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August 30, 2002
There's more going on around the industry than we have room to print!

German surveying engineer Hans-Jurgen Euler has been selected by Leica Geosystems’ (Heerbrugg, Germany) CEO Hans Hess as this year’s Leica Research Fellow. This high scientific honor is to acknowledge outstanding work in the field of geomatics. Euler studied surveying in Darmstadt, Germany, where he completed his Doctorate in Engineering Sciences. He held a post-doctorate position at the department of geodetic science at Ohio State University, following which he moved to Munich and continued to work in the field of satellite technology. Euler now works for the Corporate Technology Center (CTC) of Leica Geosystems.

Also, Nikon Instruments Inc. formed the Nikon Semiconductor Inspection Technologies Group (Nikon SITECH) . The newly formed group is an aggressive move to offer more comprehensive service and support to Nikon’s current and future customer base. The new group will be located in the Phoenix, Ariz. area, a semiconductor hub. Takashi Tanzawa was named executive vice president and will lead the technologies group. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Tanzawa was manager of strategy for the Nikon Instruments Company in Japan.

Photo Science Inc. , Lexington, Ky., acquired Hoffman & Company Inc. , Atlanta, Ga., creating the largest full-service photogrammetry firm in Georgia and one of the largest in the southeastern United States. The newly combined staff means more than 80 photogrammetrists, surveyors and mapping professionals will be located in the Atlanta metro area. Hoffman & Company will maintain its current office location in Smyrna, Ga., while Photo Science staff will remain in the Norcross, Ga., office.

LizardTech Inc. , Seattle, Wash., appointed Karen Morley director of product management, geospatial imaging. Morley guides the market specifications and productization of LizardTech’s geospatial imaging solutions including LizardTech’s MrSID software solution family. Morley brings 20 years of geospatial and high-tech industry experience to LizardTech.

Orchand, Hiltz & McCliment Inc. (OHM) , Livonia, Mich., hired Chris Lamus, PS, as survey department manager. Lamus brings 18 years of experience and has managed hundreds of local government projects throughout southeastern and mid-Michigan, including several for MDOT.

James W. Sewell Company, Old Town, Maine, announced that Robert M. Anderson joined the firm as project manager. A professional land surveyor with 28 years of experience, Anderson has managed and conducted large-scale geodetic, boundary and topographic surveys for government agencies, utilities and private enterprises in the Pacific Northwest, the Arctic, the Aleutian Islands and the Himalayas.

EnerQuest Systems LLC, Denver, Colo., opened a Washington, D.C., office and appointed Sandra B. MacMurdy to lead its federal business development and strategic marketing initiatives. The office headed by MacMurdy will expand EnerQuest’s current markets and direct the company’s penetration of the homeland security and infrastructure, defense, intelligence community and emergency response markets. MacMurdy brings more than 12 years of strategic business development experience with a documented track record of success in federal government marketing and corporate development.

Gould Engineering, Flint, Mich., placed John Vidican in its surveying department as surveyor technician. Vidican has an A.A.S. degree in surveying technology from Ferris State University. He also recently graduated from Ferris State receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in surveying engineering.

Applanix Corporation, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, appointed Peter Canter director for marine products. Based in Toronto, Canter’s efforts focus on integrating the marine division's operation with the sales and support infrastructure currently in place for the company's Airborne and Land product groups. The company also appointed Mark Field marine business manager for international operations. Mark is based out of the United Kingdom, and will further enhance Applanix's commitment to meet the needs of the marine market in an innovative and timely manner.

Peter Woodsford, one of Laser-Scan's (Sterling, Va.) founders, was appointed non-executive director at Snowflake Software, Southampton, United Kingdom. Following his graduation from Cambridge University with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, Woodsford worked on a pioneering computer graphics package - GINO, the precursor of several graphics standards. At Laser-Scan he played many roles including technical director, managing director and chairman. He is a key member of the OGC and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. In 1990 he was Chairman of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI). Woodsford is highly regarded within the GIS industry and is the author of over thirty publications on Geographic Information and associated technologies and business applications.

The Dewberry Companies, Fairfax, Va., hired Raymond F. Kogan, AIA as director of strategic planning and marketing. Kogan provides vision and leadership in identifying, developing and implementing an enterprise-wide marketing program and systems to support the goals and objectives of the firm. Kogan has over 25 years of experience in the marketing of engineering, architecture, environmental consulting, and construction services, including work with many leading firms in the industry. Kogan’s special areas of expertise include strategic business planning, developing marketing plans, and conducting market research studies. Prior to joining The Dewberry Companies, Kogan was a Principal and Vice President for Zweig White, a management consulting firm serving the design and construction industry. Kogan received a bachelor's degree in Architecture from The Ohio State University.

V3 Consultants Ltd. of Michigan, Grand Rapids, Mich., announced a name change to V3 Infrastructure Services, Ltd. of Michigan to better define the firm’s services and capabilities. V3 was founded in 1983. The firm’s business philosophy, mission statement and guiding principles have grown and evolved over the years to represent the quality professional services brought to clients in the fields of civil engineering, structural engineering, environmental science and surveying.

Jon Arvik, chief technologist and director of commercial development at Mississippi State University's (MSU) Remote Sensing Technologies Center (RSTC) , has taken a two-year assignment at the NASA Stennis Space Center. Arvik assumed the new role as director of the applications deployment division of the Earth Science Applications Directorate (ESAD) at the Stennis Space Center, which is located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. An RSTC employee since 1999, Arvik reported for his new assignment with NASA in June 2002. Programs under Arvik's direction at ESAD include Ag2020, a joint NASA/Department of Agriculture project aimed at demonstrating the applicability of geospatial technologies in the agriculture industry. In addition, he will spearhead the State, Local and Tribal Government Broad Area Announcement effort to enhance the use of remote sensing technologies by a variety of government agencies. Arvik will also manage relations between NASA and several Regional Earth Application Centers around the country. While at Stennis, Arvik remains an employee of RSTC.

Michael J. Nigro has been named president and chief operating officer for Dynamac Corporation, Rockville, Md. Nigro comes to Dynamac having last served as executive vice president for Tetra Tech Inc., Pasadena, California. He was responsible for the Resource Management Group, a 3,000-person worldwide operation. Prior to that, he was part of the original 5-person team that built PRC EMI from scratch. When acquired by Tetra Tech Inc. (he assumed the role of president of what then became Tetra Tech EMI), the company eventually grew to 1,100 employees globally and revenues surpassed $140 million.