What is ACSM/NSPS?
The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) was formed as an international professional association in 1941 to represent the interests of those engaged in measuring and communicating spatial data relating to the Earth's surface. It was founded as a non-profit organization to enhance education, technical and professional development in surveying, mapping, and related fields. It supported educational programs and publications to those interests. Members came from private practice, government, and academia.
In 2004, the ASCM Member Organizations (MO), the American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS), the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS), the Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS) became independently incorporated non-profit entities, and along with the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), which incorporated as non-profit organization in 1990, became the controlling bodies of the organization through a “Congress” within which each organization had equal voting rights.
In 2012 ACSM was merged within NSPS and ceased to operate independently as ACSM. At that time AAGS and CaGIS decided not to remain within the organization and became independent entities, as had CaGIS a few years prior. NSPS continues to maintain the relationships and obligations with other organizations and entities that both it and ACSM had established through the years (including as the U.S. member country of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), as well as forging relationships with a growing number of other entities.
As a result of its joint membership program with 48 of the 50 state surveying societies (as of 11/ 02/ 17, Arkansas and California had yet begun to participate), the NSPS Board of Directors currently consists of Officers and a voting Director from each state society that participates in the joint membership program. NSPS Directors representing non-participating states are advisory members of the Board of Directors, as are the two delegates representing the State Executives Forum, and one delegate each from the NSPS Foundation, AAGS, the Young Surveyors Network, the Sustaining Members Council, Professional Surveyors Canada, and U.S. Territories Puerto Rico and Guam.
A current link to NSPS is http://www.nsps.us.com/. State Hubs and Forums for All 50 US States
What Does ACSM/NSPS Do?
ACSM/NSPS represents the surveying and mapping profession at the national level. The collective clout of our membership helps pave the way for legislation which in turn helps support the profession of surveying and mapping. Through annual conventions and workshops, we provide opportunities for continuing education and professional growth. Numerous publications in the way of technical journals and a bi-monthly magazine insure that members keep abreast of critical issues affecting the profession. Through the development of industry standards and certification programs for surveying and mapping technicians, ACSM/NSPS has set the trend nationally for growth in the profession. The ACSM/NSPS Legislative Committee has repeatedly achieved great results in Washington, D.C. ACSM/NSPS have represented our members, particularly well in support of the Brooks Act which governs the procurement of professional services by public agencies.
How Does ACSM/NSPS Work?
Each State society is asked to elect a representative from their State. Semi-annually the representatives from each State, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico, gather to conduct the business of ACSM/NSPS. The results of their efforts are passed on to the appropriate committees and to the Board of Directors of both ACSM and NSPS. Once items are acted upon they are implemented and begin to have a positive effect on the surveying and mapping profession.
Does My Membership Really Make a Difference?
Most definitely your support and membership helps to provide the clout needed to make a difference on Capitol Hill. It also helps us present a united front on the political scene both in Washington, D.C. and across the country.
Why Should I Become a Member Of ACSM?
Simply put, it is a matter of strength.
At a time when advances in technology, better educational opportunities, and public awareness are driving a number of professional practice areas toward a central core of activity, it is more important than ever to display a credible presence in the arena of the policies and standards which influence the way we work.
What if there were no ACSM/NSPS
We must ask ourselves the question "Who Will?"
If there is no ACSM to work hand in hand with the agencies from which come many of the criteria, standards, and opportunities associated with the services we provide, "Who Will?"
If there is no ACSM to provide assistance to ABET in accrediting the curricula necessary to meet the requirements for being allowed to serve the public through our profession, "Who Will?"
If there is no ACSM to provide liaison to the NCEES to assure that licensing laws correctly identify the definition of practice and the criteria for being allowed to provide services, "Who Will?"
If there is no ACSM to represent the interests and positions on issues of our members to other professional groups such as ALTA, FIG, ICA, and IRWA among others, "Who Will?"
If there is no ACSM to be recognized as the appropriate organization to negotiate NAFTA guidelines as they relate to our profession, "Who Will?"
The answer to these and other related questions is "SOMEONE ELSE". We probably won't like the way our profession is represented by "someone else". Although it is not always readily visible, the work of ACSM and its volunteer member participants is consistently at the forefront of issues which affect our future.
Without the strength and credibility attained through a robust membership base, ACSM will not continue to be the recognized voice of the surveying and mapping profession.
The issues that are today's topics of discussion will become tomorrow's laws and regulations. We cannot afford to let the influence of ACSM go silent.
Choose the appropriate Organization(s) to join in addition to ACSM, and read the criteria listed for each grade of membership. Then complete the reverse side of this form and send it to the address shown. Your application will be processed promptly.
Full Member- Bachelor's or higher degree in field of Study that would qualify the person for a professional position in cartography or related fields, or four years of active professional experience in cartography or related fields.
Associate Member - Any person with an interest in geodetic surveying/cartography who is not eligible to be a Full Member.
Full Member- Bachelor's or higher degree in a discipline related to geodetic surveying or eight years experience. Up to four years of relevant education may be substituted for experience not consistent with other organization member requirements.
Associate Member - Any person with an interest in surveying/ccirtography who is not eligible to be a Full Member.
Full Member- [a] Any person licensed to practice the profession of surveying, according to state or provincial statutes; or [b], a GS-1373 employee classified as a Land Surveyor or Supervisory Land Surveyor; or [c] an academician holding a Bachelor's or higher degree and the rank of assistant professor or higher and teaching in an ABET or CAB accredited or state land surveying registration board approved surveying program; or [d] a practicing surveyor or a surveying teacher who has attained (1) a minimum of six years experience in responsible charge of surveying activities or (2) four years of education and two years of experience ma submit credentials for considerations.
Associate Member - Any person who by employment is actively engaged in a program leading to a career in the profession of surveying.
Anyone with an interest in geographic and land information systems is eligible for membership as an Full, Associate, or Student Member.
Student Membership requirements in ACA, AAGS, NSPS or GLIS
-Any person pursuing a course of study as a graduate or undergraduate student 'on a full-time basis (as defined by the academic institution) leading to a career in geodetic surveying, geographic or land information systems, cartography, or surveying is eligible for Student Membership.
This notice is required by U.S. Postal Service regulations. Contributions or gifts to ACSM are not tax deductible as charitable. contributions.
The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) publishes a bi-monthly magazine, ACSM Bulletin, and two quarterly scholarly journals, Surveying and Land Information Systems and Cartography and Geographic Information Systems. In addition, ACSM offers a publications catalog of more than 100 titles, many from other publishers, offering a broad selection of the best books available on surveying, cartography, geodesy, geographic information systems, land information systems, and the Global Positioning System.
Membership does include subscriptions to:
What ACSM Does
ACSM Member Organization Profiles and Objectives
The American Association For Geodetic Surveying (AAGS)
The membership of AAGS consists primarily of professionals qualified in the mathematical, physical, applied, or engineering sciences, with specialized interests in geodetic or precise plane surveys, geodesy, geophysics, satellite surveying, applied or radio astronomy, earth environmental or space physics, specialized precision measurements, and related adjustments and computations, the development of optical, electromagnetic, mechanical, pbotogrammetry, or other appropriate metrology.
Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CAGIS)
Full membership is open to anyone with a bachelor's or higher degree in cartography, GIS, or related fields, and to persons with four years if active professional experience in these areas. Associate membership is available to any person with an interest in cartography or GIS who is not qualified to be a full member.
Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS)
Persons qualified for a professional position in the field of geographic and land information sciences are welcome to apply for membership in GLIS.
The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS)
Membership is open to all professional surveyors and to persons trained, registered, or interested in the profession of surveying and mapping.
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