Turning Points: December 2004

Obituary of Dr. Ben Buckner; Dynamix relocates; GISCI announces officers; and more.

Dr. R. Ben Buckner, of Johnson City, Tenn., passed away Oct. 9, 2004. Dr. Buckner had five college degrees, including a PhD in civil engineering and an MS in urban and regional planning. He developed the surveying programs at Ohio State University (OSU) and at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). He was professor and surveying coordinator at ETSU from 1985-95, and previously held a similar position at OSU from 1973-85. He wrote several surveying books and many articles on surveying, and presented surveying seminars and lectures in at least 40 states. Dr. Buckner is survived by his wife, Teresa Haynes, and three children. A scholarship fund has been established in his name. Donations should be sent to The Dr. Ben Buckner Surveying and Mapping Endowed Scholarship Fund c/o Jeff Anderson, ETSU, Johnson City, TN 37614.

Dynamix Corp., a provider of information technology, GIS and relocation services to federal government entities, has relocated its Landover, Md., office to Greenbelt, Md., to better serve clients and accommodate its growing business. The new office is located at: 9111 Edmonston Road, Suite 100, Greenbelt, MD 20770.

The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), Park Ridge, Ill., announced the following officers of the association: Lynda Wayne, GISP, president; Nancy Obermeyer, GISP, secretary; and Peirce Eichelberger, treasurer.

Schoor DePalma, Manalapan, N.J., hired Michael J. Byle, PE, as the chief geotechnical engineer in the firm's geotechnical department. His responsibilities include project oversight and review of the firm's geotechnical projects, project management, and client interaction and satisfaction for clients in both public and private sectors. Byle has more than 25 years of experience in the geotechnical field.

Avenza Systems Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, announced that Real World GIS, Perth, Australia, has been appointed as the regional distributor of MAPublisher and other Avenza products for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific area. Real World is responsible for local marketing and promotion as well as local and regional order fulfillment and support services. Real World also offers MAPublisher training.

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