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Wightman welcomes new Director of Environmental Services

June 13, 2018

Wightman welcomes a new member to its leadership team. Sarah Proceviat joins the company as Management Consultant - Director of Environmental Services. In this role, she will develop and manage the strategic direction of the company’s environmental testing, risk assessment, compliance, and permitting services; oversee daily operations of the department consistent with organizational goals; and cultivate business relationships with new and existing clients.
 
Through her academic and work experiences, Proceviat has developed the ability to merge environmental sustainability with industry/infrastructure development and operations to ensure the requirements and intent of both are well understood and respected.  Through her experiences, success is proven when partnerships between sectors have been fostered.
 
Proceviat, has 15 years of environmental-related managerial experience. She comes to Wightman from Forbes Bros. Ltd., as Director of Environmental Services for their Canada and U.S.A. Operations. Among her responsibilities there were the daily fulfillment of FBL’s environmental contractual obligations, providing environmental services to client groups, and the establishment and management of working relationship with governmental authorities. Included among her key achievements during her time at FBL is the development of an environmental management system which is consistent with ISO:14001(2015) standards, for use throughout Canada and United States.  Experiences prior to joining FBL included the development and implementation of access and environmental management plans for the utilities sector (hydro/power and oil/gas); as well as the completion of assessments, planning and permitting for various industries (mining, forestry, highway/roads, quarry development). 
 
Proceviat holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in biological sciences from Canada. She has numerous academic publications to her credit, and she has been a guest lecturer at academic institutions as well as at numerous conferences and workshops. 
 
Environmental Services offered by Wightman includes ecological assessments (wetlands, species at risk, invasive species, terrestrial and aquatic) and mitigation planning, compliance audits and protection plans, environmental site assessments, brownfield redevelopment, indoor environment inspections and inventories (asbestos, lead and mold), pollution incident prevention plans, sediment and erosion control plans, storm-water compliance plans, hydrogeological investigations, underground storage tank site characterization, dredging and solid waste permitting, ISO:14001:2015 audit and gap analysis.

2 Staff Named to 40 Under 40 Group

March 27, 2018

Congrats to Wightman’s Alan Smaka and Ben Baker for being named to the inaugural Moody on the Market Business Leaders 40 Under 40! They were chosen in a fierce competition of 110 applications to make the elite list of the first 40 to be recognized with this honor. Here is more information on the stats regarding the program: http://www.moodyonthemarket.com/moody-on-the-market-40-under-40-to-be-revealed-monday/
 
Here is a link to the overall article: http://www.moodyonthemarket.com/40under40/
 
Each of them have a page highlighting additional information about themselves: http://www.moodyonthemarket.com/ben-baker/ and http://www.moodyonthemarket.com/alan-smaka/

Wightman brings high definition laser scanning survey technology and expertise to west Michigan marketplace

March 13, 2018

BENTON HARBOR, MI – Wightman is providing clients with an all-new level of effective planning, problem solving, and decision making with the introduction of high-definition laser scanning technology (HDLS) to its professional services. HDLS, coupled with the industry expertise of David Langley who recently joined Wightman, provides clients with crucial detail otherwise unattainable through conventional surveying methods.
 
“High-definition laser scanning is a natural complement to Wightman existing service lines,” stated company president Matt Davis. “We are among a select number of firms in the United States to provide HDLS as a stand-alone offering and as an integrative tool with architectural, engineering, surveying, GIS, and building information modeling services, all under one roof. By welcoming David Langley, who is one of the top national talents in the laser scanning industry, Wightman is uniquely positioned to provide clients throughout west Michigan and the Midwest with a blend of expertise and relevant technology.”
 
The laser scanner looks similar to traditional survey instruments. However, field capabilities include the capture of up to one million points per second while simultaneous capture of digital photography that can later be used in the planning and design process. Data gathered from multiple, set-ups are combined into a point cloud that can be used to create:
 

  • Existing structure, or “as-built,” documentation

  • Two-dimensional drawings and cross sections

  • Three-dimensional models

  • Building information modeling (BIM) and GIS integration

  • Web-based viewing collaboration on any device, even cell phones

  • Fly-through video

 
“High-definition laser scanning is well-suited for capturing data on existing structures where safely collecting data is an issue, in spaces not easily accessible, and in complex environments,” stated Langley. “It saves our clients time and money by identifying and resolving problems during the design process rather than discovering those issues during construction and having to address them on site.”
 
Ideal applications for HDLS technology include complex environments such as those with extensive piping, ductwork, and conduits; building interiors and exteriors; infrastructure components such as bridges, dams, and roadway intersections; substations, utility towers, and transmission lines; and stadiums, theatres, and auditoriums.
 
Langley noted that because complete and accurate measurements are available at the beginning of a project, clients can often reduce contingencies in the bid process, streamline critical decisions that drive the project schedule, and more quickly identify obstacles which hinder smooth workflows.
 
Other HDLS features include 360-degree data capture at each set-up, outdoor and indoor use, and capture of survey targets that allows for real-world and site control coordinates. The laser scanner also automatically captures incidental data. This eliminates the need for repeat site visits for collections of additional data not originally known to be needed.
 
Langley comes to Wightman with 14 years of experience in the laser scanning industry, including most recently seven years as a product manager and applications engineer for Leica Geosystems, a pioneer in the world of high definition laser scanning. His field experience using this technology includes projects throughout the United States including Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles; University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals; and the Superdome in New Orleans.
 
Langley is a member of the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation, Project Managers Network, ACG, and Society for Future Leaders. He studied land surveying and engineering at Ferris State University, computer-aided design and technology at Eastern Michigan University, and marketing at University of California, Berkeley.
 
For more information about HDLS services at Wightman, contact Greg Vaughn at (616) 843-7009 or David Langley at (925) 285-1488.