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Nathan Vaughn of R.A. Smith National Selected Wisconsin’s Young Surveyor of the Year

by Jessica Pairrett 23. February 2016 11:44

Nathan Vaughn

Nathan Vaughn of R.A. Smith National — a nationwide, multi-disciplined civil and structural engineering and surveying firm — headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., has been awarded Young Surveyor of the Year by the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors (WSLS). The award was presented during the WSLS Annual Surveyors’ Institute on January 28, 2016.

The WSLS Young Surveyor of the Year award is presented annually to recognize the achievements of an outstanding land survey professional. Individuals who are named to receive this award are nominated by their peers due to their dedication of furthering the surveying profession. Vaughn has well-represented this profession with his advanced technical expertise, strong leadership and project management skills throughout his career. 

Vaughn has more than 12 years of experience and is currently a survey transportation manager within R.A. Smith National’s survey division. He is also a survey data coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. In August 2015, Vaughn was appointed to a three-year term on the Wisconsin Land Information Council to represent WSLS. The council advises the Wisconsin Department of Administration on the administration of the Wisconsin Land Information Program

Vaughn holds a bachelor’s degree in geography with a minor in environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and is a professional land surveyor.

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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