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Spotlight: Keith Heindel

Thursday, January 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sally Palatiello
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 1.    When did you start surveying, and why?

 1985, I was attending art school and responded to a help wanted ad for a draftsman position, was hired, started drafting, and was in the field the first week.

2.    Describe one of your best experiences while surveying?
Resolving a boundary dispute between neighbors without involving the courts, attorneys, or police.

3.    Describe one of your worst experiences while surveying?
An injury while surveying in the mountains, I spent 10 days in the trauma center with a punctured lung.


4.    What type of surveying makes up most of your work?
Boundary and topographic surveys.

5.    Who are some of the surveyors that influenced your knowledge in the profession (in school or on the job)?
Albert “Roy” Snyder,  Dennis Meckley, and the late James Mask of Catonsville Community College (now CCBC).

6.    What was special about what you learned from them?
Mr. Snyder taught me almost everything there was to know about surveying, both in the field and office. Mr. Meckley taught me how to manage people and larger projects. Mr. Mask taught me more of the technically related side of surveys as well as storm drain design.  The biggest benefit was that they all had slightly different perspectives on the profession.

7.    What advice would you give to new surveyors?
To learn as much as they can from their employers, licensed surveyors, and staff that they work with, and to accumulate as much boundary survey experience as possible. With the advent of robotics and VRS/GNSS, many companies are deploying one-man crews in the field, so it’s very important for these new surveyors to have discussions and training on all matters of surveying.

8.    When you are not surveying, what do you like to do?
Spend time with family or play golf.

9.    How has surveying changed you?
I’m not sure that it has changed me, but it’s given me an appreciation for our profession’s history and the surveyors of days gone by.

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