Meet The Team: Marie Overing, Geospatial Engineer

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From the beginning, our company has offered 5 core services that meet the needs of the clients we work with. We have always had a development helping to solve problems using apps and tools and in the last year or so the department has grown significantly to meet the development needs that we have internally as well as our clients face out in the field.

Currently led by Taylor McMaster, the team includes Thomas MattimiroSam Szotkowski, Marie Overing and Wessley Kidau. We had a chance to interview Marie recently to learn more about what’s exciting in the world of GIS web development for telecom…

Tell us about you and how you landed at Millennium Geospatial…

I’m from the Netherlands and attended University in Ohio. I was alwasys interested in maps but when I took my first (ever) computer science class during college, I was hooked on programming and I eventually discovered GIS which was the “missing piece” for me when it came to mapping data because I’m a visual person. I got a Masters in GIS at University of Wisconsin and joined the MGS team shortly after that.

You worked in GIS prior to joining the team and the work you did wasn’t telecom related. Since you have unique experience using GIS in other industries, what have you enjoyed doing the most?

I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed working on the MGS development team the most because I’m able to utilize my programming skillset in addition to GIS to solve problems/create apps and tools. I also enjoy being part of a team that’s solving for the complex issues around getting Internet to more households around the world.  

What advice do you have to those interested in this field?

There is a lot of opportunity and if you are willing to work hard and learn, there is a lot you can do in the GIS space.

Marie Overing is a Geospatial Engineer at Millennium Geospatial. She has a passion for coding, maps, golf and Lacrosse. Connect with Marie on LinkedIn.

Partner Spotlight: An Interview With Myles Sutherland From GeoCam

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Kevin Maes: Can you share more about your vision for GeoCam?

Myles Sutherland: Our vision is to help organizations save time, creating efficient processes to work from accurate, current 3D geospatial data. We imagined an approach using simple GNSS enabled cameras and Intelligent Image processing that would allow us to scale up data services anywhere in the world.Our team comes from the geospatial, imagery, and gaming industries, so we were well versed in the complexities that come with using low accuracy smart devices with big teams or in using laser scanning equipment that requires a lot of capital to scale and skills to operate.

We boiled the challenge down to going from sensor to geodatabase as fast as possible to support organizations looking to design, build, and operate infrastructure across city, utility, and commercial real estate markets. What gets us excited is seeing organizations and their teams get excited about applying intelligent imagery and geospatial data to their workflows, that in the past was out of reach or too daunting to dive into.

Today, we speak more about creating Geospatial Digital Twins helping map, measure, and model complex structures like Utility networks and the various components that go into operating them. This is a 3D problem … no more 2D mapping.

KM: Technology wise, GeoCam is making game changing shifts to how wireless and fiber can be executed and managed. How do you see that impacting or potentially impacting the telecom industry and your business model?

MS: One of the big benefits is being able to optimize the field work and allow staff to work on more complex critical aspects of a project rather than taking multiple trips to collect data or validate data from previous visits. We believe that high quality data can be collected really early in a project’s development that carries with it a lot of downstream value.

Today, we can image a city to support an initial design, creating a smarter design. Downstream as the project is being developed the same imagery can be applied to creating precise data to support the construction process. In fact this isn’t a belief … it’s what we are doing working with your team and why we’re excited to help wireless and fiber companies build faster and more efficiently.

KM: What’s been the biggest surprise to you related to the broadband/Internet industry in recent years?

MS: Well I am a Geographer, so learning about the industry has been really fun. I try to relate everything back to a map helping me visualize what the network is, where it is, and how it’s being used. Once you start thinking about the 5G wireless on the street, in buildings, the fiber backhaul, and of course my favorite the microwave networks it really hits home how connected we are and how complex the networks are. Someone showed me the microwave network for Los Angeles in 3D … blew my mind to think about all these links providing redundancy to not just my phone, but the public safety organizations needing to communicate and collaborate.

One of my good friends taught me that there is no wireless without wires. That woke me up to thinking more about where the real costs are and how we could help the process of building these networks. We are not only working on OSP use cases, but also ISP. In buildings this is a really complex challenge esp as we start to think more about the cyber security aspects to the network and the other services that layer onto the networks, including indoor positioning.

KM: What do you think the industry will look like in 5 years?

MS: Well I am still learning a lot about it so I’m not sure I have a valuable opinion! I do hope we have more distributed, equal access to information. Speed is everything and anytime we can access information quicker than before we figure out how to leverage it. It seems to me that it should be everyone’s right to have a base level of access. As we roll out faster cellular networks this is going to be a big challenge. The work being done in partnership with cities and townships on neutral host networks is fascinating to track.

Myles Sutherland is the Founder of GeoCam, a Geographer and a proud Kiwi. Prior to launching his startup he worked for nearly a decade at Esri working with startups. Connect with Myles on LinkedIn.

Interested in reading another interview with an industry expert? Click here for the interview we did with Rebecca Denman from Holtger Bros., Inc.!

Partner Spotlight: An Interview With Rebecca Denman of Holtger Bros., Inc.

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Kevin Maes: Holtger Bros. has been a full service OSP utility contractor for many years. What were you/the company seeing in the marketplace that planted the company firmly within telecom in recent years?

Rebecca Denman: Yes, HBI has been a key player in this industry for 75 years! We have seen some ups and downs in overall work opportunity, but that has shifted in the last several years. As bandwidth and data needs have increased, the industry has had to transition to a more fiber-based network to support these needs; resulting in more infrastructure to be built and maintained. Essentially, with the increased demands in the industry and the level of experience our team has to offer, HBI has been able to build and maintain some great long term business relationships with our customers!

KM: Are you seeing more design build requests where the clients are asking the construction company to do the engineering and if so, do you see that trend continuing in the future?

RD: A few of our clients are focusing on this turnkey method for their build requests, but overall, we are still seeing the majority of any design builds being led by engineering firms, or by the engineers on staff with our clients. It really seems to depend on the variables and who the client is.

KM: What do you think the industry will look like in 5 years?

RD: I expect that this industry will continue to thrive over the next 5 years, as we are in the infancy of these fiber builds right now. With the continued increase in bandwidth demands there will be a need for more areas to increase their fiber footprint. We are seeing a tremendous amount of fiber work being deployed nationally through the different broadband grants, in addition to the more localized “non-funded” builds. At this point, we don’t see this slowing down anytime soon, which is great for all of us!

Rebecca has led the marketing efforts at Holtger Bros., Inc. for over 15 years. A few of her key accomplishments in this role include significantly increasing company sales since 2005 through the establishment of high impact marketing plans and strategies for business development programs and enhancing company revenue on contracts by negotiating higher market pricing through effective strategy implementation. Connect with Rebecca on LinkedIn.

Interested in reading another interview with an industry expert? Click here for the interview we did with Terry Rubenthaler from Midwest Energy Communications!

In The Trenches: GIS In The Field

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Alex Nelson joined our field team recently and was generous enough to share some great information about his career path as well as the work his team is doing to bring broadband to those who need and want it in a big way!

We recently got a high level overview of a GIS field engineer’s process. Can you share what you were doing with the poles in the field photos your team sent back to the office recently?

There is a lot of permitting that goes into fiber builds and we needed to submit permit requests to a power company to attach fiber to their poles in an area in Michigan. Part of the permitting process is to let the utility know where on the pole the fiber will be placed. Further, there are rules around height and distance from other wires on a pole so it’s important that we get it right.

Tell us more about the process for measuring poles for the permitting process.

It’s best/most efficient to have two people working together to measure poles. One person holds the measuring stick and collects the data and the other person operates a data collector tool. They are inputting the data as the stick person is verbally calling out the numbers. You do this for each and every pole on the route. Hopefully you’re in an area where a hotspot is operable, otherwise the data is collected manually and input later.

Working along roads, what kind of safety measures are in place?

We work during daylight hours and in pairs. We wear neon safety vests at all times. We have a magnet on the side of our vehicles identifying us to the public as well.

Is the measuring stick easy to operate?

Honestly, it takes practice! Looking up and balancing the pole and focusing in on the info you need, I got a woozy, disoriented feeling at first. But your body adjusts pretty quickly and you can always take turns with your partner if needed.

Do you enjoy this part of the process?

I really do. I studied GIS in college and then in previous jobs had gotten away from the  mapmaking componant and missed it a lot. I’m glad to be back doing that as part of our projects, and I’ve really enjoyed owning the permitting process for a large project that I’m working on. Building rapport with the utility companies, our clients, and the local people who frequently stop us in the field and want to learn more about what we’re doing – I really enjoy being a part of something that’s going to be very impactful in a community.

Alex Nelson is a GIS Field Engineer at Millennium Geospatial. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

Partner Spotlight: Interview With Terry Rubenthaler From Midwest Energy & Communications

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Kevin Maes: Who is Midwest Energy & Communications and how did you get in the internet business?

Terry Rubenthaler: Midwest Energy & Communications (MEC) started out as an electric cooperative in the 1930s to serve rural customers in southern Michigan, northern Indiana and northern Ohio electric service because none of the other electric utilities would build out into the rural areas. These rural customers created us as a Cooperative and to this day the people who receive service from MEC are the owners of the company.

Because we were owned by our customer’s we would regularly take surveys to see how we were doing and what we could do better. The results of these surveys were somewhat surprising that our electric service was good, but they could not live in our rural space any longer because they needed high speed reliable internet service. For many years, we tried different technologies to provide this need and prevent our customers from moving away including wireless, satellite, and broadband over powerline (BPL), but none of them could meet the ever increasing need of the customers.

We learned that some other Coops in our similar situation were building fiber to the premise and making a business case that it could make profit and provide world class service. In 2014, we started in the business to once again build a service that none of the existing providers would. Now we have over 2500 miles and over 16,000 active internet customers.

KM: You’ve been in utilities for over 25 years. How did you get in the business, what’s different about the industry these days, and what surprises you about the new internet business?

TR: I started out at MEC in 1995 as a system engineer working only on the electric system. I was promoted to Engineering Manager, then VP of Engineering and Operations. When we embarked on the fiber to the home business, I was asked to take on the role of CTO which oversees all engineering and IT for both lines of business and also fiber operations.

Obviously, diving into a new line of business is a huge change, but also customer expectations have changed greatly. Customers demand quick communications and are forgiving of mistakes or outages, but only if you get it out quickly through text, emails and social media. We used to call in help first when we had outages, now we call our communications department first. The biggest surprise is how quickly the bandwidth needs have grown. Customers are using 3-4 times the bandwidth and data than just 5 years ago, if that trend continues, which we are assuming it will, fiber will soon be the only technology that can provide what the customers want.

KM: In your experience, do you think that moving to a more GIS, data centric approach is the right move for companies/cooperatives today and if so, who do you think benefits the most from the investment?

TR: Not only do I believe it is the right move, but it is the only way to efficiently operate anymore. For all operations in our business, the GIS mapping data is the hub of the wheel. All data flows through the GIS mapping data and virtually nothing can be completed any longer without accurate GIS data. In the end, the customers benefit from these investments. The customer gets better more reliable service because of these investments. That is how MEC looks at all investments, that it will benefit the customers or we don’t do it.

KM: With all of the federal, regional and local broadband funding out there, as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, what do you think the industry will look like in 5 years?

TR: MEC has bid in and expects to receive funding from the FCC to expand our fiber service outside of our electric footprint to other rural homes and businesses that are in the same situation as our electric customer were a few years ago. We believe that fiber is the only long term, almost future proof, option available that can serve future needs that we can only imagine at this point. In 5 years, I expect to have 35,000 internet customers and will be serving them 10 gigabit residential service.

Terry is the Chief Technology Officer at Midwest Energy Cooperative in Cassopolis, MI. With over 25 years of industry experience, Terry is skilled in Energy, Power Systems, Renewable Energy, Demand Response, and Broadband/Smart Grid. Connect with Terry on LinkedIn.

MEET THE TEAM: Will Berge – GIS Intern

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We love writing about our team members because they are an integral part of the work that’s done at Millennium Geospatial each day and we want to let our readers “peek behind the curtain” any chance we get. We recently had a chance to talk to Will Berge from our Field Engineering department about “a day in the life” on his team.

Some people love spending all day in an office. Others have an affinity for working remotely; even if it means logging into Zoom for hours on end. Our team of field engineers mark the days on the calendar for whenever and however they can get outside and work in the fieldWe recently interviewed Will Berge from our field engineering team about a day in the life working outside the office and in the field on client projects.

Can you share a high level overview of a GIS field engineer’s process?

Sure. We kick off our work on a project from the desk. We collect land based data from various public GIS hubs and pull all of that data into ArcPro and put together a preliminary design. The time dedicated to this piece varies depending on the size of a project – anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. The last thing we do before going into the field is create maps that “live” in the cloud. We refer to this piece as “high level design”.

While our first steps can be handled by working with imagery and data from the office, our next steps require us to head out into the field to verify what’s “on the ground”. I love this part of the project! Out in the field we use a couple of field apps which are on our phones and tablets. We use these apps to verify information and move data back and forth. There are always changes between desk and field review and of course what we’re seeing out in the field is the real-deal/as it is today, which is important for our clients.

Once field work is complete, we can wrap up the project back in the office. At this point everything has been pulled together and what we call a low level design will now be created. There are several remaining steps before the finished product can be handed off to the client.

You’re working on several projects at any given time, but the common theme that runs through Millennium Geospatial projects is helping clients get broadband to more people. Sometimes it’s faster or better Internet, sometimes it’s simply providing access for the first time. With the massive gap in Internet access that’s been exposed during COVID, do you find the work that you do meaningful?

Yes, the work that we do is meaningful. In our particular area, the work we’re doing is like a mystery or a puzzle and every day we get to go about solving problems that will have a pretty big impact out in the world.

What’s something that you discovered working in the field that you never would have known by just working a project from the desk?

A few things. One is that there is no guarantee you’ll have (Internet) service out in the field. When you don’t, you have to make changes by hand and input the data into the system later.

Another is that there are always changes once you go out in the field to verify data. The data you collected at the office may be of an empty lot and then you get out in the field and find a house has been built there.

Finally, we’re the only people on the team that actually see the work areas and often the actual work being constructed. We get to interface with city officials and contractors. It’s really fulfilling to play a role in our projects at this level.

Will Berge is a GIS Intern at Millennium Geospatial and an avid outdoorsmen. Connect with him on LinkedIn and follow his beautiful photography on Instagram. Learn more about the MGS intern program here!

Interested in reading more about the work our team does? Click here to read our post titled From The Trenches: Real Stories From Our GIS Engineers!

Partner Spotlight: Interview With Bob Bartz From CHR Solutions

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If nearly 25 years of industry experience has taught us anything, it’s that no one who has an ounce of success in the business goes it alone. We value the relationships that we have forged and continue to develop with clients and partners across the globe because not only does the work we do make others better, the experiences make us better as well.

We were fortunate enough to interview Bob Bartz from CHR Solutions recently about many things GIS – and fishing.

Kevin Maes: We’ve known each other for a long time, going back to the original Broadband Stimulus days over a decade ago. What’s different about the industry now than when we started working together?

Bob Bartz: Without question the thirst for bandwidth. Very few of us thought that the demand for broadband would become a necessity, a vital utility.

KM: In your experience, do you think that moving to a more GIS, data centric approach is the right move for companies today and if so, who do you think benefits the most from the investment?

BB: Anyone that is deploying a network and is not looking at GIS data and its value is missing the boat. The upfront investment to assure quality GIS data is being used in the engineering and design phases of deployment pays huge dividends to providers not only during the deployment of the network but how you sell and operate once the network is in place. The benefits of the use of GIS data can be realized by all segments of a providers business, planning and engineering, sales, operations, even finance.

KM: What’s been the biggest surprise to you related to the industry in recent years? The amount of Government funding available or the influx of private equity money are two that come to mind…

BB: Broadband networks have become the next essential utility much like electricity was a generation or two before us, this is what is driving investment dollars both private and public. If you would have said that broadband was the next electric utility 15-20 years ago there would have been a short line of believers.

KM: What do you think the industry will look like in 5 years?

BB: I sound like a broken record but broadband for everyone is real and will be achieved. The use of GIS data coupled with software focused on its use will drive the industry’s future. The data is getting smarter and smarter, we need to harness it’s power.

KM: Lastly, those that know both of us, know about our similar passion for Fly Fishing. With all the great waters out there (The Snake, Frying Pan and Upper Delaware Rivers come to mind for me), what do you think is the “Holy Grail” or said another way, the Lambeau Field of trout waters and why?

BB: Well I have always preferred quality over quantity, I like BIG fish. I haven’t fish them all but of the those that I have fished chasing big trout in the lower 48 it would be the White for Browns and the Kootenai for Rainbows – I have pictures to prove it. 

Bob is a Vice President at CHR Solutions. Headquartered in Texas, CHR is a leading provider of BSS/OSS Software, Broadband Engineering, and Managed IT and NOC services to Communication Service Providers (CSPs). Connect with Bob on LinkedIn.

Interested in reading other Partner Spotlights? Click here to read our interview with Zach Nienow from Ayres!

MEET THE TEAM: Alex Marinakis, GIS Engineering Lead

In our MEET THE TEAM series, we interview members of our team to help you get to know them personally and professionally. We continue the series with Alex Marinakis.

Education: BA Economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2019, MS Business & Analytics from UMass Amherst in 2020

Experience: For the past year Alex has been learning the complexities of engineering high level and low level designs for a Fiber to the Home (FTTH) project in Maine. This project will also serve counties in Massachusetts, including Amherst, where he went to college!

Favorite Thing(s) To Do Professionally: Alex’s favorite thing to do professionally is design Fiber Optic Networks for clients. “It’s amazing to see a project evolve from just a few poles and strand to a beautiful network with rich data.” More recently Alex has also enjoyed taking on a role in managing a team and helping them learn the more complex aspects of the designs.

Favorite Thing(s) To Do Personally: Skiing at Wildcat Mountain, fishing with family in Rockport, listening to music or podcasts, playing video games, playing soccer with friends, watching any Boston sports team.

Little Known Fact: Alex has an identical twin brother and they have the same undergrad and graduate degrees!

Currently Working On: Alex is raising a 10 month old English Springer Spaniel named Ruby. They enjoy long walks and playing fetch with her frisbee.

Advice to someone entering this industry: Absorb as much as you can, there is always something to learn in this industry. GIS is an extremely versatile tool, and there are always new ways to improve the business. It is rare for me not to learn something new each week at MGS.

Interested in reading other MEET THE TEAM posts? Click here to meet Sam Szotkowski!

MEET THE TEAM: Sam Szotkowski – GIS Intern

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In our MEET THE TEAM series, we interview members of our team to help you get to know them personally and professionally. We continue the series with Sam Szotkowski.

Education: BS Engineering Mechanics & Astronomy, UW Madison 2019

Experience: For the past 9-10 months, Sam has been learning the ins and outs of fiber optic network design and putting that knowledge to the test by creating maps and analyses for clients. He started with very little knowledge about networks themselves, but with a programming-heavy research background and solid engineering education, he was able to quickly grasp our workflows and the software we use to produce maps, schematics, and engineering permits.

Favorite Thing(s) To Do Professionally: Sam enjoys the cartographic aspect of his job, synthesizing data and designs into legible and visually appealing maps. Beyond that, he finds the most satisfaction developing tools in Python, Javascript, or whatever the task requires to simplify workflows and minimize the manual effort required of his teammates.

Favorite Thing(s) To Do Personally: Sam likes to head off to the woods, mountains, desert, or anywhere really to go backpacking with his friends. When there’s not a pandemic he also enjoys martial arts and playing tabletop games like Catan and Dominion.

Little Known Fact: Sam’s first introduction to combat sports was in high school, learning boxing from his friend’s dad in their garage.

Currently Working On: Sam is taking online classes to learn digital signal processing as well as Chinese.

Advice to someone entering this industry: We interact with many tangential industries like municipal engineering departments, aerial imagery companies, radio tower owners, network equipment manufacturers, software engineers, etc. There is a place in telecom for all sorts of backgrounds and interests.

Interested in reading other MEET THE TEAM posts? Click here to meet Luke Blose! You can also learn more about our Intern program by watching the video below.

Partner Spotlight: An Interview With Zach Nienow From Ayres

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Leveraging technology and maintaining strong and healthy partnerships are two important pillars at Millennium Geospatial. They serve a practical purpose, but it also speaks to what’s important to our team and why we started this company in the first place.

We recently had a chance to interview Zach Nienow from Ayres Associates about the industry and the important space the services they provide occupy within the industry. This interview originally appeared in our email newsletter. If you’re not currently receiving our quarterly newsletter, click here to join the list!

Kevin Maes: You’ve been in this industry for over 15 years. What’s different about the industry now than when you started?

Zach Nienow: When I started in the geospatial industry, GPS technology was coming of age. I remember sitting in the field for 30 minutes waiting to get a fix on three different satellites. Now with GNSS technology, we can pick up 20+ satellites within just a couple minutes. This means higher accuracy positions more quickly and more reliably. This has fundamentally improved the geospatial field across all disciplines. From a remote sensing standpoint, it was a short 10 years ago that digital mapping cameras were coming into use commercially. Film cameras were the primary technology well into the 1990s and early 2000s. Film cameras typically captured approximately a square mile per exposure at 12-inch-pixel resolution. Today, digital cameras can capture 12-inch imagery across a 4 mile swath in a single flight line. This increased efficiency plus improved image quality has led to the wide adoption of high-resolution orthoimagery in Wisconsin and across the country. This imagery is now used in all fields, including utilities, real estate, emergency response, business analytics, and all levels of government.

KM: Can you talk more about geospatial mapping solutions using digital aerial imagery and lidar data? In your experience, who/what types of companies/projects benefit from this particular GIS investment?

ZN: Speaking of aerial imagery, it’s amazing to see what can be acquired cost-effectively these days. In Wisconsin, we are now acquiring 3-inch-pixel leaf-off aerial imagery across large regions of the state. Five years ago, this would have been considered impractical due to the size of the data and cost of collection and processing. And then you have UAS technology with an array of image-based systems that work quite well for smaller project areas. In fact, UAS can now be outfitted with metric cameras, which opens up the possibility of doing highly accurate image collection and then mapping from the data. UAS imagery systems are capable of capturing down to 1-centimeter pixel resolution, which means you can see and measure all pole attachments and strands for example.

Lidar technology has probably seen even greater advancement in the last 15 years. The fixed wing systems of today are capable of collecting 30 points per square meter on a countywide basis. UAS lidar systems, such as the one we have at Ayres, are capable of 100 PPSM over smaller areas. The accuracy and level of detail in these point clouds is incredible. More importantly it allows for the extraction of utility features that can be distilled down into base maps that include impervious surfaces, pole locations, pole attachments, 3D building models that can be used all the way from the planning process through engineering and construction phases, and for as-built asset management.

KM: Do you think geospatial technologies will help companies get fiber deeper into their networks to support 5G?

ZN: I see geospatial technologies supporting adoption of 5G already. Think of the aging electric distribution networks across the country. To be able to efficiently and effectively capture and extract an accurate geodatabase of your existing facilities becomes very important when adapting to new technology. There is the challenge of maintaining existing networks. And then there’s also the challenge of permitting for 5G facilities, the engineering aspects, and construction tracking. For engineering, you have to quickly assess the network, determine best locations for 5G facilities, and then do the engineering and construction. Geospatial data and resulting base mapping can help by modeling line of sight distances, terrain and building obstructions, and ultimately best-case positioning for 5G facilities.

KM: What’s been the biggest surprise to you related to the industry?

ZN: The adoption rate of geospatial technology in the telecom industry. It’s been amazing to see how the telecom industry has embraced geospatial as a means of being able to meet the high demand for increased service speeds and new tech like 5G. I can’t imagine building thousands of miles of fiber these days without tapping into the power of geospatial data and analytics at some level. I think we will also see the adoption continue to increase as the regulatory requirements and demand for services in urban areas increase, but also across the vast rural areas of our country that are currently underserved.

KM: What do you think the industry will look like in 5 years?

ZN: Good question. I would like to see electric utilities and telecom service providers move toward having really solid, up-to-date geospatial databases of their facilities – then drill down to capture pole information, points of attachment, and strands – and then do pole analysis and analytics using geospatial tech and advanced software. This level of data would be well served for maintenance of existing infrastructure, upgrades to the networks, and joint use permitting that is accurate and systematic. The technologies exist today to achieve these goals. Yet there is a lot of work ahead to collect all the data, create the network, and keep it current. I look forward to these challenges and the resulting successes over the next five years.

Zach joined Ayres in 2011 and currently serves as a senior project manager in the Geospatial Division. His team has expertise in highly accurate geospatial mapping solutions using digital aerial imagery and lidar-derived data. Common applications include energy corridor mapping, distribution network mapping, county and statewide orthoimagery and lidar, and planimetric mapping for engineering, highway design, and environmental monitoring.

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