Becoming a member of the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors has its perks. Members:

  • Receive our award-winning magazine Gem State Surveyor several times a year
  • Qualify for significant discounts on conference registration and training fees
  • Are kept up-to-date on significant events and developments in the survey community through regular emails
  • Speak as one voice to our elected officials, local, state and federal, to address issues affecting our profession. You can attend our annual Legislative Reception where you mingle with state elected officials and you will receive regular legislative updates during the legislative session
  • Support the efforts of the society to advance the science of land surveying;
  • Contribute to the education of the public in the use of surveys, maps and records
  • Encourage and support students (see our Scholarship page) who are the future of our profession
  • Members of the Society are invited to attend quarterly board meetings and to participate locally at the Regional Section level. We encourage our members to become active in many of the programs that we sponsor from Trig-Star to Survey USA.

Annual membership runs for the calendar year.



Member Resources


IBPEPLS Publications

The Gem State Surveyor

The Gem State Surveyor is the quarterly publication of the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors. A subscription to the magazine is included with paid membership. Edited by Aaron Rush, the magazine contains lively discussions of the issues and experiences of surveyors in Idaho and on a national level. Comprised mainly of articles penned by our own membership, the Gem State Surveyor is a great way to keep up to date. Each issue includes a message from the current president of ISPLS and official minutes from the most recent Board Meeting.

Jack Clark, Former Editor of the Gem State Surveyor, participating in Survey USA 2011

Deadlines for submission of articles or advertisements:

Winter Issue…………..December 1
Spring Issue…………..March 1
Summer Issue…………June 1
Fall Issue……………….September 1


Many companies have great success advertising in the Gem State Surveyor. Our reasonalbe rates and broad reach are effective ways to reach your market.

Ads should be submitted as a high resolution (minimum 300dpi), black and white digital files (.jpg or .tif):

Full Year Per Issue Dimensions
Full Page $420 $125 7.25″w x 9.75″h
1/2 Page $220 $65 7.25″w x 4.7″h
1/4 Page $125 $35 3.46″w x 4.7″h
Business Card $30 $9 3.46″w x 2.25″h

Sustaining members 10% off above prices.

The Gem State Surveyor will advertise equipment stolen from any of our members free of charge and will pay a $50.00 reward to anyone giving information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves thereof.

Sustaining members 10% off above prices.

The Gem State Surveyor will advertise equipment stolen from any of our members free of charge and will pay a $50.00 reward to anyone giving information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves thereof.


GSS Spring 2020

Established 2014


Duties include promoting education in schools and universities and creating scholarships to promote surveying education.


Duties include maintaining the Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, financial administration, and ethical practice.

External Marketing:

Duties include lobbying and legislation on behalf of members, interaction with national professional surveying organizations, other professional organizations, and the community.

Internal Marketing:

Duties include membership benefits and recognition, professional development, election of board members, Gem State Surveyor publication, and section support.


Duties include researching developing technologies and next generation surveying technologies, exploring state and federal grants, and establishing criteria for the funding of survey related projects.

Honoring the Leaders of our Profession

One of the objectives of the ISPLS is to “honor the leaders in the science of surveying.” We do this by offering annual awards for Surveyor of the Year; Distinguished Service Award; Friend of Society and Special Recognition.

Criteria for Nomination and Selection of Honorees
Award for distinguished service to the land surveying profession

(a) A nomination for the Distinguished Service to the Land Surveying Profession Award shall be presented to the Board prior to the December meeting of the Board.

(b) A record and biographical sketch in writing shall accompany the nomination.

(c) The Board shall not take action on such nominations prior to the December meeting.

(d) The Distinguished Service Award shall be awarded only when the Board feels that such award is justified.

(e) The following minimum requirements must be met to qualify for the Distinguished Service Award:

  • Be a Registered Land Surveyor.
  • Be a member of the Idaho Society of Land Surveyors.
  • Have been in practice as an RLS for at least ten (10) years.
  • Have a history for maintaining a high degree of competence.
  • Have a history and reputation for maintaining a high degree of integrity.
  • Have made substantial contributions to the advancement of the profession.
  • Have shared knowledge and information with fellow professionals.
  • Have assisted qualified and interested people in advancement within the profession.
  • Have performed a survey or a series of surveys which are challenging in one of the following ways:
    • In difficult topography.
    • Of unusual difficulty.
    • In the face of public or private opposition.
    • Various requirements may be waived for one of the following reasons: Lifelong service to the profession. Eminence of a regional or national level. Performance of an act or service bringing widespread public acclaim to the profession
    • Distinguished Service Nomination Form
Surveyor of the Year award

(a) Nomination for the Surveyor of the Year Award shall be presented to the Board prior to the November meeting of the Board.

(b) A record and biographical sketch in writing shall accompany the nomination. Said record shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:

  • Membership in professional and technical Societys or societies.
  • Awards or Honors.
  • Membership, participation and service in the Idaho Society of Land Surveyors.
  • Public Service.

(c) The recipient of the Surveyor of the Year Award shall be selected from the nominees by the Board prior to the annual meeting.

Surveyor of the Year Nomination Form

Friend of the Society

The Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors seeks to honor individuals whose works has consistently and significantly contributed to the profession of land surveying and/or the benefit of the society.

Nominations shall be submitted to the Board prior to the fall Board meeting.
The ISPLS Board of Directors will select the recipient prior to the annual meeting.

Friend of Society Nomination Form

Chronological list of award winners

Draft Idaho Standards of Practice

To download the ISPLS Draft Idaho Standards of Practice, click here.

Board of Directors

Coy Chapman


Jeremy Fielding

Eagle Land Surveying

Jerry Hastings

Past President, SW Section Director
Ada County Development Services

Steve Frisbie

T-O Engineers

Glenn Bennett

IEPLS Liason
Civil Survey Consultants, Inc.

Brian Allen

Eastern Section Director
Allen Land Survey

Tyson Glahe

David Thompson Director
Glahe & Associates, Inc.

Chris Harmison

Magic Valley Section Director
EHM Engineers, Inc.

Joe Jones

QBS Representative

Robert Liimakka

State CST Coordinator
Idaho State University

Hagen Beckstead

GSS Editor
Foresight Surveying

John Russell

High Country Director
Russell Surveying, Inc.

Bruce Smith

Bigwood Director
Alpine Enterprises Inc.

Robert Stratton

Northern Section Director
Stratton Land Surveying

Tom Taylor

Sawtooth Director
Keller Associates
208-542-6120, 208-756-8321

Adam Thayer


Stewart Ward

NSPS Governor
Dioptra Geomatics, Inc

Teri Ottens

Executive Director/Secretary

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

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