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* News Release *
Monday, August 14, 2006
For Immediate Release

Staff News

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens announces that four staff members of the BCEO Engineering Department have earned their state surveyor's licenses. The four passed state-mandated tests with one receiving her Professional Surveyor's (P.S.) license and three obtaining a Surveyor Intern (S.I.) license.

Lydia Thacker, P.S., recently received her Professional Surveyor's license, making her the fifth BCEO staff member to carry the title. Ms. Thacker joined the Engineer's Office last winter to fill the newly created position of GIS Specialist, overseeing the development and maintenance of a Geographical Information System.

"Since much of the data utilized for GIS is obtained through land surveying, Lydia now has the added benefit of integrating her professional surveying skills with the establishment of an accurate and comprehensive GIS system for Butler County," said Wilkens.

Additionally, Surveyor Intern licenses were granted to Dale Schwieterman, P.E., S.I., BCEO Engineering Deputy; Kar Singh, P.E., S.I., BCEO Engineering Manager; and Patrick Benson, S.I., Survey Crew Chief. They have passed the first of two rigorous state tests needed to become state-licensed Professional Surveyors. A bachelor's degree in civil engineering or considerable land surveying experience is required to take the test. The three will now perform additional field work, courthouse record research, and develop GIS and GPS experience as they work toward obtaining their Professional Surveyor's license.

"This allows them to perform their jobs at a more professional level," added Wilkens. "I'm proud of the number of degreed and state-licensed employees we have working at the Butler County Engineer's Office. We strive to provide high quality service to our citizens with a talented and hard working staff."

What Is a Professional Surveyor

According to the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, a registered Professional Surveyor in Ohio is "a person who is registered as a professional surveyor as outlined in the Ohio Revised Code. The 'practice of surveying' means any professional service that requires the application of special knowledge of the principles of mathematics, the related physical and applied sciences, and the relevant requirements of law for the adequate performance of the art of surveying, including, but not limited to, measuring the area or the contours of any portion of the earth’s surface, the lengths and directions of the bounding lines, and the contour of the surface, for their correct determination and description and for conveyancing for recording, or for the establishment or re-establishment of land boundaries and the platting of lands and subdivisions; and like measurements and operations involved in the surveying of mines, commonly known as mine surveying.”

The State of Ohio requires that any person who holds the office of County Engineer must be a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a registered Professional Surveyor (P.S.). This dual registration requires years of study, practical experience, and passing several examinations.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849

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