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.