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New Photo Contest! National Surveyors Week

Tuesday, February 20, 2018  
Posted by: Amber Carpenter
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The purpose of
Surveyors Week is to bring visibility to the profession. During Surveyors Week, land surveyors across the nation celebrate by educating the public on what they do & why it is important; encouraging students to consider surveying as a career choice; and participating in activities that promote and bring awareness to the surveying profession.  All licensees, governmental agencies, technical professional organizations and citizens groups are encouraged to join the celebration. Click here to read "National Surveyors Week, what's it all about?" by Frank Lenik, PLS

There are a number of ways that you can participate in Surveyor's Week.

  • Observe GPS on local (and visible!) benchmarks
  • Request a proclamation at your local government
  • Make a presentation:
    • Introduce elementary, junior high and senior high school students to the surveying profession. Surveyors in many areas stage demonstrations of new surveying technologies or displays of ancient and modern surveying instruments to which students and the public are invited.
    • Hold a panel discussion at Chamber of Commerce, Professional Association or University.
    • Collaborate with a STEM effort: Have a pacing contest, or have kids hold a 360 prism and try to "outrun" a robotic instrument.
  • Help with a surveying merit badge: One of the most challenging badges to earn is the surveying merit badge. As a licensed land surveyor, consider visiting a local troop to teach them about the tools you use and the importance of land surveying.
  • Prepare a Trig-Star competition - The National Society of Professional Surveyor’s Trig-Star program-through which a surveyor works with local high schools to promote a math competition in trigonometry is a ready made activity that can be used in conjunction with Surveyors Week. Please contact the NYSAPLS office if you are interested in participating in the Trig-Star program, 518-432-4046 or via email,
  • Sponsor or Advertise at other conference and events to promote Land Surveyors.

Helpful Volunteer Kit Available for Download from NSPS
For more ideas and step-by-step assistance, download the 2018 Surveyors Week Volunteer Kit.

NEW! Photo Contest!

The NYSAPLS Public Relations Committee has come up with a regional challenge for National Surveyors Week. To highlight the Land Surveying profession the Committee has created "A Day in the Life of a Surveyor" photo contest. Everyone is invited to take and submit one or more surveying related pictures from across the entire state. The goal will be to showcase the broad spectrum of activities, from deed research, boundary survey, topographic, utility studies, drones, 3D scanning, precise layout for steel erection, tunnel work, bridge work, etc. Photos could also show how you participate in surveyors week. Above all, the Public Relations Committee wants you to show your profession and make it public by sharing on Facebook, Twitter and with NYSAPLS. 

To Enter Contest: Email photos to Heather at or share online using the hashtag #surveyorsweek and tag @nysapls so we can re-tweet it!

Here are some helpful tips for your photos:

  • Include an image with people!
  • Use humor
  • Make it personal
  • Tell a story
  • Show off your work (landmarks, historical scenes)

The winner of the photo contest will have their picture featured as the ESS cover shot for a future issue of the Empire State Surveyor!




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Land Surveyors Building
Albany, NY 12210
518-432-4046 -- (f) 518-432-4055

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