South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors
SDSPLS was established to facilitate and promote Professional Land Surveying in the State of South Dakota.

Our mission is to promote the profession, assist surveying professionals through education and information, and to provide a unified voice for fellow surveyors in South Dakota.

We welcome you to use this site to enhance your knowledge and gain a better understanding of how we are working to elevate the surveying profession in South Dakota.

From our Executive Director  (May 2018) 

It has been a few years since I have written an Executive Director’s Report for the newsletter and as my time is limited this is one of my last opportunities.

I hope that everyone is busy with summer projects.  Remember to be safe out there – stay hydrated - wear your sunscreen – use your insect repellent – wear your safety vests and hard hats – set up your traffic signs when working in or near the right-of-way – be observant of your surroundings – and be careful out there.

There are several items from the past few months that deserve some comment and update.  I will start with DPC.  Fresh off the heels of a major victory in defeating the Temporary Licensure Compact which would have significantly impacted how South Dakota provides licensure opportunities for registrants from other states for land surveyors and other design professionals we had some unfortunate news.  It appears that SDES and ACEC decided to not renew their contract with their Executive Director (Gail Boddicker).  Gail also served as the Executive Director for DPC and without the renewal of the SDES and ACEC contracts she was unable to stay on as the Executive Director for DPC.  This leaves DPC in search of a new Executive Director as well.  We are uncertain if an offer of service might be forthcoming when SDES and ACEC (possibly even SDSPLS) select their new Executive Directors or whether someone else will step forward to help manage this very important entity.  I personally have no doubt that without DPC and those that serve in that organization (Don Jacobson in particular) that we would not have been successful in opposing the legislation proposed and strongly promoted by Governor Daugaard.  DPC provided its member organizations with administrative assistance and a central point of contact for the coordination of efforts and responses by our individual organizations and members in addition to their regular services and watchdog duties.  I hope that in the coming months those that are still serving on DPC will find a way forward with new leadership.  If you are interested in assisting or serving with DPC please either contact Don Jacobson or an SDSPLS Board member. 
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