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  • 14 Dec 2018 10:19 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Geomatics, Math and Athletics: The Magic Success Mix for Alumna Rhonda Dodge

    Rhonda Dodge

    Name: Rhonda Dodge, Class of 2016, Klamath Falls Campus

    Degree(s): BS Geomatics/Surveying Option and BS Applied Mathematics

    Accomplishments while at Oregon Tech: Only student to ever receive NAIA recognition 6 times, Team captain for Cross Country, Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon Scholarships

    Current job title & place of employment: Oregon Department of Transportation in Salem, OR

    What did you like most about your time at Oregon Tech? I liked the small size and how focused students are on their program.

    What do you like most about your profession? I enjoy being outdoors and the math and problem solving that is involved on a daily basis. It never gets old!

    How long after graduation did it take you to find a job? After I graduated, I was encouraged by one of my professors, Jack Walker, to attend Purdue University’s graduate program in Remote Sensing. It is a 2-year program but I finished in one year while also being a TA in the surveying classes. I got my job at ODOT three months later.

    Did you participate in any intern/externships during your time at Oregon Tech? I spent a summer working at Hawaiian Electric Company in Honolulu.

    How do you feel your time at Oregon Tech prepared you for your current job/continuing studies? All of the hands-on classes at Oregon Tech really prepared me well for my job. At other schools, students learn the theory but at Oregon Tech we were actually working with the instruments starting our first year. The CAD classes were also very important for the work I do, and if I had not had those courses, I wouldn’t know what to do. Employers don’t have time to train employees so my coding classes at Oregon Tech were really important.

    Do you maintain professional relationships with any of your professors? I stay in touch with professors Mason Marker and Jeff Walker. There were only two women in my class of 12 students that graduated together and we all keep in touch and still get together.

    What advice would you give to a current student at Oregon Tech? Spend as much time with your professors outside of class, and during their office hours. They have industry experience and you can learn so much from them, even outside the classroom.


  • 19 Nov 2018 1:17 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    January 16-18 s Eugene

    Save money when you sign up for
    Early Bird Registration Discounts by
    December 31st...

    You can pack a lot into three days at the Annual PLSO Conference. Held in Eugene, Jan. 16-18, PLSO offers a diverse seminar schedule for required PDH hours, including nationally recognized speakers and important topics such as water boundaries, boundary evidence, adverse possession, new tax law, QBS, judicial responsibility, drone data collection and more! 

    Conference Highlights




    Discounted Hotel Room Rates Available through January 5!

    • The Hotel Eugene (formerly known as Hilton Eugene)
    66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401 / Click for Directions
    • Discounted Rates
    Room reservations are available starting at $134+ for a Standard Room. To receive the discounted rate, call Allie Nutting at 541-342-6651 by January 5, 2019 and tell them you're with PLSO. Check-in time is 4 PM.


    Thank you to the following partners for supporting the PLSO Conference:


         
       


     


           

     

     



     

         



                   


                    

     

     

             



  • 14 Sep 2018 8:26 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    CALL FOR PAPERS

    FIG WORKING WEEK 2019

    22-26 April 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam
    at Vietnam National Convention Center
    www.fig.net/fig2019

    Few countries in the world have had such a rapid development as Vietnam during the last decades. Hanoi, the city where the FIG Working Week 2019 will be held, has grown extremely quickly during the last decades. This urban transition puts intense pressure on keeping the pace with rising demands for transport, infrastructure, social services, housing, environmental controls, data management and public amenities. Further to this development, Vietnam is considered as one of the countries most affected by climate changes. Hanoi is particularly at risk as it is situated in a low-lying area near the mouth of a major and unpredictable river.

    Smart living is a major key to the fight against climate change. Spatial information, big data, surveying, BIM, land administration, real estate management and much more are essential factors in this development. The theme of the Working Week:

    Geospatial information for a smarter life and environmental resilience

    addresses these challenges that are crucial not only in Vietnam but for many all over the world.

    The three conference days will focus on how to deal with these challenges by working towards a smarter life both through the development of smart sustainable cities and the development of rural areas.

    Are you interested in presenting at FIG Working Week? Do you have an inspiring story to tell and interesting findings to present? Please check out the Call for Papers at www.fig.net/fig2019/call.htm.  

    The deadlines are coming up soon:
    Peer review abstracts AND full papers: 1 October 2018
    Non peer review abstracts: 1 November 2018 l non peer review papers: 1 February 2019

    For more information about the conference, please go to www.fig.net/fig2019

    We look forward to receiving your abstract

    Kind regards,
    Ms. Claudia Stormoen
    FIG Event and Support Manager

    International Federation of Surveyors
    Fédération Internationale des Géomčtres
    Internationale Vereiningung der Vermessungsingenieure

    Kalvebod Brygge 31-33
    DK-1780 Copenhagen V
    Tel. + 45 3886 1081
    Direct: + 45 9391 0812
    Claudia.stormoen@fig.net
    www.fig.net


  • 06 Aug 2018 3:49 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Where We Live: The Willamette Stone

    It established the basis for land claims in Oregon and 

    Washington

    By: Ken Boddie   (Click for original article with photos)

        

    PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- One of Oregon's most important historical landmarks is also one of its least known.

    Surrounded by forest, down a tree-lined path in Portland's West Hills, you'll find the Willamette Stone.

    It's the exact spot where the first official government surveys were done, establishing the basis for land claims in Oregon and Washington as settlers flocked to the Oregon territory in the 1850s after the Donation Land Act.

    "And they could say, 'This is the block of land that goes to this family,' and 'This is the block of land that we're going to give to that family for them to start settlement on,' so it made a clear grid-like system that made the whole process easier," Oregon Park Ranger Deb Hill said.

    The project was led by John B. Preston, Oregon's first surveyor general. His crew used solar compasses, from the initial point to establish the Willamette Meridian and the Willamette Baseline.

    The surveyed lines run all the way from Puget Sound to California, from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho -- avoiding the Columbia River and Vancouver Lake.

    Many of the original surveys are still used today.

    Hill told KOIN 6 News, "So it's pretty amazing how accurate they were, given the time and the tools that they had."

    From a wooden stake in 1851, a stone obelisk was installed as the marker in 1885 -- the Willamette Stone. But after constant vandalism, the federal government replaced it with another marker in the 1980s. 

    The Willamette Stone State Park was established in 1945, which is where the Willamette Stone marker can be found. It's located just off Skyline Boulevard in the West Hills. It's one of 37 initial survey points throughout the U.S.

    So, when you take a look at the skylines and neighborhoods for towns in Oregon and Washington, know that it all started with the Willamette Stone.


  • 11 Jul 2018 8:10 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has been providing the Pacific Northwest with clean energy since 1937, and it has been responsible for surveying its infrastructure since inception.  Over the course of our 80 year history, we have been fortunate to preserve cadastral records across our seven state territory.  We are in the process of creating an ArcGIS Online (AGOL) environment where the individual cadastral records are georeferenced and original field notes can be searched.  We now have Idaho, Montana, and Oregon available for research and want to share this information with you!

    The data can be accessed through ArcGIS Online by searching for ‘BPA Cadastral’, then open the ‘APP’ icon at the bottom of the search.  You can also reach the same maps here:

    BPA Cadastral Control - Idaho

    BPA Cadastral Control - Montana

    BPA Cadastral Control - Oregon

    Please note that the location data was pulled mostly from GCDB values and should be used for research purposes only.  There is no warranty that monuments as noted should be held.  Please be sure to perform additional research and utilize this information for its’ historical value in perpetuating evidence.

    We will be periodically adding to the database, with Washington cadastral records to follow.  We continue to survey across BPA’s service area and will update current records at a regular interval, to be determined.  Please share this with others who may benefit as well.


  • 15 Jun 2018 12:14 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    ODOT Maps and Plans center is now online and open to the Public. The following link will take you to the web page where you can link to the “TransGIS” data portal to graphically locate the highway, route No.(ODOT secret highway number), and Mile Point (ODOT official MP) for your area of interest.

    Then go to the “Online Map Center” link and search for RW maps or Construction Plans using the information you got from the “TransGIS” to search, view and download PDF copies.

    https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ETA/Pages/Tools.aspx


  • 14 May 2018 1:37 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Help Willamette Chapter Celebrate Student Appreciation Night

    The eighteenth PLSO Willamette Chapter Surveying Student Appreciation Night will take place on Monday, May 21, 2018 at OSU in the AG Science Room at La Sells Stewart Center from 6 to 9 PM.  Social period will start at 6 PM and dinner will start at 6:30.  

    The speaker will be Leonard A. Rydell, PE, PLS and WRE.  He will be speaking on "What Do You See".  He is a fiftieth year graduate of OSU in Civil Engineering and he will be sharing his reflections on his life and his profession.

    The event is free for surveying, geomatics, students and $35 Dollars for PLSO members and other attendees.  There will be a drawing for student door prizes at the end of the meeting.

    The Caterer needs a head count so interested parties need to have their registration completed by Monday, May 14th.  

    Register at http://cce.oregonstate.edu/2018-plso-student-appreciation-dinner-registration


  • 07 May 2018 1:15 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    By: Lee Spurgeon, Education & Outreach Chair

    Last year there were more summer internships available than we had surveying students to fill those positions. There were about a dozen positions open that we were unable to fill. If you are thinking about hiring a summer intern, go to the PLSO Job & Internship Board and set up an ad earlier, rather than later. Once again, our goal is to get a surveying internship for every student that wants one.  Last year, we had one-hundred percent of the students who wanted an internship placed for the summer and we hope to repeat that success.

    If you are a student and want an internship, please go to the online Resume Bank and place your ad there.  Remember that you are in very high demand, so you can be a little bit picky about finding the situation which will best fit your needs in terms of salary, but infinitely more important, the learning opportunities you can hope to pick up this summer which will bolster the relevance of your course work and provide a better chance to put what you do in school into a real world context.

    This is truly a win-win program and I hope everyone can take advantage of what this program has to offer you.


  • 05 Mar 2018 3:40 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    NSPS STUDENT COMPETITION RESULTS

    February 28, 2018 – Las Vegas, Nevada

    The onsite part of the 2018 NSPS Student Competition began on Saturday February 17th with a logistics meeting and reception. The field exercise was done on Sunday on 80 acres of BLM land that was marked off into 12 individual sites (one for each team) upon which the only reference marker was the center point of what was to be a one-acre square parcel. Each team was instructed to lay out a one-acre square parcel and conduct a topographic survey of the parcel. A plat was to be drawn showing the boundary lines/monuments and the contours of the parcel. On Monday the teams moved inside to do their computations and create a boundary/topographic plat, and prepare for presentations to a panel of judges on Tuesday. The Competition concluded with presentation of awards on Wednesday 21st

    Regardless of their placement in the results, the teams showed visible relief that this intense time was over. Professional Surveyors who visited the presentation of results were impressed by the high standard of work done by ALL of the teams.

    2 year degree program first place went to: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay)

    4 year degree program first place to Oregon Institute of Technology (Klamath Falls); second place to Texas A&M- Corpus Christi; third place to Utah Valley University (Orem).

    Congratulations to them and the other eight teams who received honorable mentions which are listed below in no particular order:

    • University of Akron Great Basin College (Elko, NV) Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Idaho State University (Pocatello) California State University (Fresno) University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez) New Mexico State University

    Video interviews with the teams at their posters, and videos showing each team’s oral presentation, are being processed and soon will be available on the NSPS YouTube channel.

    In honor of Mike and Anne Besch, University of Akron, the First Place award, in both divisions, has been named after them


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