this opportunity to help fund their education.

    Attached you will find a Scholarship Application and Instructor Recommendation form.  This information can also be found at pass this information along to those students whom you believe will qualify and benefit from financial assistance.

    Each year, the Foundation presents approximately $15,000 in scholarships to individual land surveying students who are outstanding scholars, students, and citizens. By sharing this information with your students, you will help us to reach a wider audience and be able to provide funds to the outstanding students who will become tomorrow’s land surveyors. 

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