Derek Smith Promoted to National Surveying and Geospatial Services Practice Lead

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (Jan. 24, 2023) – Wilson & Company, Inc., Engineers & Architects has promoted Derek Smith, CP, CMS-Lidar, GISP, to assume the National Surveying and Geospatial Services Practice Lead role. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of all surveying and mapping activities for Wilson & Company.

Smith brings nearly 20 years of experience with the company and has excelled in leadership positions and was appointed as an associate vice president in 2022. Over the course of his career, he has rebuilt the geospatial group, defining its structure, training new project managers, and moving others into operational management positions. Through these developments, he has focused on market development and building Higher Relationships with clients. Smith’s industry expertise, alongside his focus on clients’ needs, makes him a leading staff member for project input and will support Wilson & Company’s growth vision.

“Derek’s broad experience in the surveying geospatial and technology fields, along with his vision for growth and passion for the profession, make him the perfect choice to fill this position;” said Ryan Branfort, RLS, GISP, Wilson & Company senior vice president and chief information officer.

Smith’s experience includes numerous aerial, mobile, static, and other data fusion mapping projects. These projects include field surveys, photogrammetry, Lidar and GIS data extraction and processing. He focuses on client needs and coordinates multi-disciplined approaches using the best and most cost-effective methods to meet them. In addition to being proficient with the digital mapping processes, his expertise includes geodetic survey control, Lidar processing, image processing, softcopy stereo compilation, surface analysis, GIS creation and analysis, and orthophotography. His knowledge of every project phase is beneficial in conducting independent quality control checks during the life of survey, geospatial and remote sensing projects.


About Wilson & Company Inc., Engineers & Architects

Wilson & Company, Inc., Engineers & Architects, has brought more than 700 people together in 15 offices over nine states to build Higher Relationships through discipline, intensity, collaboration, shared ownership, and solutions with our clients, partners, and communities. After 90 years of business, professionals continue to hone their craft with us, including civil, mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering; architecture; planning; biology; surveying; mapping; GIS specializations; drone piloting; financial analyses; program management; construction administration and observation; and a growing number of multi-disciplinary specialties. We seek to create value for a diverse client base, including federal and municipal governments, public transportation agencies, railroad companies, industrial and commercial corporations, and private developers.

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