Young, LaPointe Recognized at TAPS Conference  

Young, LaPointe Recognized at TAPS Conference

At the 2024 Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors (TAPS) conference held on March 7-9, Thomas Young and Tyler LaPointe were each recognized for their distinguished experience and exceptional leadership within the surveying profession.

John J. Harris Surveyor of the Year Award: Thomas Young

PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Charles Whittenburg and Thomas Young

Thomas Young, Vice President of Surveying at L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS), received the John J. Harris Surveyor of the Year. In order to qualify for the award, professionals must display an attitude of cooperation and dedication, show responsibility in the survey profession, as well as possess a strong character of dependability, loyalty, enthusiasm, and morality. In addition, they must be an active member of TAPS and fulfill their civic responsibility as a survey professional.

“If anyone is deserving of recognition for service and achievements in the surveying profession it is Tommy Young,” LIS President Patrick Smith remarked. “Tommy has never stopped being a student of boundary surveying and I consider him to be one of the most knowledgeable surveyors in our profession.”

Young is an experienced leader in the surveying industry with more than 27 years of experience, 23 of which have been spent with LIS. He holds surveying licenses in 10 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in survey and mapping from East Tennessee State University and a second bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Tennessee Technological University.

“It’s been a long journey to get to this point, and I could not have done it without a long list of great mentors, including Ron Ashe, Moses Mitchell, Larry Click, Peter Messier, Larry Smith, Lucile Smith, and Patrick Smith,” Young reflected.

Student of the Year Award: Tyler LaPointe

PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Tyler LaPointe and TAPS President Andrew Stokes

The Student of the Year Award was given to Tyler LaPointe, a survey technician and professional land surveyor in training (LSIT) at LIS. The award is presented to a student who has exceptional leadership roles and involvement in their land surveying programs at their university, local chapter, and state organization. To qualify for nomination, a student must be a current member of TAPS, dedicated to becoming a licensed surveyor, and hold the following positive traits and attributes: attitude, cooperation and dedication, projecting a professional image, self-improvement, and enthusiasm.

“Tyler has impressed me with his zeal for surveying from the first time that I met him,” stated Smith. “He is exactly the type of young surveyor that the profession desperately needs. His contributions to his community and profession are early indicators of more accolades to come.”

LaPointe holds a bachelor’s degree in surveying from East Tennessee State University, having completed the program in 2023. Additionally, he graduated from Warrant Officer Candidate School in the spring of 2024 and now plans to attend the Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC) to become a 120A Construction Engineering Technician. Throughout his military career, LaPointe has had the opportunity to survey in six countries which include Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Jordan, Kuwait, and Iraq throughout his time in the military.

“I am very honored to have been nominated and have won this award. It means a lot to me to be recognized by the state organization,” LaPointe commented.

Both the John J. Harris Surveyor of the Year and Student of the Year Award are voted on by the Board of Directors in the fall meeting. Once the votes are in, the Executive Secretary will count them. The awards are presented at the TAPS annual luncheon. Austin (AJ) Maxwell, a Survey Technician at LIS, also received the Student of the Year Award back in 2022.


Women’s History Month Shines Light on Accomplishments of Lucile D. Smith

Women's History Month shines light on accomplishments of lucile d. smith

As the month of March continues, so does the opportunity to celebrate Women’s History Month—a time dedicated to recognizing the contributions and achievements of women throughout history. Women’s History Month serves as an important reminder of the valuable impact women have made and continue to make in shaping our world.

In honor of this holiday, L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) would like to recognize the woman who played an integral role in shaping the foundation of our company as well as leaving a lasting impact on the surveying industry as a whole, Lucile D. Smith.

In 1975, Lucile, along with her husband Larry Isham Smith, founded a small surveying company that would later become a multidisciplinary corporation. She was active in the field, introducing many of the procedures used in boundary surveys still used at LIS today. Her dedication and expertise were further demonstrated when she assumed the role of President of the company in 1996, leading a male-dominated team in a male-dominated industry.

“Lucile was able to motivate a work force like no one else I have seen. She met the challenges of a male dominated workplace and society head on. Her leadership shaped LIS,” LIS President Patrick Smith stated.

Her influence extended beyond shaping the company’s operations, however, as she also left an unforgettable mark on both the state of Tennessee and the surveying profession. Lucile made history in 1987 when she became the first woman in Tennessee to pass the state exam and obtain her surveyor’s license, pushing the boundaries of the profession at the time.

Vice President Larry Smith commented, “Lucile went from chainman to instrument man, to draftsmen, to RLS, to owner. LIS would not have succeeded without Lucile’s involvement and financial management.”

Lucile retired in 2017, but her enduring legacy continues to shape the future of LIS, ensuring her influence will be felt for generations to come. In the fall of 2023, LIS dedicated the conference room in Lucile’s honor. This Lucile D. Smith conference room now serves as a reminder of what she created and accomplished, while also serving as a reminder of the impact that women can have in the industry and in our world.


Surveyors Week Showcases Profession’s Impact on Society 

Surveyors Week Showcases Profession's Impact on Society

National Surveyors Week, celebrated annually from March 17-23, marks a time to honor the contributions of the surveying profession. It is also a week that showcases the importance of this industry and all that surveyors do in shaping the world around us.

Land surveying is a valuable industry and practice that helps determine the precise locations of points, distances, angles, and elevations on land. These measurements form the basis for creating maps, defining property boundaries, planning construction projects, and much more.

A few roles that land surveyors play involve establishing and defining property boundaries, communities, and infrastructures, the foundation of our everyday lives. They provide precise data to urban planners, architects, and engineers, to assist in the design of roads, bridges, utilities, and buildings. Surveyors analyze land conditions, identify potential obstacles, and determine routes for infrastructure designs. Their insight ensures that projects are performed safely, efficiently, and align with state and local requirements.

“Surveying is where history meets modern day mapping precision. Surveyors are required to understand how history impacts property lines while also leading the charge in precision mapping, drone technology, LiDAR processing, and so much more. The surveying industry is constantly changing and adapting and looks more prosperous than ever for people interested in making it a profession,” stated Trevor Teague.

While this profession can assist in building projects, it also plays an important role in environmental conservation efforts. By mapping out terrains and existing structures, along with natural features such as wetlands, forests, and wildlife habitats, surveyors help utilize land use while minimizing the environmental impact for sustainable growth and development.

As a surveying and engineering firm, L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) is significantly aware of the importance of spreading awareness regarding the surveying industry and the many career paths available within it. Throughout the year, LIS actively engages with schools, colleges, and communities, imparting knowledge about the vital role surveyors play in shaping our world. We also offer summer internships designed to provide students with hands-on experience and valuable insights into surveying.

As we celebrate National Surveyors Week, let us honor the importance of this profession and spread awareness of this industry. Through education, outreach, and a shared dedication to excellence, we can inspire the next generation of surveyors and continue to shape a world built on precision, accuracy, and foresight.


Tyler LaPointe Graduates Warrant Officer Candidate School in Top 20%

LaPointe after pinning

Tyler Lapointe Graduates warrant officer candidate school in top 20%

Tyler LaPointe, LSIT, survey technician, recently transitioned from Staff Sergeant (SSG) to Warrant Officer (WO1) with the Army National Guard. This transition occurred after LaPointe attended and completed the Warrant Officer Candidate School for five weeks in early 2024, having met numerous requirements including various physical challenges, as well as several academic assessments and interviews. His graduation ceremony was on February 14 at the Army Aviation Museum on the base of Fort Novosel in Alabama.  
“Attending the Warrant Officer Candidate School is an experience that I will not forget. This has set the foundation for the rest of my military career, and I look forward to where this development takes me in the future,” shared LaPointe.  
 
Now that LaPointe has graduated from the Warrant Officer Candidate School, he is eligible and plans to attend the Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC) for six months to become a 120A Construction Engineering Technician. LaPointe’s responsibilities of a Construction Engineering Technician (120A) will then include serving as the subject matter expert (SME) on construction operations, facilities management, and project management in a multifunctional capacity across various engineering operations from an Engineer Company through Army Service Component Command (ASCC) units. Along with this, Construction Engineering Technician provide commanders and staff with expert technical advice on the maintenance and repair of various infrastructures. 
 
“We are proud of Tyler’s hard work and dedication to his military obligations, career at our company, and industry as a whole,” commented LIS President Patrick Smith. “There is no doubt the leadership experience and hands on skills he has gained in this time with the Army National Guard has allowed him to grow tremendously.” 
 
This past January, LaPointe celebrated his 5-year employment anniversary at LIS. During this time, he has worked on a wide range of projects and acted as a mentor for new staff and interns. Additionally, LaPointe graduated in December of 2023 from East Tennessee State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Surveying and Mapping. 


Survey Party Chief

survey party chief

We are currently seeking a full-time, experienced Survey Party Chief to join our Nashville office.

The Survey Party Chief must be able to excel as both a leader of a survey crew and individually as a one-man survey crew. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of current survey technology, such as Robotic Total Stations and Trimble Business Center, and be eager to adapt to new industry technologies as they develop.

This position will require spending the majority of the day working outdoors. The ideal candidates must be physically able to navigate all landscapes and weather conditions. The ideal candidate must be willing to travel. Some overnight stay will be required.

Ideal candidate should have a minimum two years of experience in construction layout.

Compensation:

$19.00 – $30.00 per hour

Responsibilities:

  • All phases of field work including, but not limited to boundary, ALTA, topographic, and construction surveys
  • Review and understand construction plans and documents
  • Field calculations and sketching
  • Supervision of survey crew
  • Perform office functions including computations, reduction of field notes, filing, and retrieving prints

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma
  • Two years of Surveying experience
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Desire to grow professionally
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be physically able to work outdoors in all terrain and weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.

Preferred:

  • S.I.T or RLS License
  • Bachelor of Science in Surveying or Survey related field
  • Experience working with Trimble Business Center
  • Experience with Trimble Robotic Total Stations

Benefits & Perks

  • Competitive salary; Referral bonus
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits. LIS pays 65% of employee’s medical premiums
  • Company provided life insurance; Additional Life Insurance available for employee
  • Retirement plan with a 3% company match
  • Emergency care fund
  • Childcare stipend
  • Weekly pay periods
  • 10 paid holidays; 40 hours of paid time off (PTO) received after the completion of 90-day probationary period
  • Support for industry training and certifications; Tuition reimbursement
  • Opportunity for advancement; Reviews conducted annually
  • Staff awards and recognition programs throughout the year
  • Fitness membership discount; Wellness program; Virtual medical visits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or contracted. 


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