US of AZ Monthly eNewsletter

January 2019 Issue Highlights
Membership Information
News Brief
Mark Your Calendars
New Year's Reminder: Surveyor's Creed
Classified / Job Opportunity Board
Article: Licensing for plotting lines on a satellite photo
Lost Monuments
2019 United Surveyors of Arizona

Active Member = $125/year
Supporting Member = $100/year  - For those who cannot commit to being involved, but believe in what we are doing and want to provide support any way possible.
Student Member = $100  – This is a group that we would really like to see grow this year.
Standard Corporate Member (Sponsor) = $600  – includes all of the following:
  • 3 Active Memberships (you must provide names and contact info for each member.)
  • Your company logo will be featured on the USofAZ website with link to your website.
  • Your company banner will be included in our monthly e-newsletter called “Field Notes” (Currently distributed to over 1350 people) and linked to your website.
  • Your company banner will be included in our promotional flyers and other correspondence for all upcoming USofAZ sponsored events.
  • Promotion on our Facebook page “United Surveyors of Arizona” (Currently 500 Followers).
  • A spot on the “Ask a Surveyor” email distribution list.
  • Discounts on vehicle maintenance and repairs.
  • Exclusive invites to all USofAZ member/sponsor events.
  • Sponsor certificate and decal.
  • We could not exist without you!
Unlimited Corporate Member (Sponsor) = $1000  – includes all of the following:
  • UNLIMITED Active Memberships (you must provide names and contact info for each member)
  • Everything that is included in our Standard Corporate Membership!
  • PLUS a Hole Sponsorship ($200 value) at the 2nd Annual Geomatic Golf Outing already being planned for Sept/Oct 2019!
  • We could not exist without you!

**PLEASE NOTE - After January 31, 2019 ONLY Members will get general correspondence emails (such as alerts about happenings in the Geomatics world and invitations to events) but they will still get Field Notes. Corporate Member Banners located on Field Notes and USofAZ website will be removed for those companies who have not renewed their memberships.


2018 USofAZ Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
*John Rose*

USofAZ asked for nominations of those who they believed to have made significant contributions to the Surveying & Mapping profession in Arizona. John Rose was nominated by James Gill and was unanimously voted on by the Board of USofAZ.
A true native of Arizona, some of John's many achievements, in and out of Surveying include:

  • U.S. Navy Seabees 1970 to 2006
  • Engineering Aide (Surveyor) 1970 to 1995
  • Chief Warrant Officer, Civil Engineer Corps 1995 to 2006
  • Phoenix College
  • AAS Secondary Education 1977
  • AAS Business Administration 1984
  • Surveying Instructor 1998 to 2016
  • Established AAS in Surveying 2005
  • Glendale Community College 2016 to 2017
  • Established Surveying 101
  • Maricopa County Highway Department/Depart of Transportation 1979 to 2013
  • Chief Surveyor 1991 to 2013
  • Maricopa County Parks and Recreation 2013 to Present
  • Maricopa Trail Manager
2019 National Surveyors Week
is fast approaching!
USofAZ has the following activities planned:

Sunday 3/17 – Boy Scout Merit Badge
and Initial Point Hike
  Tuesday 3/19 – Axe Throwing @ LumberJaxes
(Mentoring Kick-Off Event)
 Thursday 3/21 – Promote Land Surveying
as a Profession Day at Highland High School
(and possibly others)
 Saturday 3/23 – CST Exam location TBD
If you or your company is interested in sponsoring any of the above events, please contact

2019 Golf Outing
September 22, 2019 @ Superstition Springs Golf Club
(Additional information to come at later date)
New Year's Reminder
Raising the Standards in the Geospatial Industry Globally
The Business & Marketing Evangelist!
Elaine’s mission!
To raise the standards within the Geospatial Industry Globally by giving surveyors through to manufacturers a dedicated resource for business, sales, marketing and strategic communications…and to encourage and excite the next generation of surveyors.
(Anyone wishing to post here, please send an email to
Bowman Consulting has an opportunities for the following in Tempe, AZ:
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Survey Field Crew Chief - Wilson & Company
Wilson & Company, Inc., Engineers & Architects, a national multi-disciplined surveying and engineering firm, is looking for a full-time Survey Field Crew Chief to lead a Field Crew in collecting information from the field and preparing it for the CADD Operators in our Phoenix, AZ office. The ideal candidate must be willing to frequently travel if needed, perform each essential duty of the position, and have great communication and mathematical skills.
Mississippi licensing board says plotting lines on a satellite photo requires a surveyor's license

Is it a case of legality or just another instance of a bureaucracy exerting undue authority?
By  Cal Jeffrey  on July 10, 2018, 3:03 PM

Why it matters: Should an app developer have to get a surveying license to create a program that places boundary lines on a satellite image using only information that is already available to the public? Mississippi apparently thinks so and is suing a tech startup to prove it.

Mississippi’s  Board  of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors is suing  Vizaline , LLC, a startup providing a risk-management tool to banks, for practicing “unlicensed surveying.” The firm has filed a countersuit claiming “that the board violated its First Amendment right to convey information to willing customers.”
In 2014, retired banker Brent Melton and GEO-Spatial and remote sensing expert Scott Dow formed a company called Vizaline and released an app called “Viza-Plat” that allows banks to assess loan risk by plotting lines over satellite imagery.
The program uses public information to create an outline of the property that banks can look at to see if there is any need for further action to “resolve any discrepancies in the legal description” of the property.
“Using public data to draw lines on satellite photos is not surveying, it’s free speech,”  Institute for Justice  (IJ) Senior Attorney Paul Avelar told TechSpot via email. “You don’t need the government’s permission to use existing information to create new information and sell it to willing customers.”

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
December 2017 - Eugene O'Brien, AZ RLS 33865
April 2018 - Earl Watts, AZ RLS 27253
May 2018 - James (Jim) Muth, AZ RLS 13014
July 2018 - Thomas Christopher, AZ RLS 24514
July 2018 - Martin Vasquez, Survey Crew Chief
  USofAZ would like thank all of our sponsors
 and recognize the following organizations for being our Strategic Partners!
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