POB Magazine staff changes: After three years at the helm, Walt Walkowski has moved on to pursue other opportunities. Diana Brown, formerly advertising sales manager, took over as publisher. Taren Zorn moved into the sales manager position. Zorn has several years experience in advertising sales. Also, POB production manager, Katie Byrne, left to pursue her education. She was replaced by Lyn Sopala, who comes from one of POB’s sister publications at Business News Publishing, Troy, Mich.
Condor Earth Technologies, Sonora, Calif., hired James Grummon as a senior consultant. Grummon will be responsible for marketing and program development in Orange County and Los Angeles, focusing on GIS, surveying and electronic field data collection.
Brian Matherly joined The Matherly Group, Louisville, Ky., as vice president of surveying services. Michael “Brian” James joined the company as director of engineering.
Paul Cripe Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., has appointed Gerry Holdright as instrument operator in the survey department.
James W. Sewall Company, Old Town, Maine, hired George W. Johnson as director of digital close-range operations. He will assume a strategic role in the development and implementation of Sewall’s close-range photogrammetry capability.
Gould Engineering, Flint, Mich., promoted Kevin O’Brien, SIT, to field survey operations manager. He has been with Gould since 1995.
John J. Coleman, founder and owner of Lux Instrument Co. in Tarzana, Calif., died April 11, 2000, at the age of 74 after a long bout with cancer. Prior to starting Lux Instrument, a manufacturer and repairer of levels and transits, Mr. Coleman worked for Berger Instruments where he was influential in the design of many of their production instruments. His name remains on many of the Berger instrument patents.
UCLID Software, Madison, Wis., acquired complete and exclusive rights to all Fastmap products from Vecterra Inc. (Fastmap Corporation), Provo, Utah. Fastmap is a non-Windows based mapping software product for the title insurance industry. UCLID develops IcoMap, Windows-based mapping software. Current Fastmap users can upgrade to Windows-based IcoMap at a special introductory price. UCLID will continue to support Fastmap products for those customers who do not wish to change. Complete data conversion services are also available.
Trimble Navigation Limited (Sunnyvale, Calif.) announced that it will acquire Spectra Precision (Dayton, Ohio) for approximately $280 million from its parent company Thermo Instrument Systems (Waltham, Mass.). Closing of the transaction is expected to occur at the end of the second fiscal quarter of 2000 (subject to regulatory approval, financial and other usual conditions).