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Adopted Strategic Plan

The VAS Board of Directors, after seeking input from the membership, has adopted a Strategic Plan for the association. This document will guide long term goals and objectives for VAS and the surveying profession in the Commonwealth. Download the plan here

2016 John H. Foster School July 26 - July 29, 2016

The four day school features two distinct separate courses of study and review for those preparing for the “Fundamentals of Surveying” (FS) and “Principals & Practice of Surveying” (PS) state administered exams.

FS Course Topics

  • Basic Survey Math Review

  • Computing Coordinates

  • Conventional Traverse Computations

  • Taping Corrections

  • Error Sources

  • Horizontal & Vertical Curves

  • Colonial States Boundary Law

  • Public Lands

  • Predetermined Area

  • Riparian Rights

  • Types of Conveyances

  • Legal Descriptions

PS Course Topics

  • Procedures for performing a boundary survey

  • APELSCIDLA Board Standards of Practice and plat & description requirements

  • Boundary Evidence and Legal Principles

  • Fundamentals of Photogrammetry

  • Basics of Geodesy

  • GPS and The Virginia Harn Network

  • Virginia State Plane Coordinates & Higher Order Control

  • Virginia Erosion Control Handbook

  • Chesapeake Bay Act

  • Land Surveyor Drainage Review (Runoff coefficients & Tc, Rational Method, Culverts, Ditches and more)


  • Yeoanny Venetsanos - LS (Va.), Senior Geospatial Analyst, Prince William County, Virginia

  • Greg Perkins – LS (Va.), Leica Geosystems, Inc., Richmond, Virginia

  • Vickie McEntire Anglin - LS (Va.), County Surveyor, Fairfax County Department of Public Works, Fairfax, Virginia

  • Danny Williams, LS (Va.), CFM, VDOT Hampton Roads District Survey Manager, Suffolk, Virginia

  • Douglas Potts, LS-B (Va.), Land Surveyor, Virginia Dominion Power, Richmond, Va

  • Larry Brownley, LS-B (Va.), Land Surveyor, Bay Design Group, Gloucester, Va.


Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23284. Liz Fillman, 804-827-9341,

Overnight Rooms:

VCU has overnight rooms available on site in Johnson Hall. Lodging consists of double occupancy dorm rooms in an on campus college dormitory. Reservations for on site rooms are included as part of the overall registration for the School and should be made through the VAS office by 7/15/16.

All persons staying on site must complete a few necessary forms. Completed Forms should be faxed to the VAS office at 844-878-4973 by July 15th or brought in-person to VCU on July 25th if staying overnight 7/25.


Partial or Full Scholarships may be available to Virginia Residents. Visit our Scholarships page, and go to "John Foster School" Grant. School transcripts are not required. July 11, 2016 is the deadline for filing applications for consideration. The Trust will determine the amount of the scholarships and then forward that money to the John Foster School Administrators in the applicant’s name.


Click here to register online   |   Click here to download a hardcopy registration form

VCU Forms

Click here to download the forms required by VCU Please complete these forms, scan and email them to



To all VAS/NSPS members: Join us for the Group Campout at James River State Park Friday & Saturday, September 9-10. Saturday morning we will plan a 2 mile inner tube float trip down the James River. The state park rents inner tubes and shuttles everyone back to camp for a reasonable fee. Once again our celebrity cooks (Steve Letchford & Dave Doyle) will be preparing gourmet meals with Alka-Seltzer on the side!! Friday night will be Spam-A-Lot night with fried spam sandwiches and beans for supper.

Saturday morning will be a pancake breakfast and Saturday night we will have a hamburger cookout and a bonfire for roasting marshmallows. The group campground will accommodate 42 people and there are smaller campsites and cabins available for rent. VAS will supply the group campground, food and drink for the cookouts only. So, the minimal expense should fit everyone's budget and will be an opportunity for us to get together for a fun weekend. This will be a family affair, so bring one and all.

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Space is limited, so first come, first serve. Contact David Holland: for reservations. Reservations must be made by August 19, 2016 or earlier for a space in the group campground and/or the float trip.

Court Decision on Gordon vs Heritage Church

VAS joined other Virginia design professional organizations in an amicus brief in a case of whether the responsibility for manufacturers' representations, which under the standard industry contracts lie with the manufacturer and the general contractor, should be transferred to the design professional community, as well as whether the accrual of the statute of limitations in Virginia should be controlled by when the design professional submits their last set of construction documents to the owner, when the owner submits the documents to the authority having jurisdiction, or upon issuance of a building permit. The appeal case has been decided. View the court's decision

VAS staff prepares 2016 General Assembly legislative report

To view action on bills affecting surveyors considered in the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly, click here.

New ALTA/NSPS Standards

VAS reminds members to review the new ALTA/NSPS standards that went into effect 2/23/16: Standards Details

National Surveyors Week 2016

Governor McAuliffe has issued a proclamation recognizing the surveying profession in celebration of National Surveyors Week. Read the full proclamation

National Surveyors Week, March 20-26, is designed to raise awareness of the surveying profession.

More on National Surveyors Week

Let us know - what are you doing to mark the occasion?

Virginia Association of Surveyors Names Michael Starling as New President

Details here

Virginia Association of Surveyors Announces Plat Contest Winners

Details here

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Workforce Development Motion Adopted by the Board

Click here to read the motion.

Virginia Association of Surveyors Unveils New Logo

Reston, VA, January 15, 2016 - The Virginia Association of Surveyors (VAS) today unveiled its new logo. In a video presentation, VAS President David Gardy and incoming President Michael Starling introduced the membership to the new branding.

The VAS Board of Directors was presented with over a dozen professionally developed logos. After careful consideration, they narrowed the field to three. The Board then presented the three finalists to the membership for a vote.

"The new Virginia Association of Surveyors logo is fresh and forward-thinking," said VAS incoming President Michael Starling.

"It's the perfect marriage between tradition and new endeavors, and the past and future of the Virginia Association of Surveyors."

"The new logo is just the first step towards improving the Virginia Association of Surveyors," said President David Gardy. "We're moving our profession and the VAS into the 21st Century with a new logo, a new website and a new sense of purpose."

The new logo will be on display at the 68th Annual General Membership Meeting and Convention to be held January 21-23, 2016 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia.

A Place In History

The Virginia Association of Surveyors was established in 1948 to promote the interests and professional development of surveyors licensed in the Commonwealth. We accomplish this goal by participating in a wide range of activities, from continuing education and scholarship funding to lobbying efforts in Richmond.

APELSCIDLA Clarifies Land Surveying and Storm Water Management Regulations

In an effort to clarify issues regarding land surveying and storm water management, Kate Nosbisch, APELSCIDLA Executive Director, sent this clarification.

VAS News: VAS Management Transition Complete

Management of the Virginia Association of Surveyors changed hands and the transition is now complete. We thank Judy for all the wonderful work she's done. Going forward, the VAS headquarters is now in Reston, Virginia. (details)

VASPAC Donation Form

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Check the Archives for downloadable files of Meeting Minutes and the "Old Dominion Surveyor" newsletter.







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