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Turning Points: March 2008

March 3, 2008

Hexagon AB, Nacka Strand, Sweden, entered into separate agreements to acquire Surveyors Service Company and Haselbach Surveying Instruments, both of California, providers of precision measurement products, repair services, training and technical support for professionals in the field of surveying and construction. The two companies will operate as stand-alone companies. Hexagon plans to continue operations under existing management in both operations.

Trimble, Sunnyvale, Calif., acquired privately held HHK Datentechnik GmbH, of Braunschweig, Germany, a provider of customized office and field software solutions for the cadastral survey market in Germany. Financial terms were not disclosed. HHK’s management and staff will join Trimble’s Survey Division as part of the engineering and construction segment.

Bentley Systems Incorporated, Exton, Pa., acquired LEAP Software Inc., a provider of analysis and design products for concrete bridges.

Measurement Devices Ltd., Houston, awarded the Handheld Laser Products U.S. Master Distributorship to Western Data Systems of Houston.



Allen Precision Equipment promoted Wendy Watson to director of geospatial solutions. Watson has more than 22 years of experience in the surveying industry. She has a degree in geomatics engineering from the University of New Brunswick in Canada. In her new position, Watson is responsible for high-tech products such as Leica Geosystems’ laser scanners and reference networks.



BHC RHODES civil engineering and surveying firm acquired assets from Campbell, Barber, Lambeth & Associates, P.A., Merriam, Kan., following the firm’s closure. Records acquired include 50 years of engineering design and land surveying data for Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas as well as Clay, Platte and Jackson counties in Missouri. BHC RHODES will expand its records library in its Kansas City, Kan., office to accommodate the addition.

Also, Jim Lambeth, a founder of Campbell, Barber, Lambeth & Associates, P.A., joined the BHC RHODES development services team to continue serving its current customer base. Lambeth brings 50 years of highly regarded experience and knowledge to BHC RHODES.





Spalding DeDecker Associates Inc., Detroit, opened a Brighton, Mich., branch office. The Brighton office will provide transportation, municipal, construction engineering, land development, SCADA and survey services.





Campbell

Lochrane Engineering Inc. promoted John Campbell, PSM, to assistant division manager in the Orlando Survey Division. Campbell has worked for Lochrane for more than 21 years and is recognized by both the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and municipal government clients as being skilled in right of way surveying and mapping.



Leftakis

Also, Lochrane Engineering promoted Chris Leftakis, PSM, to project manager for transportation projects in the Orlando Survey Division. Leftakis has worked for Lochrane for five years and has worked on numerous transportation projects for clients including FDOT. Leftakis has a background in traditional surveying techniques as well as technologically advanced areas such as GPS and photogrammetry.
 
 


Dees

Additionally, Lochrane Engineering promoted Bill Dees, PSM, to survey manager in the Gainesville Survey Division. Dees works closely with Dianne Jones, assistant division manager, and focuses on managing all survey projects completed out of the Gainesville office. He has worked on numerous municipal- and private-development projects over his 23-year survey career. In addition, Dees has authored the “Cadastral Electronic Field Book User’s Guide” and co-authored the “Electronic Field Book Data Processing Handbook” and the “Electronic Field Book User’s Guide.” He is a recognized continuing education provider by the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers.


PCI Geomatics, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, named John T. Werle as president and CEO of PCI Geomatics Corporation USA. Werle focuses on building business in the U.S. marketplace and leads PCI Geomatics’ global business development operation, working in concert with Dr. Robert Moses, president and CEO of the parent company, PCI Geomatics Enterprises Inc. Werle brings more than 20 years of experience in the geospatial and technology industries. He is a member of the board of directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium, the Open Geospatial Consortium Interoperability Institute and the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.





Morse

Chas. H. Sells Inc. (SELLS) announced that Stephen J. Morse joined SELLS as geographic information systems (GIS) manager in the Charlton, Mass., office. Morse is a GIS manager/analyst with 17 years of experience in data research and analysis, data development and manipulation, and cartographic display. He has worked for engineering, utility and business firms on a wide range of services and projects, including a town-wide cancer-death study, a municipal service facility development study, and numerous transportation, wastewater, stormwater, environmental, infrastructure, groundwater, land-use, demographic, real estate and municipal-wide GIS development projects.



Dehler

Also, SELLS announced that Brian Dehler, PE, joined its Mooresville, N.C., office as transportation group leader. Dehler has more than 21 years of experience managing various transportation projects ranging from feasibility and traffic studies to NEPA documentation and final roadway construction plans. Dehler’s main focus is on expanding the transportation division throughout the Charlotte Metro and surrounding area.



Fields

Clary & Associates Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., hired Derreck Fields as a survey technician. Fields passed the Surveyor-in-Training Exam and obtained field experience working as a surveyor in training, a draftsman, and as a rodman and instrumentman.





Lyons

POB magazine announced the addition of Wendy Lyons as associate editor. Lyons holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Oakland University, Rochester, Mich. She compiles POB’s biweekly eNewsletter, oversees the Web site content, product surveys and departments of the magazine, and assists in the compilation and editing for all POB editorial. Lyons is also the associate editor for POB’s sister publication, Site Prep.



James W. Sewall Company, Old Town, Maine, announced its reorganization. David T. Edson, LPF, was promoted to president to drive high-level strategic client development. During his 34 years at Sewall, Edson has played major roles as vice president of forestry, chief operations officer and executive vice president. Dave Stevens accepted the position of senior vice president and chief operations officer. An organizational effectiveness professional with 25 years’ industry experience, Stevens implements systems to facilitate the sharing of expertise and technology across operational areas to meet specific customer needs. Randy P. Meyer was hired as vice president of sales and marketing. Meyer brings a 17-year record of accomplishment in global geospatial sales and marketing to reshape the Sewall sales organization.



Flannery

Woolpert Inc., Cincinnati, announced Michael R. Flannery, PE, as CEO and president. Flannery has been with Woolpert for nearly 18 years and has served many roles, including manager of the firm’s site and civil design group in Cincinnati. Flannery is a member of Woolpert’s board of directors and a senior shareholder of the firm. As CEO, Flannery emphasizes several growth initiatives, including employee retention and recruiting as well as strategic growth and expansion. Flannery succeeded Rex W. Cowden, CP, who stepped down as CEO and president and assumed the role of senior vice president.



Congalton

Dr. Russell G. Congalton was named editor-in-chief of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE & RS), the journal of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Congalton is professor of remote sensing and GIS, Department of Natural Resources, at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Dr. Congalton has been a member of ASPRS since his student days in 1979 and has been very active in the society. He served as ASPRS president in 2004 and was named an ASPRS fellow in 2007. Congalton has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles, proceedings papers, book chapters, monographs and books. He is a contributing author to the upcoming ASPRS Manual of GIS and a co-author of Assessing the Accuracy of Remotely Sensed Data: Principles and Practices. Congalton replaces Dr. James Merchant.



Associate editor Wendy Lyons compiles “Turning Points.” Contact her at lyonsw@bnpmedia.com or 248/786-1620.