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* News Release *
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
For Immediate Release

Staff News

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens is pleased to announce that Survey Crew Chief Patrick Benson has received his Professional Surveyor's (P.S.) license from the State of Ohio. This brings to five the total number of registered Professional Surveyors currently employed by the BCEO. There are nine registered Professional Engineers (P.E.) on staff as well.

"Patrick's earning his PS is another tribute to the increasing professionalism of our office," said Wilkens. "It enhances our ability to serve the citizens of Butler County more effectively. We're happy that Patrick is part of our team."

Benson has been with the BCEO since 2004 performing critical survey work for various construction projects. He has also spent considerable time working on section corner recovery which involves location of historic survey landmarks critical to accurately identifying property boundaries. This has been particularly beneficial to the County's growing GIS (Geographic Information Systems) program. Prior to joining Butler County he was employed by Henderson & Bodwell Consultants as a surveyor.

Currently residing in Ross Township with his wife and two children, Benson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Land Surveying from the University of Cincinnati in 2004. He also holds an Associate's Degree in Land Surveying from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

What Is a Professional Surveyor?

According to the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, a registered Professional Surveyor in Ohio is "a person who is registered as a professional surveyor as outlined in the Ohio Revised Code. The 'practice of surveying' means any professional service that requires the application of special knowledge of the principles of mathematics, the related physical and applied sciences, and the relevant requirements of law for the adequate performance of the art of surveying, including, but not limited to, measuring the area or the contours of any portion of the earth’s surface, the lengths and directions of the bounding lines, and the contour of the surface, for their correct determination and description and for conveyancing for recording, or for the establishment or re-establishment of land boundaries and the platting of lands and subdivisions; and like measurements and operations involved in the surveying of mines, commonly known as mine surveying.”

The State of Ohio requires that any person who holds the office of County Engineer must be a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a registered Professional Surveyor (P.S.). This dual registration requires years of study, practical experience, and passing several examinations.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849

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