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The Standards Committee has completed editing the Model Standards approved by the NSPS board of directors on March 12, 2002

The primary responsibility for developing and adopting standards rests with the individual state associations, professional registration boards, state surveying agencies and federal agencies. These model standards of practice are to be used as guidelines for those that have the authority to develop and adopt standards. These recommended standards are intended to foster uniformity in the professional practice of surveying.

Standards are not intended to be used in place of professional judgment. It must be understood that there will be circumstances and conditions that make it impossible to comply with some provisions of a standard. If the professional surveyor deviates from the standard or guideline, this deviation should be noted, described and justified.

Standards Committee

Harold Charlier, Secretary
Brett Jefferson
Patrick Cummins
Ray Donnelly
Jim Craddock
Gary Kent
Stephen Corley
Bob Myers, Chairman


A. Introduction to NSPS Model Standards of Practice  

B. Model Standard for Property Surveys 

C. Classification and Accuracy Standard for Property Surveys  

D. Model Standards for Construction Layout Surveys  

E. Model Topographic Survey Standards  

F. Model Standards for LIS/GIS Surveys 

G. Positional Accuracy Definitions and Procedures 

H. Standards References   

NSPS strives to establish and further common interests, objectives, and political effort that would help bind the surveying profession into a unified body in the United States.

Governance: The National Society of Professional Surveyors Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors. The NSPS Board of Directors meets twice per year.   NSPS has working agreements with state surveying organizations which are represented on the NSPS Board of Directors, and with the NSPS Foundation, Inc. 

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