Turning Points: January 2005

Milestones in the industry.

Herman Kahrs passed away on Oct. 24, 2004. His many friends and business associates will remember Kahrs for his long career in the utility and municipal mapping profession. Born in New York and a long-time resident of Connecticut, Kahrs was the face of James W. Sewall Company (Old Town, Maine) in the Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York area for 21 years. Prior to Sewall, he represented Vernon Graphics for almost 30 years.

Surveying And Mapping Inc. (SAM Inc.), Austin, Texas, announced that Roger Wheat, RPLS, joined the firm as senior staff. Wheat has more than 35 years of surveying and management experience, including 14 years of experience with the Texas Department of Transportation. At SAM Inc., Wheat provides senior leadership and assists the firm with marketing, quality control and special projects.

Psomas, Los Angeles, Calif., announced a merger with MMLA, Tucson, Ariz. The new entity, a wholly owned subsidiary of Psomas, will be known as MMLA Psomas. Blake Murillo remains CEO of Psomas; Tom McGovern, founder and president of MMLA, manages the Tucson office.

Lochrane Engineering Inc., Orlando, Fla., announced the addition of James K. Ekern, PSM, as project manager for the survey division of the Orlando office. Ekern has more than 33 years of survey knowledge and experience in Florida. His project experience includes route surveys, topographic surveys, boundary surveys, lot and block surveys, wetland locations and underground utility locations.

INTEC Americas Corp., Denver, Colo., acquired a controlling interest in the assets of LAND INFO International LLC. Operations of the two companies are integrated into a new company doing business as LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping LLC. Nick Hubing, the founder of INTEC Americas and former chief operating officer of LAND INFO International, leads the new integrated company. The markets served by LAND INFO include mapping, GIS, national security and defense, visualization/simulation, aviation, wireless communications and other utilities, development, natural resources, conservation, hydrology, civil and environmental engineering, land surveying, logistics and fleet management.

NavCom Technology, Torrance, Calif., added GPSWest Inc., Anaheim, Calif., to its U.S. dealer network. GPSWest has chosen to use NavCom Technology GPS receivers for their machine control systems and their construction survey solutions. GPSWest's blade control systems are used on bulldozers and construction equipment for grading and other earthmoving applications. GPSWest also provides construction survey systems using NavCom's SF-2040G receiver for grade planning and site stakeout applications.

Sanborn, Colorado Springs, Colo., announced three new additions to its team. Michael Villarreal joined Sanborn as senior product manager, and is responsible for product innovation and extension. David Carter joined the company as project manager; he is responsible for the success of current and future GIS projects. Bill Claveau joined the Sanborn team as senior program manager; Claveau is responsible for the success and development of program initiatives.

Jeffery Garcia joined Carter & Burgess, Sacramento, Calif., as a senior survey technician. Garcia has 18 years of experience in surveying, including construction staking, preparation of legal descriptions, boundary work, topography and mapping.

Paul Cuomo Press Inc., Huntington Beach, Calif., acquired Landmark Enterprises, a mail-order surveying and surveying-related book dealer, and created a new website to serve customers online at

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