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WGI Announces Geospatial Scientist and Industry Expert Robert Hanson Joins Firm

Hanson will continue advancing the cutting-edge technologies that are transforming how we envision, design, and deliver infrastructure.
Robert Hanson

David Wantman, PE proudly announces that Robert Hanson is joining national design firm WGI as Vice President – Geospatial. Hanson’s hire is a move identified in the company’s Strategic Growth Plan, and Wantman and WGI’s President, Gregory Sauter, PE are putting the best person in place to meet aggressive goals for creating divisional growth through the application of a wide array of geospatial technologies.

“Bob has spent his entire career leading the evolution of the geospatial profession, from US Army Topographic School in the 1970s and NOAA National Ocean Survey Bathymetric Compilation Training in 1980, through close to four decades of the application of every new technology, up to his last position as chief scientist and industry expert for a large, international firm,” says David Wantman, CEO.

As a chief scientist and industry expert, Hanson was largely charged with the examination of applications developed in-house for a specific purpose using geospatial technology. Working with teams of professionals and subject-matter experts, he assessed the business potential beyond the project-level for application/technology innovation, based on its uniqueness, applicability as a technical solution within the marketplace, feasibility of scaling the innovation to national markets, and the ROI analysis with development and investment stages.

It is this level of operative expertise and development of future revenue streams that attracted WGI. In addition, Hanson led the firm’s capital investment in sensor-based technologies and formed a LiDAR Center of Excellence for operation/delivery of projects using Mobile LiDAR, Laser Crack Measurement Systems (LCMS) for pavement distress, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). He led work on notable large and complex transportation and infrastructure projects across the nation.

“WGI’s strategic goals for its Geospatial Division are ambitious, and its investment in leveraging ‘Tomorrow’s Technology Today’ is very exciting to me. The combination of my experience, and WGI’s similar commitment to efficiency and technology, will rapidly increase WGI’s presence as a national leader in geospatial services,” says Robert Hanson. “And I am ready to relocate back to Florida after so many years in Pennsylvania.”

Noted Gregory Sauter, “We’re absolutely committed to advancing the cutting-edge technologies that are transforming how we envision, design, and deliver infrastructure. That provides WGI with a special opportunity to follow the example and experience of someone highly qualified to assist in the execution of our 2025 vision of market leadership and revenue derived from innovation and technology. We welcome Bob and his commitment to evolutionary thinking.”

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