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Clary & Associates Inc.announced that Robert Gardner, PSM, has been promoted to vice president of field operations. Gardner joined Clary & Associates in October 2000. His project management experience includes establishing city-wide control and boundary utilities, setting controls on a variety of projects and topographic and right-of-way surveys. Gardner is responsible for scheduling and supervising field operations, which includes the specialized training of all field crews as well as processing all GPS and Electronic Field Book field data.

Eagle Point named Michael Lyons vice president of client relationships. Lyons, who has been a manager and executive with Eagle Point since 1995, is responsible for leading the focused effort to complete transition to being a client-centric organization for the company.

DAT/EM Systems International, Anchorage, Alaska, added Matt Altman as its new quality assurance engineer. Altman comes to DAT/EM Systems with a BS in Imaging Science with honors from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York State. He is responsible for beta testing all new DAT/EM Systems’ software releases with a special focus on Summit Evolution. Other areas Altman is responsible for include equipment testing, software troubleshooting and overall company product quality compliance.

MSA, P.C.,Virginia Beach, Va., announced that Michael Starling has successfully completed the requirements for certification as a Land Surveyor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Starling has been employed with MSA for 14 years and is a project manager in the firm’s survey department. He is responsible for preparation of plats, drafting of topographic and physical surveys, and subdivision calculations.

Tara Keeling, EIT, of Collins Engineers Inc., Charleston, S.C., successfully completed the Construction Industry Technician course of the NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) Education Foundation. Keeling is a civil engineer with Collins Engineers Inc.

Collins Engineers Inc., Charleston, S.C., won two awards in the 2003 Engineering Excellence Awards competition, sponsored by the Consulting Engineers of South Carolina (CESC), a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). Collins Engineers won the Engineering Excellence Award in the transportation category for its Sign Structure Inspection project for the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and an Honor Award in the special projects category for its Meeting Street Rehabilitation project for the City of Charleston.

Ernest Wade, PLS, manager of the surveying and mapping department of RBF Consulting’s Temecula office, was appointed vice president. Wade has more than 33 years of experience in land surveying for commercial and residential developments, public works and transportation projects. He specializes in the management of survey projects that require the use of new technology in performing geodetic and mapping surveys in both the field and office environments.

M.J. Harden Associates Inc. (MJH), Kansas City, Mo., announced that Don Cleveland, vice president of Business Development in the Photogrammetry Division, has received the APWA Kansas City Metro Chapter Heart of America Award. The Heart of America Award, created in 1990, recognizes individuals and organizations who have served the Chapter in an exemplary manner over an extended period of time. Cleveland is a past president of the KC Metro Chapter's Board and currently serves on the Past Presidents Advisory Committee. He has been an active member since 1980, served on the Board of Directors for seven years and currently serves on the 2004 Mid-America Conference and Exhibit Show Management Committee.

Vertical Mapping Resources Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., established an office in Raleigh, N.C. The Raleigh office will serve clients in both the public (cities, counties, departments of transportation) and private sectors (land surveyors, civil engineering firms and land developers). The new office is located at 1803 Crystal Downs Lane, Raleigh, N.C., 27604. The telephone number is 919/231-0330.

Woolpert LLP, Dayton, Ohio, mourned the loss of (Forrest) Steve DeMartino, killed in an airplane crash on Jan. 8, 2003 in Charlotte, N.C. He was traveling to the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport on company business when his plane crashed shortly after takeoff.. DeMartino managed the application development and project management groups for Woolpert’s geographic information services division.

Jeffrey Vierrether has been appointed as two-year director to the Virginia Association of Surveyors (VAS) Board -Tidewater Chapter. VAS governs the professional practice and standards of surveying in Virginia. Vierrether has been a member for 3 years.

GeoConcept SA, Paris, France, opened GeoConcept International Software SA Switzerland, its Swiss subsidiary. The new subsidiary results from a friendly takeover of its partner, SIT Conseil in Geneva. Under the leadership of Guillaume Beauregard, the new company has six staff including four former members of SIT Conseil and will distribute GeoConcept’s entire product range.

NovaLIS, Charlotte, N.C., acquired Cott-Charlotte, the N.C.-based division of Cott Systems. Cott-Charlotte has existed as a division of Cott Systems for 15 years with responsibilities for the development and delivery of Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA), Tax Billing, Collection, and Motor Vehicles software modules.

The 2003 ASPRS Fellow award winners are Daniel L. Civco and David F. Maune. The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences. Civco is an associate professor of geospatial science and applications in the Department of Natural Resources Management and Engineering at The University of Connecticut. Maune, Colonel, USA, retired, is a senior project manager for Dewberry & Davis, Fairfax, Virginia. He has been an active member of ASPRS since 1968.

William A. Mittelstadt, PE, principle engineer, Department of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Transmission Business Line, Vancouver, Wash., was named the National Society of Professional Engineers' (NSPE) 2003 Federal Engineer of the Year. Sponsored by NSPE's practice division Professional Engineers in Government, and Northrop Grumman, the Federal Engineer of the Year Award program recognizes outstanding engineers employed in the federal government. Mittelstadt is a widely acknowledged technical expert who has impacted national power system development and contributed to research, development and engineering academia during his 36 years of federal service. He serves as the Principle Engineer for a power system that includes over 15,000 miles of transmission lines that provide reliable power to the Pacific Northwest and interconnected regions.

NovaLIS Technologies, Charlotte, N.C., announced that Ruel Williamson joined the company as land titles office business manager. Williamson manages NovaLIS’ land titles office business partner relationship with International Land Systems Inc. (ILS), and provides project management oversight to land titles office projects. Williamson also oversees major international accounts and offers assistance in the general sales cycle as required.

Donaldson, Garrett & Associates Inc., Macon, Ga., merged with Island Surveying & Mapping Company of Merritt Island, Florida. James W. Newberry Jr., vice president, has been appointed branch manager. Newberry is a registered surveyor in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Maryland. Philip P. Molica, professional Florida surveyor and mapper, will lead in the transition for the two firms.