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 our Executive Director  (November 2018) 

The old cliché “Where does the time go?” seems to ring truer every year.  It is hard to believe that it is November already and that 2018 is drawing to a close.  The days are getting shorter, temperatures and wind chills are dropping, snow has found most of us, some of our farmers are still working to get the last of their harvests out of the fields, contractors are hustling to finish projects before deep frost sets in and the asphalt plants shut down for the season.  The witches and goblins are gone for another year and the mid-term elections are behind us.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner and holiday decorations are already up in our stores and towns.   I watched our Parks Department bed the roses down last week and then string Christmas lights up this week in the park across from my office.

It has been a busy year for SDSPLS.  We started the year with an active legislative session and success in defeating the governor’s proposed Temporary Licensing Compact.  DPC provided effective leadership in that effort and we will be looking to them again in the coming year to help keep us informed and to provide guidance and direction.  DPC went through some changes as well and Diane Aas will be the Executive Director during 2019 with the expectation that the new SDES/ACEC Director (Nancy Hoines) will assume that position in 2020.  We expect to see the movement for deregulation of licensing to continue to work its way through other states in various formats.  It is anticipated that we will see some version of this legislation again in South Dakota and we need to remain watchful.    

We have put together an interesting convention program for January 2019.  John Matonich will be our feature speaker, addressing the topics of deeds and descriptions, easements, and being an expert witness.  Bob Dahl and Ryan Lorenzen with the BLM will have a session on the rectangular survey system and subdividing fractional sections.  You can look for an update on the Corner Records project as well as 12 hours of LSIT sessions available.  There is definitely a good variety of topics and something for everyone.  
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PO Box 9625
Rapid City, South Dakota 57709