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It is a pleasure to introduce Cassandra Quintal, the president of the Maine Young Surveyors Group (MYS) and the recipient of the FIG Foundation grant to represent Young Surveyors at the NSPS/ FIG Young Surveyors North American Meeting in Washington, DC.
My career path didn’t lead me directly into surveying, I took the roundabout way in landing my dream job. But stepping ahead, I started surveying in May 2014 for Sebago Technics Inc. I have the opportunity to work outside at the most beautiful properties in Maine and inside, hopefully on the bad weather days, on GIS and CAD Draft. Surveying is hard work that requires a “Jack of all trades” kind of attitude but the technology is advancing into a new realm. My education in GIS helps me to understand the spatial relationship between on-the-ground surveying and the digital world. Building respect in the surveying industry takes time, experience and networking but this career becomes a passion.
In February of this year, I founded the Maine Young Surveyors Group. We’ve held a handful of events including “Lightning Talks” and study sessions. MYS led an expedition up Mount Katahdin in August to measure the exact elevation of the tallest mountain in Maine. We camped at Abol Stream in Baxter State Park and set out to find and measure survey control markers on the mountain. The group is growing and recruiting new members.
I am delighted to be heading to DC in October to represent Young Surveyors and to help promote the surveying profession.
Surveying is a career to be passionate about.
Cassandra Quintal Digital Mapping Technician/Surveyor
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