Students in Surveying and Mapping Program in national competition

April 28, 2017

Students in the College of Applied Science and Technology’s Surveying and Mapping (bachelor’s degree) program competed in the annual National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) competition March 13 in Silver Springs, Md., earning an honorable mention. Team advisors David Lautenschleger, assistant professor, and Ann Besch, senior lecturer, were in attendance as well. The topic was High-Precision Vertical Control. Travel funding for the six team members and two alternates was generously provided by the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio.

Surveying-Mapping team

The team performed a nontraditional surveying project in an industrial setting, specifically a survey on a piece of equipment used to make steel tubing for the oil and gas industry. Team members traveled to TimkenSteel Corporation in Canton, late last year to perform the fieldwork. The project compared using a more traditional surveying level (a micrometer) to a more “high-tech” 3D laser tracker. Accurate Technologies, a division of R.E. Warner and Associates, provided the equipment and assisted with the fieldwork. (Pictured above, from left, are Travis Caldwell, Aubrey Tobin, Zach Hayes, Jake Stayer, Mikaela Corbett and Jacob LaRue.)

The competition included a project binder that outlined the entire process, including a safety plan, correspondence, methodology and results. Team members also were required to create a poster showcasing the project and then present their findings to the judges and other teams at the competition.

By taking part in these events, students acquire real-world knowledge, learn presentation and people skills, and begin to network with prospective employers and clients in the surveying and mapping community.