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Adopted – October 24, 2014



Goal 1: Enhance and improve the professional image of surveyors


Objective A: Update the definition of surveying to reflect utilization of new technologies, data, and applications


  • Promote adoption of the NCEES model law by state legislatures

  • Advocate the surveying profession as a foundation to broader engineering, geospatial, geographic information systems (GIS) and other growing activities beyond boundary-related services and data

  • Leverage new and emerging markets, such as geocaching, positioning technology, building information modeling (BIM), GIS, precision measurement, land administration, scanning, asset management, etc. to improve the economic well being of surveyors and to increase their market share

  • Assure current, accurate, and progressive government classifications of surveyors


Objective B: Support education programs to develop the next generation workforce


  • Promote 4-year surveying degree laws in all 50 states

  • Advocate for more 4-year degree programs in surveying and related geospatial disciplines and include involvement of educators and learning institutions

  • Promote surveying as a modern and historic profession to students at K-12 level

  • Secure grant funding to improve and enhance Trig-Star

  • Develop student directed educational program to encompass History, Geography, and other like disciplines


Objective C: Implement a program of continuing education that meets member needs


  • New Markets, Technologies & Applications

  • Business Management



Goal 2: Expand and strengthen government affairs efforts


Objective A: Promote legislation and government programs that maximize the utilization of surveying and geospatial data, services, and technology to solve global, national, state, and local problems 

  • Seek legislation to increase utilization of surveying in government programs

  • Support budget and appropriations of government agencies that utilize surveying data and services

  • Work for enactment of the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, the Digital Coast Act, the Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act, and other similar legislation

  • Support the 3-dimentional elevation program (3DEP) and other "…for the Nation" surveying and geospatial data programs

  • Advocate for a reorganization of Federal surveying and mapping activities to better coordinate and utilize geospatial technologies


Objective B: Advocate for legislation, regulations and government policies that promote and enforce use of the qualifications based selection (QBS) process for selection of firms for surveying services


  • Keep members, legislators, government officials, end users educated on the benefits of QBS

  • Provide assistance to members on enforcement of existing QBS laws and regulations

  • Establish a process by which state licensing boards assist with enforcement of existing QBS laws and regulations

  • Take appropriate legislative, administrative or legal action to assure proper enforcement of QBS

  • Work with other like-minded organizations and activities to promote QBS

  • Implement a public relations strategy to coordinate media articles, presentations and other collateral materials and activities to promote QBS

  • Develop education and training materials for public agency personnel to further the understanding and utilization of the QBS process

  • Seek Federal and State legislation to implement, clarify and expand the reach of QBS for surveying and mapping services

  • Work with COFPAES to draft legislation for introduction in Congress to update the Brooks Act, including the definition of services covered, as well as subcontracts and grants

  • Work with state affiliates and other organizations to promote mini-Brooks Act legislation in the state legislatures

  • Educate government personnel on estimating and negotiating contracts in the QBS process


Objective C: Create a direct communication between NSPS national government affairs and the state affiliates


  • Provide a direct link on the NSPS web site to surveying laws in all 50 states, including licensing, QBS, right of entry, “mechanics liens”, liability limitation, etc.

  • Facilitate information and experience-sharing on state legislation among and between state affiliates


Objective D: Foster greater individual member and state affiliate participation in national government affairs efforts


  • Create a Political and Legislative Alert Team (PLAT) to identify NSPS members who have relationships with their Congressmen and Senators and mobilize such members on legislative action

  • Build a more effective “Hill Day” in Washington, DC, tied to other activities to give members more value and justification for participation

  • Set 2-year (election cycle) goals for PAC fundraising and implement programs and activities to raise the amount in the goal

  • Work with other geospatial and engineering organization PACs to leverage contributions to candidates



Goal 3: Grow and strengthen NSPS as a national professional society and improve its value to the members


Objective A: Establish NSPS as the voice of the profession


  • Expand public relations and communications with outside audiences

  • Strengthen government relations program

  • Enhance NSPS role in ABET, NCEES, FIG and other organizations

  • Establish liaisons and communications with allied and client organizations

  • Conduct studies to quantify the value of surveying to other business, industries and professions, the U.S. economy, and the quality of life of all Americans

  • Assure NSPS representation on relevant Federal and state government policy, advisory, and coordination committees



Objective B: Represent the majority of professional surveyors in the United States through growth of NSPS


  • Actively seek all qualified surveyors for membership

  • Become a forum for grass roots surveyors, particularly as small business owners

  • Strengthen, expand and promote membership programs, such as insurance, education, etc.


Objective C: Create a venue and forum for special interest groups of surveyors within NSPS


  • Provide a forum for surveyors in government, private practice, and academic instruction, respectively

  • Assist members in private practice with business management improvement

  • Embrace individuals in the broader surveying and geospatial community who practice in related disciplines, including those not in activities requiring a license

  • Establish a program to attract and engage equipment manufacturers as sustaining members


Objective D: Promote certification programs (CST, Hydrographic, Floodplain Surveyor, CFed)


  • Enroll more individuals in existing certification programs

  • Identify areas where there is a need for new and additional certification programs

  • Seek recognition of certified individuals on applicable surveying services contracts


Goal 4:   Enhance NSPS communications activities to more effectively engage members and Affiliates


Objective A: Improve existing communications vehicles and establish new media and means of communications among members


  • Redesign the website and improve direct email program

  • Create stronger communications channels with state and local organizations

  • Facilitate communication and interaction with and among state organization executive directors

  • Provide social media training for state executive directors, governors and members at large

  • Create a website committee


Objective B: Increase the use of new and traditional media to disseminate news and information about NSPS to the public


  • Increase the frequency of news releases

  • Strengthen relationships with publications

  • Implement use of video, webinars, tele-town halls, and other media



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