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  • June 19, 2024 12:00 PM | Kansas Society of Land Surveyors (Administrator)

    The Surveyors Historical Society’s Rendezvous 2024 will be September 18–21 at the Hotel Julien in Dubuque, Iowa. The Rendezvous is an annual gathering of those interested in the history of land surveying and includes education sessions and social events/outings.

    Click here for the Rendezvous page on the SHS website. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Paula Hammer, CAE, executive director of the Surveyors Historical Society, at phammer@ohiosurveyor.org or 614-798-5257.

    KSLS is not the official distributor of this information.
    It is being shared as a service to the members.
    This webinar has not been approved by KSBTP for continuing education.

  • June 17, 2024 12:00 PM | Kansas Society of Land Surveyors (Administrator)

    The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’ (KDWP) Ecological Services Division (ESD) is responsible for providing statutorily required ecological reviews of proposed development projects in accordance with the Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act. Strategies used for ecological reviews are to address ecological concerns during the earliest stages of project planning by using the latest technology and scientific information in developing sound ecological recommendations. Actions that require a review are any that involve public funds, government assistance, require another state or federal permit, or potentially affect a current listed species or its critical habitat. To date, project information has been submitted to KDWP Ecological Services Division and results from the ecological review were provided within 30 days.

    KDWP ESD has collaborated with NatureServe to develop an online Kansas Ecological Review Tool (ERT). The ERT will allow project managers to submit project details electronically and receive their review generally within 15 minutes. Ecological reviews from the ERT will provide clearance and best management practices (BMPs) or inform the project manager the project will require further review by KDWP Ecological Services Division staff. This presentation will discuss the ERT and ecological review process in more detail.


    KSLS is not the official distributor of this information.
    It is being shared as a service to the members.
    This webinar has not been approved by KSBTP for continuing education.

  • March 13, 2024 3:09 PM | Kansas Society of Land Surveyors (Administrator)

    Last week, Rep. John Joyce (R-Pennsylvania) introduced House Concurrent Resolution (H.Con.Res.) 96, a “sense of the Congress” resolution expressing the view that design professional licensure (architects, engineers, surveyors) is critical to public health, safety, and welfare; recognizing the role these professions play in our economy; and sending a signal to states that they should not affect these professions in occupational licensing reform.

    “While the case for reform of licensing in some occupations is desirable, bills introduced in some state legislatures are too broadly drafted and fail to exempt or recognize the importance of licensing of design professionals. Introduction of this resolution sends a strong signal from Congress to the states that care should be taken to preserve the necessary and legitimate licensing of architects, engineers, and surveyors,” said John Palatiello, an advisor to the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS).

    “As a medical doctor, Rep. Joyce has a first-hand appreciation for professional licensure, and as the son of a PE, LS, is well aware of the importance of licensure of design professionals,” Palatiello said. “We applaud his recognition of the distinction between these important professions and others where licensure may be of questionable value or benefit to the public.”

  • March 01, 2024 3:37 PM | Kansas Society of Land Surveyors (Administrator)

    For all who are signed up as Brand Ambassadors (BAs) and those wanting to sign up, Get Kids into Survey (GKiS) has a brand NEW community. The idea is that Ambassadors will be able to support each other better and provide more resources each month to aid outreach.

    All thanks to the sponsorship from Topcon. GKiS can’t thank them enough for helping to progress its volunteer program.

    Find a local BA on the interactive map. Each map point shows the BAs within that area. Follow the links to their profiles so you can reach out to them.

  • February 22, 2024 12:33 PM | Kansas Society of Land Surveyors (Administrator)




    8 Hours PDH

    Friday, March 15, 2024

    2073 SW Washburn Terrace E, Topeka, KS 66604

    Hurry! Late registration fee assessed after March 1.


  • February 14, 2024 12:09 PM | Kansas Society of Land Surveyors (Administrator)

    KSLS board members Bill Haverkamp, Topeka, and James Meis, Hays, appeared before the Kansas Senate transportation committee earlier today to support SB 424, providing for geographic positions or locations of points within the state of Kansas under the Kansas Plane Coordinate System Act. You can read the society’s written testimony here.

  • December 20, 2023 2:59 PM | Kansas Society of Land Surveyors (Administrator)

    The Kansas State Board of Technical Professions requested an attorney general opinion about the authority of registers of deeds. Recently, the Kansas AG’s office provided an opinion on that issue. In short, a register of deeds cannot require a submitting land surveyor to certify that a survey complies with all zoning ordinances and regulations. You can read the full opinion by clicking here.

  • August 30, 2023 8:41 AM | Kansas Society of Land Surveyors (Administrator)

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which oversees the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), has announced a delay in the implementation of the new Elevation Certificate (EC) that had been announced June 29. Due to problems with access to the new form, the existing EC will be accepted until November 1, 2023. The new form can be accessed from the FEMA website, but technical difficulties continue to impede downloading. A guidance document provides assistance in the interim. Questions can be directed to FEMA at NFIPUnderwritingMailbox@fema.dhs.gov.

  • July 14, 2023 8:51 AM | Kansas Society of Land Surveyors (Administrator)

    Use FEMA Form FF-206-FY-22-152 (formerly 086-0-33) to provide elevation information needed to comply with community floodplain management ordinances; to inform the proper insurance premium; and/or to support a request for a Letter of Map Change to remove a building from the Special Flood Hazard Area.

    Any form signed and dated after June 29, 2023, must be on the latest FEMA EC. The new form is accessible via the Resources and Forms page on the KSLS website or by going directly to the FEMA website.

  • July 13, 2023 8:38 AM | Kansas Society of Land Surveyors (Administrator)

    July 20, 2023 | 1:00-2:30 p.m. CT


    Dr. Michael Dennis
    Geodesist, Observations and Analysis Division, NGS

    Krishna Tadepalli
    Chief, Geodetic Applications Division, NGS

    Webinar Description:

    Modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) is becoming a reality. Scheduled for completion in 2025, NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is releasing preliminary (“alpha”) versions of NSRS modernization products and services through a dedicated NGS alpha website. First among these is the State Plane Coordinate System of 2022 (SPCS2022). This webinar provides a preview of SPCS2022 through its various alpha products, including:

    • Preliminary SPCS2022 zone definitions, coordinates, and performance statistics
    • NGS Coordinate Conversion and Transformation (NCAT) tool support for SPCS2022
    • Downloadable distortion maps and datasets used to create them
    • Interactive web maps of SPCS2022 zone and distortion

    The alpha release allows software developers, state stakeholders, and other NGS partners and customers to see SPCS2022 as it evolves toward completion. It also provides an opportunity to give feedback during the final stages of development, to ensure that SPCS2022 is an optimally designed part of the modernized NSRS.

    Note: This webinar does not count for continuing education credit. KSLS is not the official distributor of this information. It is being shared as a service to the members.


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