More industry milestones.

Tele Atlas North America Inc. , Menlo Park, Calif., hired Paul Lipkinas director of dynamic traveler content (DTC) product development and engineering. Lipkin, who has more than 20 years of experience in systems development, deployment and management, is responsible for leading Tele Atlas’ DTC group, developing new traffic, weather and other dynamic content products, and overseeing engineering and operations.

Layton Hobbs, CP, CMS, joined Woolpert LLP’s Dayton office as photogrammetry group manager and is responsible for monitoring the project activities of the group as well as providing technical assistance and performing project quality assurance/quality control. Hobbs is a certified photogrammetrist and mapping scientist and has experience managing projects involving GIS, topographic mapping, digital orthophoto and satellite imaging, and LiDAR technology.

Ingegneria Dei Sistemi S.p.a. (IDS) , Rome, Italy, and Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions, Huntsville, Ala., have reached an acquisition agreement. IDS will purchase from Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions a select portfolio of aeronautical products, intellectual property and ongoing maintenance contracts, thereby strengthening the focus of the IDS Aeronautical Division. IDS has also entered into a consulting agreement with Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions that provides key personnel that were responsible for developing the acquired products to provide ongoing customer support, maintenance and development services to global customers. Intergraph will continue to distribute the products sold to IDS through Intergraph regional sales offices.

Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment Inc. , Livonia, Mich., has selected James Marcinkowski, PE, as the firm’s 2003 Award of Excellence recipient in recognition of his service as project manager on the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport’s Rogell Drive Connector project.

Spalding DeDecker Associates Inc. , Rochester Hills, Mich., appointed Senior Vice President Paul C. Wade, PE, Detroit office manager. Wade has over 30 years of experience and was previously SDA’s transportation manager. Cheryl Gregory, PE, was appointed manager of SDA’s transportation department.

Gould Engineering Inc. , Flint, Mich., celebrated its 85th year business anniversary in 2003. Established in 1918, GEI was the original surveying and engineering firm in Flint and is also the oldest local firm of its type.

Collins Engineers Inc. , Charleston, S.C., welcomed James K. O’Connor, PE, to its office in Charleston, South Carolina. O’Connor brings 14 years of engineering experience to Collins Engineers. His background includes bridge and structural design, inspection and construction engineering as well as four years with the South Carolina Department of Transportation as a Bridge Project Coordinator.

Psomas, Costa Mesa, Calif., announced the opening of its newest office in San Jose, California. Psomas opened the San Jose office in order to provide survey services to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and numerous other clients in the Bay Area. Eventually the office will provide the full complement of Psomas services. The office is located at 2055 Gateway Place, Suite 400; San Jose, CA 95110; phone: 408/451-3953.

Sentinel USA Inc., Newark, Ohio, appointed Jim Pugh as business development manager. Pugh is a computer-mapping veteran with more than 15 years CAD, GIS and GPS project management and business development experience, with concentration in the utility and government sectors. He has worked on public and private projects in 35 states and a dozen foreign countries.