Highlights from August Board of Directors Meeting

The LSAW Board of Directors met via Zoom on August 8, 2023. Below are the highlights from the meeting and reports included in the agenda.


  • LSAW was well represented at the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Working Week held in Florida. This is the first time in twenty years that the FIG Working Week has been held in the United States. 


  • The 2024 Conference will be held February 28 – March 1 at the Tulalip Resort & Casino. The Conference Committee has confirmed featured speakers including Gary Kent, Davey Edwards, Dave Doyle, and Brian Ballantyne. Program information and registration will be available soon.


  • Executive Director Crissy Willson is working on confirming a location in Tacoma for 2025 and Spokane in 2026.


  • The updated LSAW Common Law book is now available to order. The books should arrive at the Executive Office the last week of August and will begin shipping out. The introductory price of $99 for members is available through November 3rd after which the price increases to $149.


  • The LSAW Fall Seminar will be held on November 3rd at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. The seminar will feature Kris Kline who will provide an overview and highlight the changes in the LSAW Common Law update. Registration is open at LSAW.org


  • The Deputy Director for the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors position has been filled by Kris Horton.


  • A position for LS Member of the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors will be opening when Jim Wengler completes his term in 2024. Those considering applying for the position that would like an endorsement from LSAW should contact the LSAW Executive Office by September 1st.


  • The Board of Directors discussed the proposed amendments to Washington Administrative Codes (WACs). There is not sufficient time before the hearing to gauge the membership and take an official position. Instead, LSAW will poll the membership and provide an easy means of submitting feedback. That feedback and poll results will be provided to the DNR prior to the August 23rd hearing.


  • The Evergreen State Surveyor (ESS) magazine is on track to publish four issues this year. Editor Ben Petersen encouraged LSAW members to help support the magazine by adding their business card to help offset the expense of the magazine. Larger ad space is also available for survey firms desiring more exposure and is great for firms recruiting efforts. The deadline for the next issue will be October 1st. Information on advertising is available at: https://lsaw.org/ess_magazine.html


  • Special thanks to ESS current advertisers Frontier Precision and Carlson. Your support is appreciated!


  • The Slate of Candidates for 2024 LSAW Officers is as follows:

Amanda Free, President (by succession)

Desi Schilling, President-Elect

Luke Lymangrover, Vice President

Brett Flippo, Secretary (serving first year of first two-year term)

Doug Vogt, Treasurer (serving second year of first two-year term)

Tony Chenier, Immediate Past President (by succession)


  • At the November 4th Board of Directors meeting, the floor will be open to additional Officer nominations prior to election.


  • The Outreach Committee held its first meeting via Zoom which was well attended. The committee will be focusing efforts on outreach to Career Technical Education (CTE) professionals, school counselors, and students. If you are interested in serving on the Outreach Committee, please email info@LSAW.org so that you can be added to the committee list. It is hoped that at least one member from every chapter will participate.


  • Help build the 2022 Transformation Tool, get out, and collect GPS on benchmarks. Tom Barger is coordinating this effort for Washington State. Deadline has been extended to September 30, 2023.


ACTION ITEM: Each chapter should plan to occupy the priority bench marks in their region.

Information is located at: https://www.ngs.noaa.gov/GPSonBM/



  • Be sure to subscribe to the LSAW Calendar (google calendar) or check back often as Chapter and other events are added.


Future Meeting Dates:

Friday/Saturday, November 3-4, 2023 – Fall Workshop & Board Meeting at Clark College in Vancouver

February 28 – March 1, 2024 – LSAW Annual Conference at Tulalip Resort & Casino

Click Here to Download Full Meeting Minutes

Now Shipping!

Washington State Common Law of Surveys & Property Boundaries

Second Edition

The LSAW Common Law of Surveys & Property Boundaries has been updated!

Books will begin shipping on August 15th! Order Today!


Introductory pricing is available until November 5th.

Members $99, Non-Members $150

Volume discounts available for orders of 10 or more books - contact info@LSAW.org


Want to know what is new? Register for the LSAW Fall Seminar for an update and highlights of what is new in the book. Kris Kline will be available to answer quesitons and sign books!

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Did you know that the Evergreen State Surveyor is archived as searchable PDFs on the LSAW website?

Click Here to View Back Issues of the ESS

Fall Issue of Evergreen State Surveyor Now Available!


The Evergreen State Surveyor (ESS) provides a valuable resource to the land surveying profession. With unparalleled content including thought-provoking articles as well as up-to-date news, the ESS is a premier industry magazine.


The ESS is free to all members and provided on the LSAW website for everyone. In order to continue the ESS we need your help! Please consider advertising in the magazine. Business card ads are only $100! Consider a half-page ad to increase company brand recognition or to fill open positions! Click here to download advertising information.



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LSAW EVENT CALENDAR




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Click the + sign at the bottom of the calendar and you can choose to be notified every time we add (or update) and event on the LSAW calendar!

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New Outreach Posters Available

Participating in career technical education (CTE) events, STEM events, and events focusing on school counselors, has proven successful. Special thanks to Trent Keenan for developing a poster that can be distributed at these events. The poster depicts the different paths to licensure and features QR codes along the path to resources such as Trig-Star, Get Kids Into Survey, Future Cities, NSPS CST, and more. If you are participating in an outreach event targeted toward counselors or CTE professionals and would like handout posters, please contact LSAW at info@LSAW.org

Job Board

New opportunities posted on the LSAW Job Board!


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Each webinar features an NGS employee delving into a topic of interest, and generally includes a moderated question and answer session. These webinars are geared toward geospatial professionals as well as educators/students of geodesy and remote sensing. 


Registration is free, webinars are streamed via GoToWebinar, and video recordings are made available for later viewing. 


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LSAW - Member Benefit

Member Pricing on WFPS FS Exam Study Course

FUNDAMENTALS OF SURVEYING EXAM STUDY COURSE
LSAW in conjunction with the Western Federation of Professional Surveyors (WFPS) is pleased to announce the availability of a new online study course. Approximately 16 hours of videos and a manual to help you prepare to take the Fundamentals of Surveying exam. 

Topics: Topics included are based on the current NCEES Fundaments of Surveying (FS) exam specifications and recommended knowledge. https://ncees.org/wp-content/uploads/FS-CBT-specs.pdf

Presenters: Dane Courville, PLS and Knud Hermansen, PLS, PE, Ph.D.
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Member Pricing on WFPS Continuing Education Library

WFPS has captured over 18 hours of webinars with respected speaker Steve Parrish. The webinars are available to purchase as a full library or as individual modules.


LSAW members receive discounted member pricing! For more information, visit: http://wfps.org/ParrishSeminars.html

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