More industry milestones.

The American Council of Engineering Companies/Michiganawarded the Firm of the Year — 2002 Award to Spalding DeDecker Associates Inc. , Rochester Hills, Mich. Spalding DeDecker was chosen for providing leadership to ACEC/M members for its advancement of the consulting design profession.

Vollmer Associates, Hamden, Conn., named Jess McMinn director of survey for its Connecticut office. McMinn is a Connecticut licensed surveyor with over 33 years of professional experience. McMinn heads a department that offers Vollmer clients comprehensive land survey services. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army School of Advanced Geodetic Surveying.

Envision, Madison, Wis., modified its name to The Envision Group to better reflect the range of services they provide beyond illustration. These services include CADD training, consulting and technical assistance for the software MicroStation and InRoads by Bentley Systems Inc. The Envision Group has also moved to expanded offices at 8517 Excelsior Drive, Suite 205, Madison, WI 53717.

ImageSat International N.V. promoted Ori Ben-Amotz to senior vice president and CFO from vice president and CFO, a post which he has held since he joined ImageSat International in January 2001. Ben-Amotz joined the Company after a 14-year international career with Motorola Inc., in the semiconductor sector and corporate posts. Prior to joining ImageSat, Mr. Ben-Amotz served as Managing Director, Motorola Ventures Israel and led investments in Israeli High-Tech start-up companies for Motorola Inc. Dave Krueger was promoted to senior vice president business development from vice president business development, a post he assumed in January 2002, following a consulting relationship with the Company in 2001. Krueger has 20 years of experience in satellite systems development.

Diana Clemente has been named to the new position of chief operating officer (COO) of SPOT Image Corporation, Chantilly, Va. She is responsible for day-to-day operations, management of North American Channel Partners and coordination with SPOT IMAGE, S.A., the parent company in Toulouse, France. Diana has been with SPOT Image for nine years, most recently as director of customer support, managing the customer service division and project management.

Maporama, Paris, France, appointedFranck Djen to the position of vice president European sales. Djen is responsible for the development of Maporama’s business activities in all European countries. Djen brings to Maporama 10 years of business development experience.

NavCom Technology Inc. , Redondo Beach, Calif., signed a deal with Guido Veronesi s.r.l. , San Lazzaro, Italy, to represent NavCom products and services in Italy. NavCom will be supporting Veronesi at the upcoming International Show of Building Technologies (SAIE) October 16 -20 in Bologna, Italy.

Jeffrey D. Coil joined PBS&J, Houston, Texas, as a senior intelligent transportation systems (ITS) specialist for the firm’s National ITS Division. In this position, he is involved in performing ITS planning and engineering, coordinating ITS project activities and client coordination. Coil brings 12 years of systems engineering experience and eight years of advanced public transit system design experience to his assignment. Coil is based in the PBS&J Houston office.

Rice Associates, Chanitlly, Va., formed a Photogrammetry Department, giving it the capability to provide full service survey/mapping to engineering, land development and transportation clients. The Department is headed byGary Miller. Miller has over 25 years of direct photogrammetric experience. By doing photogrammetry in house, a seamless flow of work and simplified interface between stages of work are created. The final product is a single CADD “survey quality” deliverable, with aerial and ground work efficiently complementing each other. Rice can output final mapping products in any required CADD format. The Department is located at 4001 Westfax Drive, Suite 100, Chantilly, VA 20151. For further information contact Mark Steiner at 703/968-3200, extension 104.

Veteran surveying executive Paul Easley has joined SAM Inc., Austin, Texas, as senior project manager. He directs several of the company’s land development, county and city land surveying projects. Easley has served in similar roles with other area firms and with Bell County. He also is vice president of the Capitol Area Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors.

A.R.E. Inc. announced the opening of its Fernley, Nevada manufacturing plant. The 184,000 sq. ft. facility, built on more than 10 acres, will produce the company’s full line of fiberglass caps and tonneau lids. The new facility is capable of producing approximately 60 units per shift, and employs nearly 150. A.R.E. decided to expand its manufacturing process to meet the needs of its west coast clients. The company chose Fernley, Nevada due to the city’s industrial growth and its prime location with easy access to the highway. Chuck Monson has been appointed General Manager. He brings more than 15 years of management experience in warehousing, distribution and transportation. He is an accomplished coordinator and implementer of large-scale business start-up and expansion ventures. Prior to joining A.R.E., Monson served as special projects manager for Medline Industries, Inc., the largest privately owned manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies in the United States. He oversaw the design, construction and expansion of new and existing facilities nationwide, and coordinated all associated activities. During Monson’s tenure, Medline averaged more than 20 percent yearly growth and annual sales in excess of $1 billion. Dwight Miller, who served as a shift manager at the Massillon facility, takes the role of Plant Manager. Todd Masters, who has more than eight years of experience at the Massillon plant, will become the Assistant Plant Manager and Quality Assurance Manager in Fernley.

PCI Geomatics , Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, and RapidEye AG, Munich, Germany, announced that the initial alliance between the companies has grown into a full fledged partnership. RapidEye AG agreed to use PCI Geomatics products as the main platform for all of its geo-data processing and PCI Geomatics invested in RapidEye AG, therefore finalizing their commitment for co-operation and setting the stage for future joint development and joint marketing.

Gould Engineering Inc. announced Kevin B. Cleaver, PS, principal and director of surveying, has been appointed to the Planning Commission in Argentine Township. Cleaver has been a staff member at Gould for 25 years and a principal of the firm since 1988.

Dewberry-Goodkind welcomed three new managers to the environmental and hazardous waste services branch as follows: Lawrence G Brunt, PE is now associate and assistant branch manager. Brunt assists in the office’s administrative and technical functions and serves as project manager for a variety of projects. John M. Sadlon is now principal landscape architect and planner. And Brian A. Sayre is principal environmental scientist/wetlands specialist.