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Celebrating National Land Surveyors Week! Meet Brenda Kolbow, PLS – TFMoran Division Survey Project Manager

TFMoran is celebrating National Land Surveyors Week (March 18-24) by recognizing our professional surveyors, survey technicians and survey crews! TFMoran will be highlighting our hard working and dedicated surveyors throughout the week. Please read below about TFMoran’s Portsmouth Division Survey Project Manager, Brenda Kolbow, PLS.

Brenda Kolbow, PLS ~ TFMoran’s Portsmouth Division Survey Project Manager

Brenda Kolbow, PLS is a Survey Project Manager working out of TFMoran’s Portsmouth division office.  She is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in the states of Maine and North Carolina. Brenda is responsible for the management and coordination of survey projects with internal staff, clients, contractors, and regulatory officials from proposal through the completion of construction. Her field skills include boundary, topographic, ALTA, construction layout and as-built surveys, along with total station data collection and GPS static and kinetic observations.  Brenda’s has an Associate’s degree in Surveying Technology from Western Piedmont Community College in North Carolina.

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Celebrating National Land Surveyors Week! Meet Stephen Bibeau, LLS – TFMoran’s Field Operations Manager

TFMoran is celebrating National Land Surveyors Week (March 18-24) by recognizing our professional surveyors, survey technicians and survey crews! TFMoran will be highlighting our hard working and dedicated surveyors throughout the week. Please read below about TFMoran’s Field Operations Manager Stephen Bibeau, LLS.

Stephen Bibeau, LLS ~ Field Operations Manager

Stephen Bibeau is TFMoran’s Field Operations Manager and joined the team in 2014. Stephen is a Licensed Land Surveyor in the state of New Hampshire and has over 30 years of experience in the field. He has been surveying since 1985 and attended a Surveyors Assistant Program for Survey. Steve’s responsibilities include scheduling and supervising the field personnel, as well as coordination of field/office production with the Chief of Survey. He is also responsible for project management, technical computations, proposal preparation and managing the day-to-day field surveying operations. Steve is a member of the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association (NHLSA).

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Celebrating National Land Surveyors Week! Meet Corey Colwell, LLS – Portsmouth Division Manager & Principal

TFMoran is celebrating National Land Surveyors Week (March 18-24) by recognizing our professional surveyors, survey technicians and survey crews! TFMoran will be highlighting our hard working and dedicated surveyors throughout the week. Please read below about TFMoran’s Portsmouth Division Manager and Principal, Corey Colwell, LLS.

Corey Colwell, LLS ~ Portsmouth Division Manager & Principal

Corey is a Licensed Land Surveyor in the state of New Hampshire and is TFMoran’s Portsmouth Division Manager and a Principal. He has over 30 years experience in the land surveying and environmental/civil permitting industry. As Division Manager he is responsible to oversee all land surveying projects in the Portsmouth office from proposal to completion, including field operations, technical computations, research and boundary determinations, and project management. Corey earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Natural Resources/Surveying from the University of New Hampshire, Thompson School of Applied Science. He is also a member of the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association, and New Hampshire GPS Consortium.

Prior to TFMoran, Corey joined MSC Engineers and Land Surveyors in 1986 and became a principal in 1997. TFMoran acquired Portsmouth-based MSC Engineers in late 2014; MSC is now a division of TFMoran, Inc.

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Celebrating National Land Surveyors Week! Meet James O’Neil, LLS, TFMoran’s Chief of Survey

TFMoran is celebrating National Land Surveyors Week (March 18-24) by recognizing our professional surveyors, survey technicians and survey crews! TFMoran will be highlighting our hard working and dedicated surveyors throughout the week, starting with our Chief of Survey and Vice President, James O’Neil, LLS.

James O’Neil, LLS ~ Chief of Survey & Vice President

Jim is a Licensed Land Surveyor in the states of New Hampshire and Vermont with nearly 25 years of experience in land surveying. As TFMoran’s Chief of Survey he is responsible to oversee all land surveying projects from proposal to completion, including field operation, technical computations, research and boundary determinations, and project management. His broad experience includes projects in both the private and public sectors where he has worked on everything from inspection for compliance of construction projects, construction layout, route surveys, preparation of final as-built for record drawings, to drafting sewer profiles, grading plans, utilizing GIS software, and determining right-of-ways.  Jim attended Wentworth Institute of Technology and is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors; a member of the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association and a former Director of Professional Practice NHLSA.

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TFMoran is Celebrating National Land Surveyors Week – March 18-24, 2018

This week TFMoran is celebrating National Land Surveyors Week (March 18-24) by recognizing our professional surveyors, survey technicians and survey crews! Jim O’Neil, LLS, Chief of Survey, heads up our Survey Department which is made up of 15 dedicated individuals working out of both the Bedford and Portsmouth, NH offices. TFMoran’s survey staff include licensed surveyors in the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and North Carolina. They are a crucial part of the TFMoran team using the latest technology for field data collection including Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) which allows data to be collected in the field while being received in the office for greater quality control and a new level of productivity. By using a combination of Robotic Total Station, GPS Hybrid Positioning and Topcon Robotic Hybrid Positioning System our team is more efficient at every phase of a project, saving our clients time and money. Many of our surveyors are members of the New Hampshire Land Surveying Association and we are grateful to the association for their support.

In addition to the National Society of Professional Surveyors recognizing this special week, New Hampshire Governor Christopher T. Sununu has signed a State of NH Proclamation for Land Surveyors Week, , which reads in part: New Hampshire Land Surveyor’s Association for the past 49 years has aimed to provide a public benefit by helping licensed land surveyors grow professionally beyond licensure and to achieve excellence in their profession through professional outreach and education programs; and Land Surveyors are very important to infrastructure in the State of New Hampshire and are worthy of our appreciation.

President Trump has also acknowledged National Land Surveyors week by signing a message to the nation recognizing the important role professional surveyors have in the growth of our economy, development of our infrastructure, as well as, honoring the contributions and accomplishments of professional surveyors throughout American history and their vision for our future.

TFMoran will be highlighting our hard working and dedicated surveyors throughout the week, starting with our Chief of Survey and Vice President, James O’Neil, LLS and Portsmouth Division Manager and Principal, Corey Colwell, LLS.

 

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TFMoran showcases school projects at the NNECERAPPA 2018 Conference at SNHU

The 2018 Annual Northern New England Chapter Eastern Region of APPA (NNECERAPPA) Conference was held on March 15th and 16th at the Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) campus in Manchester, NH. The two day conference was co-hosted by Southern New Hampshire University and The Derryfield School.  Early morning registration began at the Athletic Complex, where guests signed up for campus tours and then proceeded to the gymnasium to visit the Business Partner Exhibition.

TFMoran was one of nearly 50 companies participating in the Business Partner Exhibition, featuring a broad range of services and/or products focused on schools. Dylan Cruess, TFMoran’s COO, and Marketing Coordinator, Susan Bartley were on-hand to answer questions and talk about the variety of school projects showcased at the TFMoran booth. Four SNHU projects were showcased: the new Millyard Parking Garage; the Gustafson Welcome Center; Kingston Hall; and the new Quad, along with The Derryfield School project – a proposed new Student Athletic & Wellness Center. TFMoran has provided civil/site/traffic/structural engineering, permitting, landscape architecture and survey services for many of the newer buildings on the SNHU campus, as well as designs for sidewalks, roadways, parking lots, entrance signage and a central quad.

The tours offered to all registered guests included visiting the new Penmen Stadium and facility building; the new College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics building, the new Library Learning Commons; and the new Kingston Hall, which is currently under construction. Both the new Library and Kingston Hall are TFMoran engineering projects.

Over the two days, the Conference offered concurrent sessions addressing various topics on engineering, architecture, sustainability and a “grab bag” of topics such as facilities data, energy savings and EHS compliance.  These sessions were held in multiple buildings on campus within a short walk from the Athletic Complex and the Dining Hall, where guests enjoyed luncheons and the annual banquet and business meeting. TFMoran was the Networking Reception sponsor, which was held on Thursday night, before the banquet and business meeting.

One of the engineering sessions was presented by TFMoran’s President and Chief Engineer, Robert Duval, PE. He gave an informative presentation on the collaboration of SNHU and The Derryfield School, and their hope to build a safer entrance into their campuses.  The presentation entitled “Campus Traffic Safety – A Community Concern” addressed one short section of road in Manchester and Hooksett, NH serving as the main entrance to two important educational institutions: The Derryfield School and Southern New Hampshire University. Mr. Duval explained how these two separate and distinct institutions, located in two separate and distinct communities, are working together to address their common interest in traffic safety as these institutions and their communities grow and change. Mr. Duval was pleased to be a contributing speaker to this year’s Annual NNECERRAPPA Conference.

The Annual NNECERRAPPA Conference proved once again to be a comprehensive professional development opportunity. Thank you to Southern New Hampshire University and The Derryfield School for hosting such a great event!

 

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18th Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast

The Annual Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast was held on Wednesday March 14, 2018 for the 18th consecutive year at The Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly the Radisson). This St. Patrick’s Day tradition is not only a good time, but a charity event that benefits several local charities to help make a difference and allow companies to give back. This year’s organizations include: Special Olympics NH, American Red Cross and The Shirley Brulotte Fund for the International Institute of New England – Manchester.

This year’s special guests were Ronan Tynan, an Irish tenor singer from Dublin, Ireland, and Timothy Shriver, the Special Olympics Chairman.

TFMoran is one of the many local companies and organizations sponsoring the event.

For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/BlarneyBreakfast/

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Celebrating Women In Construction Week! Meet Brenda Kolbow, TFMoran Survey Project Manager.

March 5 – 11 is National Women in Construction Week.  According to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) website, “The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.”

In celebration of WIC, TFMoran is highlighting our own Women In Construction, one TFMoran woman engineer or surveyor each day this week. TFMoran is proud to have these women in construction, along with other women professionals on our team.

Brenda Kolbow, PLS – TFMoran, Inc. Survey Project Manager

Brenda Kolbow, PLS is a Survey Project Manager working out of TFMoran’s Portsmouth division office.  She is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in the states of Maine and North Carolina. Brenda is responsible for the management and coordination of survey projects with internal staff, clients, contractors, and regulatory officials from proposal through the completion of construction. Her field skills include boundary, topographic, ALTA, construction layout and as-built surveys, along with total station data collection and GPS static and kinetic observations.  Brenda’s has an Associate’s degree in Surveying Technology from Western Piedmont Community College in North Carolina.

Why did you go into land surveying?

I happen to like math and I wanted a serious career that provides people with a service that helps them accomplish their goals. You can really see the difference when you participate in a project from beginning to end.

What do you think women should know upon entering the land surveying field?

The number of women in the land surveying field is continuing to grow. The divide is getting less and less, the ultimate goal is to provide an accurate professional product and that is what everyone is working towards.

What are the challenges of your career?

The work/home life balance is difficult because it always seems there is more you could do on both ends.

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Celebrating Women In Construction Week! Meet Maureen Kelly, TFMoran Civil Project Engineer.

March 5 – 11 is National Women in Construction Week.  According to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) website, “The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.”

In celebration of WIC, TFMoran is highlighting our own Women In Construction, one TFMoran woman engineer or surveyor each day this week. TFMoran is proud to have these women in construction, along with other women professionals on our team.

Maureen Kelly – TFMoran, Inc. Civil Project Engineer

Maureen Kelly is a Civil Project Engineer at TFMoran, Inc. who started with the company in January 2017. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, along with a Masters degree in Structural Engineering. She was president of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society Chapter. Maureen stays connected with her alma mater by partaking in student engineering excursions to the Haiti Development Studies Center. She has been to Haiti twice over the past year to help with developing a more sustainable system for waste in the Haitian communities. Her professional experiences include; watershed analysis, drainage assessment, storm water retention, and calculations for residential and commercial structures.

Why did you go into engineering?
The relationship between the built world and the natural world has always interested me. Civilization can coexist with nature if we make it a priority. As the name suggests, civil engineering is one profession where you can study and influence that relationship.

What are the challenges of your job?
Stakeholders on a project often have competing priorities. Through discussion and compromise the project takes a shape that’s suitable for everyone, but sometimes getting to that point is a challenge. 

What do you like about your job?
I love the variety of my work and the diversity of people involved in each project. I’m new to the field, but I know that after 20 years on the job there will still be more to learn. 

What skills does one need to enter the engineering field?
The ability to make mistakes, learn from them, and move on. That one skill gives you freedom to study anything. Objectivity and patience are also very important. Contrary to common belief, it’s not all about math!

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Celebrating Women In Construction Week! Meet Natasha Kulchitsky, TFMoran Structural Engineer.

March 5 – 11 is National Women in Construction Week.  According to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) website, “The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.”

In celebration of WIC, TFMoran is highlighting our own Women In Construction, one TFMoran woman engineer or surveyor each day this week. TFMoran is proud to have these women in construction, along with other women professionals on our team.

Natasha Kulchitsky – TFMoran, Inc. Structural Engineer

Natasha Kulchitsky, EIT is a Structural Engineer who began at TFMoran, Inc. in May of 2016. Natasha has a Masters Degree in Civil / Structural Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics from Lomonosov State University in Moscow, the highest ranked Russian school, graduating with honors.

Natasha’s structural design experience includes steel and timber commercial and industrial buildings, steel tanks and pressure vessels. Prior to joining the company, she designed steel frames and foundations for heavy equipment. Originally from Russia, Natasha was head of a University Math Department, where she taught a wide variety of math classes. She is now a US citizen and is fluent in both English and Russian.

Why did you go into engineering?

“I liked math at school and held a math degree from Russia. So I wanted to find a practical field where math skills can be applied.”

What do you like about your job?

“Although engineering is a world of solutions (not investigations), I like that experienced colleagues around me always look for elegant solutions. Engineering can be beautiful.”