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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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CLSA Central Valley Chapter Meeting Information

You will find details on the May 2014 meeting of the CLSA Central Valley Chapter below. Please contact any of the chapter officers with questions about the meeting.

  • Date and Time: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at
    6:00 PM
  • Location: Perko's in Modesto (901 North Carpenter Road)
  • Speaker: Ron Nelms, PLS
  • Topic: Romancing the Rock
Ron Nelms

Ron began his career in 1980 working as seasonal help for the United State Forest Service cross sectioning logging roads for timber sales in the mountains east of Oroville, CA. Observing magnificent scenery coupled with problem solving, he decided that this was the profession he wished to pursue.

In April of 1992 he and his wife started Nelms Surveying from their kitchen counter top which focused on boundary resolutions, topographic mapping, route surveys, construction staking, land division, and expert testimony. He is licensed in California, Arizona and Nevada with membership in their respective Land Surveyor Associations.


While serving as Director for the Bakersfield Chapter of CLSA he was also a member at large on the Executive Committee for the 2012 year. Currently he serves on the Legislative Committee, the Professional Practice Committee, and is Chairman of the Monument Conservation Committee. He also serves as a Director of the CLSA Education Foundation.
In addition to those duties, he is also a past president of the North of the River Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Government Review Committee for the Bakersfield Chamber and currently chairs the membership position for the Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary.

Ron is married to his wife Donna and he has two sons Tyler and Aaron who have gifted him with three grandchildren, Thomas, Matiaus and Alys.


Romancing the Rock and Other Geodetic Passions

It is likely that most persons have little or no idea of the importance of the survey process in a developed society. It is a satisfying and noble profession that may run under the radar of the public watch. The general public has little understanding, even awareness of the meaning and importance of land surveying.

This will be an open discussion of where we came from, where we are and where we are going. We will take a critical look at the worth of our profession in an attempt to understand our role in an orderly society, providing a valuable and necessary service to communities and individuals. Understanding what we do is part of the understanding of the humanization process, and harnessing this rock we live on for the benefit of living things.



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You can download the meeting notice here in pdf format.

You can download the meeting minutes here in pdf format.


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Holiday Social Event

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California Surveyor: "Issue 185"

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BPELSG New corner_record_instructions

"It is important to understand that effective April 1, 2017, all new Corner Record submittals must use the new form."

BPELSG Example CBT Examination Questions:

BPELSG Bulletin:Fall 2017


New in the Library:

Tuolumne County - Updated Record Maps and Corner Records, added Mineral Surveys
San Joaquin County - added Filed Map Footprints
updated February 2016 Guide to the Preparation of Maps
updated ROS, PM, M&P, Corner Records
Madera County - updated Record maps
Santa Clara County - updated Record maps and Corner Records
Sacramento County - added link to Geographical Map Index
Fresno County - updated record maps
Stanislaus County - updated record maps


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