Milestones in the industry.


Leica Geosystems, Norcross, Ga, and Hexagon Measurement Technologies, London, England, acquiredMikrofyn 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 SystemsnamedTony 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 areRichard Jackson, vice president of TPS-Australia;David Mudrick, president and CEO of Topcon America Corporation; andNorio Uchida, TPS director and executive officer. O'Connor also announcedMick Yamazaki, vice president of operations, as TPS executive vice president andRick Davidson, TPS senior technical adviser, as senior vice president of agriculture operations.

MAGELLAN, San Dimas, Calif., launchedMagellan Professional, the new brand under which it will market its survey and GIS business. Magellan also launched the Magellan Professional website The site features a new design and a streamlined navigation scheme including universal tab navigation for quick access to product information.

GeoShack, Dallas, Texas, addedShelby HoffmanandJesus Floresto 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 thatBruce Berry, production manager, is now a certified photogrammetrist. Berry has more than 30 years' experience in the surveying and mapping industry. KAPPA also welcomedCarol Quimbyas office manager and administrator. Quimby is responsible for project administration, company marketing initiatives and the day-to-day coordination of office tasks.

McCoy Associates Inc., Akron, Ohio, announcedScott A. Pike, PE, as the branch manager in its Warren, Ohio office. Pike has more than 20 years of municipal engineering experience and is a registered professional engineer in Ohio.

Measurement Devices Ltd. (MDL), Aberdeen, Scotland, relocated itsEuropean, African and Asian sales and technical support officeto 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 anew office in Punta Gorda, expand its geographic presence in southwest Florida. Two senior-level project managers,Steve Ford, PSM, andSteve 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.

WilsonMiller, Naples, Fla., named several new senior associates to its design and civil engineering firm.Marc L. Berman, PSM;Paul F. Bernier;Stephen R. Csotty;Richard E. Hogue; andGavin Jones, PE, were promoted from WilsonMiller's Naples office.Barry M. Bywalec,Elton G. Smith Sr.,Paul E. Skidmore,Neale Stralow,David S. Winkle,Marvin Cox,Mark H. FosterandSteve Semplewere promoted from the Tampa office.Kristopher A. Wilhoit,Gabriel Crocker,George Barnard,David Keith LoshandFrancisco B. Domingowere promoted from the Sarasota office; andChris E. Brockmeierfrom the Tallahassee office andMark Myersfrom the Panama City Beach office were also promoted to senior associates.

ESRI, Redlands, Calif., andBusiness Technology Center AG (BTC), Oldenburg, Germany, agreed to jointly developGIS-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.