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EVERGREEN STATE Land SurveyorS’ aSSociation of WaShington Washington State Section of AMERICAN CONGRESS ON SURVEYING & MAPPING Volume 38 Number 1 Spring 2014 S URVEYOR NORTHWEST SNOHOMISH SOUTHWEST LOWER COLUMBIA NORTH CENTRAL NORTHEAST INLAND EMPIRE NORTH OLYMPIC SOUTH PUGET SOUND NORTH PUGET SOUND CASCADE COLUMBIA SOUTH CENTRAL SUCCESS In this issue: Conference Photos Spring Seminar and more
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      Land SurveyorS’ aSSociation of WaShington  •  Washington State Section of AmericAn congreSS on Surveying & mApping

    Volume 38 Number 1 Spring 2014

    Surveyor NORTHWESTSNOHOMISHSOUTHWEST

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    NORTH OLYMPIC

    SOUTH PUGET SOUND

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    In this issue:Conference Photos

    Spring Seminar and more

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    President .......................................... Earl MorrissPresident Elect ..............................Mike McEvillyVice President ........................ John Christensen

    Secretary-Treasurer ....................Tom BrewsterPast President ........................ James A. Coan, Sr

    Cascade Columbia ..................................................Jason RinehartInland Empire ................................................. Duane ZimmermanLower Columbia ............................................Weston DorszynskiNorth Central..................................................................Mark SeleNortheast ................................................................Brent JohnstonNorth Olympic ..........................................................Mike DunphyNorth Puget Sound ...................................................... KC Moore

    Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington (LSAW)

    Address all correspondence for LSAW to: LSAW - Laura Dougherty

    5727 Baker Way NW Suite 200Gig Harbor, WA 98332

    Tele: Toll Free 1.877.460.5880 • Fax: 253.265.3043email: [email protected]

    Address all material for magazine to: Editor/Publisher: Aaron B. Blaisdell

    Evergreen State Surveyor 4209 North 16th Street • Tacoma, WA 98406

    Phone: 425/894-8388 e-mail: [email protected]

    Opinions expressed by individual writers are not necessarily endorsed by the officers or board of LSAW, the officers or board of NSPS or the editor of this publication. Articles may be reprinted with due credit given to the author unless otherwise indicated at the beginning of the article.

    We request all ads and material (graphics, fonts, etc.) be furnished on a CD or emailed in a .doc, .pdf, .eps or .tiff format. We readily process materials created in Adobe Pagemaker, Illustrator, Freehand, Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word.

    Advertising PolicyThe magazine is published quarterly by LSAW and accepts advertising. Ads should be page-ready copy for photo-offset printing. The rates are as follows:

    Size Yearly Single IssueFull Page ...................... $466 Gray Scale, $885 Full Color $148 Gray Scale, $250 Full ColorHalf Page ..................... $326 Gray Scale, $620 Full Color $104 Gray Scale, $175 Full ColorQuarter Page ............. $163 Gray Scale, $310 Full Color $52 Gray Scale, $88 Full ColorDeadlines for material and advertising are one week after each Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting (see the calendar on back cover for those dates). Running an ad does not imply endorsement of the advertiser by LSAW or ACSM. The editor reserves the right to not accept ads or other material which may be in poor taste or conflict with the policies of LSAW. Courtesy copies are traded with other state and provincial organizations.

    Layout and graphics in this publication are largely from Kellie Ham Type&Graphics, 253-843-9436.

    Table of ContentsFrom the President ...........................3

    From the Editor ..................................4

    Highlights of the LSAW Board of Trustees Meeting March 2014 ...............6–9

    LSAW Awards Scholarships .................10

    22nd Annual George F. Walker Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament .................11

    2014 Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington Representatives . 14–15

    Conference Photo Collage ................... 16–19

    Foundation News .....20

    For the Technician ............. 21–23

    And Much More…

    ABOUT THE COVER:Photo obtained from 2014 Conference Committee

    LSAW 2013 PRESidEnTSNorthwest ...................................................................... Josh Dahm

    San Juan .................................................................... Robert WilsonSouth Central ....................................................... Darrell SowardsSnohomish ................................................................. Ron TorrenceSouth Puget Sound .............................................. Doug CasementSouthwest ....................................................................Alan Duback

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    My name is Earl Morriss and I am the President of YOUR Association for 2014. I am very honored to have the opportunity to be your President. For those who haven’t met me during the many years I’ve been a member of LSAW I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. As a member of LSAW I have been the President of North Puget Sound Chapter and I have been the AELC Representative for LSAW – and I have been on numerous committees over the years. In addition to being a land surveyor I am also a practicing attorney. My practice in Everett focuses on bound-ary disputes, easements, title issues and land use. I have been practicing law since 2008 – law was my fallback position when the economy went bad. Prior to practicing law I was a land surveyor for a little more than 25 years – about 10 years in Georgia and 15 years here in Washington. And, as with many surveyors, I come from a family where both my father and his father were surveyors.

    Now that you know who I am, I’d like to

    From the PreSidentBy Earl Morriss, PLS - President

    tell you a few things about your new Past-President Jim Coan. Many of you know Jim from his many years in LSAW – and many of you know him as your teacher and/or mentor. Jim is one of those guys who dives into any challenge and when he gets the job done asks, “What next?” What Jim did for this associa-tion as President went way beyond the call of duty. He went about the task of transforming the basic structure of the association from an executive director system to the use of a profes-sional management company with boundless energy and enthusiasm. He has left me in the difficult position of following a very class act. I want to personally thank Jim for everything he has done for LSAW.

    As LSAW moves forward in 2014 I have a very simple goal – to build on the successes of the past year. I am very excited to have the oppor-tunity to be a part of working toward a more modern and stream-lined LSAW. Our new man-agement firm has jumped into their role with both feet – and with the help of all our members I know I will be handing off a better and stron-ger LSAW next year. As I said previously, I am the President of YOUR Association – so, please feel free to contact me with any comments or concerns during the year.

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    From the editorBy Aaron Blaisdell, PLS, Editor

    Leadership is a quality that is unique in most people. Not everyone has it and not many people want it. Having the skills of leadership is not something that can be learned but rather I believe a person is born with them. During my life I have had the pleasure to personally know only a few true leaders and during my career as a profes-sional surveyor, I have managed to know a few more. The “list” of qualities I believe make a good leader is most likely different than your list of qualities; however, many items are the same. We probably agree on passion, devotion, mentorship, etc., but I can assure you that my list continues with far more detail and emotion.

    Over fifty years ago, when a group of surveyors met to discuss forming a group, to what is now the LSAW, most likely looked around the room and thought of their own “lists” of leadership qualities. They began to mark the qualities, one by one, and organize their thoughts using past experiences and future desires of how the “LSAW” should be created. Fellow colleagues and professionals had their own agendas and motivations but only a select few had all the qualities of a leader. In 1985, when the LSAW was officially incorporated, again fellow pro-

    fessionals continued to meet and decide the leaders of the future organization.

    Today is different. The organization seems to be on the path of a few rather than the whole. The path is one of reaction and not pro-action. Individual agendas are overshadowing orga-nizational goals and strategic partnerships. It’s not right and we need to get back to our “center”. The Executive Committee members (ExComm) need to change their direction. They need to provide us with a common goal and strategy. They need to look within them-selves and look at their own “lists”. Why are they on the ExComm? What is their mission of the organization? What are their goals of the whole rather than the few? What are their goals that they want the organization to have? Where do they want the organization to be in 2, 5 or 15 years? Tell us, more importantly, show us.

    Welcome to the Spring Issue of the Evergreen State Surveyor. The pages include photos and unique celebrations that can only happen at the LSAW.

    Enjoy!

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    (Continued on page 7)

    highlightS oF the lSAW BoArd oF truSteeS meeting mArch 8, 2014Respectfully submitted by J. Thomas Brewster, Secretary/Tresurer

    In attendance: President Earl Morriss, President-Elect Mike McEvilly, Vice-President John Christensen, Secretary/Treasurer Tom Brewster, Past President Jim Coan, Staff Laura Dougherty and Lianna Collinge.

    Chapter representatives: Dan Leischner (CC), Duane Zimmerman (IE), Todd Emerson (IE), Weston Dorszynski (LC), Jeff Lynch (LC), Mark Sele (NC), Brent Johnston (NE), Grant Tolton (NE), Mike Dunphy (NO), Larry Ped-erson (NO), Keith Moore (NPS), Ben Petersen (NPS), Josh Dahm (NW), Robert J Wilson (NW), Scot Szendre, proxy (SC), Donald Wieber (SC), Ronald Torrence (SNO), Randolph Rid-dell Sleight (SNO), Doug Casement (SPS), Desi Schilling (SPS), Alan Duback (SW), Kate Schalk (SW). Not in attendance: Jason Rinehart (CC)

    Committee Reps & Liaisons: Amanda Askren, Conference Chair; Jim Wengler, NSPS; Board of Registration; John Warren, AELC; Carla Meritt, WFPS; Aaron Blaisdell, ESS

    Guests: Jon Warren, John Thalacker, Bill Glassey, Pat Beehler, PLSO Chairman Lee Spurgeon, Lindy MacManiman, Tom Barger

    Called to order at 10:05 am by President Earl Morriss

    Installation of new chapter presidents and trustees at 10:10 am by President Morriss.

    Motion 2014-001 Motion and second to approve the Minutes: Motion to approve minutes subject to review at a later date. Mo-tion carried.

    President’s Report: President Morriss re-ported his goals for 2014 include seeing the organization transition to a new clean, stream-lined way of doing business with professional management. He asked the Board of Trustees to help in that transition by referring to Asso-ciation Management Inc. as LSAW staff.

    OLD BUSINESS

    1. Incidental surveying status

    Jim Wengler reported that WAC 196-29-205 is a conversion of a Board of Registration policy to an administrative code. He stressed the Board’s commitment to using the term “engi-neering measurements” to describe the prac-tice of what has been referred to as “incidental surveying”. WAC 196-29-105 will be the Board of Registration’s interpretation of the practice of

    surveying under the proposed addition to State administrative code. Public hearings will take place in April throughout the state: April 10th in Spokane, April 16th in SeaTac, April 22nd in Marysville, April 24th in Longview/Kelso and April 29th in Yakima. When locations and times are set, they will be posted on the Listserv. Sign up for listserv at http://www.dol.wa.gov/busi-ness/engineerslandsurveyors/emaillist.html.

    2. NSPS:

    John Warren reported that there are only two states that are not participating at 100% with NSPS: California and West Virginia. LSAW has included NSPS membership for all full mem-bers this year to a cost of about $20,000 last year. We are budgeted for $18,000 for this year. Life members pay an additional $40/year. Dis-cussion of the future of this program and how it will be funded will be handled in committee.

    3. Prevailing Wage:

    Ben Petersen reported that we have spent more than the $7,000 the Board approved to fight against the 2010 Prevailing Wage issue and are in need of additional funds to continue the fight. Discussion was held on the issue. Motion 2014-002: Motion and second to fund attorney fees up to an additional $5,000 in sup-port of the efforts against the prevailing wage issue. Discussion was held. A vote was called, Motion Passed

    Break at 11:15 Called back to order at 11:27

    4. 2015 Meetings: Online registration for the Spring Seminar in Tacoma will open next week. A call was made for chapters to step for-ward to host the 2014 and 2015 free seminars that are held in September The Inland Empire chapter will host the 2014 September seminar. The website needs to be updated with all new meeting dates, and removal of chapter meeting dates that are not scheduled.

    5. WFPS:

    Carla Meritt reported that WFPS is working this year on TWIST teaching with spatial technol-ogy. The next TWIST workshop will be held this June 17-22. Two instructors from Pierce County have been selected to attend, and there is the possibility of sending more depending on funding. Trustees were asked to go back to their chapters to see if any funding would be available.

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    (Continued on page 8)

    NEW BUSINESS

    1. Budget: The budget was presented noting that we had just added $5,000 for prevail-ing wage legal fees. Several other refinements were noted. Discussion was had around the complexity of the budget re-port. Staff will work to present a less complicated format for the next BOT meeting.

    2. New Executive Committee member: Jim Coan will pres-ent nominations for 2015 Secre-tary/Treasurer at our next BOT meeting, pending outcome of bylaw change.

    3. 2013 Taxes: Taxes were sub-mitted to the accountant and should be filed shortly. Some chapters did not submit their reports. A reminder was made that although we are a 501(c)6 we are still required to report our activity and file a 990 tax return. Every dollar that comes in, or is spent through any enti-ty working under our tax iden-tification number needs to be reported in the LSAW profit and

    loss and bal-ance sheet (All commit-tee and chap-ters).

    11:53 Lunch break

    12:28 Called to order by P r e s i d e n t Morriss.

    4 . S e c re -tary/Trea-surer Posi-tion:

    John Thal-acker com-mented that the dut ies of the Sec-retary/Trea-s u r e r a r e enough work for two peo-ple. The po-sitions were

    Highlights of the Board of Trustees Meeting (continued)

    combined in 1996. John proposed to divide said duties and elect both positions to 2 year terms with a maximum of 3 terms allowed. Secretary and Treasurer would not ascend through the chairs, but would serve as members of the Executive committee. Discussion included the idea that this configuration adds to the conti-nuity of the Board. John submitted a draft of proposed additions and changes to the By Laws, including the need to change our office loca-tion, and update registration with Washington State. Motion 2014-003 to consider the change . Motion seconded and failed. Motion 2014-004 was proffered to postpone consideration of mo-tion regarding a proposal to change the By Laws relating to Secretary/Treasurer positions. BOT unanimously approved. Staff to provide a copy of the proposal draft including job description as By Laws would read, with distribution of Minutes to BOT.

    5. 2014 Conference:

    Amanda Askren reported that the 2014 confer-ence saw 400+ paid registrants in 2014 versus 350 paid registrants in 2013. Total attendance was approximately 600 people. In response to pleas from the Membership to make the Con-ference more affordable, registration was low-ered $50 in 2014. President Morriss confirmed that Amanda Askren will chair the conference in 2015. The extra USB drives will be given to

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    chapters to be used for prizes/gifts.

    Discussion of location for 2015 conference: Conference committee proposed Tulalip or Three Rivers in the Tri-Cities. There is anticipa-tion of 15% fewer attendees if in Eastern Wash-ington as well as anticipation of lower cost for hotel lodging at Three Rivers. Some feel that four years in a row on the west side is too many. The last conferences on the east side were in 2008 and 2011. Many like the Tulalip location. The Inland Empire chapter wants to have the conference in Eastern Washington next year. They indicated that there are plenty of venues with sufficient rooms. Discussion included that the point of the conference is to provide member benefits, represent Washington State, and not lose money.

    President Morriss discussed cohesion of the organization and Mike McEvilly noted that the conference and the Spring Fall education event are ALL on the west. Fairness is an issue. Amanda will send a report with all numbers to go out to BOT with Minutes, for consideration.

    6. LSAW Foundation: John Christensen pre-sented a report and shared that the Foundation had income of $10,800 and expenses of $13,750 in 2013. He requested that representatives take the report to their chapters.

    7. NSPS Governor:

    •Good news that the LSIT’s in chapters can take CFEdS course and get 3 month credit towards the Board of Registration Professional Surveyor’s examination qualification time. They still will not become CFedS until they have passed the Washington PLS exams and met CFedS requirements. March 16-24 2014 is National Surveyors Week.

    •Pat Beehler reported that a monument will be installed at the Capital and members can GPS it to plot it. LSAW to send out a Google Earth file including NGS points auto plotted on a map. This will assist with the stability of the monument in order to benchmark it. Each chapter is asked to do two observations and submit them, then email Jim Wengler with what mark was plotted.

    •John Warren added that NSPS wants YOUR input – as ALL of us are members. Requested that each chapter provide input from their members and provide to NSPS.

    •Motion 2014-005: Motion to allocate $1000 towards Amanda Askren’s attendance at the 2014 Young Surveyors Conference (35 and younger) at NSPS in San Diego in April 12-16, motion seconded. BOT unanimously approved. Part of her goal will be to figure

    Highlights of the Board of Trustees Meeting (continued)

    (Continued on page 9)

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    out how to include new members, and to help establish a young surveyors group in Washington.

    8. Committees:

    President Morriss discussed the need to review the number, purpose and expected outcomes of committees so as to streamline and clarify roles and expected activity levels.

    9. Records Retention Policy:

    LSAW Staff-member Lianna Collinge pro-posed the policy. Motion 2014-006: Jim Coan moved for adoption of the policy as presented. Motion seconded. Discussion. Tom Brewster clarified that as part of LSAW, each chapter would be included and would need to retain records as specified. Motion 2014-007: motion to postpone voting on retention policy until next BOT meeting. Motion seconded. Motion failed. Discussion of existing requirements in the Board Handbook to send documents to the LSAW office. Motion 2014-006 passed.

    10. Apostrophe

    Bill Glassey presented the idea of removing the apostrophe from the LSAW name. Motion 2014-008 to delete the apostrophe, motion seconded. Discussion of legal ramifications and costs was held as well as correct grammar. Motion failed.

    11. Furniture With the closing of the old LSAW office, there is some furniture left. Jim Coan was awarded sole discretion over its fate. He may take photos and have staff send to the membership. Whatever is left over will be donated to charity.

    12. Committee Reports Discussion – Ben Petersen

    A discussion was held of outdated procedures, new processes, and changing association land-scape, etc.. New staff will propose a group of streamlining procedures to the Executive Com-mittee this month for inclusion at the next BOT meeting May 17th.

    13. Motion 2014-009, to draft minutes of BOT meeting within 5 business days for review & comments by all BOT members and revised by 10 days for distribution to all members of LSAW. BOT passed unanimously.

    14. Motion 2014-010, that BOT meeting packets should be available to all BOT 5 BUSI-NESS days prior to BOT meetings and will include: agenda, minutes, current list of BOT and chairs, current membership, budget, and all other reports which are to be received 10 days prior. Tom Brewster proposed friendly

    amendment to Motion 2014-010 of 21 days in advance and follow approved format. Motion seconded. Motion failed. Original motion passed unanimously.

    15. Conference Membership Verification:

    Ben Petersen requested staff investigate member number control mechanisms for reg-istration of conference and website log in for membership only information/area.

    16. Executive Committee

    Lianna Collinge, LSAW staff, was added as signer on checking account. The CD has been closed and funds merged into checking account.

    17. Executive Committee Officer Promo-tion:

    Discussion of lack of vote on ascension of Of-ficers in November 2013. Motion 2014-012 was made that this board of trustees ratify the sitting officers of the association. Motion seconded and passed.

    Correspondence

    Alberta Surveyors Association invited Earl to attend their conference. However, there is no money so he will not attend.

    Good of the Order

    1. New POB magazine’s “Traversing the Law” feature has an article with a concerning message about Washington Surveyors. Be sure to review.

    2. Motion 2014-013: Motion that LSAW in-vestigate elements/costs/requirements of sponsoring 2015 Surveyors Rendezvous in September 2015 and report back to BOT May 2014. BOT motion passed. President Morriss requested Task force or Ad Hoc committee to assist. John Christensen, John Thalacker, to participate, Ron Tor-rance and Brent Johnston will Co- Chair.

    3. All Chapter Presidents, please send busi-ness photo to Aaron Blaisdell for ESS.

    With no further business, meeting was ad-journed at 2:29 PM.

    NEXT MEETING Saturday May 17 2014.

    Highlights of the Board of Trustees Meeting (continued)

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    I discovered over the past week that we (LSAW Foundation) neglected to publish the names of our scholarship recipients awarded in September 2013, for the 2013/2014 school year. I must apologize to all the students for not recognizing them in the Winter issue of the Ev-ergreen State Surveyor. I do want to thank the LSAW Auxiliary for at publishing the names in the Winter issue.

    The LSAW Foundation would not exist without the support of our Directors, the Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington, Chapters of the LSAW, and generous supporters of the Foundation. There are many ways you can contribute to our fund and we welcome your support.

    LSAW Foundation Scholarship Recipients for 2013/2014 School Year

    Student LSAW LSAW Northwest Mickiewicz Name Foundation Auxiliary Chapter Memorial Blaed Easter $ 500 $ 1,000 Shellie Johnson $ 1,500 David Neds $ 500 $ 1,000 Lucas Beauchamp $ 500 $ 500 Fernando Chen $ 1,000 Jason Walton $ 1,000 Trini Arce $ 1,000 Sebastian Garcia $ 1,000 Nic Rassat $ 500 $ 1,000 Adam Thompson $ 750 Jessica Amos $ 250 $ 500 Nate Green $ 750

    Please visit our website for donation forms or contact information.

    Thank you again for your support and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

    lSAW AWArdS ScholArShiPSSubmitted by Kenneth Swindaman, PLS Director LSAW Foundation

    Scholarship applications for 2014 are now available...

    Applications are available in both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats. To be eligible for consideration, applications must be received or postmarked by July 15, 2014. Mail your completed application to:

    Rich Waltrip, Scholarship Committee Chair LSAW Foundation

    702 West 21st Avenue Spokane, WA 99203

    You are eligible to be considered for an LSAW scholarship if you are enrolled in a two–year Washington school that offers a Land Surveying curriculum, or if you are enrolled in classes in the Geomatics program at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Other restrictions may apply, see the application for details. Along with the application form, you should also download the Application Instructions document from the website at www.lsawfoundation.org . Remember to include your college transcripts (if any) and a copy of the course cur-riculum of your school’s surveying program. You must also sign and date your application, or it will not be considered.

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    I work directly under the Chief Cadastral Surveyor of Oregon and Washington – Mary Hartel. I research technical questions referred to me by the Branch Chief, Section Chiefs, Solicitor’s Office, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. We are here to recognize, honor, and say “Thank you” to Jerry Olson for the research he has done on our common history of land surveying in Washington. The volume and quality of work he has been able to accomplish is truly remarkable. I say “common history” because the surveyors Jerry writes about were private surveyors performing contracts for the government. Because he himself is a seasoned veteran retracement surveyor he understands the type of information hard core GLO retracement surveyors seek. The patterns, connections, customs, when did they start, when did they stop, where might I find more information. Jerry’s work dovetails perfectly with the files we, as surveyors, keep on individual surveyors that access the reliability of their measurement returns, topo calls, stone and accessory marking styles, and the types of shortcuts they liked to take. Cadastral surveying, like a lot of other callings, is not so much about what you know as it is about whom you know. We, as younger surveyors, know the Washington GLO deputies better because of Jerry Olson’s research.

    Jerry first book “The First Land Surveyors of Washington” came out in 1983.

    David D. Clarke 1864-1920 Narratives of a Surveyor and Engineer in the Pacific Northwest, published in 1997, 225 pages

    Surveying North of the River, The Surveyors Associated with the Washington Surveyors General Office in the Contract Era 1851-1910, by Jerry C. Olson first edition 2010, 1300 pps. second edition maybe next year 2000 pps. 525 surveyors, over 1600 photos

    Also on the web:Interactive Washington State Surveyors DatabaseAll Surveyors for State of Washington – alphabetical, 249 pps. name-regis-county-from-to-kind-recordsAll Surveyors for State of Washington – registration numberGLO Surveyors Detailed Work – alphabetical – 123 pps. name-contract-location-yearGLO Surveyors Detailed Work – contract no.GLO Surveyors Biographies – 26 pps of links to individual bio downloadsGLO Surveyors Photos – 469 pps, subject-object-date caption-URL-citation-sourceDLC Surveys by SurveyorGLO Surveyor Personal Notes – 1035 pagesMineral Surveyors ListGLO Surveyors Graves – by locationGLO Surveyors Graves – alphabetical

    GLO Places – kmz file for GoogleEarth

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    Information on GLO crewman – now 5000

    GLO signatures

    We at BLM are super appreciative of the work Jerry has done.

    We would like to bestow on Jerry the title of “Honorary U.S. Deputy Surveyor”.

    This is the highest honor we can give.

    Only one other surveyor has ever received this honor, also a Washington Surveyor, Denny DeMeyer, in 1985.

    Thank you Jerry for sharing what you know with us younger surveyors.

    (Editor’s Note: This speech was written and presented in form by Royce Hill at the LSAW Conference, March 7, 2014)

    Blm AWArdS Jerry c. olSon AS honorAry u.S. dePuty SurveyorBy Royce Hill - Land Surveyor, Bureau of Land Management, Branch of Geographic Sciences

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    Earl Morriss, President

    Mike McEvilly, President-Elect

    lSAW chAPterS & PreSidentS

    Alan duback

    doug Casement

    Mike dunphy

    Ron Torrence

    Lower Columbia

    North Olympic

    North Puget Sound

    Northwest

    Snohomish

    South Puget Sound

    Southwest

    KC Moore

    Weston dorszynski

    San JuanRobert Wilson

    John Christensen Vice-President

    Josh dahm

    Cascade Columbia

    North Central

    Jason Rinehart

    Mark Sele

    2014 lAnd SurveyorS’ ASSociAtion oF WAShington rePreSentAtiveS

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    John Christensen Vice-President

    Tom Brewster Secretary

    Carla Merritt State delegate

    duane Zimmerman—

    Brent Johnston

    Cascade Columbia

    Inland Empire

    North Central

    Northeast

    South Central

    Jason Rinehart

    darrell Sowards

    Mark Sele

    James Wengler nSPS Governor

    James A. Coan, Past President-

    2014 lAnd SurveyorS’ ASSociAtion oF WAShington rePreSentAtiveS

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    2014 conFerence iS A Big SucceSS!!

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    2014 conFerence iS A Big SucceSS!!

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    2014 conFerence iS A Big SucceSS!!

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    2014 conFerence iS A Big SucceSS!!

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    Silent auctions are always interesting, but it has been a few years since one has been held at the LSAW annual conference. While retaining the Old Time Surveyor raffle this year, the LSAW Foundation added a silent auction event to its fund raising activities. 18 companies and individuals donated 39 items (see donors listed below), ranging from handmade decora-tive items to surveying related antiques to office equipment. The bidding was intense for some popular items and when Ken Swindaman, LSAW Board chairman closed the auction at 10:15 on Friday, winning bidders had pledged nearly $2600 for the LSAW Foundation scholarship fund.

    Meanwhile, the raffle of the Old-Time Surveyor carving was a complete success: $1000 worth of raffle tickets were sold this year. The carving is fashioned by hand from Western White Pine, by Elmar Schultes of Delta, British Columbia.

    In 2013, the Foundation distributed $13,750 in scholarships to 12 recipients attending 5 area colleges, as well as a grant to TrigStar. Since its inception, the Foundation has dis-tributed $34,500 in scholarships and grants. The Foundation scholarship fund continues to receive substantial financial support via grants from the LSAW Auxiliary and from the Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington. In 2013, the Foundation received financial support from the Northwest and Snohomish Chapters of LSAW (Mike Mickiewicz Memorial Scholarship). The scholarship fund is also supported by mem-bership fees and Foundation fund-raising activities, like the silent auction and raffle. The Foundation Board of Directors and past and future scholarship recipients’ thank you for supporting our fund raisers thorough your generous grants, silent auction donations and bids and we hope to see you next year.

    2014 Auction Donors: Alidade Consulting LSAW-State Office Robert W. Lux, Jr. Ben Peterson Mackay Sposito South Central Chapter of LSAW Erynn Sullivan Mel Garland Steve Ivey Jeff Whittaker C/OGeoline Peterson Survey Monument LLC South West Chapter of LSAW I-5- Supply LLC Prizm Surveying C/O Gary Letzring Tim Kent Kathleen Cassou Resource Supply Anonymous

    FoundAtion neWSSubmitted by Jon Purnell, PLS

    THE SOUTH PUGET SOUND CHAPTER OF LSAW PRESENTS THE 9th ANNUAL

    SURVEY CAMPOUT

    AUGUST 22nd THRU 24TH, 2014 ALDER LAKE PARK GROUP CAMPSITE

    REGISTRATION FORM POSTED ON WWW.LSAWSPSC.ORG

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    (Continued on page 22)

    For the techniciAnBy James A Coan, Sr., PLS CfedSFor the Technician:

    Whenever I teach a class at our state conference or at the LSAW refresher class, I amalways asked by a Survey Technician; where can they go to learn more about surveying(especially math). I always tell them to go back to school; however, I know many youngsurveyors just can’t do that and need to work.

    To that end, I will be writing a series of articles to address this problem and hopefullythey will be a help to those young surveyors out there that would like to learn more. Iwill begin with basic math and then show how it is applied in the surveying world.

    For all surveyors reading this in the Evergreen State Surveyor, please share this withyour technicians. And for all technicians, I hope this will help.

    So let’s get started.

    Basic Math

    Ratios:

    A ratio can be thought of as a fraction. It is usually expressed with the numerator (thetop number) and the denominator (the bottom number) having the same units. If theyare the same units, they will cancel each other out leaving the ratio dimensionless. Thenumerator and the denominator are called the terms of the ratio.

    Example 1:

    A lot is 150.00 feet long and 50.00 feet wide. Find the ratio of the length to width.

    The ratio of length to width isଵହ.ᇱ�(௨௧)

    ହ.ᇲ(ௗ௧). By dividing the numerator (150.00’)

    by the denominator (50.00’) you can see that the ratio of the length to the width isଷ

    ଵ.

    That is, the length of the lot is 3 times longer than the width.

    Sometimes it is necessary to convert different units to the same unit before comparingthings as a ratio.

    Example 2:

    A lot is 21 chains long and 350.50 feet wide. Find the length to width ratio.

    First:

    Convert the chains to feet:ଶଵ�௦

    ଵx�௧

    ଵ�. When multiplying fractions, multiply the

    top times the top and the bottom by the bottom.ଶଵ��௫��௧

    ଵ�= 1386 feet. Notice that the

    chain units canceled and you are left with feet.

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    For the Technician (continued)

    Second:

    Convert the length and width to a ratio the same way we did in example one.

    ଵଷ଼�௧

    ଷହ.ହ�௧=ଷ.ଽହ

    ଵ.

    Proportion:

    A proportion is an equation obtained when two ratios are set equal to each other. When

    the ratio ݔ ൗݕ is equal to the ratioܾܽൗ you can have a proportion.

    Example 3:

    93ൗ =

    31ൗ notice that the two ratios are equal to each other.

    Proportions are used all the time in surveying. It is a useful tool to compare recorddistance to measured distance. Let’s take a look.

    Example 4:

    As a party chief, you have been tasked to find or re-establish the North ¼ corner ofSection 7. The record says the ¼ corner is 40 chains from the Northeast section cornerand the entire north line of section 7 is 78.54 chains.

    You have determined that the ¼ corner is lost and you need to re-establish it usingsingle proportion measurement as called for in chapter 7 of the Manual of SurveyingInstructions. You did find the Northeast and the Northwest section corners of section 7and measured the distance between them at 5,192.67 feet.

    WHERE DO YOU PUT THE NEW 1/4 CORNER?

    First let’s use what we have learned to change the chains to feet.

    One chain = 66 feet.଼.ହସ�

    ଵx�௧

    ଵ�= 5,183.64 feet. But you measured 5,192.67 feet!

    We need to compare the proportion of the record distance to our measured distance.

    ହ,ଵ଼ଷ.ସᇲ(ௗ)

    ହ,ଵଽଶ.ᇲ(௦௨ௗ)=ଶସ.ᇲ(ௗ)

    ?(௦௨ௗ)

    As you can see, the two ratios are equal to each other. What we need to do is calculate

    our distance from the Northeast Section corner to the North ¼ corner.

    Here is where we need to use some basic Algebra. In Algebra, you can do almostanything to an equation as long as you do the exact same thing to both sides of theequal sign.

    (Continued on page 23)

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    For the Technician (continued)

    First, we will multiply the numerator of the first ratio with the denominator of the secondratio.

    Second, we will multiply the numerator of the second ratio with the denominator of thefirst ratio.

    5,183.64’ (record) x ? (measured) = 2,640.00(record) x 5,192.67’ (measured)

    Now we need to get the unknown distance on one side of the equal sign and everythingelse on the other side. We do this by dividing both sides of the above equation by5,183.64 (record) (that’s called the coefficient of the unknown), and our formulabecomes

    ? (measured) =ଶ,ସ.ᇲ(ௗ)�௫�ହ,ଵଽଶ.ᇲ(௦௨ௗ)

    ହ,ଵ଼ଷ.ସᇲ(ௗ)

    Notice the record units cancel each other and you are left with measured distancesonly. Do the math and your answer becomes 2,644.60 feet.

    Time for what I call the common sense check. Because your measured distancebetween section corners was longer than the record distance, your distance to the ¼corner should be longer than the record distance, and it is. We now know how far tomeasure along the section line to put in the ¼ corner.

    In the next issue of the Evergreen State Surveyor, we will take a look at some BasicAlgebra for going forward.

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    Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington5727 Baker Way NW Suite 200Gig Harbor, WA 98332Phone: 1.877.460.5880

    chANge SeRVIce RequeSted

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    April May22 Career Fair – RTC

    hosted by nPS Chapter

    June19 BOR Meeting – SeaTac

    22 Walker Cup Golf Tournament – Redmond, WA

    9 BOT Meeting – TBA

    1 Labor day

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