LIS plays a Major Role in ASCE Competition at UT Martin 


Two members from the L.I. Smith and Associates surveying team, Aj Maxwell and Tyler LaPointe, were invited to visit the University of Tennessee at Martin campus in early December.   

In preparation for the annual Mid-South American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Symposium surveying competition, Maxwell and LaPointe spent two days setting up a control network. This consisted of 10 metal pins being physically placed into the campus grounds at various locations. Each of the metal pens have a GPS coordinate and elevation assigned to them.   

The competition will be held April 4-6 at the UT Martin campus, and the work conducted by Maxwell and LaPointe is vital to the competition for the students. 13 ASCE Student Chapters from the Mid-South Conference Region will attend the competition. Aside from students using these pens during the ASCE competition in April 2024, UT Martin surveying students and campus staff can use them throughout the following years to collect data. The data collected throughout the years will show changes in elevation of the land and other various characteristics.   

The work LIS has done with UT Martin thus far came into fruition from LIS employee Aj Maxwell, Land Surveyor in Training, having the desire to give back to his alma mater in a professional way that other land surveying students could benefit from. LIS has 10 other employees on staff that are UT Martin alumni and 1 full-time staff member that is currently a student. LIS also currently has an intern who just graduated from UT Martin in December.   

“As a UT Martin alumna myself, and with 10 other alumni on staff as well, this is an amazing opportunity to partner with a local higher education institution that several of us came from. It feels like we’re giving back to UT Martin and we enjoy aiding in providing academic resources for future students as well.”, added Ashley Horn, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at LIS.

LIS Aids IperionX in Titan Project  

LIS Aids IperionX in Titan Project

Earlier this year, L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) performed ALTA land title commitment surveys on approximately 900 acres of land in Henry and Carroll County for IperionX Limited, a developer of sustainable U.S. critical material and mineral supply chains.  

IperionX aims to be the leading developer of low carbon titanium for advanced industries including space, aerospace, electric vehicles and 3D printing. IperionX holds an exclusive option to acquire breakthrough titanium technologies that can produce titanium products that are low carbon and fully circular. IperionX is producing titanium metal powders from titanium scrap and its operational pilot facility in Utah and intends to scale procure at a Titanium Demonstration Facility in Virginia.  

IperionX also holds a 100% interest in the Titan Project, which has the largest JORC-compliant resources of titanium, rare earth, and zircon rich mineral sands in the United States. The land controlled by IperionX and surveyed by LIS will be used to sustainably extract these minerals that are critical to advanced U.S. industries.  

LIS is proud to have played a key role in surveying IperionX owned land which forms part of the Titan Project. The work being conducted in Henry and Carroll Counties is expected to bring economic benefits to the local communities.  

Larry Smith Honored as Keynote Speaker at Local Veterans Day School Program

Larry Smith Honored as Keynote Speaker at Local Veterans Day Program

Larry Smith, Executive Vice President and cofounder of L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) was invited to be the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day program at Dorothy and Noble Harrelson School on Friday, November 10th, 2023. 

Located just a few miles from the LIS headquarters in Puryear, TN, the Dorothy and Noble Harrelson School hosted a Veterans Day program that brought together 40 veterans, as well as their families and Harrelson School students. The program showcased several performances from various age groups of Harrelson students to honor the Veterans. These talents consisted of self-written poems, instrumental performances, and singing from Harrelson Chorus. 

During Smith’s keynote speech, he invited all of the veterans in the room to stand up for a moment of recognition for their service and sacrifice to our country. Smith went on to convey his experience of entering the Air Force at a young age and how his time in the service aided in his admiration for those in the military. After the ceremony, veterans and their families were invited to join the Harrelson students for a luncheon in the school cafeteria to honor all those who served our country. 

“It was an honor to speak to a group of Veterans from the different branches of the Military and experiences,” remarked Smith.  

National STEM Day Shines Light on the Importance of Careers 

National STEM Day Shines Light on the Importance of Careers

National STEM Day, celebrated on November 8 each year, is a day dedicated to promoting and inspiring interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. STEM education is the foundation upon which countless advancements and innovations are built, spanning various sectors and industries. It equips individuals with critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills, allowing them to address complex challenges.   

For L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS), this celebration is an excellent opportunity to shed light on how STEM education and careers benefit various industries, particularly those vital to infrastructure and development, such as civil engineering and surveying.  

“STEM in the classrooms is key to how we improve the future of society. We start enriching the minds of future scientists and engineers as early as we possibly can,” remarked Tyler LaPointe, LIS Survey Technician and STEM Ambassador for the company.  

Civil engineering is the backbone of modern society, responsible for designing, constructing, and maintaining our infrastructure, from roads and bridges to buildings and water systems. The foundation of civil engineering is deeply rooted in STEM education and principles. 

Bridging the gap between data collection and engineering design, surveying is an essential component of civil engineering and construction projects. It involves precise measurement and mapping to inform the design, planning, and construction of infrastructure. 

In celebration of National STEM Day, LIS encourages everyone to engage in activities that promote STEM education and awareness. Throughout the year, LIS attends STEM events such as career fairs, conferences, and school to educate students on the importance of STEM and how it is beneficial to our daily lives.  

“Our team at LIS is proud to do our part in educating the youth about the many interesting and lucrative career opportunities right here in Henry County,” commented Vice President of Marketing and Communications Ashley Horn. “We appreciate the opportunities we have been given to get in the classroom and give back to our hometown.” 

Seven Honored at LIS Staff Award Ceremony 

Seven Honored at LIS Staff Award Ceremony

On Thursday, November 2, 2023, seven team members from L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) were honored at the Annual 2023 Staff Award Ceremony. Recipients were nominated by their colleagues at LIS and the nominations were reviewed by the LIS Leadership team. The awards included a Staff Culture Award, Impact Award, Leadership Award, Mentor Award, two Standout Performer Awards, and a Super Staff Member Honoree Award. LIS is proud to honor these team members through our Annual Staff Awards. Each recipient was given an engraved clear, acrylic award to showcase in their offices.  

Tami Winston, Staff Culture Award

Tami Winston, LIS receptionist, was awarded the Staff Culture Award. The Staff Culture Award recognizes someone who continuously works towards the betterment of the LIS company culture. When reviewing the nominations for this award, Tami Winston stood out for many reasons. One colleague wrote, “Her smiling face is one of the first things I see every morning. Her kindness and smile make every day at LIS better. She always has something nice to say and is always looking to help someone out or make their day better.” 

Caleb Grissom, Impact Award

Caleb Grissom, Executive Assistant to the President of LIS, was awarded the Impact Award. The Impact Award is meant for someone who has an impact on the community outside of LIS. This staff member makes an effort to help our community grow and change for the better. Caleb Grissom’s colleagues wrote, “He is the person I go to when I have a question about Paris, and he is involved in many local organizations. His caring heart and enjoyment of helping others makes him perfect for this award. 

Mason Peale, Leadership Award

Mason Peale, Professional Surveyor, was awarded the Leadership Award. The Leadership Award recognizes an individual, at any level of management, who exhibits exemplary leadership qualities. This individual leads by example and focuses on team successes while inspiring those around them. One colleague wrote, “He not only trained me on certain processes, but he has also been very supportive and encouraging to my success here at LIS. He is always in a pleasant, positive attitude and exemplifies what it means to be a leader.” 

Blake Alexander, Mentor Award

Blake Alexander, Party Chief, was awarded the Mentor Award. The Mentor Award is exclusively for those in leadership roles who have shown exceptional mentorship in helping others with less experience than them grow and thrive. This is someone who has shown compassion, knowledge, patience, and attentiveness as they teach others in the workplace. Blake Alexander’s colleagues wrote, “Can we just automatically give an award to him every year? He is a thorough teacher and will make sure you understand what you’re doing. He is one of the most well-rounded crew chiefs and is still learning every day.” 

Bradford Jones, Standout Performer Office Award 

Bradford Jones, Survey Technician, was awarded the Standout Performer Office Award. Bradford Jones colleagues wrote, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving than him. He is innovative and motivated. He is a great example of a standout performer, and you can tell he enjoys working at LIS.”  

Dusty Mann, Standout Performer Field Award 

The second recipient of this award was Dusty Mann, Party Chief. Dusty Mann’s colleagues wrote, “He is efficient and detailoriented. If I have to work on a project that he is part of, I know it will be a breeze because of his diligence and attention to detail.” 

Angela Dortch, Super Staff Member Honoree Award

Angela Dortch, Project Administrator, was awarded the Super Staff Member Honoree Award. The Super Staff Member Honoree Award was added to this year’s awards as a result of a new initiative at LIS, called “Super Staff Shout Outs”. Within this initiative, staff members at LIS are encouraged to submit Shout Out messages for their fellow team members as a way to promote kindness and recognition throughout the company. Each quarter, a staff member will be awarded a Super Staff Member Honoree certificate based on the submissions received from their colleagues. Angela Dortch received an overwhelming amount of Shout Outs this quarter. Her colleagues wrote, “She works hard and deserves to be recognized for it. She is always taking the initiative to fix problems and keeps going, no matter what comes her way! 

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