Turning Points: September 2005
On July 5, 2005, Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping officially changed its name to Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging. This new name better reflects its position as a provider of solutions that power the entire imaging workflow. Also, Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging acquired Terramatics Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a developer of customized GPS Inertial Navigation Systems (INS). In addition, Leica Geosystems expanded its North American headquarters in metropolitan Atlanta. Leica Geosystems occupies a 100,000-sq-ft facility in Norcross, Ga., which functions as the Leica Geosystems regional headquarters for the Americas, with a special focus on its Geospatial Imaging, and Surveying and Engineering divisions.
Optech Incorporated, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, announced that its Laser Imaging and Industrial Products divisions were combined into the Industrial & 3D Imaging Division. The previously independent divisions now share common administration, engineering and manufacturing resources. The new division is headed by Brent W. Gelhar, previous director of the Laser Imaging Division.
The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) established the Robert N. Colwell Memorial Fellowship Award. Friends and colleagues of Dr. Colwell (1918-2005) created this award as a memorial to him from donated funds to be administered by the ASPRS Foundation. The award consists of a $2,000 check, a certificate, and a one-year student or associate membership (new or renewed) in ASPRS. The award will be made to a graduate student currently enrolled or intending to enroll in a college or university in the United States or Canada, or a recently graduated post-doctoral researcher, who is pursuing a program of study aimed at a career in remote sensing or other related geospatial information technologies.
The Sidwell Company, St. Charles, Ill., a provider of GIS, photogrammetric services and commercial mapping products, named Neal D. Carpenter as president and CEO.
Hollis Engineering Inc., Orlando, Fla., named Michael T. Rudd, PLS, vice president of surveying services. Rudd provides professional experience in all aspects of land surveying services and 3D mapping.
NavCom Technology, Torrance, Calif., and C & C Technologies, Lafayette, La., announced a five-year extension to their agreement for the distribution of C-Nav GPS. This agreement enables C & C Technologies to provide NavCom's StarFire differential GPS receivers and the related correction signals worldwide, under the brand of C-Nav. The agreement continues to be exclusive with respect to offshore operations pertaining to satellite navigation positioning on projects for surveying, mapping, geophysics, mining, cable laying and offshore construction, installation, inspection and maintenance operations.