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Central Valley Chapter
California Land Surveyors Association

Promoting the professional practice of land surveying in the California Central Valley.
Serving the greater Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin County Area."

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What is Trigstar?

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Trig Star is an annual high school mathematics competition based on the practical application of Trigonometry. Students that participate are not only provided with an opportunity to earn awards, but also leave with a better understanding of the technical profession of Land Surveying and Mapping.

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Professional Land Surveyors use the Trig Star program to advance communication with the communities they serve.

The purpose of the program is:

  • To promote the study of trigonometry in high school and to promote excellence in the mastery of trigonometry by honoring the individual student who has demonstrated superior skill among classmates at the High School level.
  • To acquaint the high school geometry and trigonometry students with the use and practical application of geometry and trigonometry in the surveying profession.
  • To build an awareness of surveying as a profession among the mathematically-skilled high school students, career guidance counselors and high school math teachers.

What happens during the Trig-Star Contest?

A presentation by a Land Surveyor to help participants understand the Land Surveying/ Geomatics Profession. The exam is a timed exercise, during which students must solve trigonometric problems that incorporate the use of the right triangle formulas, the law of sines, and the law of cosines. The student with the highest score and fastest time will be named the "Trig Star" for each high school participating in the program. The scores and times of the Trig Stars are reviewed to determine the State Winner and Runner-up in California. The State Winner will qualify to take the National Exam.

The Trig Star program is sponsored nationally by the National Society of Professional Surveyors.

Local Trigstar Coordinator

Bill Koch koch1313@yahoo.com

State Trigstar Coordinators

Aundrea L. Tirapelle, Co-Chair dre.052806@gmail.com

Greg Sebourn, Co-Chair gregsebourn@johnson-frank.com

Chapter News:

**CLSA Chapter of the Year**

Our Newsletter "The Prism" July 2014

Won it's 2nd Newletter of the year Award at 2014 CLSA Conference


New California Surveyor: "Spring 2014"

BPELSG News:

BPELSG Example CBT Examination Questions:

BPELSG BULLETIN: November 2013


The University of Maine

is now offering a masters degree in surveying engineering online.


NCEES Fall Principles of Surveying Exam

will be on October 24th - Registration June 16-August 28
More information


New in the Library:

Merced County - updated record maps
    added Swamp & Overflow Directory
Mariposa County - updated maps
San Joaquin County - updated ROS, PM, M&P, Corner Records


CLSA Chapter Website of the Year