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David O'Brien

David O'Brien is a co-founder and president of SurvTech Solutions Inc., which was founded in 2004.  He received a bachelor of science degree in Surveying Engineering from the University of Maine in 1993. O’Brien is a professional surveyor and mapper (PSM) licensed in 10 states, a certified federal surveyor (CFedS) and a LEED AP. He has been an owner or partner of a surveying firm since 1995. Additional information about SurvTech's 3D laser scanning services can be found at

Articles by David

It’s Time for a New Model in Software

New software used to have a really big “cool” factor. Yearly update fees were reasonable, and each new update advanced capabilities by leaps and bounds. Lately the market has gone in the other direction, with software packages becoming substantially more expensive for little more than cosmetic changes and a different layout of commands.

3 years and 5 months ago

Why Laser Scanning Isn’t As Easy As It Seems

With each new hardware and software development in laser scanning, we’re promised easier operation, simplified workflows, more automated processing. But even with all the latest advances, there’s far more to scanning than meets the eye.

about 3 years and 7 months ago

How to Secure Your Position in the Changing Geospatial Markets

The geospatial industry is changing at a rapid pace, and we are quickly becoming a georeferenced world. If at some point in the future every manmade or natural object has precise positioning, will there still be a need for surveying?

4 years and one month ago

The Five Channels of Effective Communication

For a business to be successful, it is essential that effective communication take place among all stakeholders—including clients, employees, technology providers, owners/stockholders, and the community.

4 years and 2 months ago

Four Steps to Business Success

If a surveying and mapping business is going to be successful in today’s market, that firm must let potential clients know it exists. Only then will the firm be able to sell clients on what sets it apart from the competition.

4 years and 3 months ago