Where are you from? Onawa, Iowa
How long have you been surveying? I worked on the survey crew for Monona County in the summers during high school starting in 1988. Then for the Nebraska DOT survey crew during the summer while in college.
I joined V&K in 2000 and received my PLS in 2006.
What office are you based out of? Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
What do you love about your job? Mostly the variety and challenge. Every job is different, and you rarely know going in what you are going to find. It takes research, planning, hiking, digging, and careful evaluation of all the evidence to complete each job.
What is your favorite project you’ve worked on? My most challenging from a survey standpoint was a road realignment project for Monona County in 2003. It was 5.5 miles through the Loess Hills.
We recovered and reset many section corners that had to be hiked into and some had not been seen in 30 to 60 years.
Advice for those looking to enter the surveying field? Surveying is one of the few jobs that can combine exhaustive physical and mental effort.
The new technology coming out with scanning and drones are great tools that can peak the younger generations interest in a job that’s been around since civilization started.
If you’re not afraid of a challenge and also want to stay in shape it may be for you.
Fun fact? The last couple of years after having no previous interest in running, my wife and I started training for marathons. In fact, every vacation we go on now is centered around a half or full marathon. I leave the full to my wife and I just stick with the half. I’m not fast by any stretch of the imagination but, never did I think I would start such a physically demanding sport at the ripe young age of 47 but it’s been enjoyable and rewarding though sometimes painful.