Turning Points: July 2005

Milestones in the industry.

ADW Software, Vosselaar, Belgium, appointed Western Latitudes, Centennial, Colo., as exclusive distributor of Pythagoras software in North America. Pythagoras is a CAD program specifically designed for land surveying and civil engineering. Western Latitudes promotes and sells Pythagoras in the United States, and is building up a dealer network.

Optech Incorporated, Toronto, Ontario, announced Perry DesRosiers as regional sales manager of the Terrestrial Survey Division for Canada, and South and Central America.

Leica Geosystems, Heerbrugg, Switzerland, opened a research and development center in Brisbane, Australia, for machine automation solutions.

Don Murphy received the John J. Reineke Service Award for dedication to the Society of Land Surveyors of Iowa (SLSI) and the land surveying profession. Murphy has served on the SLSI board since 1992 and served as president in 1998. He is a contributing writer and administrator of the Trig-Star program. Murphy has worked for Shive-Hattery, a full-service professional design firm in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, since 1969.

The Cleveland chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) named Lynn S. Miggins, PE, president of KS Associates, Elyria, Ohio, to the 2005 Top Ten Women Business Owners. The award recognizes career achievements of 10 women who have demonstrated excellence as business owners; initiative and creativity; professional accomplishments and contributions; and civic and community involvement. Miggins became co-owner of KS Associates in 1987; since that time, the firm has grown from 17 employees to 56.

Timmons Group, Richmond, Va., named Dwayne Dunevant, LS, as partner. Dunevant is a survey manager for Timmons and oversees a team of 16 professionals. Dunevant received his bachelor's in engineering technology from Old Dominion University. He is a licensed land surveyor in Virginia and North Carolina.

Clary & Associates Professional Surveyors and Mappers, Jacksonville, Fla., added two new survey crew chiefs, Mitchell Henderson and Eric Jones, to its team. Clary & Associates also welcomed Thomas Davis as a survey technician.

Dave Barron joined Woolpert Inc., Orlando, Fla., as a project director in the survey group. In his new role at Woolpert, Barron coordinates services provided to airports with a focus on surveying, GIS and mapping.

Craig Wilson, PLS, joined the Las Vegas office of Carter & Burgess as a survey project manager. Wilson has more than 19 years of experience in boundary, topographical and ALTA surveys, as well as staking for slopes, utilities, curb and gutter, and heavy highway construction.

GeoTango International, Toronto, Ontario, appointed Mike Pastushak as vice president of sales and marketing.

ProMap, Ames, Iowa, became a division of The Schneider Corporation, Indianapolis, Ind. ProMap provides comprehensive GIS applications for clients throughout the Midwest and the nation. Schneider applies professional expertise and sophisticated technology in the areas of engineering, land surveying and GIS services to collect, create and manage geospatial information.

Thales, Santa Clara, Calif., appointed Francois Erceau as vice president and general manager of its survey and GIS business unit. An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Erceau has served for eight years in key product marketing, sales and management positions. In his new role, Erceau assumes product marketing, and profit and loss responsibility for the GIS business.

In addition, Thales appointed Bob Miklosko as vice president of worldwide engineering for its navigation business. Miklosko takes leadership of an international engineering team creating GPS navigation and positioning technologies and products.

Michael E. "Mick" Morrissey joined PBS&J, Boston, Mass., as director of strategic growth. Morrissey is responsible for advancing the firm's merger program. He will also focus much of his energy in the development and implementation of corporate and business unit plans, including new service and business lines.

V3 Companies, Denver, Colo., announced Bill Buntrock, PLS, joined the firm as director of survey services. Buntrock has more than 17 years of successful experience in both the private and public sectors of land development, and specialized experience in right of way determination, ownership, acquisition and survey control diagrams.

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