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R.A. Smith National & M Squared Engineering Partner in WisDOT DBE Mentor/Protégé Program

by Jessica Pairrett 15. February 2016 09:17

Stephan Hoffmann and Minal Hahm

Stephan Hoffman, director of transportation at R.A. Smith National, and Minal Hahm, owner and president of M Squared Engineering, attended the WisDOT 30th Annual Golden Shovel Awards and DBE Workshops on February 11, 2016. The two firms were among those recognized during the inauguration of the 2015 Mentor/Protégé Pairs for Professional Services.

R.A. Smith National will mentor M Squared for a period of three years, providing technical and professional development opportunities and specialized training. We understand mentoring is a business-to-business relationship that allows firms to share their expertise and resources to create a stronger economy with a more competitive business environment.

In cooperation with WisDOT’s Office of Business Opportunity and Equity Compliance (OBOEC) and DBE Support Services (DBESS) offices, R.A. Smith National is one of six prime professional services firms to take on the mentor role and work directly with a DBE professional services firm under this program.

R.A. Smith National proudly supports WisDOT’s DBE Mentor/Protégé Program for Professional Service Firms.

For more information, visit WisDOT's DBE Mentor/Protégé Program online. 

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.

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