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  • 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:

    2. Tripods and prism poles:

    3. Subsurface Magnetic Locator Model ML-1 : 

    4. Ashtech GPS unit:

    5. Schonstedt XT GA-92:

    6. Nicon Pulse Laser Station NPL-350:

    7. Zeiss Elta S20 & Rec Link Robotic Total Station:

    8. Lufkin 300' survey tape: 

    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 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

  • 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



    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

  • 20 Jan 2019 9:32 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    PLSO Announces 2018 Award Winners

    Congratulations to our 2018 Award Winners! Your dedication to the professional surveying community is incredibly appreciated and respected throughout the state.

    2018 Surveyor of the Year

    Chris Glantz

    Life Membership

    Carl Clinton

    Associate of the Year

    Wes Addington

    Special Member of the Year

    Kelly Miller

    Article of the Year

    "The Lost Surveyor" column by Pat Gaylord

    September/October, July/August, May/June, March/April

    Team Player Award

    Eric Osman

    Bright Idea Award

    Rebranding Task Force

  • 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)



    22-26 April 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam
    at Vietnam National Convention Center

    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  

    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

    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

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