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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.



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Senate panel moves Highway Bill after hearing from NSPS

NSPS The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works this week introduced and reported the 2020 Highway Bill to the Senate floor on a bipartisan 21-0 vote. The "America's Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019" includes Section 1304 for Intelligent Transportation Systems, Section 1308 for Geomatic Data, Section 1522 for a Permeable Pavements Study, and Section 3005 for research and technology development and deployment. NSPS wrote Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), the keynote speaker at the NSPS Day on the Hill breakfast in April, commending him and the committee for the bipartisan effort that will require the collection of surveying data and utilize the expertise of the surveying profession. The NSPS letter was entered in to the committee’s record with other organizations in support of the panel’s progress before the September 2020 deadline for the existing highway bill. Click here for full story

HB 1176 - Signed

On May 21, 2019 Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1176 into law. It allows the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors to become an independent Washington State agency.

President Kate Schalk and Past President Pat Beehler were present for the signing of HB 1176

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