USofAZ eNewsletter

December 2019 Issue Highlights
USofAZ Facts & Membership Information
Article of Note from The American Surveyor
UESI Conference Scholarship Info
Get Kids into Survey
Classified / Job Opportunity Board
The Geoholics Podcast
Lost Monuments

2020 United Surveyors of Arizona
Membership Renewals & New Memberships
are now open
*PLEASE NOTE: We are on Calendar Renewal system*

Active Member = $140/year
This membership is for ANY individual engaged in a business or occupation related to Land Surveying and is interested in the advancement of the Land Surveying Profession.
Student Member = $50/year
This is a group that we are going to commit to growing and educating this year.
This membership is for ANY full-time student with an interest in land surveying/geomatics.
Standard Corporate Member (Sponsor) = $600/year
I ncludes all of the following:
  • 3 Active Memberships and you must provide names and contact info for each member.
  • Your company logo will be featured on the USofAZ website and will be linked to your website.
  • Your company banner will be included in our monthly e-newsletter called “Field Notes” (Currently distributed to over 1400 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 over 600 Followers).
  • A spot on the “Ask a Surveyor” email distribution list.
  • Member discounts from local businesses and sponsors.
  • Exclusive invites to all USofAZ member/sponsor events.
  • Sponsor certificate and decal.
  • We could not exist without you!
Premium Corporate Member (Sponsor) = $1000/year
Includes all of the following:
  • UNLIMITED Active Memberships and you must provide names and contact info for each member.
  • Everything that is included in our Standard Corporate Membership!
  • Premium advertising spots on ALL USofAZ correspondence!
  • We could not exist without you!


A Paradigm Shift

JASON FOOSE 12.18.2019
The ultimate judicial function of a surveyor is to help maintain a stable society through artistic measuring of land boundaries. Our most valuable service is keeping the neighbors out of the courtroom. Reasonable individuals and corporations that own land understand the economics of a legal fight. They are happy to employ a land consultant that can work through issues rather than pull the fire alarm and walk away.

The paradigm shift begins with adopting logic that neighbors only need one surveyor to resolve their issues and without litigation.This means our contracts should include verbiage that addresses resolution as a necessary part of the completed survey.
We are well poised to assemble the evidence and guide the concerned parties cohesively to resolution before we finalize our survey.
A strange phenomenon occurs when a lawyer is approached by an upset client. The client’s attitude and pocketbook trigger the lawyer’s “fight or flight” switch. Surveyors have adopted a binary switch as well. It flips between 1.) “I’m right/you’re wrong” and 2.) “That’s just a big ol’ mess out there, see ya later”. Can you see how the surveyor’s response professionally trips the lawyer’s trigger? Land owners view both surveyors and lawyers as costly but necessary evils. With those binary options who wouldn’t?

Student Scholarship for 2020 Surveying and Geomatics Conference

Student Scholarship Application

In 2018, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) established the Student Scholarship Award program to promote outreach and engagement with colleges, universities and students by enabling them to attend ASCE-UESI conferences.
This scholarship is intended to provide opportunities for students to attend a UESI conference and meet with industry professionals. Scholarship applicants who are members of ASCE-UESI are preferred but the scholarship program is open to all qualified students.

Questions: Contact Susan Reid, UESI Manager, at .

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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.
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This podcast is to provide listeners with a
light-hearted yet serious perspective on the life of a geomatics professional. Topics will cover the spectrum of these great professions and more, without limitations. Listeners can count being entertained and educated!

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
February 2019 - Jason McCafferty, Survey Crew Chief
October 2019 - Terry Sunderland, Survey Crew Chief
November 2019 - Eric Austin Instrument Operator 
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