Topcon Positioning Systems Inc., Livermore, Calif., named Steve Briggs as national sales manager-GIS and OEM. Briggs joined TPS in 2004 as a product manager for network software. Prior to the promotion, he was TPS sales manager for networks and OEM. Briggs has been a land surveyor in four states and has worked in sales and technical support at the distribution level. He serves as the current president of the American Association for Geodetic Surveying.


Allen Precision Equipment Inc., Duluth, Ga., expanded its Southeast coverage into the state of Tennessee and appointed Wiley Heard as technical sales representative for Tennessee. Heard has been in the construction and surveying industry since 1974 and has helped pioneer new concepts and equipment.


Bentley Systems Incorporated, Exton, Pa., appointed Christopher Barron to vice president of corporate marketing. Barron is responsible for all corporate marketing strategies and campaigns along with public relations initiatives. He has more than 25 years of experience as a marketing executive at some of the leading providers of design software for the architecture, engineering and construction market.


Applanix, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, promoted Eric Liberty to director of sales. Liberty is responsible for developing and executing the corporate sales strategies as Applanix implements and communicates its new mission and vision through mobile mapping and positioning. Liberty joined Applanix in October 2006 as DSS product manager.

GeoSpatial Experts, Thornton, Colo., hired Ralph Spiegleman as customer relationship manager. Spiegleman is a 35-year veteran of the surveying and mapping industry. In his new position, he provides technical support for customers, assumes sales management activities aimed at increasing the market share of GeoSpatial Experts’ GPS-Photo Link photo mapping software, and supports and expands the company’s dealer network.


Midwest Technical Consultants Inc., Naperville, Ill., appointed Emilio Barbieri to vice president and director of sales. Barbieri manages the firm’s sales activities for public and private surveying. He joins MTC with extensive experience in residential land acquisition, development and construction with some of the nation’s premier home builders.


MAPPS, Reston, Va., announced that George Southard has been elected chairman of the newly formed MAPPS Associate Members Committee. Southard has worked for Leica Geosystems since 1993 and is vice president of Americas Digital Imaging of Leica Geosystems, Englewood, Colo.

Ayres Associates, Madison, Wis., selected Fred Halfen to lead its energy corridors initiative. Halfen joined Ayres Associates in 1977. He was promoted to production manager in 1982 and became vice president of the photogrammetry division in 1987. In 1999, he was named vice president of the Madison office, a role he maintains in addition to his new assignment. He also continues to provide technical support for the photogrammetry division.


Also, Ayres Associates promoted Kirk Contrucci to vice president of its photogrammetry operations at the company’s Madison, Wis., office. In his new position, Contrucci serves as principal-in-charge responsible for cost estimates, contract negotiations, project design, client contact and overall management. Contrucci joined Ayres Associates in 1985 as a stereo plotter operator, became production manager in 1988 and served as manager of photogrammetric services from 1991 until his recent promotion. He replaces Fred Halfen.

Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington elected Ben V. Petersen, PLS, as state president and named him 2007 Surveyor of the Year. Petersen is the vice president and director of surveys for PLS Inc. in Issaquah, Wash.


Psomas, Los Angeles, appointed Brian Bullock, PLS, Tim Hayes, PE, Scott Rocke, PE, and Carl Wallace, PE, as principals. Bullock is a vice president of land surveying in the Roseville, Calif., office and has nearly 30 years of experience in all aspects of surveying. Vice President Hayes brings 16 years of experience in the planning and design of transportation improvement projects. Rocke is a Utah-licensed professional engineer with 20 years of experience in land development engineering. He is vice president of land development in the Salt Lake City office. Wallace, a vice president of program/construction management in Southern California, has almost three decades of experience in managing large-scale public construction programs. Wallace is based in the Costa Mesa office.

Associate editor Wendy Lyons compiles “Turning Points.” Contact her at or 248/786-1620.