As we at the magazine witness our subscribers increase their professional services, we’re increasing the types of information and guidance we provide to you. There are many opportunities for those in our profession willing to go the extra mile (or more) to explore these new opportunities, to learn, and to invest in their futures.

To guide us in this effort we’re welcoming a new editorial board: specialists in surveying and mapping, as well as the increasingly important related fields. Through our magazine they are connecting you with cutting-edge practitioners and new practices.

Rudy Stricklan, RSL, GISP

Principal Consultant with Mapping Automation, LLC

After graduating from the Colorado School of Mines with degrees in mathematics and geophysics, I began my geomatics-focused career as a production manager with Technical Advisors, a computerized plat-mapping business in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1982, I founded Mapping Automation, Inc., providing GIS services using measurement-based surveying technology. The company was the first GIS-focused consultancy in Arizona, delivering more than 200 GIS-related projects, ranging from small municipalities to large-scale regional government entities.

In 2000, I worked with a variety of national-level engineering companies to integrate GIS technology into their internal information management workflows. I re-formed Mapping Automation in late 2010 as an LLC.  It now operates as a cyberconsultancy, retaining core technical management and administrative staff to coordinate the workings of specialized partners worldwide. For each client engagement, a unique project team is assembled and connected through the internet. Web collaboration techniques coordinate project execution as well as connect clients on a 24×7 real-time basis to monitor and participate in project progress.

I served as a peer reviewer of national-scale GIS standardization initiatives as a corresponding member of the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s cadastral subcommittee. I specialize in measurement-based cadastral GIS, and I’m a frequent presenter at national GIS conferences.

I was president and founding member of several pioneering GIS-related user groups in Arizona and am an emeritus executive board member of Arizona’s Geographic Information Council. 

A registered land surveyor in Arizona and certified GIS professional, I am a charter member of the Arizona Professional Land Surveyors (APLS). I was the APLS state chairman from 2009-2010 and was instrumental in authoring and promoting state legislation relating to coordinate system modernization, as well as instituting a Geospatial Professional APLS membership category.

I have authored more than 100 GIS industry presentations and published articles, and I am a senior faculty associate for Arizona State University’s geography department, lecturing in the department’s Masters in Advanced Studies for GIS degree program. I reside in Phoenix, Arizona, am married, and have two grown children. My hobbies include hiking and collector car activities.

Lewis Graham

President/CTO, GeoCue Corporation

Lewis is the president and chief technical officer of GeoCue Corporation, a company whose focus is geospatial workflow management.  He is also the managing director of QCoherent Software LLC (a GeoCue company), a company that builds lidar data processing tools for the desktop.  Prior to founding GeoCue, Lewis was the founding CEO of Z/I Imaging Corporation, a joint venture company of Carl Zeiss and Intergraph Corporation.  Prior to Z/I, Lewis was an executive vice president at Intergraph, managing the mapping and civil engineering business units. 

He is an active member of ASPRS where he currently serves as a director of the board and as the director of the lidar division.  He has chaired the LAS data standard committee since its inception.  He a member of the ASTM E57 data standards committee where his focus is assisting with harmonizing the data standards between E57 and LAS.  Lewis is also a member of the Transportation Research Board and currently serves as a panel member of National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 15-44 which is developing standards for mobile lidar scanning for transportation. Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

Dave Brown

Manager of US Operations, Terra Remote Sensing

Mr. Brown has over 35 years of professional experience in photogrammetry, remote sensing, geology, and geophysics. As a photogrammetrist, he has 23 years of experience as technician, project manager, production manager and business development. He has production experience in lidar, photogrammetry, and digital orthophotography. He began his mapping career in Colorado Springs, CO working at Analytical Surveys, Inc. and then Aerial Data Reduction, Inc.  In the late 90s he moved to Seattle where he worked at Nies Mapping Group, Triathlon Mapping Corporation, and Walker and Associates.  Currently he is manager of US operations for Terra Remote Sensing, a company that specializes in high accuracy lidar, aerial mapping, and marine surveys,  He is an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist and an Oregon Registered Professional Photogrammetrist.  He has a bachelor’s degree in geology and master’s degree in geography.

Kristian Forslin, GISP

GIS Coordinator for North Carolina Railroad Company

I have been involved in the geospatial industry for more than 15 years, concentrating on GIS project management. I have held several technical, project-management, and business-development positions with various geospatial firms that have provided me with numerous opportunities to work with, for, and around surveyors.

In this career, I have found it essential to actively participate in both the GIS and the surveying communities in order to create successful partnerships. The current position I hold is the GIS coordinator for the property department of a railroad company, which has helped me uncover even more interesting and unique aspects to these partnerships with the surveying profession.

Most railroads are more than 100 years old and carry a great deal of land ownership “baggage” that takes effort to decipher, communicate, and correct or re-establish. Surveyors obviously are integral in this process, and it’s crucial for me to effectively communicate with them, especially when it comes to issues that have such longevity as railroad property matters.

If there is one single thing I have come to learn (or re-confirm, as the case may be) about the intersection of such railroad property matters and the surveying profession, it is that the results of substandard work, or even slightly unclear or outdated work, can last a long time and have repercussions that filter through a number of other professions and local government institutions. Whatever the geospatial task, all roads either start or end with some form of surveying, or at the very least visit the survey profession somewhere along the way.

My work with surveyors began when working part-time for a small photogrammtery and GIS-mapping provider while completing a degree in geography from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I also have a certificate in GIS/GPS Technology. This commitment to continued education has allowed me to obtain and keep my geographic information systems professional (GISP) certification.  

I also have found value in professional association involvement including eight years with the Carolina Chapter of URISA, starting on the advisory board and then moving up to various executive positions.  I served as president for two years during which time the chapter obtained the URISA Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award. I am also involved with the local chapter of GITA and am an associate member of the North Carolina Society of Surveyors.

My career continues to afford me the opportunity to work closely with the surveying community, various professional associations, local governments, state agencies, and other public service companies. Surveys, data, projects, software, and maps are among the many things professionals in this industry can create, but I have found that the partnerships are the most rewarding.


Joe Priestner, PLS, PE

Partner with LandMarker Geospatial, LLC

Don’t let the PE appended behind my name distract you. I am a surveyor.  I’ve been a surveyor since the days I sat in Col. Thomas Dion’s surveying classes at The Citadel. Col. Dion was a tough “throw the eraser at the dozing student” kind of professor. I loved the guy, and my fascination with what he was teaching, more so than the threat of an eraser bouncing off my head, kept me from nodding off. I think it was the combination of investigation and measurement that got me hooked.  Well … that and the cool tools. 

My career has been shaped by startling technological advances in the field of surveying and a single-minded determination to get my hands on them. In truth, this curiosity and inquisitiveness has shifted my career closer to that of a measurement specialist, or “metrologist,” rather than what most would consider to be the career of a typical land surveyor. I have been focused for the past five years on positioning support for large-scale construction projects, primarily automated machine guidance, marine positioning, and structural deformation monitoring.

I will admit that I do sometimes miss the investigative part—poring through property records for the lost deed, or discovering the original corner that has not been found for 50 years. But the thrill of overcoming challenges and making multiple sensors and systems work together to provide real-time data for guidance or monitoring systems seems to placate my inner detective.   

I am a strong proponent of higher education in surveying.  I have heard all the comments—over and over again—of engineers versus surveyors.  However, it is my education in both engineering and surveying, coupled with the oft-repeated motto, “I wonder if I can,” that has allowed me to rapidly implement these new technologies into the day-to-day operations within my own company. I believe that embracing the new “cool tools” will ultimately keep surveyors in the game; however, it may also change the face of surveying as it currently stands ... something we surveyors must be willing to accept and adapt to and be the best at—or we may well see our profession taken over by those who are.


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