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R.A. Smith National’s Nathan Vaughn, Licensed Professional Land Surveyor, is Appointed to the Wisconsin Land Information Council

by Karen Wiesneski 7. October 2015 10:47

Nathan Vaughn, licensed professional land surveyor with R.A. Smith National, has been appointed by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) to the Wisconsin Land Information Council. R.A. Smith National is a nationwide, multi-disciplined civil and structural engineering and surveying firm with Wisconsin offices in Brookfield, Madison and Appleton.

Vaughn is one of 12 members appointed by the DOA for three-year terms. Membership on the Council consists of representatives from various sectors that develop or utilize land information records. The Council’s purpose is to advise the DOA on the administration of the Wisconsin Land Information Program (WLIP) which includes grant funds allocation; assistance in the implementation of the statewide land records modernization initiatives; recommendation of guidelines to coordinate the modernization of land records; review and recommendation of statutory updates to improve land records modernization; and other related activities.

The Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors (WSLS) Board of Directors nominated Vaughn for this position after inviting surveying professionals from throughout Wisconsin to represent WSLS and the surveying profession on the Wisconsin Land Information Council.

Vaughn is the survey transportation manager at R.A. Smith National and also serves as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Southeast Region survey data coordinator. He joined R.A. Smith National in 2006 and has a total of 12 years of experience in the surveying industry.

Vaughn has extensive experience in drafting and producing standard and TPP (transportation project plat) type right-of-way plats, roadway design files, ALTA/ACSM Land Title surveys, preliminary and final subdivision plats, certified survey maps, plats of survey, easement exhibits and property exhibits. He is a Wisconsin Department of Transportation Certified Trainer for Civil 3D Survey and Plat Workflows.

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. He is a resident of Johnson Creek. 

R.A. Smith National Given Green Light from FAA on Commercial Use of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

by Karen Wiesneski 1. October 2015 08:09

R.A. Smith National — a nationwide, multi-disciplined civil and structural engineering and surveying firm — headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., has been granted a Section 333 Exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This exemption, granted on a case-by-case basis allows R.A. Smith National to use a UAS (unmanned aircraft system) to operate commercially within the parameters and guidelines established by the FAA through an associated blanket COA (certificate of authorization).

R.A. Smith National is one of only a few firms in Wisconsin and limited number nationwide that have been granted the Section 333 Exemption. Among its peers, the company is an early user of this technology and subsequent use for research and development purposes.

Moving forward, R.A. Smith National is talking to clients in both the public and private sectors to identify opportunities to use the UAS on projects that are best suited to this technology. Advantages of using a UAS include enhanced data collection on a wide range of projects; ability to better map areas that may otherwise be difficult or unsafe to traverse; expeditious data delivery; and in certain instances, a more cost-effective means of collecting data versus traditional methods.

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