Employee Spotlight: Jonathan (Vice President, Land Surveying/Mapping)

Q: How long have you been employed at B. Thayer Associates?
A: That’s complicated, I started working here in 2007 but left for 2 years starting in 2015. I came back in 2017, so about 10 ½ years.

Q: What has been your favorite project to work on? 
A: Do I have to pick a single one? I think my favorite was the Highbridge project. This bridge is the oldest surviving bridge into Manhattan and carried the first water mains to that island from the mainland. The bridge was closed to all traffic in 1960 and was designated as a landmark by the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1970. Our entire arsenal of survey equipment was brought to bear on this survey, from ground based terrestrial laser scanning to static GPS observations. Using information collected by each of these pieces of technology we overcame some substantial physical impediments (there was no direct access to the bridge in areas it crossed the Harlem River as well as two separate highways). We also needed to map the interior of the bridge while only being able to access that interior through two manholes roughly 500’ apart.

Q: What have you learned from your clients?
A: How critical accurate basemapping is, even minor issues with our product can have cascading effects across the life of a project.

Q: Beyond your work here at B. Thayer Associates, what do you do for fun?
A: I am a back woods camper.

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