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 President Leetch  (May 2017) 
Still Making Surveying Great:
(aka From the President)
Following the release of the last Backsights and Foresights (March 2017) I received a nice phone call from a friend and a thank you card from Edward H Sunde.   Edward explained he had been retired from surveying for over 15 years and that he has moved to Minnesota. An inquiry to Janelle, I learned he is one of the founders of the SDSPLS. I am glad he still keeps in touch by reading the professional survey news of the Backsights and Foresights. Gomer Pyle use to use the phrase "hey "; so I send a big "Hey" out to Edward and thank you for your continued interest in the Society.
There is new interest in the condition of the Southwest corner monument of South Dakota by the other states that share this corner. Seems the fence and sign at this site are in need of repair. The B.O.D. is gathering info and we hope to get involved with this project. Coming into this position of President I had wanted our society to go look at the other corners of the state. My thought was that if any of the members were in the area or wanted to make a special trip they would take a photo and write a bit about the site and getting there.  Share your story with the rest of us by sending the info to Janelle. I know retirees are busier than they were when working but maybe these folks can make a day trip and have an adventure to one of these boundary corners and see what if any monument exists. There are a minimum of 10 corners and then there are 2 initial points.  And from what I understand there is a secondary initial point for the 5th Principle Meridian in SD where the line coming from the south was not happening fast enough so by other means there was a point set along the base line located on the north line of Township 100. This supposedly causing a correction near the east state boundary line.  You history buffs might have this info and correct my statement here.
This activity of looking at the monuments of South Dakota is like fishing. Cast in your line and see what you pull in. 
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Charles M. Hanson
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