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Professional Surveyor Magazine Recognizes BCC Students


SUPPLY, NC – Brunswick Community College Surveying Technology graduates, Byron Kirby and Chris Kauffman were finalists in the 2013 Surveying Student Essay Contest presented by Professional Surveyor Magazine.  The contest was open to all students currently enrolled in accredited public or private surveying programs across the nation.  Students were invited to examine the future of surveying; will the future be driven by technological advances and how does it relate directly to the student’s future.  

Both BCC students’ essays reflected a booming and bright future providing “limitless potential for individuals working in the field, even with technology, the need for qualified and trained professionals are needed” said Kauffman.  “In order to stay in the field and be productive, you have to adapt” added Kirby.

Raymond Dawber, Surveying Technology Instructor at BCC, accredits both Kirby and Kauffman’s insightful and positive outlook to his colleagues.  “Without the help gained from multiple equipment donations and demonstrations from Joel Johnson PLS in Ashville, Benjamin Brown of Wilmington, Davis Carr of Burgaw, Rick Lusher of Duncan Parnell in Raleigh and Scott Williams of Carolina Resourse Mapping, these students would not have had the advantage and understanding of the  profession that they are aspiring to.   I’m so proud both students used their skill set and essay contest to help secure jobs at local firms; they both have bright futures”, said Dawber.

The Surveying Technology curriculum at Brunswick Community College provides training for technicians in the many areas of surveying. Surveyors are involved in land surveying, route surveying, construction surveying, photogrammetry, mapping, global positioning systems, geographical information systems, and other areas of property description and measurements.

Course work includes the communication and computational skills required for boundary, construction, route, and control surveying, photogrammetry, topography, drainage, surveying law, and subdivision design, with emphasis upon applications of electronic data collection and related software including CAD.

Graduates should qualify for jobs as survey party chief, instrument person, surveying technician, highway surveyor, mapper, GPS technician, and CAD operator. Graduates will be prepared to pursue the requirements necessary to become a Registered Land Surveyor in North Carolina.

For additional information regarding Surveying Technology at Brunswick Community College, please call Gina Robinson at 910.755.7343 or email

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