Milestones in the industry.


Trimble, Sunnyvale, Calif., opened an office in India. Trimble Navigation India Pvt Ltd., located in Gurgaon, is the primary base for sales and support of all survey and construction as well as mapping and GIS solutions for the country.

Optech Incorporated, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, announced thatDr. Allan Carswellfounder and chairman of Optech Incorporated, has been honored with the John H. Chapman Award of Excellence by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for his significant achievements in LiDAR applications and lifelong dedication to space science and development in Canada.


Design Professionals Inc. (DPI), South Windsor, Conn., hiredLawrence R. Geissler Jr., LS, as director of surveying.

Larry J. BroussardjoinedC.H. Fenstermaker & Associates Inc., Lafayette, La., as senior surveyor/section manager. Broussard has more than 40 years of experience and is registered in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. He oversees surveying and mapping projects for oil and gas and government related projects.


Avatech Solutions Inc., Owings Mills, Md., acquiredSterling Systems and Consulting, Madison Heights, Mich. Sterling Systems is a provider of Autodesk design technology solutions, consulting services and civil engineering solutions.Sterling founderBruce Whiteis now vice president of Avatech Solutions' infrastructure solutions group.


The Wisconsin chapter of theAmerican Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC WI)presentedFred Halfenwith the 2006 President's Award. Halfen was also elected president of theWisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA). Halfen, a certified photogrammetrist, is vice president of photogrammetry operations and the Madison office ofAyres Associates, Eau Claire, Wis.