UVU Geospatial Society

Being a dues paying member of the UVU Geospatial Society makes you eligible to become a member of the Utah Council of Land Surveyors (UCLS) UVU Student chapter (currently for an additional annual fee of $30) which will automatically make you a member of the Western Federation of Professional Surveyors (WestFED).  The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) is another organization we encourage you to become a member of because like the other organization you become eligible for student scholarships and other benefits from these organizations.

To join the UVU Geospatial Society follow these simple steps:

  • Go to the UVU Clubs Website.
  • Click on the "Alphabetical Club List" tab.
  • Click on the "G" in the alphabetical list.
  • Click on "Geospatial Society".

Current Society Newsletter

Student Projects

UVU is an Engaged Learning institution.

The Surveying and Mapping program is ensuring this endeavor continues to give our students in-field experience with Student Projects.

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Beit Lehi
Israel Project

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Ancient Unitah Indian
Reservation Boundary Project

Senior Capstone Projects

Digitally Preserving Historic Buildings - Using Lidar to Digitally Preserve Buildings on the National Register

by Sean Ireland

Currently Land Surveyors are using LiDAR to do detailed topographic maps and other mapping. This falls in line with what they do for work already. But there are other ways they can use their expertise to expand on how they use LiDAR. It is a great tool for creating 3D models of buildings and other structures. With the knowledge they use in control networks they can use this to create precise models that architects can use as well as aiding in the create of Historical Architectural Building Surveys (HABS). This will not only help to preserve historical buildings but also create another revenue source for companies.


Monument Recovery: Updating Sanpete County Tie Sheets

by Riley Adams

Monument tie sheets are important sources of information to surveyors, they provide coordinates of section and control monuments. As well as measurements to objects surrounding the monument so they can be easily located. Survey monuments often get buried or vegetation grows up around them, and they are hard to locate. Having up to date information with Google Earth images and photos to guide the surveyor to the correct location is valuable. Most counties (except of the larger ones) have poor tie sheet records. Not only is there a need to update these records, but there is a need to verify if these monuments are still physically there. Counties (especially the small ones) do not have the time to be constantly monitoring the condition of monuments or if they are still in place. County surveyors rely upon the private surveying community to let them know if there are missing or destroyed monuments. This information is usually discovered when a private surveyor needs to locate a monument. So, between the last time the monument was used to current, no information is available. Monuments sometimes go thirty years with out being used again. The need to update this information in these smaller rural counties is great. Sanpete County is a small county which only has a county recorder, and no county surveyor. The need for tie sheet information and verification of monument location is a great need there. The goal of this project is to provide Sanpete County with updated and useful monument location information. New tie sheets with State Plane Coordinates, Latitudes and Longitudes, ties to surrounding objects, photos, and descriptions will be provided to Sanpete County and the AGRC PLSS Map portal.

Defining and Protecting the Boundaries of the Surveying Profession

by Scott Flint

An investigation of the current state of the surveying profession. Research into current surveyor demographics and licensure. Analysis of the current systemic relationship between surveying and connected professions, including GIS, photogrammetry and remote sensing, title work, real estate, legal work, engineering, and contract work. Specific recommendations on protecting the public through surveying licensure are given.


Goshute Indian Reservation Survey

by Nicholas Verhoef

This project will be the dependent resurvey and section subdivisions of sections 3, 4, and 9, Township 10 South, Range 19 West, Salt Lake Base & Meridian, Tooele County, Utah, to locate the exterior boundary of the Goshute reservation’s north portion.  Included in the subdivision of section 4 is a 5 acre parcel held in fee for the use of a tribal cemetery; this project will attempt to locate the boundaries of the cemetery as well.  This project will also do a dependent resurvey of the entire township line between Townships 10 and 11 South, Range 19 West (Second Standard Parallel South) to locate the northern exterior boundary of the Goshute reservation’s south portion established by the 1914 Executive Order.  This part of the project will be funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  In addition, the Bureau of Land Management will fund to dependently resurvey sections 15, 16, 21, 22, 27, 28, 33, and 34, and subdivide sections 15, 16, 21, 22, and 27 of Township 10 South, Range 19 West, to locate the boundary between BLM and private and to preserve the public land survey system. The latest Federal survey in both townships was a stone survey from Joseph Gorlinski in 1875, except a 1914 iron pipe survey by H.L. Baldwin, topographer, to survey 10 acre Indian allotments in section 5 and 8, Township 11 South, Range 19 West, and a 2011 Cadastral Survey on the north boundary of Township 10 South, Range 19 West.

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