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National Surveyors Week, March 17-23, 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bob Banzhoff
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MARCH 17-23, 2019



    National Surveyors Week is March 17-23, 2019 and Global Surveyors Day falls within that week on Thursday, March 21.Governor Hogan has issued a proclamation for Surveyors Week in Maryland. The National Society of Professional Surveyors has a theme for this year: Get Kids into Survey, which is a relatively new, but currently ongoing program. Some activities suggested by NSPS are: have Survey Day at the mall; Sponsor a Trig-Star Test; Conduct a Boy Scouts Merit Badge event;  obtain a proclamation from your local government; (if you do, send a copy to the executive director at ; Organize Geocaching or Benchmark Hunting:; Try Surveying Mark Recon:; Or plan GPS on Benchmarks:


     MSS President Jeremy Burns would like to see a return to GPS on Benchmarks.


GPS on Bench Marks 2019


Help improve the National Spatial Reference System by participating in the GPS on Bench Marks (GPS on BM) campaign. Your efforts will support the following objectives:

·         Improve the next hybrid geoid model, GEOID18

·         Improve the 2022 Transformation Tool , which will enable conversions to the new vertical datum in 2022 and be integrated into the NGS Coordinate Conversion and Transformation Tool; and

·         Help the local surveying community.

Recover, Observe, Report

Regardless of your objective, GPS on BM will always include three important steps: recover, observe, and report.

Recover: Look up the description of an existing bench mark and visit the bench mark of your choice. See: 
A prioritized list of bench marks where additional GPS data would be most helpful has been generated from that analysis and is available to download here:

Use DSWorld:  to upload current data on that mark’s location and condition.

Observe: Record field notes, take digital photos, and collect GPS observations or coordinates for the bench mark you visit.
We always aim for a simultaneous observation on the Wednesday afternoon of National Surveyors Week, this year is 1pm to 5pm on Wednesday, March 20th

Report: Use online tools to send the information to NGS.

Use OPUS Share to forever document your observations.


The Appalachian Chapter is organizing a day to map the trails on the Woodmont Rod and Gun Club outside Hancock, Maryland. If you have never heard of Woodmont, follow this link for an interesting look at this little known but historic place:


Other ideas are to promote the role of surveying in rebuilding America's infrastructure or in protecting private property rights.


   You can download the Volunteer kit and certain flyers from the NSPS website:


   Have a Happy and Productive National Surveyors Week! 

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