South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors
SDSPLS was established to facilitate and promote Professional Land Surveying in the State of South Dakota.

Our mission is to promote the profession, assist surveying professionals through education and information, and to provide a unified voice for fellow surveyors in South Dakota.

We welcome you to use this site to enhance your knowledge and gain a better understanding of how we are working to elevate the surveying profession in South Dakota.

From The Editor  (August 2019) 

Welcome to the August Issue of Backsights & Foresights. In this issue you will find much of what you expect here alongside a few new items, including the next article in "The Land Surveyor's Guide to the Supreme Court of South Dakota" series. The review continues with interesting cases, including surveys as evidence related to description and conveyance issues, courtesy of Brian Portwood. Reading "The Saga of
William Gay" contributed by the South Dakota Historical Society for this issue will take you back to Dakota Territory days in the Black Hills for more than one surprising twist of events! Additionally, this time of year is when we announce 2019 National TrigStar results. Steve Thingelstad, Trig-Star Committee Chair, proctored the national exam taken by Logan Langenfeld of Spearfish. Contact Steve if you are interested in bringing awareness to the profession by being a part of this rewarding event!         
Licensing standards and policy continue to be in the news this summer. The Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL) is a new alliance formed in response to the recent steps taken by lawmakers involving occupational licensing laws. The governing members include the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and others who seek to educate policy makers and the public,
offering individual state organizations tools to face these issues. As discussed at the SDSPLS Annual Meeting as well as the Board of Director Meetings, there is a sense of urgency in being at the table as lawmakers consider bills affecting the surveying profession. The NSPS is a reliable source for the latest legislative developments, which you can access online at
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South Dakota
Society of
Professional Land

PO Box 9625
Rapid City, South Dakota 57709