Turning points of news.

Aerial Cartographics of America Inc.,Orlando, Fla., promoted Mark DetrickandSteven Kudato dual vice president roles.Bob Rolfewas appointed to project manager.Steve Swensonwas promoted to airborne systems manager. Mark Petersonwas promoted to chief pilot.Richard Eckleswas appointed to digital department supervisor.Kurt Griffelwas promoted to lab coordinator.Susan Costawas hired as camera systems operator.

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), Park Ridge, Ill., welcomed Lyna Wiggins as URISA president. She is a professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University. Pierce Eichelberger, GIS manager for Chester County, assumed the position of president-elect.

Consul-Tech Engineering Inc., Miramar, Fla., appointed Arthur A. “Art” Mastronicola as the president of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS) in August at its annual convention at the World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Fla.

(images in folder) Curt Busby and Larry Worley formed a new company called XYZworks. The company mission provides data collection solutions for land surveying, construction and engineering. Its product, Fieldworks, is a Windows CE-based data collector.

Eastman Kodak Company’s Commercial & Governmental Systems (C&GS), Rochester, N.Y., business unit acquired Research Systems Inc. (RSI), Boulder, Co. RSI is a leading designer of software used by scientists, engineers and others to extract information from images captured by satellites, aircraft and meteorological devices.

Civil Design Group Inc. (CDG) joined Ivey, Harris & Walls Inc. (IH&W), Winter Park, Fla. The addition of CDG brings to the firm experience in transportation engineering with strong FDOT and county roadway experience, as well as extensive work in subdivision engineering in central Florida.

(picture in folder) Topcon America Corporation appointed Kim Barta as the new central regional sales manager for the surveying division. Barta will cover an 11 state region from Illinois to New Mexico.

(images) POB magazine announced changes to its editorial staff:

Jerry McGray was named editorial director. McGray brings a wealth of surveying knowledge and experience to POB. He and his wife have run a surveying business in Texas for 20 years. He has developed and taught surveying classes at Austin Community College; designed and conducted surveying and GPS presentations and seminars around the country; and is a member of numerous associations. In addition to writing articles for POB, McGray will advise POB staff on the new trends in the industry to continue making POB the “Best Read” magazine in the industry. He can be reached at mcgrayj@bnp.com.

Lieca N. Brown, POB’s former associate editor, was promoted to editor. Brown holds a journalism major and several years’ experience in writing and publishing. She can be reached at brownl@bnp.com.

Sharon Oselin was named associate editor. Oselin, an English major, brings extensive experience in computer and Internet functions. She can be reached at oselins@bnp.com.