Kennesaw State surveying and mapping team places third in national competition

(Pictured from L-R: Chayce Bell, Andrew Butler, Taylor Gallimore, Craig Baines, Zac Weisel and…

Georgia (Mar 25, 2016)

(Pictured from L-R: Chayce Bell, Andrew Butler, Taylor Gallimore, Craig Baines, Zac Weisel and Blake Armstrong)

Students shine in annual National Society of Professional Surveyors event

MARIETTA, Ga. (March 25, 2016) — Kennesaw State University’s surveying and mapping student competition team recently took third place during the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) annual student competition in Washington, D.C.

As the only student chapter for the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia (SAMSOG), the KSU team is composed of surveying and mapping, and civil engineering students in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. Six members of the 26-member team traveled to the nation’s capital for the presentation to industry experts.

The team was tasked to create and present large-scale boundary and topographical surveys for an 8- to 12-acre property. Through surveying work, the team created a large format plat and a binder of their fieldwork, reports and photography.

“We are a new team – none of us have been involved in the competition before – so not knowing what to expect was difficult,” said Craig Baines, president of KSU’s student SAMSOG chapter.  “But going to this competition allowed us to present on an international stage, connect with the surveying community nationally and talk with leaders who are creating the future of surveying.” 

In the past five years, the University’s student team has done well at the national competition, earning first place in 2014 and second place in 2013.  This year, the annual competition drew nine U.S. universities, seven of which offer four-year surveying degree programs. 

Kennesaw State’s surveying and mapping program, part of the Civil and Construction Engineering department, is the only ABET-accredited surveying program in Georgia.

The team has been preparing for this year’s competition since October, explained Daniel Branham, the team’s faculty advisor.

“This is the only team that represents the state of Georgia, and this has been an eye-opening experience for them in the world of surveying,” said Branham, lecturer of surveying and mapping. “The students were able to gain practical applications and follow the job from beginning to end.”


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit