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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 Conducts Land Surveying/GPS Demonstration for Point Park University's Civil Engineering Technology Students

by Karen Wiesneski 5. November 2015 08:43

R.A. Smith National — a multi-disciplined civil engineering, structural engineering, and surveying firm in Pittsburgh – recently demonstrated the use of GPS (global positioning system) to students enrolled in survey courses at Point Park University. This year marks the sixth year that R.A. Smith National extended this opportunity to the civil engineering technology students at the university.

R.A. Smith National’s Pete Brothers, survey manager, has conducted this hands-on GPS demonstration during fall in each of the last six years. The demonstration has been well received and appreciated by the students and instructors. This is the first year that two sessions of the survey course were offered due to increased enrollment. John Harrocks and Dan Powell, also of R.A. Smith National’s Pittsburgh office, assisted Brothers with the first day of the two-day presentation.

Earlier this year R.A. Smith National sponsored (for the second consecutive year) a project for the capstone course that runs during the summer term at Point Park University. A project was created and outlined by R.A. Smith National’s civil engineer Anthony Simelis who is a 2010 graduate of Point Park University. This year a group of five civil engineering technology students worked closely with R.A. Smith National to create a site plan, identify zoning criteria, work through grading concepts, and establish and design a storm sewer system for the capstone project. The final project was presented in August to the class, faculty and industrial sponsors. R.A. Smith National plans to continue its sponsorship of a capstone project annually.

The GPS demonstrations and capstone course sponsorships have been initiated and led by John Frydrych, R.A. Smith National’s eastern regional manager. Frydrych has volunteered as an active member of Point Park University's industrial advisory committee since 2003. In this role, John provides guidance for the program's curriculum; monitors trends within the industry; and assists with the accreditation of the CET program by the accreditation board for engineering and technology.


R.A. Smith National's Pete Brothers (at left) conducts a demonstration of the use of GPS for land surveying purposes to a class of civil engineering technology students at Point Park University.

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