US of AZ Monthly eNewsletter

May 2018 Issue Highlights

USofAZ News
Boy Scout Merit Badge
2018 Geomatics Golf Outing
Guest Articles by Brian Fisher & Daniel Katz
Save the Date: CST Exam
Classified / Job Opportunity Board
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.

We’ve got some great things planned for the rest of the year that you will want to be a part of including:
  • Trig-Star exams at local high schools
  • Boy Scout Survey Merit Badge courses
  • 2018 Geomatics Golf Outing
  • Get Kids Into Surveying outreach
  • Philanthropic projects
  • Member/sponsor appreciation events

Next General Membership Meeting:
June 15, 2018 at the Westwood PS office
2pm -3:30pm
Please email Kent Groh if you will be attending 
Boy Scout Merit Badge Outing
June 30, 2018 in Payson, Arizona
Contact Mike Banta if you would like to assist

September 23, 2018 Geomatics Golf Outing
The Legend at Arrowhead
$75 per player
Includes: range balls, 18-Holes, lunch, drink ticket,
prizes & FUN!

Hole Sponsorships: $200
Hole Sponsorships with Foursome: $400

If you are interested in sponsoring a hole, contest or would like to add to Swag-bags, please contact
GPS on Bench Mark
by Brian Fisher

In this article we will look at what the GPS on Bench Mark Project is, what it will produce, why you should and when you can participate, and where you can go to find a mark to observe. NGS will produce a model with whatever data they have at the end of August this year. Right now is the opportunity for you to improve the data in and around your community by getting involved. GPS on BM is a necessary project to both improve the future models we use to obtain elevation information and to build a continued link to previous datum realizations of the past. If your community is realized to an older datum (like NGVD29 or NAVD88) or you are wondering how you will be able to migrate to the next datum in 2022, GPS on BM is an important project for you.

Surveyors and Other Professional Drone Operators Should be Focused on
Accuracy and Reliability
Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about what it can and does mean to utilize a “professional” drone for commercial projects as opposed to a “consumer-grade” product. Different people define these terms in different ways, but for most, the crux of the argument comes down to a debate about “DJI vs. high-end”.
In practice, though, it’s often more about “phantom vs. custom.” The DJI M600 and M200 series face a lot of the same challenges as boutique manufactured drones from other manufacturers. Many of the models in DJI’s “professional” or “enterprise” lines do not, in fact, produce better accuracy when used for surveying, and since they are more expensive and more complex to operate, they do not make as good an investment for most survey companies.
This is the kind of ROI-focused decision-making we’ve helped hundreds of surveyor work through in order to use drones to grow their business without hiring , which is for the most part possible on account of providing land surveyors with everything they need to use drones to finish surveys 90% faster . Aerotas does not have any formal affiliation with any particular drone company, which gives us the freedom to test and evaluate everything in order to provide our customers with the best tools. In our testing, we have found that there are minimum technical standards that are required to produce the accuracy land surveyors need: a 20-megapixel camera with a global shutter (as opposed to a linear rolling shutter) on a 3-axis gimbal on a multi-rotor. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro and Advanced models meet these specifications. With the right sensor, so do the more expensive models, but those more expensive models do not produce better accuracy results on surveys.

JULY 14, 2018

Phil Fedor will be hosting/proctoring an exam on 7/14 at the Bowman Consulting office in Tempe.
To register please email

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Darling Geomatics
Job Title: Land Surveyor (RLS or LSIT Position)
Department: Survey
Reports To: Survey Division Manager, RLS
Supervises: Survey Party Chief, Survey Technician

The Registered Land Surveyor or Land Surveyor in Training is a supervisory position. The RLS/LSIT performs professional land surveyor activities and must have a sound foundation in the practices and procedures of land survey techniques, both field and office techniques. The land surveyor resolves conflicts, solves problems, trains subordinates, and leads a team of land survey personnel in survey operations.

Survey Technician (Office)
Date: Apr 16, 2018
Location: Phoenix, AZ, US
Company: SRP
SRP is the third-largest public power and water utility in the U.S. SRP provides electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. SRP was established in 1903 and has a strong history of stewardship and customer service within Arizona. SRP consistently ranks as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power. We are currently recruiting for a Surveyor Technician.
Job Brief
Under minimal supervision, coordinates and completes technical survey office work assignments for the Land‐Survey Division. Works on a variety of survey related assignments involving analysis of field collected topography and land boundary surveys. Reviews, evaluates and analyzes survey boundary related documents such as deeds, plats, surveys and easements. Drafts base maps of existing land rights to assist in the drafting of final deliverables (Results of surveys and exhibit drawings) through the utilization of COGO and CAD software programs. Prepares information for the use of field survey crews in performing construction layout work. Understands the basic principles of state plane coordinate systems, grid to ground conversions and vertical datums. Understands the public land survey system, including sectional break downs, GLO lotting, closing corners and witness corners.
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

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