Turning Points-November 2007.

Milestones in the industry.


Arthur W. Hipp, PLS, passed away on September 19 at age 81. Hipp, a Colorado land surveyor, was the executive director of the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado (PLSC) and editor-in-chief of its publication, “Side Shots.” He also served as the elected secretary/treasurer for many years.

Hexagon AB, Nacka Strand, Sweden, and NovAtel Inc., Calgary, Canada, entered into an agreement under which Hexagon agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of NovAtel. NovAtel has been a core supplier of high-precision GNSS technologies to Hexagon’s subsidiary, Leica Geosystems, since 2002.

Merrick & Company, Aurora, Colo., announced a business partnership with Blue Marble Geographics, Gardiner, Maine. The new relationship exposes Blue Marble’s product suite to the LiDAR industry.

The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), Gaithersburg, Md., appointed Tom Berkland, LS, PE, as chair of the ACSM Communications Committee. Berkland is principal engineer of the City of Sioux Falls Public Works/Engineering, and a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and the Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS). He currently serves as the NSPS governor representing South Dakota.

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging, Norcross, Ga., appointed Vincent Dessard as vice president of business development. Dessard is the former CEO of the recently acquired IONIC Software by Leica Geosystems. Dessard has more than 15 years of experience in the geospatial information industry, contributing to the interoperability and standards definitions for both the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).


Bentley Systems Incorporated, Exton, Pa., appointed Mike Sedgwick as vice president, Bentley Civil and Transportation Sales, Americas region. Sedgwick has more than 30 years of experience in engineering automation software sales. In his new position, he is responsible for civil sales, technical support, administration and marketing in the Americas.

Carlson Software Inc. promoted Carrie Jones to director of the Data Collection Division. Jones, a 10-year employee at Carlson, specializes in C/C++ object-oriented programming and Microsoft Windows CE development, and manages and directs the Carlson SurvCE team.

Daniel Walsh, RCE, PLS, joined RBF Consulting, Camarillo, Calif., as a project manager and associate. Walsh has more than 15 years of experience in both engineering and land surveying, with expertise ranging from traditional land surveys to GPS survey analysis for mapping projects.

BHC RHODES, Overland Park, Kan., expanded its headquarters and celebrated 15 years of business. The expansion adds surveying services to its existing engineering services.

National Survey & Engineering, a division of R.A. Smith & Associates Inc., Brookfield, Wis., announced several promotions and the attainment of professional certifications. Andy Hunter, RLS, survey division, was promoted from survey field technician to project surveyor and received his land surveyor registration in Wisconsin. Drew Miazga, RLS, survey division, was promoted from survey technician to project surveyor and received his land surveyor registration in Wisconsin. Ricky Smith, land development services division, was promoted from civil engineer to project manager. Both Tiffany Tritt, CST, and Nathan Vaughn, CST, survey division, became certified survey technicians.

The American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS), Bethesda, Md., awarded the first two provisional certifications for Mapping Scientist-GIS/LIS to Kibri Everett and Peter Muriuki. The Provisional Certification Program is open to graduating students in the spatial sciences.


The Volusia County Chapter of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS), DeLand, Fla., named Joseph Bishop, PLS, a DRMP survey field manager, as vice president. Bishop has been with DRMP for 19 years.

Victor O. Schinnerer & Company Inc., Chevy Chase, Md., announced that Amy Ledoux joined CNA’s Global Specialty Lines Claim organization, Chicago, as senior litigation counsel. In her new role, Ledoux supports claims staff in the analysis, handling and resolution of complex claims, and provides guidance and advice when coverage issues are presented. Ledoux reports to David Dwares, who was promoted to vice president of claims and is responsible for the architects, engineers and accountants units.


The Calusa Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society (FES), Naples, Fla., selected WilsonMiller Project Designer Rebecca R. King, EI, as its Young Engineer of the Year. King works on WilsonMiller’s Development Design team, where she participates in the planning and design of public and private land development projects.

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