I’ve always liked trigonometry, and although I tried a wide variety of other jobs I always came back to surveying. I started working weekends in high school for my father at his engineering and surveying firm in Upper Michigan. I realized I liked working outdoors and going to beautiful places before there was development.
I believe that at PDC we go that extra mile because, at the end of each day, it is the one you feel the best about. When I was in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, on the wall of a ship building company it said, “A quality project, on time, at a profit, which we share.”
One project that ranks with my favorites was the Tanana River Bridge for the Alaska Railroad’s Northern Rail Extension in Salcha. For over a decade PDC has performed the GPS control surveys, the bathymetric surveys, the right-of-way surveys, the topographic design surveys, and the construction quality control surveys in support of the bridge construction. Construction was completed in 2014; it is the longest bridge in Alaska. Presently, this project is one of six finalists for the American Society of Civil Engineers 2016 National Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award.