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NSW Photo Winners Announced

Tuesday, April 24, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amber Carpenter
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Thanks to all our members and friends, the National Surveyors Week Photo Contest, themed “A Day in the Life of a Surveyor” was a huge success. We received a total of 108 photo submissions. It was great to see so many different aspects of surveying throughout New York and even a few who shared from other states.  Since we had so many wonderful submissions, the PR Committee also decided to choose three (3) “runners up”.




 Contest Winners:


 Overall Contest Winner

Featured on May/June 2018 Cover of The Empire State Surveyor

 James E. Donnelly – 118 Fulton Street 



 Runners Up/Other Winners
 Cutest – “Jet” Harry Schultz    

 Most Popular – John Gillen

“Between a Rock and a

Hard Place in Wyoming County



Most Creative – Wendel




About the winning photo:

Photo submitted by James E. Donnelly, Crew Chief, McLaren Engineering Group

James Donnelly is pictured at the job site of a 67 story skyscraper in downtown Manhattan. The project was contracted to LandMetrics Engineering and Land Surveying, PC and McLaren Engineering Group. The companies were hired to complete the building layout, set benchmarks (5 per floor), boundary, monitoring, and crane plumbness certifications. James Donnelly (pictured) is the lead Crew Chief on site, from the demolition of the existing building in 2016 to the present. He has 16 years of experience in surveying.


When James was asked what prompted the photo he shared:

“During the project, one of the issues the General Managers had was the derrick crane was not lining up with the embeds that the structural contractor set on the roof top. The derrick crane contractor had pointed his finger at the structural contractor and the structural contractor placed the blame on the derrick crane contractor. So, the GM called the Surveyor to save the day! Long story short, the derrick contractor set the crane at a 75 degree angle and it was supposed to be 58 degrees.   It was just a typical day on the construction site, but when I noticed the location of the crane and how the trade center was directly behind me I asked my Instrument Operator to take a photo, and it came out better than I thought!



On behalf of NYSAPLS, congratulations to all of our winners and a sincere thank you to everyone who participated in the contest!

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