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PLSC is a non-profit association dedicated to the improvement of land surveying education and practice. We encourage land surveying professionals and individuals interested in our profession to participate in our upcoming events, visit our Chapter websites and get involved! This is a great profession, and PLSC is here to support the profession to continually improve the practice within Colorado.

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PLSC cannot recommend one surveyor over another. If you need a land surveyor, please  go to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) and download the list of Colorado licensed surveyors and also check for any disciplinary actions against a particular surveyor under the "Verify License Tab" on the DORA site. Certified Federal Surveyors are listed at Be sure to check references for the surveyor you are considering hiring.


SPCS2022 Policy, Procedures, and associated forms
Posted May 09, 2019

Attention: the SPCS2022 Policy, Procedures, and associated forms are now available to the public at There is also a link to an FTP folder with examples of completed forms (and associated files). The only thing currently in that FTP folder is a ReadMe.txt file, but I should be able to get some examples uploaded within the next few days (I'll work with some state stakeholders to get that done).I have also sent a similar email to the NGS Geodetic Advisors. I am sure that we will soon make a general announcement.Note that the quick links on the left side of the SPCS page set have been reorganized, and some have changed:* Final SPCS2022 Zones ( This is a new page that will show the final zone parameters are they are defined. It's currently empty, since no zones are yet completely finalized. I hope to get some listed within the next weeks or so.* Maps of SPCS 83 and 27 ( Similar to before, with the main change that the SPCS 83 legislation map has been moved to this page.* Learn More ( Now includes the new policy and procedures, and an updated webinar list.

Change in Examination Process for Land Surveyors
Posted May 02, 2019

National Council for Examiners for Engineering and Surveying has announced that starting May 15, 2019, applicants wishing to take the exam for engineer or land surveyor enrollment or licensure should contact the vendor, the National Council for Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), directly. The Division of Professions and Occupations will no longer pre-approve applicants for the exams. Please note that the required qualifications are not changing, only the application process.Between May 1-14, 2019, the Division of Professions and Occupations will not accept any applications for engineer or land surveyor enrollment or licensure in order to prepare for this transition. The on-line applications will not be available during this time, but updated applications and instructions will reflect the new process and be posted on May 15, 2019.As licensees, educators, employers and other key stakeholders, you have direct contact with the students and professionals who may need to know about this change. We appreciate any efforts you can make to spread the word, so students and professionals know the correct path to licensure and do not encounter unexpected delays. Questions should be directed to Renee Wunsch, Licensing Supervisor at Thank you for your assistance.

2020 Rocky Mountain Surveyors Summit
Posted April 25, 2019

Save the Date! February 26-28, 2020 will be the Rocky Mountain Surveyors Summit. The event will be at a new venue - Marriott Denver West.

National Society of Professional Surveyors Announces Results of 18th Annual Student Competition
Posted April 22, 2019

National Society of Professional Surveyors Announces Results of18th Annual Student CompetitionFrederick, Maryland: The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) held its 18th Annual Student Competition, on April 11, 2019 as part of the 2019 NSPS Spring Meetings in Arlington, VA. The 2019 competition topic was "Utilizing remotely sensed data in a modern surveying practice". Each team completed a project, prepared a technical report & poster, and gave a formal presentation to a panel of judges. Thirteen schools with undergraduate degree programs in surveying, mapping or geomatics participated in this year's competition.Results:Baccalaureate Degree Division:First Place: University of Akron, Akron, OHSecond Place: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TXThird Place: Kennesaw State University, Marietta, GAHonorable Mentions: (In alphabetical order)Alfred State University, Alfred, NYGreat Basin College, Elko, NVIdaho State University, Pocatello, IDNew Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NMNew Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJOregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, ORAssociate Degree Division:First Place: Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NMSecond Place: East Los Angeles Community College, Monterey Park, CAThird Place: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WIHonorable Mention: Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis, MNDuring an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the competition the first, second, and third place teams in each division were presented the recently-established Trimble Prize monetary award, along with the traditional NSPS first, second, and third place awards. Sam, LLC sponsored team shirts for all participants. Subsurface Instruments provided Locators for each participating team. Nettleman Land Consultants, Inc. provided its FS Prep Combo to winning team members in both divisions. Control Point Associates, Inc. sponsored breakfast and breaks for all competitors. NCEES provided video coverage of the event. Trimble and NCEES provided support for our Reception. NSPS sincerely thanks all of these sponsors for their generosity and support.This year's competition was coordinated by A. Richard Vannozzi, MS, PLS, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. Any questions regarding the competition can be addressed to him via email at: . Schools wishing to receive information regarding the 2020 competition should contact Mr. Vannozzi at the above email address. When plans are finalized, the topic for the 2020 competition will be posted on the NSPS website at It is anticipated that this information will be available on or before May 1, 2019 with detailed contest information, dates and venue information posted on or before August 15, 2019.NSPS is the national organization representing the entire Land Surveying profession in the United States. It has among its aims and objectives: Advancing the sciences and disciplines with in the profession; supporting new practical methods of surveying; promoting public faith and confidence in the profession; encouraging high standards of ethical and professional behavior; and seeking improvements in higher education curricula for surveyors.

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Thomas Breitnauer is a Professional Land Surveyor for the Denver International Airport Survey Section. He has been involved in land surveying since 1985 and is experienced in all types of land surveying. Thomas is licensed in the States of Colorado (1994) and Arizona (2004). Since the introduction of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to land surveying in the mid-1990’s, Thomas has learned how to set up control networks, process fast static sessions and establish strict quality-control procedures for verification of data content and position. This experience is now benefiting Denver International Airport with the establishment of their own Virtual Reference System (VRS) and seasonal monitoring of Primary Airport Control.

  Thomas is trained in the following programs; National Geodetic Survey (NGS) OPUS Projects, Trimble Business Center and Autodesk Civil 3D. Thomas attended Colorado State University from 1978 to 1981 and the University of Idaho from 1981 to 1982.


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