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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 Coordinator

Annette Lockhart, Chair LadyLandSurveyor@gmail.com

Chapter News:


AB 1303

Subdivision Map Act: map expiration dates.

The Author's office has indicated that this will provide a 24 month extension to maps within the counties of Fresno, Imperial, Kings, Madera, Merced, Modoc, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, and Tulare.


From BPELSG

Notice of Department Designation Forms


Our Newsletter "The Prism" July 2015

California Surveyor: "Summer 2015"

BPELSG News:

BPELSG Example CBT Examination Questions:

BPELSG Bulletin: Summer 2015

BPELSG Proposed Changes to Corner Reords


New in the Library:

Sacramento County - added link to Geographical Map Index
(includes Maps and Parcel Maps, ROS estimated for September, then Corner Records & .....)
Added Historical FEMA Maps Stanislaus, Mercd and San Joaquin Counties
Fresno County - updated record maps
Stanislaus County - updated record maps
San Joaquin County - updated ROS, PM, M&P, Corner Records


Adopt-A-Road

Next Clean-up: October 3, 2015


From Gary Hall @ Smart Vents, a follow-up Guide:

Non-Engineered Opening Guide.pdf


Upcoming Workshops

Topic: Railroads 101
  • Speaker: Charlie Tucker
  • August 7 - Santa Rosa, CA
Registration and program information


CLSA Chapter Website of the Year - 2012-2014