Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association

Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association IPLSA is a not-for-profit organization representing the interests of the surveying profession in Illinois.
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Our mission includes the advancement of the Land Surveying Profession by promoting high standards of practice and conduct, by upholding the Illinois Land Surveyors Act and by supporting and encouraging members through continuing education, professional association, and the use of current technology.

Think before you click! 📱 Getting your land surveyed by an app may seem convenient, but it can lead to big problems down...
07/19/2023

Think before you click! 📱 Getting your land surveyed by an app may seem convenient, but it can lead to big problems down the road. Instead, get it surveyed by a pro. Get it Surveyed was created to help emphasize why using experienced land surveyors is preferable to using surveying apps.

Accuracy Matters! Click here to learn more about Get it Surveyed: https://bit.ly/GISur

Happy Independence Day from all of us at IPLSA!
07/04/2023

Happy Independence Day from all of us at IPLSA!

06/26/2023

🎉 This year's Trig-Star Illinois state winner is Xinjie Wang from Champaign Central High School! Congratulations on this amazing achievement! We wish you good luck on the National exam. 🎉

Thank you to all the sponsors, coordinators, schools, teachers, and participating students who help make this contest happen!

IPLSA had a successful in-person Board of Directors Meeting recently! We are dedicated to advancing our mission and work...
06/20/2023

IPLSA had a successful in-person Board of Directors Meeting recently! We are dedicated to advancing our mission and working hard to make it happen. It was great to see everyone come together to make progress!

Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there! We appreciate all that you do for us and hope today is filled with...
06/18/2023

Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there! We appreciate all that you do for us and hope today is filled with love, joy, and laughter!

We had a great time celebrating SIUE's new Surveying Degree Program at the SIUE Land Surveying & Geomatics Open House ba...
06/07/2023

We had a great time celebrating SIUE's new Surveying Degree Program at the SIUE Land Surveying & Geomatics Open House back in April! Several IPLSA members and board members were in attendance. Check out some photos from the event, share, and help support IL Engineering Schools!

Didn't make it to our Annual Conference this year? Don't worry, we've got you covered with On-Demand Education! Get acce...
06/05/2023

Didn't make it to our Annual Conference this year? Don't worry, we've got you covered with On-Demand Education! Get access to some of our top sessions and learn more about the topics that matter most. Check out our online store today! https://bit.ly/43DUQ0P

Don't miss this one from speaker Gary Kent - The Art of Retracement (7 PDHs) - https://bit.ly/42jzAfN

Friends don't let friends use surveyor apps! Get it right with a professional land surveyor!Learn more about the Get it ...
05/31/2023

Friends don't let friends use surveyor apps! Get it right with a professional land surveyor!

Learn more about the Get it Surveyed Initiative here - https://bit.ly/GISur

This Memorial Day, remember and celebrate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Let’s honor their ...
05/29/2023

This Memorial Day, remember and celebrate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Let’s honor their spirit of courage and patriotism with gratitude for the freedoms they preserved.

“The County Assessor’s Maps, the GIS Mapping, often has egregious errors. The people who do the GIS mapping are good peo...
05/16/2023

“The County Assessor’s Maps, the GIS Mapping, often has egregious errors. The people who do the GIS mapping are good people, but they’re not professionally trained.” -Malcom Sands Professional Land Surveyor, J.T Blankinship, Inc.

Accuracy Matters! Get more info on the Get it Surveyed Initiative here - https://bit.ly/GISur

"The surveyors came first. It was fitting, since they enjoyed life in the open more than most men. They were like the ea...
05/11/2023

"The surveyors came first. It was fitting, since they enjoyed life in the open more than most men. They were like the early-nineteenth-century mountain men, adventurous, capable of taking care of themselves, ready for whatever the wilderness threw at them. They were out in front of civilization, drinking pure water from the rivers, creeks, and lakes, exploring the country, mapping it... Nothing could be done until they had laid out and marked the line."

- Stephen E. Ambrose
"Nothing Like It In The World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad"

IPLSA Member Mark Wood recently attended a career day event at York High School where he got the chance to talk to stude...
05/10/2023

IPLSA Member Mark Wood recently attended a career day event at York High School where he got the chance to talk to students about careers in surveying! Check out the set up he had!

If you know of a similar event that you would like to participate in, please reach out to the IPLSA office (217) 528-3053.

05/05/2023
Making the right decision is essential! That's why Get it Suveyed was created - to help emphasize why using experienced ...
05/03/2023

Making the right decision is essential! That's why Get it Suveyed was created - to help emphasize why using experienced land surveyors is preferable to using surveying apps. We understand how important it is for accurate results!

Get more info on the Get it Surveyed Initiative here - https://bit.ly/GISur

Unlike traditional procurement processes, the Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) approach to selecting a design profes...
04/20/2023

Unlike traditional procurement processes, the Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) approach to selecting a design professional puts emphasis on expertise and experience as opposed to price.​

Learn more about QBS here: https://bit.ly/3FovhIo

Check out these photos from the Installation Ceremony at the Annual Conference. ​​Recognize anyone? 👀
04/13/2023

Check out these photos from the Installation Ceremony at the Annual Conference. ​

Recognize anyone? 👀

🎯 Accuracy Matters! The Get it Suveyed website was designed to help encourage those considering using land surveying app...
04/04/2023

🎯 Accuracy Matters! The Get it Suveyed website was designed to help encourage those considering using land surveying apps to choose an experienced land surveyor instead. ​

Get more info on the Get it Surveyed Initiative here - https://bit.ly/3Y0Sk1D

 ​​How have you celebrated?
03/22/2023



How have you celebrated?

It's National Surveyors week! Surveying is a profession that plays a vital role in everything from land development and ...
03/20/2023

It's National Surveyors week! Surveying is a profession that plays a vital role in everything from land development and construction to environmental protection and resource management. Despite this, many people are not aware of what surveyors do or how their work affects their daily lives. National Surveyors week will continue through March 26th.​

Click to learn how surveying may help you: http://bit.ly/3Z9xP44f

QBS is a negotiated procurement process that focuses on selecting the most qualified design professional for a particula...
03/14/2023

QBS is a negotiated procurement process that focuses on selecting the most qualified design professional for a particular project based on their qualifications, experience, competence, and expertise in relation to the work to be performed. The process involves a competitive evaluation of the qualifications and performance of potential design professionals, rather than a competitive bidding process based solely on price.​

Check out their website here: https://bit.ly/3ZL2Qex

International Women's Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women...
03/08/2023

International Women's Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Female land surveyors continue to break barriers and pave the way for future generations of women in STEM. In honor of International Women's Day check out this article on two women who were pioneers in the field of land surveying.​

http://bit.ly/3kyJXMT

The Get it Surveyed website provides valuable information for individuals who may be considering using land surveying ap...
03/01/2023

The Get it Surveyed website provides valuable information for individuals who may be considering using land surveying apps, including stories of app use gone wrong and a directory of experienced land surveyors. It is important to raise awareness of the potential dangers of using these apps and to encourage individuals to seek the services of professional land surveyors to ensure accurate and reliable survey results.

Get more info on the Get it Surveyed Initiative here - https://getitsurveyed.org

IPLSA launched the Get it Surveyed initiative in response to the growing popularity of land surveying apps. Many people ...
02/13/2023

IPLSA launched the Get it Surveyed initiative in response to the growing popularity of land surveying apps. Many people are unaware of the dangers associated with using digital phone surveying apps, which were designed to make DIY land surveys easier and more accessible, though without a guarantee of accuracy. People who use GIS data without consulting professional land surveyors put themselves at risk, with no legal protection or recourse in the event of a property line error! To raise awareness of such risks, the IPLSA created the Get it Surveyed website, which informs customers about the facts, features stories of app use gone wrong, and provides access to a directory of experienced land surveyors. We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and clients.

Get more info on the Get it Surveyed website - https://getitsurveyed.org

That's a wrap! Thanks to all who attended the 66th Annual IPLSA Conference. Special thanks to all of our sponsors and sp...
02/11/2023

That's a wrap! Thanks to all who attended the 66th Annual IPLSA Conference. Special thanks to all of our sponsors and speakers! We had a blast and can't wait for next year!

Illinois Surveyors know how to have a good time! Take a look at photos from last night’s Exhibitor Reception at the 66th...
02/10/2023

Illinois Surveyors know how to have a good time! Take a look at photos from last night’s Exhibitor Reception at the 66th Annual IPLSA Conference. Thank you to IPLSA exhibitors and sponsors, including Platinum Sponsors Kara Company, Inc., Seiler Geospatial, and Topcon Solutions Store.

We are having a blast at the IPLSA Conference! Today is filled with informative sessions, great networking opportunities...
02/09/2023

We are having a blast at the IPLSA Conference! Today is filled with informative sessions, great networking opportunities, and exhibitors. Check out our photos to see what we've been up to!

The IPLSA Conference is off to a great start! This afternnon is full of breakout sessions and roundtables, followed by o...
02/08/2023

The IPLSA Conference is off to a great start! This afternnon is full of breakout sessions and roundtables, followed by our Annual Meeting and a Preview Party that you won't want to miss! 🕺🎉 Come network, learn, and have a great time!

Let's take a moment to recognize the amazing contributions of African American land surveyors during Black History Month...
02/01/2023

Let's take a moment to recognize the amazing contributions of African American land surveyors during Black History Month. We salute their hard work and dedication!
Check out this article on Benjamin Banneker. Learn how he overcame the odds to become a Land Surveyor in the late 1700's and worked on some of the country's biggest projects! http://bit.ly/408H5GF

Registration for the IPLSA Annual Conference closes TOMORROW, Feb. 1.Join us as we celebrate "The Art of Surveying", Feb...
01/31/2023

Registration for the IPLSA Annual Conference closes TOMORROW, Feb. 1.

Join us as we celebrate "The Art of Surveying", Feb. 8-10.

Click here to register: https://bit.ly/3UJDVpl

The 2023 IPLSA Annual Conference welcomes featured speaker Gary Kent, PS! He will be presenting the "Art of Retracement"...
01/27/2023

The 2023 IPLSA Annual Conference welcomes featured speaker Gary Kent, PS!

He will be presenting the "Art of Retracement" all day Thursday, which will explore the concept of retracement, how it relates to and is dependent on the document of conveyance, and what controls when conflicts are inevitably encountered. He kicks off Friday with a session on ethics, and then goes into his 3-part presentation, "Easements and Rights of Way." This program covers virtually all aspects of easements from their creation, through interference, maintenance, overburdening, how they differ from licenses, the importance of recordation, reversionary rights, and the many ways in which they can be terminated or extinguished.

Regular online registration ends February 1! Register & learn more here: https://bit.ly/3UJDVpl

Today we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement and a leader for pea...
01/16/2023

Today we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement and a leader for peace and justice for all people.​

To learn more about Dr. King or take action to further his mission, check out the resources below.​

The King Center: https://bit.ly/3scyulc
NAACP​: ​https://bit.ly/3IFDCJr

Calling all newly licensed Illinois surveyors!! We want to give YOU a f-r-e-e 1 year membership AND a free conference re...
01/09/2023

Calling all newly licensed Illinois surveyors!! We want to give YOU a f-r-e-e 1 year membership AND a free conference registration! What do you say to that?!​

To claim this fantastic offer, fill out this form http://bit.ly/3Wl30rB and return to [email protected] or to IPLSA’s office at 100 E. Washington, Springfield, IL by Jan. 31​

Be sure to include your PLS number on the form!

Awards season is here! 🏆 Applications are closing Jan. 6 at 5:00 P.M. To nominate someone for an award click the link! h...
01/03/2023

Awards season is here! 🏆

Applications are closing Jan. 6 at 5:00 P.M. To nominate someone for an award click the link! http://bit.ly/3vwoNRA

🐦 Early Bird Pricing is ENDING! ​We are hosting our 66th annual IPLSA conference from Feb. 8 -10. This is an opportunity...
01/03/2023

🐦 Early Bird Pricing is ENDING! ​

We are hosting our 66th annual IPLSA conference from Feb. 8 -10. This is an opportunity to learn more about the art of surveying. You do not want to miss out.​

Early bird registration closes Jan. 6.​

Register Today! https://bit.ly/3UJDVpl

01/01/2023

We are so excited for the New Year! We are looking forward to new events and opportunities. Cheers to the New Year!

Keep Calm and Happy Holidays
12/25/2022

Keep Calm and Happy Holidays

It’s turkey time. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at IPLSA!
11/24/2022

It’s turkey time. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at IPLSA!

We had a great time at the Illinois School Counselor's Association Conference in Tinley Park last week! There we were ab...
11/16/2022

We had a great time at the Illinois School Counselor's Association Conference in Tinley Park last week! There we were able to spread awareness about the importance of surveying careers.

In the photo: Workforce Development Chair Tim Murphy and IPLSA Secretary/Treasurer Bill Fleming

For all that you did, for all we could not do, thank you.
11/11/2022

For all that you did, for all we could not do, thank you.

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If you are surveying on Kaskaskia Island, you may need this map. Oh, but wait, Kaskaskia is in Missouri. Ha ha. Cheers.
I had a question about using an aerial image someone took and using the county tax mapping information, layering the tax map "boundary" lines over the image for a real estate agent. Is this legal to create an image that discloses that the property lines are based from tax map records and are not a representation of a legal boundary survey prepared by a licensed land surveyor? Or can this only be completed by a Licensed Land Surveyor registered in Illinois? Thank you for your time.
I am a Licensed Land Surveyor in New York that came across a post by someone else that asked this question and in NY this is not legal it must be done by a land surveyor... any thoughts?
Parkland College's own Kory Allred is the featured guest on the NSPS podcast "Surveyor Says!" in the debut series called "Future Focus." Check out what how he got into surveying, what the Parkland program is like, and what he enjoys when he's doing a survey.

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I have a current opening for a PLS with an Illinois license. Please email me at [email protected] if interested!
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Is it possible to get liscensed in Ill. if I have a WI PLS since 1998, but do not have a bachelor's degree?
What are the dates for the Annual Conference in 2019?
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