ISPLS

About Surveying & ISPLS

Land surveyors in Idaho were first organized as a subsidiary of Idaho Society of Professional Engineers. In 1974, the Land Surveyors of Idaho organized as separate entity. The group incorporated In 1976 as a non-profit entity called the Idaho Association of Land Surveyors. The name was changed in 1993 to Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors.

The Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors

Land surveyors in Idaho were first organized as a subsidiary of Idaho Society of Professional Engineers. In 1974, the Land Surveyors of Idaho organized as separate entity. The group incorporated In 1976 as a non-profit entity called the Idaho Association of Land Surveyors. The name was changed in 1993 to Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors.

Objectives of ISPLS stated in the Articles of Incorporation are to:

  • Advance the science of land surveying, in furtherance of the public welfare
  • Contribute to public education in the use of surveys, maps and records
  • Encourage improvement of college curricula for the teaching of surveying
  • Support publications that will represent the interests of surveying
  • Cooperate with ACSM in all matters of mutual interest and concern
  • Foster and maintain high standards of professional ethics and practice in land surveying
  • Honor the leaders in the science of surveying

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ISPLS

Land Surveying

Today, the ISPLS is active in the surveying community of Idaho. Our quarterly publication keeps members apprised of activities and issues of interest to the profession. The annual conferences that we plan, organize and execute provide speakers and coursework that offers license holders the opportunity to gain all of their necessary Professional Development Hours in one place, as well as connecting with others in the profession. We host governors for the regional organization Western Federation of Land Surveyors, and the national organization National Society of Professional Surveyors to represent the state and to report back on larger issues. We are active in the legislature, working to pass bills that affect our profession.

Surveying in Idaho Today

Idaho Law states that only a Professional Land Surveyor is authorized to survey land for the public. The Idaho Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors lists all license holders on its web site found HERE. Requirements for obtaining Professional Land Surveyor status in Idaho are:
 

  • A 4 year degree in surveying or a related field
  • At least 4 years combined office and field experience.
  • Good moral reputation.
  • Successful completion of a sixteen hour examination administered by the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.

Community

The efforts of the society on behalf of students entering the field are represented by our fundraising for scholarships: in 2010, we awarded over $8,000.00 and provided for every student that applied. Our membership continues to grow and become involved in the society, with members working with students and teachers all over the state on Trigstar and in any capacity that they feel they can contribute. Members are encouraged to be active at the Chapter level and to experience their potential in leadership roles by running for office at the state level.

We are a strong community, committed to the ideals of our founders and to the honorable profession of land surveying.

Types of Surveys

American Land Title Association Survey or Extended Title Insurance Coverage Survey

May be required to obtain title insurance.

Topographic Survey

Locating natural features, structures and other improvements on the land.

Court Exhibit Survey

Preparing a visual or photogrammetry exhibit to be use in a specific court case.

Route Survey

Reconnaissance, preliminary survey and location survey for a linear facility such as a road, railroad, canal, pipeline or transmission line.

Boundary Survey

Establishing or re-establishing boundary lines of a parcel of land.

Site Planning Survey

Combination of boundary and topographic survey for design of improvements or developments.

Construction Survey

Measurements made while construction is in process, used by the contractor for placement of roads, buildings, pipelines, and other improvements.

Geodetic Survey

A precise survey which takes into account the size and shape of the earth.

Subdivision Survey

Dividing a tract of land into smaller parcels for development.

Control Survey

Precise location of horizontal and vertical positions of points and lines for use in subsequent surveys.

Cadastral Survey

Original survey, resurvey, or retracement of public lands within the Public Land Survey System of the United States for restoration of property lines.

Mineral Survey

Mining claim surveys. Requires a special license.

Contact Us

Idaho SPLS Office:
5460 W. Franklin Rd., Suite A
Boise, ID 83705

Mailing Address:
PO Box 7886
Boise, ID 83707

Phone: 208-658-9970
Fax: 208-321-4819
Email: info@idahospls.org

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