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  • 04 Nov 2019 11:36 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    2020 Conference Early Bird Registration is Open

    Save money when you register early for the 2020 PLSO Conference - Your Place for Continuing Education and Professional Networking! Held at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, January 22-24, 2020, you an opportunity to have opportunity to:

    Don't miss out! Register to at plso.org/conference.

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    Thank you to the following companies that have come on board to support the 2020 PLSO Conference so far!


  • 23 Oct 2019 12:10 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    STOLEN PROPERTY ALERT

    A Trimble S7, serial number 37310406, with case was stolen October 8th on Highway 197 just north of Dufur, Oregon. Please contact Ben Beseda with Tenneson Engineering at 541-296-9177 with any information.

  • 23 Oct 2019 10:10 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    2019 BLUE MOUNTAIN CHAPTER WORKSHOP

    NOVEMBER 16, 2019, 8:30 AM (Pacific)

    Blue Mtn. Community College, 2411 N.W. Carden Ave., Pendleton OR

    Cost: $50 7.0 +/- PDH’s, plus meal ($25 guest meal)

    Contact Remi Fritz to Attend

    Agenda | Speaker Presentations & Bios

    9:00 am – 10:00 am

    ODOT: Online resources

    Speaker: Bret Elithorp, PLS


    This session Bret will go over ODOT's online resources. How to access and find ODOT surveys and maps. What types of information is available online and what additional information that may be requested from ODOT's offices.

    10:30 am – 12:00 pm

    DLCD: Building in the Flood Plain

    Celinda Adair, CFM; Katherine Daniel, CFM, AICP

    This session will provide updates regarding the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as relevant to Oregon, including the status of the FEMA Elevation Certificate (EC) update, and how a new way of rating flood insurance policies may impact the demand for ECs. Information will also be provided regarding best practices for completing ECs and Letters of Map Amendments (LOMAs). Finally, this presentation will cover state specialty code requirements for Elevation Certificates when structures are being built or substantially improved.

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Catered Lunch Break and discussion time

    1:00 pm -2:30 pm

    BLM: Case Studies in the Public Land Survey System

    Mary J.M. Hartel

    This session will provide a Case Study into the Public Land system and the history behind it.

    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

    NGS 2022, an Overview - “Grid to Ground” Modifications Explained

    Bob Green, PLS

    This session will discuss the last NGS adjustment schedule for 2022 and Grid to Ground modifications.

    4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

    Blue Mountain Chapter meeting to discuss presentations and vote on earned PDH’s


  • 11 Oct 2019 7:29 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    2020 Scholarship Fund Raffle

    Help build the future of our professional land surveying community when you purchase a chance to win a one-day trip up the Rogue River for (4) people with Jerry's Rogue Jets out of Gold Beach, plus a $500 Visa Gift Card! All proceeds go to support the PLSO Scholarship Fund, which gives out $18,000 in scholarships each year. Click here to find out more information on scholarships.

    Click here to Purchase Tickets

    104-Mile Wilderness Whitewater Jet Boat Tour With A $500 Visa Gift Card

    Raffle prize winner will enjoy a one day 104-Mile Wilderness Whitewater jet boat tour, travelling into the ‘Wild’ section, an area only accessible by jet boating, rafting and hiking. Jerry's Rogue Jets is the only commercial jet boat trip allowed to operate in this remote twelve mile section. The base of Blossom Bar Rapid marks the end of upstream travel and is not navigable by jet boat.

    Skilled pilots will entertain you with tall tales, rich history and help you relax as they navigate the swift currents, still waters, rugged canyons and spectacular whitewater. Keep your camera handy. Black bear, black tail deer, river otter, mink, bald eagle, osprey, and beaver all call the Rogue River canyon home.

    The value of this prize is $880.00. Winner will be announced on January 23, 2020 at the Annual Education & Outreach Auction (held during the PLSO Conference). Attendance is not necessary to win. Winner must be 18 or older.



  • 18 Aug 2019 7:50 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Glenn Eastmann's wife is selling his equipment with the help of her son Dave. She posted the various items on the Bend, Oregon Craig's List. Not knowing the going prices for these items she has them listed as "make an offer". She will have some of us local surveyors vet the offers so nobody tries to take advantage of her. 

    The items and links (w/photos) are as follows:

    1 Prisms: https://bend.craigslist.org/tls/d/bend-survey-equipment-prisms/6958372235.html

    2. Tripods and prism poles: https://bend.craigslist.org/tls/d/bend-survey-equipment-tri-pods/6958369367.html

    3. Subsurface Magnetic Locator Model ML-1 : https://bend.craigslist.org/tls/d/bend-survey-equipment-subsurface/6958367640.html 

    4. Ashtech GPS unit: https://bend.craigslist.org/tls/d/bend-survey-equipment-gps-survey-system/6958366132.html

    5. Schonstedt XT GA-92: https://bend.craigslist.org/tls/d/bend-survey-equipment-schonstedt-xt-ga/6958362496.html

    6. Nicon Pulse Laser Station NPL-350: https://bend.craigslist.org/tls/d/bend-survey-equipment-nikon-pulse-laser/6958359922.html

    7. Zeiss Elta S20 & Rec Link Robotic Total Station: https://bend.craigslist.org/tls/d/bend-survey-equipment-zeiss-elta-s20/6958357580.html

    8. Lufkin 300' survey tape: https://bend.craigslist.org/tls/d/redmond-survey-tape-300/6957380919.html 

    If you are in the area I can facilitate meeting with the seller to test out the equipment.

    Mike Berry

    Bend, Oregon


  • 03 Aug 2019 11:40 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)
    Oregon Surveyor Wins NSPS Award Again!

    Congratulations to Greg Crites for winning Best Editorial from NSPS for the second year in a row! This year's entry was from Volume 41, No. 5. Click here to check it out!

    As a reminder, Greg would like to find an Assistant Editor for the magazine so that when he is ready to step down in the next year or two, the transition is seamless.

    Below is the current job description for the EDITOR position.

    Editor Job Description

    • Review/revise submissions for publication including checking of spelling, grammar and punctuation
    • Review Executive Secretary and Chair’s letter, similar to above
    • Submit Editor's letter
    • Correspondence with Executive Secretary/Chair regarding content
    • Determine article suitability in consultation with editorial committee (when necessary)
    • Consult with authors regarding clarifications/edits 
    • Fact/reference checking for content accuracy, as needed
    • Submission of articles to publisher
    • Review/edit proofs produced by publisher for layout, content and style
    • Correspond w/editor-publisher regarding revisions
    • Approve final proof prior to publication in consult w/Executive Secretary/Chair
    • Suggest article topic ideas to appropriate writers if needed

    Greg has noted that his involvement as Editor requires no more than four hours per issue.  It would also be helpful if the person who expresses interest in shadowing his position has Adobe Acrobat Professional or Bluebeam review software (or suitable equivalent).  As he's now retired, he no longer has access to this, or any other .pdf file editor. 

    Please email Aimee McAuliffe at execdirector@plso.org for more information.


  • 20 May 2019 11:01 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)



    In Loving Memory of PLSO Founding Lifetime Member

    Clair Ernest Pense

    December 21, 1927 - May 7, 2019



    Clair Ernest Pense was born at home on Dec. 21, 1927 in Bonesteele,S.D. to parents, Charles Abraham Pense and Grace Elizabeth Pinkham Pense, and passed away at his home in Gresham, Ore. on May 7, 2019.

    His wife of over 50 years, Violet Naomi Pense; and daughter, Virginia Rae Pearce preceded him in death. He is survived by children, Cynthia June Reynolds (Bob) and Dr. Stanley Clair Pense (Sharon); 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren.

    Pense graduated from Gresham High School in 1945 and proudly served as a Submariner in World War II and the Korean War. He later attended Multnomah College (later merged with University of Portland) and attended Portland State. He served as Multnomah County Surveyor in the 1960's and later became a Land Surveyor in private practice until retirement.

    He was actively involved in his community on many levels. Pense was a founder, past president and Lifetime Charter Member of the Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon, a director of the Convention of the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping, a past president of the Engineering Architect Council of Oregon, a school board member for the Centennial School District and a board member for Mt. Hood Community College and adviser for their Civil Engineering Technology Committee. He was part of the American Legion and a designer of Heroes Memorial Park at Main St. Park in Gresham, Ore.

    Pense was also keenly interested in politics as a proponent of things that promoted ethical and moral practices according to the U.S. Constitution. He would continually submit letters to public officials including our Presidents advocating that the laws were for the people and of the people, sealing the back of his letters with "In God We Trust." He served mankind well, being interested in others and loving his family and friends. He was forever teaching his great-grandchildren and very patiently learning from them as well. In fact, he was a friend wherever he went….he just loved people.

    In his retirement he enjoyed working with the Submariner Veterans Group and Willamette National Cemetery. His love of country was very passionate. His sense of humor was a treasure to all and is carried on through his family through the many stories and jokes he told.

    His family has said how proud they are of their father and grandfather, who lived knowing that his life was in his Heavenly Father's hands and are at peace knowing he is with their mother and grandmother, and most of all with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    There will be a Celebration of Life service at 1 p.m., June 1, 2019, at Pleasant Home Community Church, 32120 Dodge Park Blvd., Gresham. A burial service will be held at 11 a.m., May 31, 2019, Willamette National Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, any contributions may be made to: Eagle Fern Camp, Estacada, OR 97023. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits


  • 17 May 2019 10:21 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Important notice regarding OSBEELS

    Please note that registrants with last names starting with G-K must submit their renewal and CPD Form before June 30.

    Due to a database migration process OSBEELS is currently undertaking, reminders will not be sent. So, if you are someone that relies on the reminder, this is it!

    If you have any questions, please contact OSBEELS directly at 503-362-2666.

    The PLSO next membership year starts July 1st. Cross both off your list by renewing your membership at www.plso.org today!


  • 13 May 2019 2:01 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    2019 OSU Student Appreciation Dinner

    Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon - Willamette Chapter

    Annual Dinner Meeting

     

    When: Thursday, May 30; 5:30 p.m. Check-in; 6 p.m. Dinner 

    Where: The LaSells Stewart Center, Guistina Gallery

    Cost: $55 (free for current students) 

    Please join us for this special evening in honor of surveying and geomatics education.

    We will also celebrate the career of Professor Robert J. Schultz and his legendary service to education and the surveying profession over the last 56 years at Oregon State University. Dr. Ramesh Strestha from the University of Houston and National Center on Airborne Lidar Mapping (and OSU graduate) will be giving the keynote talk, "Life and Legacy of Bob Schultz"

    Click Here to Register

    (https://cce.oregonstate.edu/2019-plso-student-appreciation-dinner-registration)

     

    And from the Dean:

    "I’d like to take a moment to recognize an outstanding educator, Robert “Bob” Schultz, professor emeritus of geomatics, for his extraordinary service to our college, the university, and the people of Oregon. He recently retired after 56 years teaching. The Oregon Beach Bill, which secures public access to our state’s wonderful coastline, wouldn’t have been passed without his work and will remain his defining legacy to the public. Bob is also deeply appreciated on a personal level by those he taught, with many sharing fond memories of his high standards tempered by his willingness to give freely of his time to those who needed it."

  • 18 Mar 2019 7:50 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    The Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying will soon be looking to fill both its land surveyor positions on its volunteer board.

    The Governor-appointed Board consists of eleven volunteer members:

    • two members of the general public
    • two professional land surveyors
    • five professional engineers
    • one professional engineer and professional land surveyor
    • one registered photogrammetrist

    PLSO has two members that are interested in these positions, Tim Fassbender and Robert Lennox, who will be seeking the Board's endorsement. If you are also interested in applying for OSBEELS Board Membership and PLSO endorsement, please notify Chairman Shawn Kampmann.

    672.240 State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying; appointment; qualifications; officers. (1) The State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying shall operate as a semi-independent state agency subject to ORS 182.456 to 182.472 for the purpose of carrying out ORS 672.002 to 672.325. The board shall consist of 11 members appointed by the Governor as follows:

          (a) Two members shall be members of the general public.

          (b) Two members shall be registered professional land surveyors.

          (c) Five members shall be registered professional engineers.

          (d) One member shall be registered both as a professional engineer and as a professional land surveyor. However, if a qualified individual is not available, the Governor may appoint either a registered professional engineer or a registered professional land surveyor.

          (e) One member shall be a registered photogrammetrist. However, if a qualified individual is not available, the Governor may appoint either a registered professional engineer or a registered professional land surveyor.

          (2) The Governor shall appoint members to the board so that there is at least one member of the board from each congressional district in this state.

          (3) Each engineer, land surveyor or photogrammetrist member of the board shall have been:

          (a) A resident of this state for at least three years immediately preceding appointment; and

          (b) Practicing as a registered professional engineer, registered professional land surveyor or registered photogrammetrist for at least five years since the date of the individual’s initial registration.

          (4) The board shall elect biennially from among its members a president and vice president for the ensuing biennial term.


    Helpful Links:

    OSBEELS Board

    Apply for Board Membership

    Board & Commissions Page

    PLSO Bylaws Regarding Endorsement



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