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  • 2018 National Society of Professional Surveyors Student Competition

    March 15, 2018 | Category: Other

    Judges pictured with Jan Fokens, Past President – NSPS, Kim Leavitt – President – NSPS, Paul Burn (NV), Greg Copeland (ME) , JB Guyton (CO), Stephen Gould, NSPS Education Chairman, and Chris Glantz (OR).

    JB Guyton, PLS and CEO of Flatirons, Inc. was honored to serve as a judge in the annual student survey competition at the 2018 National Society of Professional Surveyor’s spring conference.

    PDF – 2018 NSPS Student Competition Results



  • Flatirons Helps Attract New Surveyors to the Profession

    November 8, 2017 | Category: Company News

    Flatirons Inc. has a long tradition of hiring a diverse selection of people, encouraging them to develop their knowledge and skills and to pursue professional licensure. CEO John B. Guyton, as a Director for the National Society of Professional Surveyors, participated in staffing a booth at the annual convention of the American School Counselors Association.

    Trying out the augmented sandbox are, from left, Becky Roland, JB Guyton, Teresa
    Smithson, Brian Dennis and Todd Beers, all from the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado.

    Educators and counselors from all 50 states gathered at the Denver Convention Center in July, 2017 where the NSPS engaged in discussions about attracting young people interested in math and working outdoors to look into surveying as a profession.

    The augmented reality sandbox, showing projected topographic lines on left, a toy
    truck, and a deep water feature on the right.

    The main attraction to get people’s interest was an “Augmented Reality Sandbox,” built at Idaho State University, which projected topographic elevation lines and water features in piles of white sand. As the counselors moved the mountains of sand, the lines and features reformed before their eyes. That experience, along with the handouts and personal discussions, hopefully made a lasting impression about surveying that will be shared with students across the nation.



  • Flatirons staff helps introduce surveying at the Boy Scout Camporee

    October 19, 2015 | Category: Company News

    PLSC tentIn an effort to introduce land surveying to a new group of young people, the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado (PLSC) participated in the September, 2015 Boy Scout Council Camporee, held at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch near Elbert, Colorado. Flatirons volunteers included J.B. Guyton, Heather Robinson, Bill Bowen and Brandon Haas. Hands-on equipment demonstrations were provided. The group was able to directly engage over 200 scouts and parents in the discussions and exercises of land surveying.  For the complete description of the day, view here.



  • Flatirons crews in local paper

    May 5, 2015 | Category: Commercial

    Two of the field staff of Flatirons, Inc. were in the local papers recently.  Scott Orlick is shown surveying a greenway in Longmont as part of the City of Longmont’s sewer line repair project that is part of their 2013 flood recovery efforts.  Scott Lyttle is shown walking across the Bohn Farm property,  to be part of the new Bohn Farm Cohousing Community project for the City of Longmont.  Photos appeared in the Longmont Times Call and the Boulder Daily Camera newspapers.

    Scott Orlick cropped photo Daily Camera May 5 2015

    Scott Lyttle - Longmont paper photo 2



  • Engineers Without Borders using
    Donated Survey Gear

    December 22, 2014 | Category: Other

    We received the following report (see earlier blog below):

    Spring source protection system at Katuwal Dhara, Nepal

    Spring source protection system at Katuwal Dhara, Nepal

    The Engineers Without Borders – USA CU Boulder Nepal Program has utilized the survey equipment donated by Flatirons Surveying to create topographical maps of over ten spring sites in the Ilam District. In the summer of 2012, the team built a spring source protection system at Katuwal Dhara, a project that has generated a lot of community support for similar projects in the area. Since that time, the team has focused on designing several different spring source protection systems in other parts of the district. This coming winter 2014, the team will be implementing a project at a small spring source called Patpate Dhara. The team also plans to build at another spring called Karka Dhara in summer 2015. Pictured below is the EWB team during a summer assessment trip in 2013, where the team surveyed several different sites and met with community members to set up the projects at Patpate and Karka Dhara. Students have cited their experiences in EWB as some of the most rewarding work they have completed during their time at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

    As a completely student-run organization, EWB gives students the opportunity to survey the land for project feasibility, and then design, build, and manage their own engineering projects in developing countries all over the world. Thanks for your support of what we do!



  • Flatirons Surveying and Engineering helps with Boulder County flood recovery efforts

    December 11, 2013 | Category: Other

    Flatirons, Inc., Surveying, Engineering & Geomatics is a local small business that has been providing professional services in the Boulder County, Colorado region since 1983. Many of our own employees suffered greatly as a result of the recent flooding.  Seven of our 53 employees faced forced evacuations.  Some are still not back in their homes.  As such, we have a direct interest in helping the rebuilding effort move along as quickly, efficiently, and correctly as possible.

    Ed Bristow photo taken 9/12/13, of “tent city” erected on the hillside in Lyons in order to avoid rising flood waters.

    Ed Bristow photo taken 9/12/13, of “tent city” erected on the hillside in Lyons in order to avoid rising flood waters.

    Our three offices stayed operational during and immediately after the flood event, and we offered our resources, knowledge and local experience regarding flood mitigation and recovery to help with the rebuilding effort.   The Flatirons Team is currently working with Boulder County, the Town of Lyons and the City of Longmont on flood recovery work.  We are providing multiple services for the repair of damaged roads and structures including surveying, hydrologic/hydraulic studies, structure damage analysis, environmental review, design, plan preparation, construction management, and construction observation. Flatirons survey field crews, using the latest in GNSS/RTK with GLONASS capabilities (Trimble R8 and R 10 units), and ground based 3d LiDAR laser scanning, provided the necessary initial land surveying support.  This latest technological equipment allows us to gather the necessary data without putting our personnel in harm’s way.  We can gather otherwise inaccessible data without direct access to the location or structure itself.  This has been extremely helpful where riverbeds are replaced with rubble fields, and homes and upland ground is now the new riverbed.  In some cased, bridges stand in place on a sandbar, some distance from the water. Flatirons’ Engineering Manager, Curt Parker, was formerly an Engineer with Boulder County, in charge of floodplain management, the County bridge inspection program, and development review.  He is a known expert in floodplain regulations and mitigation, and in “green infrastructure design” (also known as “Low Impact Development”).  He has the technical support of our engineering, land surveying, and GIS departments.  In addition to providing the necessary engineering capabilities, Curt often accompanies field crews to make sure the data collected is adequate for the tasks at hand.

    Photo of former McConnell Drive, taken by Ed Bristow, 9/13/13, one block from his home.

    Photo of former McConnell Drive, taken by Ed Bristow, 9/13/13, one block from his home.

    As part of this effort, Flatirons has teamed with several other companies to provide expertise in structural, environmental and other disciplines.  Our team is very familiar with all of the current local, State and Federal policies and procedures that have been put in place with respect to the post-flood recovery effort, including completion of the required FEMA, FHWA, NRCS, and COE forms and documentation necessary for completion of work and future reimbursements. We have extensive working knowledge of the State and Federal environmental and permitting requirements that need to be addressed in order to complete post-flood recovery and repairs. We are proud to be able to provide these professional services to Boulder County, the Town of Lyons, as well as numerous private individuals and homeowners’ associations.



  • Bear visit!

    October 22, 2013 | Category: Other

    It’s the time of year that black bears come into town in Boulder, looking for things to eat before hibernating.

    We were very surprised to see a 120-pound male bear standing at the entrance of Flatirons Surveying this week.  He was not looking to order a survey, but more likely was checking out a small waste can by the door, before running off.  Wildlife officials caught this bear later that day and relocated him back to the wild.  Foxes, deer and the occasional hawk are often spotted just outside our doors.

     



  • JB Guyton profiled on PLSC.net

    May 23, 2013 | Category: Other

    JB profile on PLSC dot netJohn B. Guyton, PLS, the Chairman and Surveyor of Record for Flatirons, Inc. is profiled on the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado, Inc. (PLSC) website.  The PLSC is the 600-member organization of professional land surveyors in the state.

    Click on the image to the right for the full article.

     

     



  • Boulder Flood Maps Changing

    December 14, 2012 | Category: Commercial, Residential

    Big changes are underway with respect to the regulation of the Boulder Creek floodplain for property owners in downtown Boulder. What was already a somewhat confusing situation has become even more so with the City of Boulder’s submittal to FEMA of a new floodplain study for Boulder Creek.

    The new floodplain study proposes substantial, and in some locations, radical changes to the existing floodplain modeling and mapping that the city has been enforcing for many years. In many cases, the new floodplain study presents a case of “good news” and “bad news”. The good news is that we recently became aware of buildings that are being removed from constrictive “Conveyance and High Hazard flood zones.” However, the bad news is that these same buildings are now projected to have substantially deeper flood depths when compared to the existing floodplain mapping. Also in the bad news category is the fact that the city will be enforcing both flood studies (whichever is more restrictive) until FEMA completes its review and adopts the new flood maps.

    Although the city has completed their own public notification and review process prior to submitting the new study to FEMA, property owners should be aware that there will be another opportunity to appeal the new study and how it will affect their properties as part of the FEMA adoption process. But the FEMA 90-day appeal period will not occur until the agency, along with the State of Colorado Water Conservation Board, have completed a review of the new study and have determined that it is acceptable and ready for adoption. In the meantime, affected property owners should become educated on how the new floodplain study along with the city’s existing floodplain regulations will impact their properties, both physically and monetarily.

    Flatirons has a highly experienced staff of both surveyors and engineers who can help people understand how both the existing and new floodplain studies and regulations will affect their properties. If you’re a property owner, investor or even a renter, you owe it to yourself to contact us to discuss how we can help you defend against not only the inevitable flood, but also any unfair and inaccurate floodplain mapping and regulations.



  • Flatirons wins national drafting competition again!

    August 2, 2012 | Category: Other

    The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) in Gaithersburg, Maryland selected Flatirons Surveying of Boulder, Colorado for two awards in their 2012 Map/Plat Drafting Contest.

    Boundary Survey for the USDA Forest Service

    Subdivision Plat entry – Coal Creek Village

    We won first place in the Boundary Survey category and third place for our Subdivision Plat entry. You can see the reduced version of the actual entries by clicking on the two images below. We won three of these awards in 2009, more evidence that the deliverables our drafters provide to our clients continue to be among the best in the nation.

     



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