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 President Leetch  (November 2017) 

From the President:
 
We have been informed that Principles and Practice of Surveying examination will in the future include a depth module related to the U.S. Public Lands Survey System. Minnesota, California, and Virginia have asked for some changes and voting members have approved and authorized development and administration of this module. 

STI has held another Custer State Park field survey trip this month.  I have visited with Rod this week about how things went this year. He informs me that the group is getting larger each year and there are more non-traditional students in his program each year.  Some of these are men or women that have served or are serving in the military.  There is an apparent difference in students demeaner. We talked about Nebraska having no survey schools, and that Iowa has been in contact with STI for a graduate from their next few classes. STI has become a new found diamond for potential surveyors coming out of the high schools not only in South Dakota.

Rod was telling me that the film that was made last year from the Custer Park Survey experience was also on the school web site and generates some interest for the SDSPLS and the school.  He said that at the beginning of the year, they were bringing all of their new students in to a general gathering place for meeting and introductions and that their field trip film was run as a filler until the meeting started.  He said the film was cut short and the students had become so interested that they asked for the film to continue so they could see what happened.  This was a room of nearly 1,000 inquiring minds!  What an opportunity and thank you Rod for advertising for SDSPLS as well as the School.  I am leaving out a couple stories from this year’s Custer Park activity experience for Rod to share at convention. 
  
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South Dakota
Society of
Professional Land
Surveyors

PO Box 8154
Rapid City, South Dakota 57709
605.348.1538