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SEPTEMBER 9-10 | 2020




Advancements for AEC


Mark Congdon

Vice President, Business Development

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Mark is a seasoned technical gas professional with 25 years’ industry experience. Beginning his career with Trimble Navigation, he spent nearly 20 years in manufacturing engineering, R&D, and general distribution management. His work ranged from supporting the production of high accuracy GPS equipment to leading engineering R&D teams in the design of multiple products, including an innovative handheld GPS receiver still in use today. Mark joined HUSA in 2016 and served as an Operations Manager and Regional Director of leak survey and cross bore operations in the Seattle area. In 2019, Mark was named Vice President of Business Development, Gas Solutions and he currently works to develop new and expand existing opportunities with gas utilities across the United States. Mark has a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Arizona State University, an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is an active member of several professional committees including the WEI Asset Management committee, AGA Field Operations committee. He currently resides in Idaho Falls, ID.

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Michael Cousins

Practice Leader for GIS, OHM Advisors

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Michael Cousins is the Practice Leader for GIS at the Community Advancement firm OHM Advisors. He graduated from Michigan State University and has been practicing GIS for 15 years now. Mike is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) and a certified ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Professional. He has been with OHM Advisors for 7 years and specializes in the areas of GIS, GPS, asset management, mixed reality (MR) applications and other innovative technologies. Mike has been partnered with Eos Positioning Systems (Eos) and is an advocate for their exceptional products and solutions, including the Arrow Series GNSS receivers & the new Eos Locate.   

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Eric Gakstatter


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Eric has been involved in the high-accuracy GNSS industry for 30 years. He spent 10 years as a product manager developing high-accuracy GNSS hardware and software products before starting his GNSS consulting company and becoming a power user of GNSS technology. Eric has helped hundreds of organizations implement high-accuracy GNSS receivers and workflows. For more than ten years, Eric was a contributing editor to GPS World magazine.

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John Hamilton


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John Hamilton has been involved with geodesy almost exclusively since entering the surveying field in 1981. After graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1986, he has been performing GPS and geodetic surveys across the United States and overseas as well. He is personally involved with all facets, ranging from client relations, to field work, to office computations. John has developed numerous software programs for processing and analysis of data, and has submitted dozens of projects for inclusion in the National Spatial Reference System.


Phillip Hummell

PLS, CFedS, CP and Technical Director 


Philipp has a Masters Degree with focus on Land Surveying, Geodesy, GIS, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He is a certified federal surveyor and certified photogrammetrist, as well as a Professional Land Surveyor licensed in six states in the USA. At CompassData, he is in charge of managing nation-wide and international operations from bidding projects, logistics and technical solutions. The department that he leads specializes in collecting Ground Control Points for airborne and space-borne sensors. As a geodesists he consults and calculates datum-transformations to ensure the highest geodetic accuracy throughout different continents.


Julia Sobczak

Control Freak


Julia Sobczak graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2019 with a Bachelors in GIS and two minors in Mathematics and Biology. She is a certified drone pilot and open water scuba diver. At CompassData, she works to deliver Ground Control Points, stitch aerial imagery, build basemaps, and create data visualization dashboards. She is passionate about the interdisciplinary opportunities GIS creates between fields of work and study.


Bob Kilburn

Survey and Engineering Product & 

Applications Manager


Bob Kilburn has a diverse surveying background encompassing many roles in both the field and office. He began his career as a Marine field artillery forward observer, then spent some time as a rod man and crew chief before moving into technology support and training for surveying equipment and software. Bob served as the Leica Geosystems survey sales and support representative in Wisconsin for five years before stepping into the role of product manager for the U.S. In this capacity, he is focused on listening to the ideas, needs, and challenges of professionals to help find solutions that increase surveying efficiency and productivity.


Jean-Yves Lauture

CTO, Eos Positioning Systems

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Jean-Yves Lauture is credited with creating the world's first submeter Bluetooth GPS receiver and the world’s first high-accuracy receivers that also works with any commercial iOS/Android/Windows smartphone or tablet. He is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Esri-award-winning GNSS (GPS) receiver manufacturer and Canadian company Eos Positioning Systems.

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Billy Musick, PLS

Director of Research and Innovation


Billy Musick is a Professional Land Surveyor with broad survey and mapping experience that spans Boundary, Topographic, Design, Construction and As Built Mapping Surveys; his 32 years of experience also includes GIS Data Acquisition as well as GPS and boundary surveys along with experience in the Oil & Gas industry. With his survey license in Oklahoma, Billy currently serves as the Director of Research and Innovation for AllTerra Central, the premier Trimble distributor for Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Billy provides direct insights to new advancements in survey
technology such as 3-D Laser Scanners, Mobile Mapping Systems & UAVs. His role also includes looking at what technological improvements are on the horizon.

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Alexandre Novo Lamoso

Director, Geosystems Department


Alexandre Novo Lamoso is Director of the Geosystems Division at IDS GeoRadar, part of Hexagon.  He is a PhD Environmental Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in Ground-Penetrating Radar technology, both at industrial and academic levels. He began his career as a consultant for several companies in Europe, Asia and America, with the main focus on 3D GPR array systems (HW/SW development, data acquisition and data processing). His work adventures included participating in a National Geographic documentary searching for the tomb of Genghis Khan in northern Mongolia.  Alex is the author or co-author of more than 30 scientific publications, and he has participated in numerous conferences.  He has neen invited as visiting scholar and lecturer to universities and research centers in USA, Canada, several countries in Europe, Japan, Cuba, Colombia and Iran.


Joseph V.R. Paiva

CEO - GeoLearn


Joseph V.R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE is CEO of GeoLearn, an online education company providing online continuing education to the geospatial community. Joe’s career includes surveying and engineering practice, including management and ownership, various roles including vice president at Sokkia and Trimble, several years as a consultant in various areas of surveying which included expert witness research and testimony. While his work at Sokkia and Trimble culminated with management responsibilities, his core work was in the areas of product development, application expertise and management of development teams. As an independent consultant he has also worked in the international arena to help startups and established companies in the geospatial industry with product development, distribution and merger and acquisition. He is an unmanned airborne systems pioneer since 2010, having worked with Gatewing in development, marketing, manufacturing, general management and M&A. Joe's  been a seminar and conference organizer and presenter since the 1970s. He also has an academic side, having taught for 11 years at the university level, and continues to this day at several institutions as an adjunct, using the technology at GeoLearn to develop better educational resources for students.


Phil Ponce, PE

Vice President of Engineering Mapping Solutions

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Phil Ponce is an Arizona Registered Civil Engineer graduating from Norther Arizona University in 1984.  He is part owner and Vice President of Engineering Mapping Solutions specializing in GIS since 1998. Responsibilities include marketing, and project manager/quality control adviser for all projects. Specific focus is placed on infrastructure management and C#.NET programming targeted for the dissemination of engineering information and GIS mapping. Mr. Ponce coordinates directly with the users to ensure their unique development needs are being met.


Ronald Ramsaran

Director of Product Development


Ron Ramsaran, P.Eng. is the Director of the Product Department of CHC Navigation (USA) ( He holds a master’s degree in Geomatics Engineering and is a member of Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists of Alberta. He has over 30 Years of experience in various GNSS market segments. Ron has an excellent track record in researching, developing, and promoting cost-effective and user-friendly products for a broad GNSS customer base. His extensive knowledge and experience enable him to advise CHC partners in bringing cutting edge products to market.


Gavin Schrock

Program Moderator/Consulting Editor


Gavin Schrock, PLS is a surveyor, technology writer, consulting editor for Geospatial World Magazine, and operates a cooperative statewide GNSS network (RTN). He has worked in surveying, mapping, data management, GNSS, and GIS for more than three decades in the civil, utility, defense, and mapping disciplines. He has published in these fields and has taught these subjects at local, state, national, and international conferences. 


Nikolas Smilovsky, PhD, GISP

Director of GIS Solutions 


Dr. Smilovsky is the GIS Solutions Director at Bad Elf, LLC. Dr S also is a faculty member at Arizona State University teaching a wide variety of geospatial classes. At Bad Elf he focuses on providing geographic information solutions for clients. 

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Rusty Steel

Geospatial Team Leader

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Rusty Steel is the Geospatial Team Leader for Halff Associates, Inc., and brings over sixteen years of geospatial and remote sensing experience to the firm. Rusty’s Project Management experience includes aerial photogrammetry and LiDAR with manned, and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), mobile LiDAR systems, terrestrial based high definition laser scanning, and Structure from Motion (SfM) data processing and extraction. Rusty’s project experience includes work in highway and infrastructure design, construction, and survey projects of all types working for both private firms, and government agencies. Rusty is a certified Autodesk instructor and member of the Oklahoma Society of Land Surveyors (OSLS).  

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Dr. Shi Xin

Chief Scientist 


Dr. Shi Xin is a GNSS expert, especially as regards he GNSS Algorithm. He has rich experience of PPP technology and has already made practicing contributions to PPP. He received his PhD in Satellite Navigation from the Imperial College London and then worked in GNSS R&D for more than 10 years.  He is currently based in the UK and is in the position of Chief Scientist in CHC Navigation (UK) (

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