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WSLS Surveyors Conference Included R.A. Smith National Presenters

by Jessica Pairrett 12. February 2016 06:50

Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors 67th Annual Surveyors’ Institute
Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI
January 29, 2016

Nathan Vaughn, survey transportation manager, Jon Chapman, 3D laser scanning manager, and Drew Miazga, project surveyor/3D laser scanning technician, presented at 2016’s Surveyors’ Institute. Vaughn presented two different sessions: “WisDOT Survey Projects Workshop,” which covered survey workflow updates and gave answers about Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) survey projects from both consultant and WisDOT viewpoints; and “Surveying and Civil 3D for Beginners,” which covered the basics—from field work to the final project—for surveyors learning Civil 3D software.

In the “Lasers and Drones” session, Chapman and Miazga demonstrated how 3D laser scanning for survey-grade reality captures bridges, roads and buildings that can be used in engineering improvement and redevelopment processes. They also discussed the firm’s recent Section 333 Exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration and how the firm is currently using UAV technology.

R.A. Smith National’s Mike Bach Promoted to Project Manager

by Jessica Pairrett 8. February 2016 10:39

Mike Bach of R.A. Smith National — a nationwide, multi-disciplined civil and structural engineering and surveying firm — headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., has been promoted to project manager in the land development services division.
In this role, Bach is responsible for maintaining existing national clients as well as working to expand R.A. Smith National’s presence in federal, tribal and the Southeastern Wisconsin market. Additionally, he is responsible for professional development and mentoring staff members.     

Bach has more than eight years of experience as a lead project engineer and works in markets such as health care, commercial, retail and federal. He has led large multi-disciplinary A/E teams and coordinated project efforts with all team members. Bach’s project management and design experience encompass due diligence analysis and reporting, site planning and design, permitting and construction administration. 

Bach holds a bachelor of science in environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville. He is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin and also is a certified soil erosion inspector. He joined R.A. Smith National in June 2014.

Bach currently resides in Germantown, Wisconsin. 

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