Turning Points: August 2008
July 23, 2008
Howard M. “Budd” Post, of Tampa, Fla., a founder of Post Buckley Schuh & Jernigan (PBS&J), died June 10, 2008, at the age of 83. Post, a registered professional engineer and land surveyor, was PBS&J’s principal in charge of signature projects. In 2000, PBS&J established the annual Howard M. Post Award for Technical Achievement, which recognizes PBS&J employees who solve challenging and complex technical project issues. Post was a past president of the Miami Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society and also served on the Florida Board of Professional Engineers, the Florida Engineering Society board of directors and the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Professional Practice.
Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), Livermore, Calif., named Ivan Di Federico as senior vice president of global engineering. Di Federico has been general manager of TSD Integrated Controls for the past three years, a joint venture between Topcon and Sauer-Danfoss.
Allen Precision Equipment Inc., Duluth, Ga., added Kent Hutson to its Outside Sales Team. Hutson covers central and western Tennessee and northern Mississippi in the sales of surveying and construction products and supplies and is the representative for forensic instrument sales and training for the Southeastern United States.
McKim & Creed, Raleigh, N.C., acquired Brock Design Group (BDG), Suwanee, Ga., a consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, surveying, land planning and landscape architecture.
Terradon Corporation, Charleston, W.Va., expanded its operations to Richmond, Va. Certified by the National Women Business Owners Corporation as a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), Terradon was further certified as a SWaM (Small, Women- or Minority-Owned) firm by the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise.
Fugro-EarthData Inc., Frederick, Md., appointed Edward Saade as president and managing director. Taking over for Anne Hale Miglarese, Saade assumes responsibility for Fugro-EarthData’s traditional mapping, GeoSAR radar mapping and GIS business lines. Saade’s appointment follows five successful years as president of Fugro Pelagos, a California-based company specializing in hydrographic surveying.
Polaris Engineering Corporation, Chelmsford, Mass., merged with Hancock Associates, Danvers, Mass.
Psomas, Sacramento, Calif., announced the promotions of Scott Bryant to senior project manager and Adam Foster to project manager for land surveying operations in Psomas’ Northern California region. Bryant’s 17-year career has covered all aspects of surveying and photogrammetry. Foster has 10 years of surveying experience.
Engenuity Group Inc., West Palm Beach, Fla., announced that Gary Rager joined the firm as director of the Survey Department. Rager is a Florida registered surveyor and mapper and has more than 28 years of experience.
Also, Engenuity Group promoted Allen T. Green III, PE, to project manager after passing the professional PE exam. Green has more than a decade of experience in commercial and residential construction, drainage and engineering projects and has been a qualified stormwater management inspector since 2005.
The board of directors of Halff Associates Inc., Richardson, Texas, named five new vice presidents: Gary C. Bowes, RPLS, LSLS; H. Wayne Cooper Jr., ASLA, AICP; Diane M. Popken, PE; James D. Pruitt, PE; and Robert L. Saenz, PE, CFM. Bowes, of the Houston office, is the regional land survey manager for central and south Texas. Prior to joining Halff in 2004, Bowes owned and operated a land surveying firm for more than 20 years. Cooper is regional director of landscape architecture and planning in the Austin office. Cooper joined Halff in 2004 with more than 20 years of experience in project management, construction management, planning and landscape architecture. Popken, of the Richardson office, joined Halff in 1999 with more than 25 years of experience in lighting, electrical design, engineering and MEP project management. Pruitt joined Halff in 1995 and manages the Flower Mound office. His design experience includes water, sewer, drainage improvements, site preparation, utility plans, roadways and surveying. Saenz, of the McAllen office, joined Halff in 2001 with 21 years of experience in civil engineering, planning, design, project management and construction management.
Also, Halff announced that Matthew W. Gould, RPLS, joined the firm as a survey project manager. Gould primarily works in the Halff Energy Services sector in the Richardson office. He brings more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of surveying operations. Gould’s project management experience includes private, state, county and municipal projects along with engineering design projects for land development, platting and construction surveys.
Additionally, Halff appointed Vice President Bobby Adams, PE, as Houston office manager.
Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc. (HRG), Harrisburg, Pa., promoted Eric M. Orndorff, PLS, to service group manager for its entire survey division. He manages all land surveying activities and services, oversees project planning and scheduling and assists with client management for all surveying projects. Orndorff is a licensed professional land surveyor in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Blue Marble Geographics, Gardiner, Maine, promoted Kris Berglund, Victor Minor and Sam Knight. Berglund is promoted from director of sales and marketing to vice president of sales. Minor is promoted from director of development to chief technology officer. Knight is promoted from applications specialist to product manager.
Donaldson, Garrett & Associates Inc. (DGA), Macon, Ga., announced that David Bennett and Brandon Register have obtained professional designation as registered land surveyors in Georgia. Bennett has been with DGA since 1993 and manages large boundary and topographic surveys for government, engineering and private clients. Register has been with DGA since 2007 and manages commercial projects throughout the Southeast.
Also, Donaldson, Garrett & Associates announced that Vice President James Newberry added professional surveyor registration in Alabama to his Georgia and Florida designations.
SJB Group LLC, Baton Rouge, La., received seven awards from the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors during its 2008 Annual Meeting and Convention in Natchitoches, La. SJB Group received first-place honors in five categories: Boundary/Cadastral Maps, Topographic Maps, Subdivision Maps, ALTA/NSPS Survey Maps, and Miscellaneous Maps. The winning plats were presented to the Drafting and Design Technology Division of the Louisiana Technical College, Opelousas, La., for use in its surveying program.
The Schneider Corporation, Ames, Iowa, announced the election of Jeff Corns, vice president of GIS, to the Iowa Geographic Information Council’s board of directors. Corns was elected by popular vote to represent the private sector for a two-year term through 2010.
Montgomery & Associates Inc., Houston, Texas, promoted Ryan Eastridge to CAD manager. Eastridge is responsible for troubleshooting problems, quality control and supervising team members. He also trains new operators, updates training of computer technicians and develops productivity tools. Eastridge has 11 years of AutoCAD and Land Development Desktop experience in site development, highway schematics, streets, airport runways and taxiways, water lines, sidewalks and land development.
Also, Montgomery & Associates promoted Martin C. Murdock, PE, to executive vice president. Murdock is responsible for directing a team of engineers, designers and technicians in the planning, design and construction of major land developments in Houston and surrounding areas.
South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors (SCSPLS), Columbia, announced the election of R. Lee Frank II, PLS, as president serving to June 30, 2009. Frank has been employed by Robert Frank Land Surveying, Charleston, S.C., since 1991 and has served as the president of the Coastal Chapter of the SCSPLS. The SCSPLS installed the following officers for the 2008-09 board of directors: Lewis S. Moore, president-elect; Dale C. Swygert, vice president; Robert A. Praete, secretary; Benjamin B. Christensen, treasurer; and Robert A. Foster, immediate past president; Kevin M. Schwacke, District 1 director; William A. Whitwort Sr., District 2 director; Thomas B. Abraham, District 3 director; Dennis V. Clinkscales, District 4 director; E. Burnett Jenkins, District 5 director; and Michael S. Culler Jr., District 6 director.
Also, Scspls honored Larry T. Beasley, RPLS, Myrtle Beach, S.C., as South Carolina “Surveyor of the Year” for 2008. Beasley is owner and president of Beasley Land Surveying. He is a long-standing member of SCSPLS and served as president in 2005-06. In his current role as public relations chairman, he organized Career Day at area schools and has worked hard at the state and local levels. Beasley is a registered professional land surveyor in South Carolina and North Carolina.
Associate Editor Wendy Lyons compiles “Turning Points.” Contact her at 248/786-1620 or lyonsw@bnpmedia.