Jim Sullivan, PSM joins us to provide a little bit of history about the surveying profession, explain how surveyors contribute to the development of our communities, and tell us why kids should consider a career in surveying!
Awesome Associates: Coleen Johnson (Austin, TX)
What drew you to this profession?
I started drafting for an Austin engineering firm that had just opened their doors. After just a couple of months they started up a surveying department. I naturally gravitated to surveying because I have always loved math, history, maps, research and the great outdoors. I have been very fortunate to have worked with many great mentors.
What types of projects have you worked on?
I have worked on a variety of surveying projects throughout many counties across Texas including large boundary tracts, electric utility line surveys, boundary surveys of many of the parks around Lake Travis (while employed by LCRA), engineering design surveys, highway route surveys, subdivision plats, the TxDOT South Orient Railroad (where I was able to drive a high rail vehicle on the tracks). I have worked for several different firms and agencies in Austin including TxDOT, LCRA, Lone Star Transmission (a subsidiary of NextEra Energy), private surveying firms, and private multi-disciplined firms.
Where’s your favorite place to eat?
Pappadeaux! I love seafood.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to travel, garden, enjoy live music and spend time with family and friends.
What does your ideal vacation look like?
Exploring an area of the US or another country that I have not previously been to. I love the adventure.
Do you have any pets?
Three rescued dobermans (Prada, Ruby & Cooper).
What would be impossible for you to give up?
Any interesting facts about yourself that you’d like to share?
I am related to the founder of Avon….too bad the company was sold long before it became a multi-billion dollar company!
Who or what inspires you?
I get inspiration from being outdoors, enjoying nature and taking in all of the beauty in trees, flowers, and creatures.
Everyone at WGI has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?
I received a phone call from a WGI employee in the WPB office, whom I knew through the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors (TSPS), letting me know that WGI would be posting a position in Austin that I might be interested in. I was then contacted by another WGI employee who wanted to meet me in person. After our meeting and discussions, I decided that both WGI and the position was a good fit for me an opportunity that I could not pass up!
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