Serving The Surveying Community in Washington

Land Surveyors' Association of Washington (LSAW)

is a professional organization representing over 1500 individuals practicing in the various disciplines of surveying. LSAW provides a means to keep our members informed of changes in laws, regulations, and rapidly changing technology. We work together to protect the principles and practices upon which surveying was founded.



Stay up-to-date regarding 2022 Datum.

Click here to view the presentations from the 2019 Geospatial Summit

Click here for the latest information

Click here to register for upcoming webinars

Click here to view archived webinars

NSPS Podcast

The NSPS has started a PodCast to discuss all things Surveying.  This is a great way to keep in touch with what out national survey organization is doing for us.

Click here to check out the PodCast

LSAW Sponsors HB 2860

House Bill 2860, sponsored by LSAW, addresses the legislative changes required as a result of the upcoming 2022 Datum. The law, if enacted, will amend RCW 58.20.

HB 2860 has been assigned to the Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and is set to be heard on February 4th.
We ask you to take a minute to contact your representative in support of this legislation. Contact information for the committee members can be found at the following link:

Click here to download talking points

2019 Trig-Star

The year of 2019 was an unusual year with its challenges.  Annually, I reached out in many directions to expand the interest in Trig-Star throughout the State. Several LSAW Chapters were contacted with an offer to attend a meeting to discuss the benefits of Trig-Star and to generate support from the members. The response was not encouraging. No invitation was extended. Some of the reasoning was the absence of funding, lack of volunteers, and/or their local area not benefiting from luring students into the profession.

Two new high schools are joining the competition, although only one participated in this year due to maternal leave. Disappointing this year was a decrease in the number of high schools involved. A large part effecting the lower numbers was the fact that we lost a great local coordinator in the SW Chapter which resulted in several schools not be tested. Hopefully finding a replacement will this issue.

On the positive side, 2019 was uncharacteristic as the three awarded State winners each had a perfect score, the tie breaker being a time element. The State Test, which I created (saving LSAW $500.00 from purchasing the NSPS offered State Test), may not have been challenging enough. It is important to challenge the student but not overwhelm them.  Our Third Place winner in this year contest was the First Place winner in 2018.

With the financial support of the Washington Council of County Surveyors and the LSAW the following awards were distributed:

                First Place
Student: $750.00 check, First Place Certificate, and First Place 8”x 10” Plaque and the
Mathematics Teacher: $500.00 check

                Second Place
Student: $500.00 check, Second Place Certificate and the
Mathematics Teacher: $333.00 check

                Third Place
Student: $250.00 check, Third Place Certificate and the
Mathematics Teacher: $167.00 check