This webinar series has been developed to provide education to survey technicians. Webinars will be held on Friday mornings from 9 AM - 11 AM. The series includes the following webinars:

  • Oct. 23rd - Intro to Online Survey Research (Presented by Vic Banks)
  • Oct. 30th - Boundary Law (Presented by Mitch Duryea)
  • Nov. 6th - Intro to PLSS (Presented by Mitch Duryea)
  • Nov. 13th - Random Error Theory (Part 1) (Presented by Jim Coan)
  • Nov. 20th - Random Error Theory (Part 2) (Presented by Jim Coan)
  • Dec. 4th - RTK GPS (Presented by Martin Paquette)

Webinars can be registered for individually or you may register for the entire series.

Full Series: $245
Individual Webinars: $45

Full Series: $395
Individual Webinars: $75
Join & Save: $345 (includes Associate Membership and webinar registration)


The LSAW Board of Directors reaffirmed their support for the monument preservation legislation and a letter of support was sent to the public land office.

LSAW Remembers - Duane T. Hartman
Duane T. Hartman
Oct. 20, 1933 – Sept. 7, 2020

Duane Thomas Hartman, PLS, a Washington State licensed Professional Land Surveyor #9158, passed away peacefully in his home September 7th at age 86 after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was blessed to be surrounded by his family in his final days. Duane began his surveying career in 1951 with Seattle City Light on the Ross Hydroelectric Dam. After serving honorably in the US Army he studied Civil Engineering (1951-1955) and Photogrammetry (1957-1958) at the University of Washington. He joined Horton Dennis and Associates (HDA) in 1957 as a survey party chief. After becoming professionally licensed in 1965, he formed Hartman-West and Associates and later joined Jones and Associates in Bellevue, Washington in 1968, serving as their Vice-President from 1970 to 1971. He returned to Horton Dennis and Associates and became their Vice-President and Director of Surveying and Mapping in 1973. Over the next 17 years he built HDA into one of the largest and most notable survey firms in the Pacific Northwest, with up to a dozen licensed land surveyors and up to 17 survey field crews. He became a partner and Vice-President at Permit Engineering in 1989 and in 1993 purchased their assets to start Duane Hartman & Associates in Woodinville, Washington, now managed by his son, Doug Hartman. Duane was highly regarded by his peers’ and his legacy as the principal surveyor for the Trident Naval Base at Bangor, NAS Whidbey Island, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Sound Transit Light Rail system and over a thousand Boeing projects is unmatched. He is fondly remembered as a congenial and kindly individual who encouraged and mentored countless now-licensed land surveyors’ throughout the Pacific Northwest. Memorial services, if any, will be announced at a later date.
The LSAW Board of Directors held a virtual meeting on August 15th. Below are the highlights from the meeting.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic both the LSAW Executive Committee and Board of Directors continue to conduct LSAW business via Zoom video conferences.

  • The LSAW Fall Workshop will be conducted virtually and feature a series of webinars to provide education for survey technicians.

  • The 2021 LSAW Conference is currently scheduled for March 3-5 at the Hilton in Vancouver, WA. The Executive Committee and Conference Committee will be monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic situation in regard to large in-person meetings. LSAW will be prepared to shift the Conference to a virtual platform if it becomes necessary.

  • Help build the 2022 Transformation Tool: Get out and collect GPS on benchmarks. Tom Barger is coordinating this effort for Washington State. Deadline is December 2021.

Each chapter should plan to occupy the priority bench marks in their region. Information located at https://www.ngs.noaa.gov/GPSonBM/ 

  •  All LSAW Committees are looking for member participation. If you are interested in serving on a committee please email info@lsaw.org

  • The “Washington State Common Law of Surveys and Property Boundaries” book by Jerry Broadus is due for an update. An ad-hoc committee has been formed to determine the best path forward with this endeavor.

  • LSAW continues to support and actively promote the proposed Monument Preservation legislation.

  • The Nominating Committee presented, and the Board approved, the 2021 Slate of Candidates. Elections will be held at the November meeting.
Jeff Lynch, President (by succession)
Chris Jepson, President-Elect
Tony Chenier, Vice President
Lynee Forsyth, Secretary (Second Year of Second Two-year Term)
Joe Kraft, Treasurer (First Year of First Two-year Term)
Donald Wieber, Immediate Past President (by succession)

  • The TrigStar Coordinator position remains vacant. Executive Director Crissy Willson has streamlined the administration of this program and will serve as interim Chair for 2021. If someone is interested in volunteering for this role, please email Crissy at info@lsaw.org 

  •  The fall WestFed and NSPS Board of Directors meetings will be held virtually.
  • LSAW Chapters are encouraged to set up virtual meetings. If you have questions on how to do so, or need assistance in setting up meetings, please contact Crissy.

  • The Walker Cup was held on Friday August 14th with about half the participants as usual.

  • Next Board meeting will be November 14, 2020 via Zoom Video Conference.
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