HISTORY AND PURPOSE OF THE ALASKA SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS

A need for recognition and organization of professional land surveyors became apparent during the fall of 1959 when public hearings were held by the then "Territorial Board of Engineers and Architects Examiners" to review an upgrading of the law governing the engineering and architectural fields. The new law, as proposed by various elements of the professions, would have virtually eliminated the field of practice of the professional land surveyor. The few land surveyors who recognized this problem decided to attempt to call the others together to review this problem and perhaps combat it by having enough persons present some organized opposition to receive due consideration.

A form letter was sent to all land surveyors in the Territory calling for a Saturday afternoon meeting in Anchorage. Nearly thirty persons showed up. As an outcome, the Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors was organized and was strong enough to apply pressure upon the Board and other societies to stop the move apparent for a new law until the professional land surveyors' input could be established. A legislative committee was formed which worked with the several groups to better the entire engineering profession and to encourage cooperation between engineers, architects, and land surveyors. Our current law is a direct outcome of these many efforts.

The Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors continues to exist as a common interest group to share new technology, to review problem areas which would affect our profession or our clients, to cooperate with each other to the advancement of our profession, and to serve as a guide to others who are interested in regulating or adjudicating the work which we do.

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ASPLS OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSES

The ASPLS constitution states that the objectives and purposes of the Society are as follows:

1. To provide a mutual benefit organization not operated for profit and to promote social and professional intercourse among the Surveyors in the State of Alaska and in connection therewith to organize and admit to membership Registered Professional Land Surveyors entitled to practice under the laws of the State of Alaska, or Licensed Professional Land Surveyors, admitted to practice under the laws of any other state in the United States.

2. To advance Land Surveying knowledge and practice and to provide a means for cooperative action by it's members on matters beyond the scope of their individual endeavors.

3. To promote the public welfare, to provide means for more effective public service, to foster public recognition of the Land Surveying profession, and to cooperate with other organizations having similar objectives.

4. To assist the Land Surveying profession as a whole in maintaining proper and fair standards of ethics and practices.

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ASPLS MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

* As an ASPLS member, you will receive "Alaska Designs". Alaska Designs is the newsletter of the Alaska Professional Design Council.

* As an ASPLS member, you will keep abreast of what other Professional societies are doing through the Alaska Designs.

* As an ASPLS member, you are represented at the Western Federation of Professional Surveyors.

* As an ASPLS member, you are represented at the National Society of Professional Surveyors.

* As an ASPLS member, you are represented at Legislative committee hearings.

* As an ASPLS member, you are represented at municipal platting/planning board regulation change hearings.

* As an ASPLS member, you have a forum for the expression of your views on surveying and platting topics.

* As an ASPLS member, you have the strength of numbers to back up your views on surveying and platting topics.

* As an ASPLS member, you have the opportunity to interact with fellow surveyors at local chapter, state and national levels.

* You can be proud of the four year degree in Surveying and Mapping at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

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MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

MEMBER: A "Member" shall be a licensed Professional Land Surveyor, registered by the Alaska Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers and Land surveyors or under the laws of any other State having Equivalent requirements for registration.

ASSOCIATE: An "Associate" Member shall be defined as a person employed in the surveying profession who is not eligible for regular membership and who has been approved by the Board of Directors.

AFFILIATE: An "Affiliate" Member shall be defined as a person, who by virtue of his employment, has a particular interest in or association with the profession of land surveying and who has been approved by the Board of Directors.

LIFE MEMBER: A "Life" Member shall be defined as a person not less than 60 years of age and a "Member" in good standing for five years previous to his appointment as a "Life Member" and whose nomination is approved by the Board of Directors.

HONORARY MEMBER : A "Honorary Member" shall be defined as any person recognized as an individual of superior stature in Land Surveying or the fields closely related thereto and whose nomination has been approved by the Board of Directors.

SUSTAINING MEMBER: A "Sustaining" Member shall be defined as any commercial or professional institution or individual interested or engaged in land surveying, the manufacturer of equipment utilized by Land Surveyors or the reproduction or compilation of maps whom provides significant financial support to the State Society and its Chapters. The minimum financial support to become a Sustaining Member shall be $250 in any calendar year.

STUDENT MEMBER : A " Student" Member shall be defined as a person enrolled in a Land Surveying curriculum and carrying 12 semester units and whose nomination is approved by the Board of Directors. Student Members must have the endorsement of an instructor as to their enrollment in the minimum of 12 units.

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CONSTITUTION ~ As Amended February 12, 1986

ARTICLE I

The name of the Society shall be: Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors, herein after referred to as the Society or State Society. As appropriate, the name may be referred to in approved abbreviated form as ASPLS.

ARTICLE II

The objectives and purposes of the Society are as follows:

1. To provide a mutual benefit organization not operated for profit and to promote social and professional intercourse among the SURVEYORS in the State of Alaska and in connection therewith to organize and admit to membership REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS entitled to practice under the Laws of the State of Alaska, or Licensed Professional Land Surveyors, admitted to practice under the laws of any other state in the United States.

2. To advance LAND SURVEYING knowledge and practice and to provide a means for cooperative action by its members on matters beyond the scope of their individual endeavors.

3. To promote the public welfare, to provide means for more effective public service, to foster public recognition of the LAND SURVEYING profession, and to cooperate with other organizations having similar objectives.

4. To assist the LAND SURVEYING profession as a whole in maintaining proper and fair standards of ethics and practices.

ARTICLE III

The officers of the Society Shall be residents of and practice in the State of Alaska.

ARTICLE IV

The ByLaws shall govern and provide for various classes of membership. Membership certificates may be issued under such provisions, rules and regulations as prescribed by the ByLaws. Membership may be terminated by voluntary withdraws, by expulsion and by death. Losses of membership through any such cause and the incidents thereto shall be governed by the ByLaws.

ARTICLE V

The Society may organize and otherwise assist in the formation of Chapters of this Society in the State of Alaska in accordance with the provisions of the ByLaws.

ARTICLE VI

The business of the Society and its Chapters shall be conducted by duly elected officers as set forth in the ByLaws.

ARTICLE VII

The Constitution may be Amended by the following procedures. A majority vote of the Board of Directors or a written petition stating the proposed amendment from ten percent of the voting members shall be submitted to the Board of Directors to initiate an amendment. Within 60 days after receiving such a petition, the Secretary shall submit the proposed amendment as edited by the Board of Directors to the voting membership by mail. The vote on the ballot shall be by mail in sealed ballots. After 30 and within 45 days after the ballot is mailed, the ballots received by the Secretary shall be counted by the Board of Directors. If twothirds of the votes received are affirmative, the amendment shall be adopted.

ARTICLE VIII

The Society shall enact and enforce ByLaws for the government of this Society and its chapters and the general assistance and supervision of its members. The ByLaws will prescribe how the same are to be amended.

ARTICLE IX

This organization, in its activities and its membership, shall be nonpartisan and nonsectarian. The organization's activities shall primarily be nonpolitical; efforts to sponsor or oppose legislation shall be limited to issues directly concerning the surveying profession and shall not constitute a substantial part of the organizations's activities.

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CODE OF ETHICS

Ethics may be considered the often unenforceable duties beyond law that a professional person owes to the public, fellow professionals, and clients to create and maintain respect and confidence in a profession. Rules of ethics are only general guides of conduct, but must be practiced consistently by each of us to be effective for the group. The proof of effective ethical conduct comes from the opinions of others, and not from self appraisal. Professional stature cannot be acquired by selfproclamation.

It shall be unethical for any member to:

1. Be other than a faithful agent of a client, and not to act with fairness between a client and others.

2. Attempt to supplant a fellow surveyor after definite steps have been taken toward his engagement.

3. Review the work of another surveyor for the same client without the previous surveyor's knowledge or termination.

4. Accept an appointment with a client to replace another surveyor whose just financial claims remain unsettled, unless the previous surveyor fails to press a legal claim within a reasonable time.

5. Publicly attempt to injure the professional reputation of another surveyor: A malpractice complaint shall be directed to the Society Board of Directors for appropriate action.

6. Advertise in selflaudatory language or in any manner derogatory to the dignity of the profession.

7. Use the advantages of security of a salaried position while competing with surveyors in private practice.

8. Reduce normal fees to underbid the known charges of another surveyor, or undertake any work an a price that will not permit a professional performance.

9. Attempt to practice in any field of surveying in which he is not proficient.

10. Engage in competitive price bidding. 

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