Turning Points: February 2005

Obituary of Warren Gardner; Trimble acquisition; and recent hirings.

Warren Grant Gardner (1923-2004) died in his home in Chehalis, Wash., in December. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Gardner attended school in Portland to learn a new trade and became a land surveyor. In 1959 he moved to the Olympia area and began his career with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in the Photogrammetry Branch. In 1980, after 25 years with WSDOT, he transferred to the Department of Natural Resources and continued his career as a licensed land surveyor until 1985.

SURV-KAP Inc., Tucson, Ariz., named John Baffert as president. SURV-KAP provides surveying products including markers, caps, stakes, monuments and accessories made in a variety of materials including aluminum, brass and stainless steel.

Barry Bruland, PLS, joined Carter & Burgess, Las Vegas, Nev., as the survey crew manager for the Las Vegas office. His responsibilities include: managing 12 two-person field crews, developing business in the construction and mining sectors, and performing services as the Lincoln County surveyor. Bruland brings to the surveying team more than 35 years of experience, with 16 years in southern Nevada. He has expertise in the preparation of work plans and modifications, supervision of field surveying activities, client consultation, quality assurance, and management of budgets and schedules. His projects include bridges, roadways, airports, residential, land planning, and water and wastewater.

Roland DGA Corporation, Irvine, Calif., added Glenn Kennedy as channel sales manager of 3D products. Kennedy manages Roland's 3D milling and scanning dealer network and helps expand industry partnerships throughout North America. Kennedy is an industry veteran with an extensive background in CAD sales, channel development and design visualization software in the manufacturing industry.

Trimble, Sunnyvale, Calif., acquired Pacific Crest Corporation, Santa Clara, Calif., a supplier of wireless data communication systems for positioning and environmental monitoring applications. Pacific Crest operates as part of Trimble's Engineering and Construction business segment. The company continues to offer Pacific Crest products and is committed to continuing to serve its end user customer base.

Boss Engineering, Howell, Mich., added John Fiero, PE, as a senior project coordinator. Fiero's responsibilities include supervising the manufactured housing community and wastewater treatment/ water system design services, as well as evaluating new technologies in water and wastewater treatment.

EarthData, Washington, D.C., appointed Martin Roche to head the organization's GIS operations in Orlando, Fla., and New York, N.Y. Roche, who has more than 16 years of experience in GIS, information technology and urban planning, develops EarthData's GIS service offerings and leads the organization's expansion into new GIS markets.

Justin Carasick was the first GIS/LIS Technologist to complete the requirements for certification under the recently introduced American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) certification program for technologists. He is an ESRI-authorized ArcGIS trainer and a Navy contractor. Carasick specializes in GIS mapping, training and programming. He performs map setup for digitizing, topological overlays, conversion of various maps and data into a GIS, and data attribution.

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