Thursday, April 2, 2015

West Virginia Surveyors win Statute of Repose

John L. Green PLS, Chairman of the West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors (WVSPS) Legislative Committee, has reported that the organization is pleased to announce that a Statute of Limitations (actually a Statute of Repose) for boundary surveying in WV passed the Senate on February 25, the House on March 10, and was signed into law by Governor Tomblin on March 24, 2015. SB 489 will take effect on June 8, 2015.

This law adds property surveying to the existing statute of repose covering planning, design, and surveying and construction of improvements to real property. Basically the new law says that no action to recover damages for any deficiency in the surveying of real property may be brought more than ten (10) years after the performance of the survey.

Green says, “This is a huge deal for WV surveyors, WVSPS members and non-members alike. It represents the most significant legislative accomplishment we have achieved in many years; and one we have pursued for as long as I can remember”.

He went on to say, “I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to all those who had a hand in this effort. To Senator Mitch Carmichael for sponsoring the bill; Senator David Sypolt for covering our back while we were all at the convention by testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee (which really started this bill rolling), and advocating for its passage in the Senate; our government relations consultant and lobbyist for all their hard work behind the scenes; Curt Sumner and NSPS for their informational help and support which was very important; our new executive director and administrative staff for their effective handling of critical communications; and all of you who promptly answered my alerts and calls to contact your representatives in support of this legislation. This accomplishment demonstrates what we can achieve when we work together with a unified voice. I ask that you all take a few minutes to reflect on this. Think what this means to you, your profession, and your business. This is truly what the WVSPS is all about.

Lastly I would like to thank you all for the opportunity to serve the society in this capacity and to have the honor of making such a momentous announcement.”

Friday, March 27, 2015

NSPS Announces Winner(s) of Earle J. Fennell Award

In honor of Earle J. Fennell, ACSM President 1966-1967 and ACSM Executive Director 1968-1971, ACSM created this award to be presented for distinguished educational contributions to the surveying and mapping profession. Persons who have worked in any aspect of surveying and mapping education may be nominated. The nominee may or may not be a professional educator, but should have a sustained record of superior performance in surveying and mapping education for more than ten years at the local, state, or national level.

Subsequent to the ACSM/NSPS merger, NSPS continues the tradition of presenting this award annually.

The seven (7) member judging committee has decided that the 2015 award should go to two equally qualified, and deserving, candidates. They are John J. Doody, LS/PE, long-time educator in Connecticut (currently serving as part-time faculty at Central Connecticut State University), and Kurt B. Wurm, Ph.D., P.L.S., Associate Professor –Surveying Engineering, New Mexico State University.

NSPS extends its congratulations and sincere appreciation to John (Jay) and Kurt.

ALTA/ACSM Question

Our title blocks have a signature block which we utilize for any survey plan that warrants a signature.  We have received a request to sign and place our seal directly below the ALTA certification, in addition to the title block seal. There is not really a good reason to say no, other than the extra ink and minute to sign, but is this an ALTA requirement?


Some states regulate exactly where the seal and signature needs to go; ALTA/ACSM doesn't specify, but logically it would go somewhere in the vicinity of the certification. I personally don't think it matters; the signature and seal cover everything on the plat/map, including the certification wording, but I have no doubt that some lenders would be picky!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

POB Top 100 to be Highlighted at MAPPS/NSPS Conference

Ever wondered where a company ranks among others in the geospatial market? In an effort to answer that question, POB magazine is conducting a surveying and mapping market study that will include the first-ever ranking of the top 100 companies based on total geospatial revenue for 2014.

Monday, March 23, 2015

NSPS explores “one-call”, “miss utility” systems

Are “one-call” or “miss utility” systems adequately serving the surveying profession?  That is the subject of a study NSPS is launching.  A brief questionnaire has been developed.  Input from NSPS members in all 50 states is requested.  Take a few moments and share your knowledge and experience.  To complete the questionnaire, click here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Did You Miss the NGS Webinar on 'GPS on Bench Marks Campaign'

On March 5, NGS held the webinar “GPS on Bench Marks” to inform constituents about the campaign being held in conjunction with National Surveyors Week (March 15-21). More than 400 people participated. The webinar took place on a day when the Federal Government was closed due to heavy snowfall in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, and all moderators and presenters were remotely connected.

For more information, contact:

More information about the campaign at:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, has officially proclaimed Land Surveyor's Week!

Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, has officially proclaimed that the week of March15-21, 2015 will be......
  Land Surveyor's Week!
Click the link below to view the governor's proclamation.