Survey Team News

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 by
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Affinis survey team

In honor of National Surveyors Week, Affinis Corp will be participating in an effort to help improve the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) has a call out to the survey community across the United States to place Global Positions Systems (GPS) on published NGS benchmarks and collect current data.

The data will be used to create a hybrid geoid model in 2018. It will also be used as a consideration of a datum transformation tool and new vertical datum that will be introduced in 2022. The basic workflow for surveyors participating in the campaign is to identify prioritized benchmarks in the areas they work in, recover the benchmark in the field, and collect current GPS data for a minimum of four hours. After the data is collected, the surveyor is to report on the condition of the benchmark and provide information on how the data was gathered. For more information on how you or your company can participate in this height modernization project, please follow this link to an informational page on the NGS website: https://www.ngs.noaa.gov/GPSonBM/OnePagerGPSonBenchMarks2018.pdf

Affinis survey team

We would also like to share we have added two, new faces to our survey team. Affinis is pleased to have Brandon Gann and Garrett Spease as a part of our land survey group. They are both graduates of Northwest Missouri State University and have degrees in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with emphasis in geography. Brandon and Garrett will be enhancing our field and office survey efforts. Our current staff, that many of you know, enjoy working with Brandon and Garrett and look forward to the opportunities for our clients to meet our new co-workers on projects.

In addition to these new team members, we have added a new small, unmanned aerial vehicle to our toolkit, often referred to as a drone. We also have continued to keep several certifications. Some of these include:

  • Confined space entry training
  • CPR and first aid training
  • BNSF Railroad safety training
  • Union Pacific Railroad safety training
  • Kansas City Southern Railroad safety training

Questions about our survey capabilities? Email rubben@affinis.us.

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