In our everyday lives we take a lot of the things that professional engineers and surveyors do for granted. Professional engineers and surveyors are constantly working to help protect the safety and welfare of the public. In this podcast series, NCEES highlights the work of licensed professionals within the engineer and surveying fields. The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors. Since its founding in 1920, NCEES has focused on providing services to advance licensure and facilitate mobility.
Ep9: Remembering 9/11 – A Flight 93 Surveyor’s Story
David Widmer, P.L.S.
President of Widmer Engineering
Past President of NCEES
On this episode, we honor the 20-year anniversary of 9/11 with professional surveyor David Widmer. In September 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Widmer was involved in a unique surveying project at the crash site of Flight 93 in central Pennsylvania. He shares his profound and memorable surveying story, as we remember those events 20 years later.
Widmer is president of the consulting firm Widmer Engineering and past president of NCEES. He is a professionally licensed surveyor in Pennsylvania, with over 35 years of experience, and is a graduate of Geneva College in Beaver Falls. Widmer began his service to NCEES in 1992 and has served as a member or board of directors liaison to almost every NCEES standing committee as well as several task forces. He was a member of the NCEES board of directors from 2009 to 2016, when he served terms as president, treasurer, and Northeast Zone vice president. And he most recently served as a member of the 2019–20 Advisory Committee on Council Activities. In addition to NCEES, Widmer served more than 18 years as a member of the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. He is now an emeritus member.
Ep8: Turning ideas into opportunities
Christine Gayron, P.L.S.President and Visionary of GdB Geospatial
On this episode, Christine Gayron, P.L.S., shares how her love of mapping and a geology degree brought her to a career in surveying, acquiring her P.L.S., and eventually becoming an owner of one of the largest surveying firms in the United States. Gayron also discusses some of the most unique surveying projects she’s worked on, including the U.S. Open, and shares her advice for those considering a career in surveying.
Ep7: The role of state boards in engineering and surveying licensure
Brian Robertson, P.E., LEED AP
In this episode, Brian Robertson gives an inside look at what it is like to serve on a state board of professional licensure in the United States. He has been a licensed professional engineer in Colorado since 1999 and is a past chair of the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors. He is a principal at BG Buildingworks, where he oversees the Fort Collins office and the electrical and lighting teams for the company. Robertson also serves as President-Elect for NCEES and will take over as president in August 2021.
EP6: Mentoring the next generation of surveyors
Trent Keenan, P.L.S., WRS, CFedS
President and Founder of Diamondback Land Surveying, LLC
Land surveying is one of the first professionally licensed professions in the United States. On this episode, Trent Keenan will discuss why fewer people are entering the surveying profession and what he and others are doing to help reverse the trend. Keenan also discusses his surveying journey, including his path to licensure and why it’s important. Keenan’s surveying career spans over 25 years and he is the president and founder of Diamondback Land Surveying and founder and moderator of Mentoring Mondays for the Land Surveying Profession.
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EP5: Breaking barriers in the surveying profession
As a 30-year professional licensed surveyor, it’s important for Karie Colburn, P.L.S., to help other females in the profession keep pushing ahead. In this episode, Colburn shares her surveying story, including what it’s like to be a female business owner, why it was important to her to become professionally licensed, and her advice to other females working in the surveying profession. Colburn is a professionally licensed land surveyor in Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science in Land Surveying from Purdue University. Colburn owns her own surveying business, GeoTerra USA, LLC and is certified as a female business enterprise with the city of Roswell, Georgia, and with Fulton County. She has over 30 years of experience in surveying, including boundary, ALTA, topographic, route, GIS data collection, construction layout, and as-built surveys. Her background ranges from field data collection to survey computations to project and business management. Colburn is also active in the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia (SAMSOG) and is currently serving as the Etowah chapter representative to the state SAMSOG board and the public relations committee chairperson.
EP4: Computer-Based Testing updates and how NCEES exams are created and scored
In this episode, Tim Miller, NCEES Chief Officer of Examinations, explains how the engineering and surveying exams are created and scored and also provides important computer-based testing updates. This is the second episode in a two-part series about exams. In the first episode, Tim discussed the pandemic and its impact on the professional engineering and surveying exams as well as what NCEES is doing to try and help make the testing experience as seamless and transparent as possible.