Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics Marker

Berntsen helps mark the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in cooperation with the University of Utah, Salt Lake County; the City of Salt Lake; and The Utah Council of Land Surveyors, have designed a special marker to commemorate the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Salt Lake Olympics Survey MarkerFeb. 8 – 24.

The 10-inch (254 mm) diameter brass marker, manufactured by Berntsen International, features the Salt Lake Olympic snowflake logo.

The marker set at the University of Utah, will be surveyed by NOAA’s National Ocean Service’s (NOS) National Geodetic Survey (NGS) and entered into the National Spatial Reference System ((NSRS) database.  These stations are part of the NSRS, which is the foundation of modern construction, navigation (land, sea and air), surveying and urban planning.  NGS maintains a database of more than 600,000 similar markers that support these wide range of activities.

The marker, with station name “Salt Lake 2002”, will be a permanent reminder of how NOAA helped with the construction of the Salt Lake Olympic infrastructure.  The coordinates of the site, in addition to being a survey control point, will also provide a navigational aid to Utah residents when they use handheld Global Positioning System receivers to go backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and even to mark their favorite ice fishing spot.

Originally published in the Berntsen SurveyLog Volume 13, No. 1 (February, 2002)