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Surveyors Week 2022: Kael Martin

3-25-2022

Kael joined Parametrix as part of the addition of Pacific Geomatic Services in 2021. He is based out of our Mukilteo, WA office and has 7 years of industry experience.

What inspired you to become a surveyor?

My inspiration to become a surveyor stemmed from my love of the outdoors and the natural world. I am passionate about water resources and hydrology, specifically catered towards habitat restoration including salmon habitat improvements, dam removals, and dechannelization efforts of floodplain management. Hydrographic surveying allowed me to contribute to those causes while spending more time physically in and around rivers, lakes, and the ocean. I was enchanted by the avenues for exploration and the opportunities to travel to unique places for work. I greatly enjoy logistics and problem solving, which mapping and surveying provide on a daily basis. I spend a great amount of my spare time whitewater... (more)

 

Surveyors Week 2022: Camden Beeghly

3-24-2022

Camden recently joined Parametrix as a surveyor based out of Parametrix’s Portland, OR office. He has 8 years of industry experience.

What inspired you to become a surveyor?

I’ve had a love for maps ever since I was a little kid. Before the days of Garmin and smartphones most folks had road maps/atlases stashed away in their cars somewhere. I used to sit in the backseat on family trips and stare at those maps for hours. I sort of fell into the survey profession following an educational background in GIS and a restlessness unsuitable for an entirely office-based job. My desire was always to travel for work and after college I landed a gig as a survey technician for a large remote sensing company which sent me to project sites all over the country. The fieldwork has had me hooked ever since.

What is your favorite part about being a surveyor?

My fa... (more)

 

Surveyors Week 2022: Kristy Allinson

3-23-2022

Kristy is a Senior Surveyor leading our survey team in Bremerton, WA. She has 24 years of experience and has been with Parametrix for over 4 years.

What inspired you to become a surveyor?

It was more that I fell into this profession at first. I started out as a grade checker at 18 years old and slowly worked my way into running the instrument. The ability to grow in this profession at all stages is very engaging and it’s that continual learning that has kept me in the profession.

Kristy wearing a beanie and holding a survey instrument

 

What is your favorite part about being a surveyor?

My favorite part about being a surveyor is the different places I have been able to explore. My kids always roll their eyes as we cross the T... (more)

 

Surveyors Week 2022: Lonnie McKnight

3-22-2022

Lonnie is a surveyor based out of Parametrix’s Albuquerque, NM office. He began his career in 2014 and has been with Parametrix for over a year.

What inspired you to become a surveyor? 

I started my career in the Engineering field as a Subsurface Utility Engineering tech but was always intrigued by the company’s surveying group.  I remember watching the surveyors roll into the shop after long days in the field, tired but always in good spirits, and I admired their strong work ethic and overall care for their craft, not to mention I thought the GPS equipment looked cool. I was fortunate to be recruited into their ranks and enjoyed it enough to decide on Surveying as my career. 

What is your favorite part about being a surveyor? 

I grew up in the mountains outside Albuquerque, NM, where hiking, camping, and generally roughing it is... (more)