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Chapman to Present at Public Works Conference

by Jessica Pairrett 9. May 2017 12:00

American Public Works Association (APWA) Wisconsin Chapter 2017 Spring Conference
Monona Terrace Convention Center
Madison, WI
May 10–12, 2017

Jon Chapman, LiDAR and UAS project manager of R.A. Smith National, will present at the APWA–Wisconsin Chapter’s Spring Conference on Thursday, May 11. Chapman’s presentation, “LiDAR, Sonar and PhoDAR—Why You Should Care,” will take a look at today’s must-use surveying technology. Get informed about these new technologies and how they could benefit you on your next project!

Our hydrone in action

Many of today’s surveyors have expanded their skill sets far beyond robotic total stations. They now tote around big “tool belts” filled with new technology, including static 3D laser scanners, remote control survey boats (hydrones) that are equipped with sonar technology to collect underwater data, and even drones (UAVs) that carry cameras, thermal sensors and scanners of their own.

Plus, visit R.A. Smith National’s exhibit booth to see and learn more about the hydrone used with our water-related survey projects.

Learn more about the conference and other presentations.

Young Civil Engineering Professionals Volunteer at STEM Expo

by Jessica Pairrett 20. October 2016 12:09

Andy, Andrew and Tracy

Members of R.A. Smith National’s Young Professionals Group shared their love of engineering and science by volunteering at the ASCE–Wisconsin Section’s STEM Expo on Saturday, October 8. Attendees of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Expo included kids of all ages, from elementary through high school.

One of the exploration station tables led by the R.A. Smith National volunteers focused on disappearing water. By pouring colored water over a salt compound, participants discovered the salt’s high absorbency property. The water “disappeared” and was absorbed by the salt, bringing into question the importance of soil properties and stability as they relate to infrastructure and foundations.

At another station, the firm’s volunteers helped participants explore the basics of buoyancy through the “Build a Watercraft” activity. Using straws, tape, plastic wrap and a cup, children were prompted to build a model that could float. Once confident with their watercraft, they tested it out by placing it in the water with as many weights as possible in the cup until their model went under water.

A fun day was had by all, parents included, as simple science experiments were used to demonstrate real-world engineering concepts such as absorbency, soil stability and buoyancy. The event was held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering campus in downtown Milwaukee. In addition to having four volunteers representing the firm, R.A. Smith National was also a bronze sponsor of the event.

In the photos below, civil engineer Andrew Stasiukevicius helps children with the disappearing water experiment.
In the photo above are R.A. Smith National volunteers Andy Utic, Andrew Stasiukevicius and Tracy Diamond (Kristian Nygaard not shown).

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