Shadowing TFMoran’s Land Surveyors

Today, Marketing Intern Eric Poublon had the opportunity to tag along with the Land Surveying department for a day in the field.

Eric joined Morgan and Marty at Southern New Hampshire University this morning for part of their Topography and Utility Survey. Morgan and Marty demonstrated how the Prism Pole is tracked either manually or robotically by the operator or the Total Station Theodolite. This lets the team record precise measurements by communicating the vertical height and horizontal depth, allowing the instrument to draw a three dimensional line between the two surveyors and their equipment. The line will then be used to produce a topographic map of the site. They also recorded where the electrical and sewer manhole covers were located along with catch basins in the area.

Eric enjoyed his time out in the field with the Land Surveying department and getting to know the work and expertise of others at TFMoran!


A Day in the Life of TFMoran’s Land Surveyors

A few weeks ago, Marketing Intern Jackie Gamache had the opportunity to tag along with the Land Surveying department for a day in the field. On Thursday, June 22nd, Jackie shadowed field crew Morgan Hershey and Tom Wood. Jackie learned about a project our Land Surveyors are currently working on, and how data is collected in the field.

Survey Field Technician Morgan Hershey demonstrated how measurements and images are collected in the field. Using instruments such as the Robotic Total Station, our Field Crews collect data by measuring and recording distances from a specific point of reference. The data collected in the field is received at the office in real time.

Jackie had a great time tagging along with Morgan and Tom. She enjoyed seeing all the hard work that goes into Land Surveying!


TFMoran’s Land Surveying Equipment is Upgraded with the Latest Technology

TFM Land Surveyors utilize the most advanced field and office surveying technologies to provide cost-effective, efficient, and timely results. With the advanced technology of the Leica GS 16 and GS18, our surveyors obtain detailed information more efficiently. The Leica GS 16 and 18 systems provide the fastest GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and RTK (Real-Time Kinematics), meaning data can be collected in the field while being received in the office. The GNSS provides positioning and navigation, by collecting data from satellites.

Our Bedford office team had a beautiful day for training with the new equipment by a representative of Leica Geosystems back in March.


“The Scope” TFMoran’s Spring Newsletter has Sprung!

Our Spring 2021 newsletter is packed full of exciting company news and incredible projects to read about.  Check out the digital version, which is now available “The Scope” Spring 2021.

The printed copy of “The Scope” will be coming to your mailbox this week! Thanks to Frank and the staff at Papergraphics of Merrimack for the excellent printing job and mailing services.

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Wishing you a Happy Spring from TFMoran!


TFMoran Joins ISNetworld®

TFMoran has joined ISNetworld® as a Member Contractor. ISNetworld® is a hub for Hiring Clients that streamlines the qualification process and helps improve workplace safety for both client and contractor. Over 75,000 active contractors and suppliers use ISNetworld® along with over 650 Hiring Clients. Established in 2001, they are the global leader in contractor and supplier management.

The way ISNetworld® works is: Contractors and suppliers submit information such as insurance documents, safety programs, and incident rates. Their team then reviews these documents against regulatory and Hiring Client requirements, allowing Contractors and Suppliers to easily identify gaps in documentation required by Hiring Clients as well as allowing Hiring Clients to more easily find qualified Contractors and Suppliers.

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New Survey Drone Services are Off the Ground!

Eric Salovitch, TFMoran Certified Drone Pilot


TFMoran is excited to announce we have launched new survey services via drone, operated by Survey Technician and FAA Part 107 Certified Pilot, Eric Salovitch, SIT. Eric works out of TFMoran’s Seacoast Division office and is available for any project that would benefit from this new technology.

New Drone Survey Services include:

  • Aerial Mapping
  • Aerial Imagery
  • Structural Inspections
  • Construction Monitoring
  • Volume Calculations
  • Video Inspections
  • Mapping for Conceptual Design

TFMoran’s first drone project was to produce a topographic survey on a private residential road to depict low areas which are causing drainage issues. The area of interest was relatively flat with no obvious areas of relief. TFMoran were able to utilize UAV technology to limit the time the field crew had to spend in the roadway. We were able to capture millions of points along the roadway. That data was adjusted to survey grade control. The client is now not only able to identify low points in the pavement solving their drainage issues, but can also identify every pothole along the stretch of road.

There are many advantages of using UAV.  We were able to keep field crews safe and out of the traveled way. We were able to provide the client with more data. We have a survey grade location every 0.3’ compared to conventional data which is 45’ +/-. Since this is a private community, TFMoran provided a few aerial images to the client which is a by-product of our survey. It doesn’t take us any additional time to capture these photos and is a great complimentary product.

We are looking forward to our next Aerial Mapping project!


TFMoran Welcomes Three Summer Interns

TFMoran’s Bedford office has some new faces! We are excited to welcome (pictured left to right) Nolan Filteau, Julia Chartier, and Jacob Woodard to the TFM team as 2019 Summer Interns.

Nolan attends Norwich University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Nolan is working in our Surveying Department.

Julia attends Keene State College and is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Julia is assisting the Marketing Coordinator and is tasked with keeping up social media accounts including Instagram and blog postings, as well as photography and graphics.

Jake attends the University of New Hampshire and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in Structures. Jake’s coursework includes Structural Design in Steel, Structural Analysis, Soil Mechanics and Project Management. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers. Jake is working in our Structural Engineering Department.

TFMoran welcomes mentoring students each summer from our local colleges and universities. Having student interns creates a form of engagement between young people and their future professional careers. The hands-on experience in the workplace allows students the benefit of knowing what to expect after graduating. And, we all appreciate the extra assistance that our interns offer TFMoran.

We wish Nolan, Julia and Jake the best of luck and a great summer of learning!



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.


TFM’s Summer Newsletter is Hot Off The Press!

TFM’s newsletter “The Scope” is now available for on-line viewing!  Please click this pdf link to read TFM’s 8 page summer newsletter TFM The Scope_ 2017 Summer_Vol IV

This summer issue has a full-array of exciting projects, events and staff news. New projects like “Market and Main” a new Lifestyle Center on the former Macy’s site in Bedford, NH; Murphy’s Taproom & The Carriage House, an Irish restaurant and banquet facility on the former Weathervane Seafood Restaurant site in Bedford;  SNHU’s newest 4-story dormitory Monadnock Hall; and Residences at Riverfront Landing, 228-unit apartment complex in Nashua along the Merrimack/Nashua River, just to name a few.

TFM’s Marketing Coordinator, Susan Bartley designs and produces the newsletter in-house, and her summer intern Marketing Assistant, Kelsie Gagner helped to write many of the stories. Kelsie also took many of the project photos and staff photos, she will be a Senior at Southern New Hampshire University. And, a big “Thank You” to Frank and his staff at Papergraphics of Merrimack, NH for another great job of printing and mailing the newsletter!

We hope you enjoy it!