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PLSO Issue 4, 2014 July/August

Geomatics students take second at national competition  Ashley Van Essen A team of students from the Oregon Tech Geomatics Department took second place in the annual National Society of Professional Land Surveyors Student (NSPS) Competition this April. Th e NSPS held its 14th Annual Student Competition in conjunction with the California Land Surveyors Association (CLSA)/Nevada Association of Land Surveyors (NALS) joint conference in San Diego, California on April 12–16, 2014. Participating in the competition were 12 schools with baccalaureate degree programs in surveying, surveying engineering technology, and/or surveying engineering. Results • First Place: Southern Polytechnic State University • Second Place: Oregon Institute of Technology— Klamath Falls, Oregon • Th ird Place: Fresno State University • Honorable Mention: Penn State, New Mexico State, Michigan Tech, Utah Valley University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology Th e topic for the 2014 competition was ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys and consisted of a project, project binder (project documentation), map, and oral presentation. Th e purpose for this four- pronged approach is to provide students with an opportunity to hone their skills in organizing and presenting a project using the various mediums (documentation, map, and oral presentation) regularly utilized in surveying practice. Th e Oregon Tech team was led by Josie Campbell, a senior from Portola, CA. Orlando Aquino and Steve Randall, seniors from Klamath Falls, OR; Tim Brown, junior from Vernonia, OR; The Oregon Surveyor | Vol. 37, No. 4, 2014 20 Orlando Aquino, Tyler Puzey, Josie Campbell, Arlo Kneeland- MacDonald, and Tim Brown. Not pictured: Steve Randall Arlo Kneeland-MacDonald, junior from McMinnville, OR; Wesley Inman, junior from Red Bluff , CA; and Tyler Puzey, sophomore from Clatskanie, OR made up the rest of the team. Th e Oregon Tech team prepared a survey of the AmeriTitle offi ce in Medford for this competition. Th e team was responsible for the legal research, fi eld surveying, mapping, documentation and fi nal presentation. Once the fi rst draft of the map was completed, the team sent their map out to 15 professionals around the country including professional surveyors and real estate professionals, including attorneys and paralegals that work with these surveys for their comments. Th ese valuable comments were added to the fi nal project that was submitted to NSPS. ◆ For more information, please contact Mitch Duryea, Assistant Professor, Geomatics Department at 541-851-5762, or visit www.oit.edu/academics/ degrees/geomatics. Orlando Aquino, Josie Campbell, Arlo Kneeland-MacDonald, Tim Brown, Tyler Puzey, and Steve Randall NEWS FROM OREGON TECH


PLSO Issue 4, 2014 July/August
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