• 02 Jan 2016 12:13 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that PLSO announces the passing of B. Osburn “Ozzie” Shaw. A charter member, Ozzie has been well known to our membership as a two-time recipient of Surveyor of the Year (1985 and 1993), Past-President of the Willamette Chapter and Life Member of PLSO.  

    Services will be held on Saturday, January 9th at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Church in Sweet Home, 1347 Long Street. Private interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sweet Home Pregnancy Care Center or Linn County Parks. 

    To learn more about Ozzie, please click and read the articles below from the Democrat-Herald.

  • 24 Nov 2015 11:47 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Geomatics Workshops


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    January 7-8, 2016

    Registration is open now for the OSU Geomatics workshop, Oregon Land Survey Law #1. This workshop explains the basic Oregon land surveying statutes and common law decisions. It introduces the surveyor to the legal portion of the profession and is helpful in taking the four-hour Oregon Specific Land Surveying Examination. Minimum enrollment is 12. 



    Professor Robert J. Schultz, PE and PLS

    Tyler B. Parsons, PLS, WRE, and CFedS


    January 7-8, 2016

    Thursday/Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Lunch venues are within walking distance.



    110 Owen Hall

    Oregon State University




    $310/person • $100/class notes only

    To register, visit

    Full payment (Visa/MC are accepted) must be received before the first class meeting to assure space in the workshop.



    School of Civil and Construction Engineering

    101 Kearney Hall

    Corvallis, OR 97331

    (541) 737-1207


    Questions? Contact Johanna Carson at or 

    (541) 737-1207.

  • 29 Oct 2015 11:46 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)
    The annual Oregon Tech workshop normally held in November has been postponed until Friday, March 25th, 2016. It will be held at the Oregon Tech Wilsonville campus. Additional info will be forthcoming after the first of the year.

  • 29 Oct 2015 11:14 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Clark College has been working through budget cuts that may impact the Land Surveying and Geomatics Program. Tim Kent asked several key organizations in the profession to send letters of support for the program, including PLSO.

    Click here to see PLSO's letter to Clark College President Bob Knight.

  • 27 Oct 2015 11:59 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Harry Heislein, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away after a valiant battle with pneumonia on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. He was born February 12, 1927, in Rochester, New York, the oldest of three sons, to Harry Philip and Muriel Catherine (Popp) Heislein. Harry grew up in Irondequoit, graduated from Webster High school and from The New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse in 1950. After a brief employment by the New York State Highway Department, he traveled to Oregon for his first assigned employment with the United Stated Forest Service on the Umatilla National Forest in Pendleton. It was there that Harry met his future wife, Leila Beard, and they were married September 7, 1957. They resided in Pendleton until 1959, when Harry was transferred to the Forest Service Region Six office in Portland, OR. In this position, he helped pioneer the computerized design of forest roads for the Pacific Northwest Region. In 1963, Harry was transferred to the Umpqua National Forest in Roseburg, OR, where he was employed as a civil engineer until his retirement in 1987. He also flew fire patrol for ten years, which led to obtaining a private pilot’s license. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the Pendleton Jaycees, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon, which honored him as a Life Member in 1987, after his service to the local Umpqua chapter. Harry enjoyed a life-long interest in trains– especially steam engines– rail travel and model railroading, becoming a charter member of the Umpqua Model Railroaders in 1964. He continued the social aspect of the organization after the loss of his vision and was awarded a Life Membership. Harry enjoyed many years of Tuesday Morning coffee breaks with employees of the Douglas County Title Company. His vision handicap ended his active participation in the Canal Zone Postal Study Group and family history research. He and Leila enjoyed traveling, whether in Oregon or around the world. He was proud to have visited all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and many countries around the world. On the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, a celebration was held with family and friends; with a family holiday cruise around the Hawaiian Islands.

    Harry is survived by his wife of 58 years, Leila Heislein, of Roseburg; daughters Lynn Heislein of Reno, Nevada, and Anne (Scott) Nakagawa and their daughter Sydney, of Vancouver, Washington; his brother John (Virginia) Heislein of Salem, New Hampshire, together with two nieces and two nephews; and friend Elisabeth Straumann of Kaiseraugst, Switzerland, also survive him. Another brother, James Richard, preceded him in death at the age of six.

    Services are scheduled for Friday, October 30, 2015, at 12:10 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 800 W., Stanton St. A memorial reception will follow at St. Joseph School, with the family greeting friends. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made in Harry’s name to Macular Degeneration Center Fund, Casey Eye Institute, 3375 Terwilliger Boulevard, Portland, OR, 97201; or to Oregon State Library, Talking book and Braille Services, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301. 

  • 07 Oct 2015 9:23 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)
    Hydrography Workgroup Meets in Salem

    By Darrell W. Fuller, PLSO Lobbyist

    It's Thursday, October 1st, and the small conference room in the Capitol Building in Salem is quickly running out of room.  Staff for State Rep. Paul Holvey (D-Eugene) look for extra chairs.  The subject: hydrography in Oregon.

    But let's back up for just a moment: During the Legislative Session, OSBEELS initiated Senate Bill 297 which would revise qualifications for registration to practice professional engineering, land surveying or photogrammetric mapping. An amendment was then proposed by partner organizations that would have further clarified Oregon statute ensuring that all hydrographic surveys were conducted by professional land surveyors or engineers.  Land Surveyors and Professional Engineers have long believed that Oregon law already has such a requirement, but the language of the statute is not written with indisputable clarity.

    Rep. Paul Holvey, the Chair of the House Business & Labor Committee, did not support the amendment to SB297, but he did commit to gathering interested parties during the interim to discuss the issue thoroughly.

    Good to his word, Rep. Holvey gathered stakeholders for the first of what will likely be several meetings to discuss the role of hydrographers in Oregon -- and by extension -- across the country.  A possible outcome of the meetings could be legislation for the 2017 session to settle the issue.

    It should be noted that the meeting was informative and cordial.  Everyone learned something.  And the meeting concluded with a lot of hand-shaking and a commitment to work cooperatively. A couple of issues were also clarified.  First, hydrographers acknowledged that they are still in the early stages of formulating their goals.  Second, a survey of how other states regulate hydrographers -- collected with the assistance of Curtis Sumner and NSPS -- strongly suggests that Oregon may well be the tip of the spear in developing model legislation. This legislation would likely incorporate a proper role for hydrographers -- including appropriate limitations on their scope of work -- within Oregon law and regulated by OSBEELS. 

    PLSO was represented at the meeting by State Chair John Thatcher, former State Chair Lee Spurgeon and Legislative Chair David Williams, along with lobbyist Darrell Fuller.  They will continue to actively participate in workgroup meetings while seeking input from PLSO members across the state once hydrographers have actually created a written proposal for consideration.  So, stay tuned...

  • 21 Sep 2015 11:02 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    The Central Coast GIS Users Group ( is pleased to invite you to the 2015 Cartography Symposium by the Sea on Friday, September 25th at the Oregon Coast Community College in Newport, OR.   Register here:

    Leading cartographers will cover a variety of different guidelines and principles to help make your maps the envy of all your friends.  We all know a great map when we see it, but what are the principles behind making a good map yourself?  GIS has impacted map making for both better and worse from a time honored handmade labor, to mass producing large, data filled maps in minutes.  This all-day symposium will introduce you to the basic principles of cartography, guidelines you can follow for nearly every map,  and tips and tricks for making your map fabulous.  More details, including the agenda, are available on the symposium website (

    Lunch and snacks are included in the registration fee ($35).  If this registration fee is difficult for you, please contact us for alternate options.  In an effort to reduce waste we will not be providing individual bottled water this year.  Please consider bringing a reusable water bottle or other container for drinking water during the symposium.  We will also have cups available in case you forget. Thank you!

  • 18 Sep 2015 12:10 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Below is the timeline for the rulemaking process on proposed rules as a result of SB 297, along with a clean copy of the proposed rule language.  For your reference, a copy of the deleted text and proposed text is also attached.

    If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to contact Jenn Gilbert at OSBEELS.

    SB 297 timeline.pdf



  • 17 Sep 2015 1:16 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Member Award Nominations

    Do you know someone that adds value to PLSO and the surveying profession in general? Award them for it! PLSO is now taking nominations for:

    • Surveyor of the Year
    • Life Member
    • Article of the Year

    Chapter Officers will be submitting nominations to the board for:

    • Associate of the Year
    • Good Humor Award
    • Brush Cutter Award
    • Team Player Award
    • Bright Idea Award
    • Contagious Attitude Award
    • Diversity Award
    • Community Service Award

    Awards will be given out at the Annual Conference in January. To see award criteria and nominate your professional colleagues, click here for the nomination form.

  • 31 Aug 2015 4:48 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)


    Upcoming Educational Opportunities and Professional Events

    Geomatics Workshops

    Geomatics and survey workshops hosted by the OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering:

    Oregon Land Survey Law Workshop #1: Register Online • Workshop Brochure     

    The workshop explains the basic Oregon land surveying statutes and common law decisions. It introduces the surveyor to the legal portion of the profession. The information is helpful in the Oregon four-hour session of the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam.

    Staff: Prof. Robert J. Schultz, PE and PLS; Tyler B. Parsons, PLS, WRE and CFEDS
    Dates: September 10-11, 2015; Thursday/Friday
    Fee: $310/person

    Surveyor's Rendezvous

    Register by Tomorrow - August 26

    Hosted by the LSAW and the SURVEYORS HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Rendezvous 2015 will take place at the Silver Reef Hotel & Casino near Bellingham.

    YOUR REGISTRATION INCLUDES ALL MEALS FOR THREE FULL DAYS. Free Hot Breakfast is included with your room fee.

    Register online or visit the event website for a printable registration form

    Water Rights Courses

    Register by September 1

    The Oregon Department of Water Resources will be having the 2015 Fall CWRE workshops in October. The following is a list of dates and locations for the workshops. 

    Date, Location & City:

    October 6th, Blue Mountain Conference Center, LaGrande 

    October 8th, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend 

    October 14th, Taprock Event Center, Grants Pass 

    October 21st, Fish & Wildlife Headquarters, Salem 

    October 22nd, Fish & Wildlife Headquarters, Salem 

    Registration deadline has been changed to September 1.

    Seminar Information



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