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SPSU Surveying and Mapping Team wins national championship

Surveying and mapping team 2014

MAY 13, 2014 – The SPSU Surveying and Mapping Team, advised by Prof. Daniel Branham, a lecturer in the Civil Engineering Technology Department, has earned Georgia its first-ever championship in the 2014 National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) 13th Annual Student Competition.

SPSU climbed from an honorable mention in 2012 to second place in 2013 to first place at the 2014 competition in mid-April. Eight institutions from across the country participated this year and were required to complete an American Land Title Association/American Congress of Surveying and Mapping Horizontal As-Built Boundary Survey of a commercial site. Each team prepared a binder with supporting documentation, a plat of their survey and an oral presentation about its work for the NSPS judges during the NSPS Annual Convention held jointly this year with the California Association of Land Surveyors/Nevada Association of Land Surveyors Convention held in San Diego, Calif.

SPSU’s team consisted of civil engineering/surveying and mapping students Evan Whatley, Antonio Sample and Stefka Vacheva, and surveying and mapping students Erik Bullman, Ray Knight and Carlos Reyes.

“This achievement would have not been possible without great financial support from SPSU’s Student Government Association and Alumni Association, and the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia [SAMSOG], along with private donations from individual SAMSOG members,” said Sample, who is vice president of the SPSU American Society of Civil Engineers and student state representative of the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia.