Come join us in Deadwood!

The West River Chapter of the South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors has been hard at work planning the 41st Annual SDSPLS Convention and we think they have put together an excellent line up for this year's event!

As you know, the Annual Convention is the perfect opportunity to acquire continuing education, catch up with peers, and interact with industry partners. 

Scroll down to find more information and links to all you need to know about registration, schedule, lodging, events, and sponsorship opportunities. Check back often for updates and additions!

We look forward to seeing you in January!

Hotel Block Closes December 7th!

Early Bird Registration Closes December 15th!

SDSPLS Membership Renewal is Due December 31st!

Scroll down for all the Details!

After reviewing all the Convention Opportunities, below, please register by clicking HERE.

Questions? Multiple people to register? Call Nancy in the SDSPLS office at 605.951.1004 or email

Schedule and Speaker Information

We have a very full schedule this year with lots of interesting speakers and educational sessions, but still, plenty of time to catch up with industry partners and colleagues. And -- there may be a little time left to win big at the casino of your choice!

Take a look at the full schedule by clicking HERE. You can also find more information on the speakers and presentations HERE. Watch for updates. 


A room block has been reserved at the Lodge at Deadwood at a rate of $89 + taxes and fees. Rooms are currently available from Monday, January 8th through Friday, January 12th. Individuals can reserve a King or Queen room by calling the hotel at 877-393-5634 and asking for the South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors' block. Reservations must be made prior to the cut-off date of December 7th or will be subject to availability. If you are outside the DOT and need State rates, please contact Nancy at the SDSPLS office.

Exhibit & Sponsor

As an Exhibitor or Sponsor, the SDSPLS Convention is THE annual event for you to showcase your company and survey related items.  In addition to interacting with attendees, you also have a number of ways to show your support of SDSPLS and/or the SDSPLS Scholarship Program by donating auction items and door prizes, sponsoring a meal or break, or one of the many other ways outlined on the Exhibit & Sponsorship page found HERE.

Spouse Activities

The Convention Committee is currently gathering up some fun and interesting activities for spouses to enjoy while we're hard at work earning our continuing education. Options currently include wine and/or whiskey tastings, a spa day, historical tours, and the like. 

If your spouse is joining you at the Convention and may be interested in the spouse activities, please indicate so on your registration.

Survey Photo Contest

Enter the Annual SDSPLS Survey Photo Contest! The Top 3 photos will win a prize! Email a high-resolution digital file of your photo with your name and a brief description of the photo or project to by December 15th (or let us know that you will be bringing a print to the Convention). Remember, SDSPLS reserves the right to post the photos on the SDSPLS website or in Backsights & Foresights, with appropriate credit. 

Award Nominations

SDSPLS has a long history of honoring those who represent the profession well and those who have made exemplary contributions to the profession. We encourage you to review the Outstanding Contribution to the Land Surveying Profession and the Surveyor of the Year award categories and their criteria to help you in identifying a nominee for each. Find the criteria and fillable pdf nomination forms by clicking on the name of each award, above. Nominations are due by 5pm Central Time on December 15th.

Scholarship Auction

Through the generosity of our Members, Firms, Sponsors, and Exhibitors, SDSPLS has been able to maintain a robust Scholarship Program for many years. Whether you are able to attend the Convention or not, we encourage everyone to consider making a donation to either the live or silent scholarship auction. Please indicate your willingness to donate on your registration form and we will reach out to learn more about the item being donated. Thank you, in advance, for your donation!

Membership Renewal

To our Members -- Thank you for your continued SDSPLS Membership! Your membership is up for a renewal at the end of the calendar year. Please take a moment to log in and renew your membership online when you are online registering for the Convention.

Not a Member? Save huge on Convention registration by joining SDSPLS today. Find out all about membership and submit your application for membership HERE.

LSIT Training

LSIT Training sessions will be offered Friday morning, January 12th, and will run concurrently with the general sessions. If you plan on attending the LSIT Training, please indicate so on your registration form. 

SD Geospatial User Group

The 10th Annual South Dakota Geospatial User Group will once again meet on Tuesday, January 9th, at the Lodge. Registration for this event is separate from your conference registration. Find all the information and a link to register HERE.

Register Today!

Register for all Convention events, including Exhibiting and Sponsorships by clicking HERE

Remember -- Early registration closes December 15th and the hotel block closes December 7th!

See You in January!

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