1857 Township Corner
By Tim Klaben on 11/12/2008 3:06 PM

Special thanks to Jerry Penry for sharing a few photos of a wonderful GLO stone from 1857.

"Rarely do I get to see an original GLO stone marked this nice.  We dug this one up today at the township corner common to T6-7N, R5-6E.  The brick was set by State Surveyor Hugh Dillon in 1935."

- Jerry

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Now that's an original corner monument
By Tim Klaben on 10/1/2008 3:10 PM

Special thanks to Dave Tlusty, RLS for Langlade County Wisconsin for sharing with us this amusing photo he took when he found the East 1/4 corner of Section 2, Town of Hill, Price County.

By the way Dave, we passed along your idea for the rust proof, porcelain survey markers to R & D.....you may be onto something.

Have a funny caption for this photo you would like to share?  Please add your caption to the comment section below.

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Our latest Smart Target for monitoring rail lines.
By Tim Klaben on 10/1/2008 3:09 PM

Special thanks to Howard Herrild, RLS with MI-TECH Services Inc. for sending us a few photos of our Smart Targets they are using to measure settlement on the rails and pilings of a section of railroad track in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.

Specifically they are using the RSAK130 for the rail line and our RS30 level target for the pilings.  I am told by Howard that they are planning on monitoring this project for a year and that our targets "are working out very nicely".

Reflective targets for monitoring railline and piling settlement.








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Sun Prairie Area Veterans Memorial
By Tim Klaben on 9/30/2008 8:45 AM

Here is a few photos sent in by Jim Farmer, a friend and customer of ours who contacted us for several custom plaques for the Sun Prairie Area Veterans Memorial. 

Sun Prairie Area Veterans Memorial"The purpose of the Sun Prairie Area Veterans Memorial is to honor all veterans of the Sun Prairie area and around the world.  Past, Present and Future.  May this Memorial also give some comfort to those families and friends that have had loved ones that did not return home again.  May we show them that they will never be forgotton"

James P. Farmer -Veterans of Foreign Wars Klubertanz-Trapp Post 9362

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National Surveyor's Week Resolution Victory!
By Tim Klaben on 9/10/2008 2:42 PM

I received this email from ACSM on Tuesday.

"We were able to get the required 50 co-sponsors to House Resolution H. Con. Res. 223, the National Surveyor's Week Resolution.  The Resolution is expected to easily pass the Oversight Committee and the full House of Representatives by the end of the month."

Congratulations to everyone involved.



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Boy Scouts Receive Surveying Merit Badge at Belzer Scout Camp
By Tim Klaben on 8/21/2008 1:53 PM

Berntsen concrete marker used for the surveying merit badge course at Belzer Scout Camp in Indiana.

Here is a nice article by Mike Davis for the Hoosier Surveyor on professional surveyors volunteering their time to help local boy scouts in Indiana earn the surveying merit badge.  Being an Eagle Scout myself, I'd like to thank all of the volunteers for your efforts.

To view this article in the Indiana Hoosier Surveyor, click here.

To visit the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors webpage, click here.

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Announcing our 2008 WSLS Berntsen Scholarship recipient
By Tim Klaben on 3/21/2008 9:50 AM

Congratulations to our 2008 Berntsen Scholarship winner (WSLS) 

 Kelly Grzeskowiak.

Berntsen President, Rhonda Rushing (left) with Kelly at the 2008 Wisconsin Society of Professional Land Surveyors Conference.

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New online magazine unites geocachers and professional surveyors.
By Tim Klaben on 11/2/2007 10:30 AM

Caching Now

Every geocacher, amateur bench mark hunter, and professional surveyor has fascinating stories to tell. When Berntsen International produced our showcase book about survey markers, Lasting Impressions, we sought out stories from both professionals and amateurs. Now, we’re inviting those two communities to meet up again via our new online magazine, Caching Now.

Caching Now (www.cachingnow.com) celebrates geocaching and bench mark hunting. Because it’s produced by the world’s largest manufacturer of survey markers, we’re also inviting our professional surveying friends to read about these GPS-based hobbies, and to share their expertise with their amateur colleagues.
At Caching Now, we plan to:
•   Help surveyors promote land surveying as a potential career.
•   Tell interesting stories about geocaching and bench mark hunting.
•   Promote GPS-based hobbies as fun, educational activities for families.
•   Get more geocachers interested in bench mark hunting.
•   Provide useful resources and links.
•   Have fun!
Current and upcoming articles in Caching Now range from personal essays to expedition reports to technical discussions. The first issue features stories about survey markers at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the different types of maps available on GPS receivers, and the National Society of Professional Surveyors’ Geocaching Project.
The premiere issue of Caching Now is now online at www.cachingnow.comShare the fun and your experiences.
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When you wish upon a benchmark...
By Tim Klaben on 9/10/2007 1:57 PM

If you like stories on surveying from back in the day, Walt Disney World or survey markers well this article is for you.  Written by Patty Winter for American Surveyor Magazine she goes into detail on how Walt Disney World began, through the eyes of the crews that surveyed it.  Patty is also a geocacher and an enthusiastic one at that.  So much so that she has her own website which provides photos and coordinates for over twenty marks at the Disneyland Resort (Califorinia) and more than seventy at Disney World (Florida).

So how do we fit in?  Well we've been making survey markers for the Walt Disney World Company since the 1980's and to this day is the most popular and most recognized survey marker we've ever made. 

So the next time you visit Central Florida's largest tourist destination, keep your eyes to the ground and you might just spot one of these little beauties. 

Mapping the World: American Surveyor Magazine

Written by Patty Winter

How forty-seven square miles of Florida swamp became a world-famous vacation destination.

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It's a treat to put your feet where the four states meet.
By Tim Klaben on 7/26/2007 3:10 PM
Lexi Cook and Christopher Thorson’s vacation travels allowed them to physically be in four states at the same time. With a visit to the Four Corners Monument (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah), Lexi and Christopher joined thousands of people who visit this monument annually.
The Four Corners Monument is located ¼ mile west of US Highway 169, six miles north of Teec Nos Pos, Arizona and 40 miles southwest of Cortez, Colorado and is the only place in the Unites States where four states come together at one place.

Surveys of the area began in 1868 and a small permanent marker was erected in 1912. In the summer of 1992, the Bureau of Land Management from the four states joined forces to remonument and refurbish this important state corner. Berntsen was proud to play a significant part in the remonumentation by providing the new bronze tablet, 8 inches in diameter and 3 inches thick embedded in granite to mark this point. To accommodate the many thousands of visitors who touch and stand on the site, this marker was made from a highly-durable, corrosion-resistant, aluminum-bronze alloy. The inscription on the marker was engraved to a depth of approximately one inch or about 32 times deeper than the previous marker.

Thanks to Lexi and Christopher for sharing their vacation experience and allowing Berntsen to relive that important remonumentation experience.
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