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July 31, 2003
More happenings from around the industry than we could fit in our magazine!

Blue Marble Geographics, Gardiner, Maine, celebrated 10 years in business in July. Blue Marble will celebrate its 10th anniversary by awarding cash prizes to existing software users. Five customers who purchase geographic software between July 1 and August 31, 2003, will be picked at random to win $50 gift certificates to L.L. Bean. Blue Marble was founded in July of 1993 by Jeff and Eva Cole.

Blue Skies Consulting LLC, Albuquerque, N.M., was named the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) 2003 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year. Tami Wiggins, CEO, and Michael Racine, president, traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the award in a ceremony at the USDA on June 5, 2003. The company was nominated by the USDA’s Aerial Photography Field Office.

Astoria Industries of Iowa, added Dave Hatfield to its sales team. Hatfield brings nearly twenty years of equipment sales experience to Astoria and will be covering the Northern Region of the United States.

ImageLinks appointed Christopher P. Haakon to its Board of Directors. Haakon will help ImageLinks enhance its federal government-based software development and image products business. With more than 30 years’ experience in industry focusing on profit-center management and top-level corporate responsibility, Haakon is currently a consultant to numerous defense companies in the intelligence community. His leadership activities included program director for General Dynamics, and prior to that he served as the general manager of Boeing/Autometric. He was the CEO of Autometric when it was acquired by The Boeing Company in August 2000.

Jim Humphrey, President of Aerial Cartographics of America, Orlando, Florida presented Steven G. Kuda, PSM, VP with an award and bonus check to recently celebrate his 20 year anniversary with the company. Mr. Kuda started with ACA in 1983 working in the map compiling department. Today, as VP, Mr. Kuda works with department managers detailing technical specifications, cost estimating, project planning, client liaison and quality control guidelines. Humphrey also presented David L. Horn with an award and bonus check to recently celebrate his 20 year anniversary with the company. Horn’s job skills such as aggressive business development, key account acquisition and maintenance have been an asset to ACA in its progression & growth throughout the years. Today, Horn is responsible for ACA's library of stock photography of the state of Florida and imagery re-sales.

The South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors recently honored Joe E. Mitchell, of Woodruff, S.C., by selecting him to be the South Carolina “Surveyor of the Year” for 2003. The Surveyor of the Year Award is presented annually by the society to a surveyor who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of land surveying in the State of South Carolina. Mitchell exemplifies the high standards and commitment to the surveying profession that this award honors. He is devoted to the profession of surveying, giving of his personal time to promote surveying and leadership in the SC Society of Professional Surveyors. His contribution to the surveying profession has been his faithfulness of attendance to professional meetings and his willingness to accept rolls and positions of responsibility in an organization that promotes and protects the profession of land Surveying. Mitchell is a life-long resident of Woodruff, S.C., and started his private practice of Joe E. Mitchell Surveying in 1971 in Woodruff. Mitchell graduated from Clemson University with a BS Degree in Forestry. Mitchell is a charter member of the Upper Piedmont Chapter of the SCSPLS. He was also selected as the Upper Piedmont Chapter Surveyor of the Year for 2002-03.

E. Burnett Jenkins of Clover, S.C., was elected president of the South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors at their annual convention in May. Jenkins will serve as President for the July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2004 fiscal year. He is owner of Jenkins Land Surveying located in Rock Hill, S.C. and has been a registered surveyor since 1995. The SCSPLS also installed new officers for the 2002-2003 Board of Directors as follows: President-Elect: Lucius D. Cobb, Sr. of Irmo, S.C.; Vice President: Benjamin B. Christensen of Aiken, S.C.; Secretary: Larry T. Beasley of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Treasurer: Alfred B. Crouch, Rock Hill, S.C.; District 1 Director: Ronnie L. Tyler of Charleston, S.C.; and District 3 Director: Thomas E. Walls of Anderson, S.C.; District 5 Director: Edward F. Woodward of Rock Hill, S.C.

Kevin Stacy joined Woolpert LLP's (Columbus, Ohio) Columbus survey group as a group manager. Stacy, an Ohio Department of Transportation pre-qualified right-of-way reviewer, has 23 years of management and field surveying experience on transportation, site development, environmental and construction projects throughout Ohio. As a Woolpert group manager, he will be responsible for managing group resources to meet project goals. Stacy will be key in establishing and improving client relationships and growth within a client base. Also, Woolpert recently hired Steve Kreger to serve as the group manager for the firm's Chicago surveying group. Kreger's primary responsibilities are managing group resources to meet project goals and client needs.

Corbley Communications Inc., a public relations and advertising firm serving the international geotechnologies industry, opened its new headquarters office in Fort Collins, Colo. The ribbon cutting coincides with the company’s tenth anniversary. Phone and fax numbers remain the same at the new headquarters location.

EarthData International of Maryland, EarthData International Inc. and portions of EarthData Holdings moved to the organization’s new, state-of-the-art mapping and GIS operation in Frederick, Maryland. The move signals EarthData’s on-going commitment to provide clients with the most advanced and comprehensive products and services available. The co-location of the business units under one roof will allow EarthData to meet the increasing needs of Washington, D.C.-area federal government and international agency clients with even more efficiency and precision. The move also will expedite the integration of both GeoSAR and ISTAR as full-scale production-ready mapping systems.

Andrew Sturgeon, PLS, of AMES A/E was named Maine Surveyor of the Year. Sturgeon is vice president and chief operating officer for AMES A/E, a 35-person architecture and engineering firm located in Bangor, Maine and Portsmouth, N.H. To become Surveyor of the Year, the successful candidate must be an active professional who is working for the promotion and betterment of land surveying in Maine. As Vice President of AMES A/E, Sturgeon's duties include Principal-In-Charge of several ongoing projects, and Manager of Geographic Services. The company he founded in 1984, A.E. Sturgeon & Company, grew to one of the largest surveying firms in northern/central Maine before it was purchased by AMES A/E in 1991.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions, Huntsville, Ala., announced that Intergraph has acquired Terra Map Server GmbH, Dortmund, Germany. Terra Map Server, established in 1999, serves as a central geo-data and application services portal offering a substantial hosting framework based on 24x7 availability, high performance and scalability and more than five terabytes of online geo-data. This geo-data comprises a broad range of information layers, including orthophotos, cadastre and other information from government sources and commercially available NAVTECH data that covers Europe. The acquisition advances Intergraph's initiative to extend the reach of geospatial information into both traditional and non-traditional user communities. Together, Intergraph and Terra Map Server GmbH will provide geo-data and hosting services for Intergraph's Web mapping solutions, enabling European customers to set up highly reliable geospatial solutions that eliminate maintenance and management issues and reduce up-front technology investments.

The Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) Estes Memorial Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Roger M. Hoffer at the Annual Conference of The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) in Anchorage. This is the first time the award was given. Hoffer is a retired professor of Remote Sensing, and retired director of the Remote Sensing & GIS Program of the Department of Forest Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. This award in honor of Professor John E. (Jack) Estes is funded by SAIC for the purpose of recognizing individual achievement in the promotion of remote sensing and GIS technology and applications through educational efforts.

NavCom Technology Inc., Redondo Beach, Calif., signed AD Navigation AS of Norway to its global network of dealers. AD Navigation is an authorized representative for NavCom products and services in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. AD Navigation AS markets and supports GPS based instruments that determine high precision geographic locations, heading and attitude determination. It also offers consulting services for system customization and OEM integration within survey and navigation applications.

James W. Sewall Company hired Michael Mannion as senior analyst. An expert in database technology, Mannion has seven years' experience with ArcSDE and Oracle database administration and ten years' with ArcInfo and ArcView application development. As a training team leader and instructor at Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Inc., he managed ArcSDE course development, supervised and trained curriculum writers and instructor staff, and researched, wrote, and taught training courses for ESRI software users across the country and abroad. He has developed many ESRI instructor-led training courses and seminars for conferences and technical workshops and published curricula and articles on ArcSDE administration for Oracle, ArcInfo, ArcView, and Avenue programming. Mannion received a BS in geography, with a specialty in GIS, remote sensing, and cartography, from the Pennsylvania State University. In addition, he has extensive training in Oracle, ArcGIS Desktop and geodatabases, ArcObjects/Avenue/AML programming, ArcInfo and ArcView.