Leica Geosystems, Norcross, Ga, and Hexagon Measurement Technologies, London, England, acquired Mikrofyn A/S, Odense, Denmark, a European supplier of machine automation and laser leveling and alignment equipment for building construction and civil engineering. Mikrofyn's product range consists of a portfolio of automatic and manual machine control systems for excavators, graders, dozers and paving machines, as well as a broad line of laser rotators, laser receivers and pipe lasers.
Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), Livermore, Calif., opened a new Topcon Technology Center (TTC) in Brisbane, Australia. The center produces key software systems for the company's machine control and land surveying products. Software products developed for global markets out of the Brisbane TTC include Topcon's 3D machine control software, 3D Office software, Pocket-3D data collector software and Agriculture 3D software.
Additionally, Topcon Positioning Systems named Tony Hirayama, former executive vice president, as president and CEO of TPS-Australia and KEE Technologies. Ray O'Connor, TPS president, CEO and new chairman of Topcon's holding company board, made the announcement. Also joining the board are Richard Jackson, vice president of TPS-Australia; David Mudrick, president and CEO of Topcon America Corporation; and Norio Uchida, TPS director and executive officer. O'Connor also announced Mick Yamazaki, vice president of operations, as TPS executive vice president and Rick Davidson, TPS senior technical adviser, as senior vice president of agriculture operations.
GeoShack, Dallas, Texas, added Shelby Hoffman and Jesus Flores to the GeoShack Texas survey team. Hoffman joins GeoShack as survey business unit manager and has 11 years of land surveying experience. He is responsible for managing all aspects of survey business including sales management, distribution and end-user technical support. Flores, who has five years of industry experience, joins GeoShack as the survey sales specialist serving the Houston market.
KAPPA Mapping Inc., Bangor, Maine, announced that Bruce Berry, production manager, is now a certified photogrammetrist. Berry has more than 30 years' experience in the surveying and mapping industry. KAPPA also welcomed Carol Quimby as office manager and administrator. Quimby is responsible for project administration, company marketing initiatives and the day-to-day coordination of office tasks.
Measurement Devices Ltd. (MDL), Aberdeen, Scotland, relocated its European, African and Asian sales and technical support office to York, England, and aims to employ up to 10 more production and sales staff before the end of the year. The company also expanded its laser systems division from its Aberdeen headquarters to York where it is recruiting more production technicians, test engineers and programmers.
Dyer, Riddle, Mills & Precourt Inc. (DRMP), Orlando, Fla., opened a new office in Punta Gorda, Fla. to expand its geographic presence in southwest Florida. Two senior-level project managers, Steve Ford, PSM, and Steve Lockett, PE, lead the project management efforts in the new office. Ford is responsible for surveying and mapping tasks; Lockett is responsible for managing the office's land development projects. The new office is located at 204 McKenzie Street, Suite B, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.
ESRI, Redlands, Calif., and Business Technology Center AG (BTC), Oldenburg, Germany, agreed to jointly develop GIS-based utility solutions in Europe. With this cooperation, BTC moves forward to become an ESRI Technology and Services Competency Center. Initial geographic marketing areas will include Germany, Switzerland, Turkey and Poland.