US of AZ Monthly eNewsletter

January 2018 Issue Highlights

USofAZ News: Monthly Meeting, Online Public Forum
Guest Article from Brian Fisher
2018 Surveyors Week
Allen Instruments - Customer Appreciation Day
New Section: Classified / Job Opportunity Board
New Section: Lost Monuments

2018 Membership Renewals
Membership & Sponsorship Opportunities
Active (voting) Membership: $120/yr
Student (non-voting) Membership: $100y/yr
Supporting (non-voting) Membership: $100/yr
*Corporate Sponsorships: $600/yr
*Includes 3 Active Memberships and more promotional opportunities than ever.
USofAZ News
Monthly USofAZ Meeting
Thank you to Westwood Professional Services for hosting our January meeting.

Our February 16th meeting will be held at Bowman Consulting at 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

Attendance at these meetings has been growing every month! Let's keep it going!!
USofAZ Online Public Forum
A Place to Discuss all our your Geomatics Questions or Concerns

The USofAZ Forum is a space for peer-to-peer professional exchange of ideas, thoughts, problems, and solutions related to the theory and practice of land surveying and mapping

Mark Your Calendars
September 2018:
Geomatics Golf Outing

More info to come!

Anyone who would like to be a part of the planning committee or if you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact

A Reintroduction to the National Geodetic Survey
& an Introduction of the
Arizona Geodetic Coordinator

Brian S. Fisher, RLS State Geodetic Coordinator, AZ
The mission of NGS is to define, maintain, and provide access to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). The NSRS provides a consistent coordinate system that defines latitude, longitude, height, scale, gravity, and orientation throughout the United States and its territories. There are several ways to interact with NGS. The NGS home page, gives the public access to data, tools, data processing portals (OPUS), and contact information for NGS staff. Two important staff positions to mention are the Regional Geodetic Advisor and the State Geodetic Coordinator.

The Regional Geodetic Advisor is a federal employee of NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey. The Advisor serves as a liaison between NGS and its public, academic, and private sector constituents within their assigned region. They provide expert guidance and assistance to these constituents who are managing the geodetic component of geospatial activities that are tied to the NSRS. Geodetic advisors serve as subject matter experts in geodesy and regional geodetic issues, collaborating internally across NGS and NOAA to further the organizations’ missions. They are to maintain awareness of current developments in geodetic science and technology, updates and improvements to geodetic reference systems, and application to geospatial activities. Recognizing that a Regional Advisor supports an entire region in which individual states may have local and unique geodetic needs or priorities, NGS recommends that each state identify someone to serve as a State Geodetic Coordinator. The State Geodetic Coordinator is not employed by NGS and is assigned by a state government agency or university. The Coordinator serves as a liaison between the state and NGS. State Coordinators should have technical expertise in geodesy to make informed decisions about and provide guidance for geospatial activities that benefit from connecting to the NSRS. The State Geodetic Coordinator is a primary point of contact in the state for the Regional Geodetic Advisor.

USofAZ is Pleased to Announce...

March 18- 24 2018
Date: 03/18/2018
Event: Boy Scout Survey Merit Badge Introduction and Initial Point Sunset Hike
Time: 3pm to 6pm (approximately)
Location: Estrella Park and PIR
Cost: FREE
Date: 03/19/2018
Event: Axe Throwing at Lumberjaxes
Time: 6pm to 9pm 
Location: 3109 S Fair Ln St Tempe, AZ 85282
Cost: $35/person
Date: 03/21/2018
Event: Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Francisco Giants
Time: 6:40pm Game
Location: Salt River Fields
Cost: $20/person
Date: 03/23/2018
Event: Geomatic Professional’s Retreat
Time: 8am-5pm (approximate)
Location: Wrigley Mansion
Cost: $95/person

NSW Trifecta - $130
Includes individual entry into all 3 paid events

Please visit for more details and register for any of these events

Register Now for These
FREE Monthly Events!
every 1 st Monday of the month

every 1 st Tuesday of the month

every 2 nd Wednesday of the month

(Anyone wishing to post here, please send an email to

BPG Designs is now seeking qualified applicants for both part-time and full-time Mapping Specialist positions in Tempe, Arizona. BPG Designs is a design-build company focusing primarily in the utilities and telecommunications industries. Completing mapping, engineering, and construction projects across the United States, BPG maintains a wide footprint of business. Celebrating 18 years in business, BPG is continuously growing and adapting to the modern market place. 
At BPG, Mapping Specialists will support the operations of the Design Department. Responsibilities include mobile mapping data collection, GIS data processing, LiDAR feature extraction, and CAD drafting. All required skills will be taught on the job, through extensive training. Currently there are no minimum qualifications for these positions, however, strong written and verbal communication skills are desirable. Prior knowledge in GIS, survey, remote sensing, engineering, construction, and or drafting is also a plus.
The perfect candidate for this position will be willing to learn new professional skills, can communicate well, and is able to positively function on a team. If applicants are currently in school, adaptive schedules will be permitted and encouraged. Both positions are paid based on previous applicant qualifications. A comprehensive benefit package is included for full-time positions.
People interested in applying should email resumes/CVs, with cover letters, to Sharon Pinska at Please address your email subject line as “Mapping Specialist Applicant.” 
Please attach your resume and cover letter to the email. In your cover letter, please address whether you are interested in a part-time or full-time position, and indicate your available work times. In addition, please mention your future professional goals, and tell us why you think you would be a good fit at BPG Designs.  

Do you enjoy working in an extremely fast paced environment? Are you able to grasp concepts quickly, manage your time effectively and do not need direct supervision? Are you resourceful and creative? If so, then we might have the job for you!
We are looking for a Survey Drafter that possesses the skills to or has the general concept of and can learn the following:
  • Use Civil 3D
  • Draft ALTA/As-Built/Topographic Surveys
  • Read/write legal descriptions
  • Plays nice with others
If you are still reading, please respond with the following:
- Resume
-Specific Salary Requirements
-References (Direct Supervisors only please)
Professional Survey Technician Needed 
Geomatics Consulting Group is in search of a Survey Technician to perform Land Surveying office tasks such as map compilation, boundary and right-of-way plat drafting, records research, surface modeling, and numerous other related duties. Position also involves field work as a fill in crew member when the need arises. Minimum qualifications are:
· Associate of Science in Surveying or registration as LSIT from any state
The following credentials are preferable, but none are mandatory:
· ABET accredited BS in Geomatics Engineering or Surveying Technology
· Microstation and InRoads experience
· CFedS certification
· Additional BS or MS degree in GIS
· Field survey experience (non-construction or residential)
The position is full-time hourly with approximately 85% office and 15% field surveying as an assistant to the Crew when needed. Starting pay range $20-$36/hr depending on qualifications.Please e-mail your ONE page resume to 
Do not call my office line, I will contact you.


Geomatics Consulting Group is in need of a Land Survey Crew Chief to conduct field surveys throughout Arizona for various agencies on civil works projects. Candidates must have good driving record, excellent vision, be in good physical condition and able to work in all climate conditions and elevations across Arizona. This is a journeyman position requiring a wide range of experience with GPS and optical equipment and a solid set of capabilities to improvise when needed. Candidates must have at least 10yrs of verifiable experience on design and boundary projects, construction staking does not apply. Statewide travel is required with week-long hotel stays on occasion, however most projects are in Maricopa County.
Drug use is not allowed at any time during working hours, including alcohol, tobacco, vapor pens and the like.
Starting pay rates are $18-$30/hr depending on qualifications and credentials.
Basic requirements include:
· Minimum 18 years of age
· At least 20-35 vision with or without corrective lenses
· No excessive cell phone usage
· Legally working in the United States
· Valid AZ driver’s license with acceptable driving record
· Must be able to pass a drug test and submit to random testing
· High school diploma or GED
· No felony convictions
 Please e-mail your ONE page resume to 
Do not call my office line, I will contact you.

Vacancy Announcements
See below for job openings at the National Geodetic Survey

Geodesist (Regional Advisor)
Series and Grade: ZP-1372-04 (GS 13/14 equivalent)
1 vacancy in Columbus, OH
1 vacancy in Seattle, WA
Open Period:  Fri., Dec. 11 to Tues. Dec. 26, 2017
The vacancy number is NOS-NGS-2018-0003 for federal employees:
The vacancy number is NOS-NGS-2018-0004 for all U.S. Citizens:
For more information about the Regional Geodetic Advisor Program, visit: .

  • Please direct all questions regarding the positions and applications process to the NOAA Workforce Management Specialist listed in the announcement.
  • You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for both MAP and DEU.
  • If you wish to apply for this position, please ensure that your resume includes the experience required in the specialized experience and duties portion of the announcement. In addition, you must provide all transcripts to support the education requirement.
Dedicated to preserving the memories of those who served our community
August 2017 - Greg Dolphin
November 2017 - Scott Koehler,AZ RLS 45275
November 2017 - Paul Sowers, AZ RLS 19854
November 2017 - William George Kerkering, Rodman

This section will be reserved for the names of members of our
Survey & Geomatics community who have passed away.
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 and recognize the following organizations for being our Strategic Partners!
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