2020 Plat Competition

  • 12 Jan 2020
  • 15 Jan 2020
  • 2020 PSLS Surveyors' Conference


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

2020 PSLS Plat Competition

Deadline for Submission: 5:00 p.m. December 19
Mail or deliver to the PSLS Office,

908 N. 2nd St.,Harrisburg, PA 17102


1. Membership in PSLS is a requirement for the person submitting a plat to this competition.

2. Must be of an actual project located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and drawn or completed in the 2019 calendar year.

3. Title blocks shall not be blocked out.

4. Plats must be signed and sealed by a surveyor licensed in Pennsylvania.

5. Entries shall be unmounted black line, blue line, or color prints.

6. Each firm or individual may submit only one entry per category.  Geographically separated offices of the same firm shall be considered separate firms for the purpose of this competition.

7. Each entry shall be accompanied by an entry form (please print your confirmation email) and fee of $20 per category and must be submitted by end of business December 19, 2019. Multiple submissions are acceptable on each form and payment for multiple submissions may be combined.

8. Entries may not have been in previous PSLS plat competitions.

9. The category for each entry must be marked in the lower right-hand border. Categories are:
ALTA/NSPS, Boundary Retracement, Specialty/Miscellaneous, Subdivision, Topographic
(Fee for each category is $20)

10. Entries will be judged on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

11. All decisions made by the judges are final.

12. Results of the competition will be posted on the plats as well as at the conference registration desk.

13. Winners’ certificates must be picked up at the conference registration desk by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

14. All entries will be available for viewing during the remainder of conference.

15. Each entry shall consist of a SINGLE plan sheet.  Multiple sheet entries WILL NOT be accepted.

16. Maximum sheet size allowed is 36” x 48”.

17. Preferred form of submission is rolled (print side out), not folded.

18. Judges will choose one of the entries as “Best Overall” in the competition. The winner will receive a $50 award from PSLS and be entered in the NSPS Plat Contest.

Questions regarding registration, the competition or category may be directed to
PSLS, at psls@psls.org.


A panel of impartial judges will rate all entries in each category on a scale of 1 to 10:

Neatness in Presentation
Is the text legible, is the line work crisp and clean, and is the plan easy to read overall?

Content Relative to Category
Does the plan represent the category and contain all the information needed to accomplish its task for the category it has been entered?

Layout Innovation
Has the plan preparer shown creativity or some type of innovation in the preparation of the plan?

Is the plan prepared in a manner that can be used by other professionals unfamiliar with specific project?  Will the plan be easily interpreted in the future?

Does the plat adhere to the minimum standards set forth by the PSLS Manual of Practice, as applicable?   

Note: All submissions become the property of PSLS, which has the right to reproduce the plans for advertisement of the society, share the plans with educational institutions, and/or general use for the benefit of the society.

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