Mark Meade is Sr. Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Photo Science. He has been an essential part of the Photo Science Team since 1994 and offers 30 years of experience in surveying and mapping. He has both a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. He currently holds professional engineering registrations in the states of Kentucky and West Virginia; is a licensed professional land surveyor in the states of Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, and West Virginia; and is a nationally recognized Certified Photogrammetrist.
Mark continues to be active in many professional affiliations including: American Council of Engineering Companies, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and the Geospatial Information and Technology Association.
Mark serves many roles within the firm including project management of many large or complex projects, business development, and surveying operations. His technical responsibilities include planning, managing, processing, and coordinating all aspects of the field surveying operations, particularly in the areas of GPS control, airborne GPS operations, and inertial navigation systems; as well as the firm's LIDAR operations. Moreover, Mark is responsible for course development and instruction of the firm's Training Programs. He has designed and taught courses to many professional photogrammetrists and professional surveyors throughout the nation. In addition to his roles with the firm, Mark serves as a columnist and contributing editor for POB Magazine, an international surveying and mapping professional journal and has contributed more than 40 professional articles over the last 10 years. Finally, he has taught more than 100 continuing education courses throughout the country over the last 20 years.
Mobile mapping systems are very impressive on a number of fronts and offer significant options beyond a traditional surveying or mapping approach for the right projects. But like most other tools that have been developed for our profession over the last 20 years, these systems can have both advantages and disadvantages in their application.
In the December 2019 issue of POB, learn how GNSS field mapping played a crucial role in creating the Port of New Orleans first enterprise GIS. Also in this issue, find out how a recent regulatory proposal could restrict UAV flights.