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  • 19 Jul 2021 11:04 AM | FRANCIS R THOUSAND (Administrator)

    WisDOT GPS on BM status Map:  https://wisdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9f00da9c32da4e519bd035591abc09c9

    NOTE THAT WE ARE AWARE THAT THERE ARE ISSUES WITH THE DISPLAY OF THE HEXAGONS ON THE ABOVE MAP.  It is an issue on NGS side, we are working to get it resolved.  Only hexagons are affected, the completed stations and number of station observations are unaffected.

    In the Wisconsin Height Modernization (WI-HMP) Program, there are approximately 5,288 Vertical only stations and 3,553 stations with a Horizontal component for a total of 8841 stations

    WisDOT has performed many additional observations that do not yet appear on the NGS OPUS share map nor GPS on BM PRIORITY MARK LIST below

    OPUS Share Solutions per NGS OPUS share Dashboard (Based on Observation Date)

    Shared Observations prior to Sept, 2020         66

    Shared Observations September, 2020             62

    Shared Observations October, 2020                101   

    Shared Observations November, 2020               111   

    Shared Observations December, 2020               145   

    Shared Observations January, 2021                102    

    Shared Observations February, 2021               100   

    Shared Observations March, 2021          214    (Updated since last report)    

    Shared Observations April, 2021                  200    (Updated since last report)    

    Shared Observations May, 2021                    222    (Updated since last report)    

    Shared Observations June, 2021                   120

    Total                                                   1443

                                                    

    Notes

    • All shared observations by WisDOT and Partners
    • May include non-WI-HMP stations

    Date

    Total Shared Observations

    September 8, 2020

    65

    December 3, 2020

    157

    January 4, 2021

    345

    February 1, 2021

    430

    March 1, 2021

    606

    April 1, 2021

    755

    May 1, 2021

    971

    June 1, 2021

    1143

    July 6, 2021

    1443


    10 Km NGS GPSonBM Hexagons Completed

    NGS has divided the entire nation into a series of 10 Km hexagons.  One goal of the WisDOT’s GNSS Observation on passive stations project is to get one observation in every Wisconsin 10 KM hexagon.  There are 1833 hexagons in Wisconsin.  Hexagons that are DONE are a result of either an OPUS share station observation or a station submitted to NGS via Bluebooking within a hexagon.

    WE ARE STILL SECOND IN THE NATION WITH A TOTAL OF 1083 10 KM HEXAGONS COMPLETED.  Minnesota has 2649 completed, Illinois has 977 and North Carolina has 731

     

    GPS on BM PRIORITY MARK LIST (NGS)

    NGS has produced a prioritized list of bench marks where additional GPS data would be helpful to help define the new 2022 Geoid model.  Providing GPS on stations with leveled elevations will help to relate the GPS derived ellipsoid height with the leveled elevation of these marks.  The stations on the Priority List are chosen by computer generated algorithms based on station location and metadata without regard to its status as a WI-HMP station.  Currently, there are about 15,000 NGS benchmarks (both WI-HMP stations and non WI-HMP) in Wisconsin.  Most non WI-HMP stations have relatively little current survey value, but may have important older surveys tied to them.

     

    Date

    Number of stations on list

    Number of stations Completed

    Percent of NGS Priority Marks Completed

    Percent Completed of 3553 Horizontal WI-HMP Stations

    9/8/2020

    2968

    674

    22.7%

    19.0%

    11/30/2020

    3162

    806

    25.5%

    22.7%

    1/11/2021

    3284

    891

    27.1%

    25.1%

    2/11/21

    3395

    949

    28.0%

    26.7%

    3/1/21

    3622

    1054

    29.1%

    30.0%

    4/1/21

    3718

    1107

    29.8%

    31.2%

    4/28/21

    4033

    1272

    31.5%

    35.8%

    5/24/21

    4205

    1397

    33.2%

    39.3%

    6/29/21

    4455

    1565

    35.1%

    44.0%

    Notes

    • Not all Wi-HMP stations are currently on the BM PRIORITY MARK LIST
    • The vast majority of observations are on WI-HMP horizontal stations, but not all.
    • NGS adds additional stations to the BM PRIORITY MARK LIST after certain stations are observed
    • BM PRIORITY MARK LIST Spreadsheet typically updated once a month


    ORIGINAL HARN STATIONS (OR REPLACEMENTS) DONE  One goal of the WisDOT’s GNSS Observation on passive stations project is to get two observations on all original HARN stations or their replacements in Wisconsin.  There are 80 Stations in total.  The original HARN stations are a higher accuracy station and provided the initial control from which all other horizontal stations in Wisconsin were surveyed from.

    Date

    HARN Stations Completed

    % Completed

    March 1, 2021

    49

    61.3%

    April 1, 2021

    53

    66.3%

    May 3, 2021

    59

    73.8%

    June 3, 2021

    60

    75.0%

    July 6, 2021

    69

    86.3%

    Remaining (10):  ARCADIA GPS Trempealeau Co, DURAND GPS (Pepin Co), EXELAND GPS (Sawyer Co), FOND DU LAC GPS (FdL Co), HAYWARD GPS (Sawyer Co), JANESVILLE GPS (Rock Co), MANITOWISH WATERS GPS (Vilas Co), RHINELANDER GPS AZ MK (Oneida Co), SHEBOYGAN FALLS GPS RESET (Sheb Co), WEST BEND GPS (Washington Co).  MILWAUKEE GPS has been destroyed.

     

    List of Non-WisDOT Partners (that I am aware of) that have or are planning to submit OPUS Share observations

    J.W. Austin Associates of Minocqua, Vernon County, LaCrosse County, Dodge County, Dunn County, Brown County, Sheboygan County, Washington County, Burnett County, Manitowoc County, Jackson County, Clark County, Sawyer County, Washington County, Oneida County, Washburn County, Lincoln County, City of Madison, Landtech Surveying of Oconomowoc, Seiler Instruments, Leica Geosystems, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC),


    Mick

    Mick Heberlein, PLS, PS, CFedS

    WisDOT, Office of Surveying & Mapping

    3502 Kinsman Blvd

    Madison, WI   53704-2549

    Ph. 608-243-5994         FAX 608-245-8959

    Personal E-mail: mick.heberlein@dot.wi.gov

    To report disturbed or destroyed geodetic monuments

    Tel. 1-866-568-2652

    email: mailto: geodetic@dot.wi.gov

  • 4 Jul 2021 1:02 PM | FRANCIS R THOUSAND (Administrator)

    ______________________________________

    The Women Surveyors Summit, hosted by Future Surveyors Foundation, is held to support and promote diversity in the land surveying profession. This online, virtual event is the 2nd Women Surveyors Summit. This is a "for women, by women" event and will include opportunities for continuing education. Networking, a panel discussion, and a seminar with breakouts are scheduled.  All women in the profession are invited, from entry level to licensed land surveyors.

    With your registration, you will receive an Event T-shirt (delivered after the event)!

    For sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@futuresurveyors.org

    Schedule:

    July 22, 2021 Thursday

    • 1pm - 2pm Opening/Welcome Session
    • 2pm - 4pm Difficult Conversations, 2 PDHs
    • Edie Harrison will navigate the topic of Difficult Conversations. She will review how we frame "difficult" and discuss the types of difficult conversations we face in our careers as women in a male dominated profession. There will be breakout sessions for small group discussions to dig deeper into what makes the conversation difficult as well as discovering the "good" that comes from those difficult conversations.
    • 4:30pm - 6:30pm Happy Hour

    July 23, 2021 Friday

    • 10am – 12pm Diversity Panel Discussion, 2 PDHs
    • How can we, as land surveyors, promote and diversify our profession? Join us to hear what 3 organizations are doing and how you can help! Bring your questions, experiences and any info you'd like to share on the topic to this sure to be interactive session! Panel will feature:
      • Heather Sides, moderator and Future Surveyor's Foundation Vice President
      • Anna Rios, Future Surveyor’s Foundation President
      • Get Kids into Survey
      • Marisa Trzemzalski, NCEES 

    To Register, go to www.futuresurveyors.org and look for Women Surveyors Summit link in top right corner.

    _______________________________________

    Sincerely, 

    Virginia Winberg, PS

    Secretary/Treasurer

               

  • 29 Jun 2021 5:09 PM | FRANCIS R THOUSAND (Administrator)

    The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) and State Cartographer’s Office (SCO) are pleased to announce the release of the Version 7 (V7) Statewide Parcel Map Database, the newest iteration of Wisconsin’s statewide digital parcel map.       

           

    ·

    Wisconsin V7 Statewide Parcel Map Webpage – For statewide downloads (as file geodatabase), individual county downloads, schema documentation, and more

           

    ·

    Wisconsin Statewide Parcel App

           

    ·

    Wisconsin Statewide Parcel Map REST Services


           

    THIS DATA IS PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE, HOWEVER,
    IF YOU USE WISCONSIN’S PARCEL DATA, WE ASK THAT YOU
    LET US KNOW IN THE V7 FEEDBACK FORM  

              Knowing why the data matters to your business needs is crucial for us to justify offering this service into the future.

    After you have gotten a chance to take a look, thank you for letting us know how you use statewide parcel data!

    Sincerely, 

    Peter Herreid

    Grant Administrator

    Wisconsin Land Information Program 

            &

    Mike Friis 

    Program Manager 

    Wisconsin Land Information Program   

  • 20 Jun 2021 4:23 PM | FRANCIS R THOUSAND (Administrator)


  • 14 Jun 2021 4:23 PM | FRANCIS R THOUSAND (Administrator)

    News and information regarding Wisconsin efforts with GPS on BM.

     

    From the Wisconsin State Cartographers Office

    https://www.sco.wisc.edu/2021/06/10/gps-on-bench-marks-status-update-for-wisconsin/

     

    For those of you who receive it, there is also information in the June, 2021 Wisconsin Professional Surveyor

     

     

    Keep up the great work,

    Mick

     


  • 9 Jun 2021 8:28 AM | FRANCIS R THOUSAND (Administrator)


    Now for a number of years the two Chapters have held a joint meeting.  They usually try to find a location that was easy to get to by members of both Chapters.  This year the meeting was at Brigham County Park which is right next to Blue Mounds State Park but without the stickers.  President Harvey addressed the group.  The members were happy to be meeting in person in a great location.  The Southwest Chapter provided the shelter and Madison brought the food.  MASC President Bob O'Neill did the cooking.  Both Chapters had brief business meetings.  And mother nature provided the sunset.



  • 2 Jun 2021 12:52 PM | FRANCIS R THOUSAND (Administrator)

    I went looking and found the new version of A-E 7 is online.  Check out the Legislative page and look up Administrative Code or just click on the link   https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/0ALAEUDLmaTZnUk9PVA

  • 25 Apr 2021 7:41 AM | FRANCIS R THOUSAND (Administrator)

    At the Examining Board meeting it was announced that there are a shortage of members both professional and citizen on many of the Sections.  In the Professional Land Surveyors Section, only Nathan Vaughn is actually a current professional member.  The other two are serving with expired terms.   If anyone is interested in serving, they will need to fill out the application on the Governor's website.  The one Citizen member's term expires on July 1, 2021.  There is also one vacant Citizen member position.  

  • 18 Apr 2021 8:11 PM | FRANCIS R THOUSAND (Administrator)

    Don't forget to vote by email to info@wsls.org and indicate your three favorite photos.  Cash prizes for the winners.  Please vote by May 15.  Winners will be in the June issue of the Wisconsin Professional Surveyor.  You can view the photos by clicking clicking on Members Area and then Library or clicking here

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