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C.R.A.B. Olympia

posted Jan 30, 2018, 9:13 AM by JWB Consulting

Jim Ayers presented Drone Flight and Processing as well as Civil 3D Questions at our conference and had quite a few people asking about his next Civil 3D for Surveyors class that he offers. His next class is scheduled for Feb. 13-16 at C.R.A.B. in Olympia, for more information and a sign up sheet at www.crab.wa.gov

You can find all the information for the classes being offered by going to the Technology tab and then design systems training.

Successful Survey Conference 2018!

posted Jan 20, 2018, 4:56 AM by JWB Consulting

Thank you to everyone who attended this years Survey Conference held last week at Quinalt Resort.  There were many great presentations given and we appreciate everyone who participated and shared valuable information with all our attendees.

We will be posting camp presentation material, photo's and highlights from this years camp over the next few weeks.  Be sure to check back here for the updated pages. 

NGS Webinar, Nov. 9th -2 pm EST

posted Nov 6, 2017, 9:27 AM by Jeffrey B

Rec'd from NOAA's National Geodetic Survey:

Webinar: "Deriving high-accuracy ellipsoid heights"

In the late 1990s, NGS released detailed "height modernization" surveying guidelines for deriving high-accuracy ellipsoid heights on marks with GNSS. In 2013, NGS released OPUS-Projects which is a useful tool for managing static GNSS survey campaigns. This webinar presents empirical research on the accuracy of OPUS-Projects, and presents guidance on the potential use of OPUS-Projects for future height modernization surveys. 

As a reminder, the NGS Webinar Series hosts presentations on various topics related to NGS programs, projects, products and services to educate constituents about NGS activities.

Position Available Federal Highway Admin.

posted Nov 23, 2016, 5:32 PM by Jeffrey B   [ updated Nov 23, 2016, 5:33 PM ]

We relieved this today from Larry Goble, PE, PLS,  Geomatics Manager for Western Federal Lands Highway Division. There is a position available for a GS-12 Team Leader for our Geomatics Section. He asked us to circulate it through WCCS.

It is a very short duration ad but a very nice job in a great organization (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pressroom/fhwa1579.cfm).
 Plus we have a lot of really nice survey equipment to work with!

The advertisement opened today & closes 12/2/2016: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/457282100

WCCS Agenda

posted Jul 6, 2016, 9:04 AM by Jeffrey B   [ updated Jul 6, 2016, 9:16 AM by JWB Consulting ]

Will we see you at our meeting later this month?   The meeting will be on July 19th, at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Ocean Shores. We will be meeting in Emily"s Restaurant inside the casino. The address for the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino is 78 State Route 115, Ocean Shores, WA. 98569.  Below you will find links to our meeting documents to include the agenda, Minutes for approval, and our treasures report.

Meeting Update

posted Apr 7, 2016, 8:48 AM by Jeffrey B   [ updated Jul 6, 2016, 9:17 AM by JWB Consulting ]

Make plans now to join us for our meeting in July.  We will meet on July 19th at 10:00 AM. at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino.   More information coming soon. 

Comments Needed

posted Jan 11, 2016, 12:39 PM by JWB Consulting   [ updated Jan 11, 2016, 1:01 PM ]

The Board of Registration for Professional Engineers
 & Land Surveyors needs your comments. 

In 2015, the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors proposed language regarding New Section, WAC 196-29-105:  Practice of Land Surveying.  Based on stakeholder comments, the Board did not adopt that language, and has now drafted new language.  

We have attached both a marked-up version of the language and a clean version for your review.

 Please provide comments no later than February 29, 2016. You may send your comments by:

 Email:             engineers@dol.wa.gov  (Be sure to put “LS Rule Comments” in the subject line)
 FAX:               360-570-7098
 USPS:             Engineers & Land Surveyors
                        Dept. of Licensing
                        PO Box 9025
                        Olympia WA 98507-9025

Affidavit of Minor Correction

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:37 AM by Jeffrey B

On August 12, 2015, the DNR Survey Advisory Board (SAB) met and the following item was discussed with the noted outcome:

 *  Affidavit of Minor Correction (AMC): In 1992 the Land Surveyor's Association of Washington (LSAW) formed a committee to create a standard AMC form which was adopted by the LSAW in May of 1993. Since then, there has been some confusion and misuse of the AMC as to its applicability for recorded survey maps.  The SAB recommended to the DNR that, to be in compliance with WAC 332-130-050, only a new survey map be accepted for recording to correct an error on a survey map. The DNR has accepted the SAB's recommendation and, effective immediately, will no longer consider an AMC as meeting the requirements of WAC 332-130-050(3).  See attached copy of the WAC with highlighted portions.

 If you have any questions, please send an email to sab@dnr.wa.gov<mailto:sab@dnr.wa.gov> or plso@dnr.wa.gov<mailto:plso@dnr.wa.gov>

PLSO Newsletter

posted Aug 6, 2015, 1:08 PM by Jeffrey B

As a way to keep the surveying community informed of the changes to the Land Corner Record form, and the August 1st increase in the survey recording fee, the Public Land Survey Office mailed out the attached newsletter to all Licensed Land Surveyors (PLS) that are NOT currently subscribed to the PLSO Listserv.

It is also a way to invite the recipients of the newsletter to subscribe to the Listserv so they can stay informed about: proposed changes to the laws and rules that govern the profession; research; education; Survey Advisory Board meetings and much more. 

First Draft Comments

posted Aug 6, 2015, 12:58 PM by Jeffrey B   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 9:42 AM by JWB Consulting ]

Below you will see a link to the First Daft of  "County Monument Preservation Plan"  Please take a few minutes to read and comment on it. Your well thought out comments are appreciated.

This is simply a “first Draft” version which is being made available to get input from interested parties.   Please post your comments here, on our group forum page, or email me directly if you have any questions or concerns about this draft plan.
Thank you,

Tom Gray, PLS
President-Elect, WCCS

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