the geoholics
Special Reflection Episode

Special Reflection Episode

August 9, 2020

Thank you…thank you…thank you…what a year! The boys take some time to reflect on the past year revisiting a number of highlights along the way. From Episode 000 all the way through Episode 046. If you’ve been a fan from the “point of beginning” or have just started “following our footsteps”, you’re not going to want to miss this “retracement” in the Geoholics time machine! Music for this episode by Steely Dan!

Geoholics Episode 046 - Elaine & Elly Ball

Geoholics Episode 046 - Elaine & Elly Ball

August 2, 2020

Hiya Geoholics! What a way to celebrate the one year anniversary of the podcast! If you know Elaine and Elly Ball, you know they are a couple of cheeky monkeys. We had a bloody good old chinwag with the ladies that you’re not going to want to miss. Elaine and Elly talked about coming from a family of over-achievers, how they juggle all their passions, the challenges land surveyors face in the UK (same as everywhere else!), how Get Kids in Survey got started and how the GKIS “community” has changed the landscape of the surveying world. We also find out that the Sunday Roast is the only meal one needs to survive in the UK and Bob’s your uncle. The guys had to get up early for this one and were a little cream crackered as a result. Did we mention that we surpassed 15K listens?!?! Please continue to support our FOTP. Music for this episode by Pink Floyd!   

Geoholics Anonymous - STEM Chapter 1

Geoholics Anonymous - STEM Chapter 1

July 31, 2020

Welcome to this meeting of Geoholics Anonymous! This is another “roundtable” format discussion touching on the current issues affecting the geomatics world. This panel is made up of Kent Groh, LS (Host of The Geoholics), Ryan Kelly, CP (Co-host of The Geoholics), Linda Anderson (Project Manager for the North Central Texas Aerial Robotics STEM Initiative), Daphne Rickard (Executive Director of Career and Technical Education for Fort Worth ISD), Candy Slocum (Executive Director of North Central Texas InterLink, Inc.) and Stephanie Tennyson (Career and Technical Education Coordinator for the Fort Worth Independent School District). The topic of this GA meeting focuses on the S.T.E.M. initiative. We touch on the history of STEM in the US, why there is a shortage of skilled workers in many of the STEM occupations (including land surveying), the K-12 STEM continuum model and how industry leaders can get involved by paying it forward for the betterment of their respective professions.

Geoholics Anonymous - Diversity Chapter 1

Geoholics Anonymous - Diversity Chapter 1

July 26, 2020

Welcome to this meeting of Geoholics Anonymous! This is another “roundtable” format discussion touching on the current issues affecting the geomatics world. This panel is made up of Kent Groh, LS (Host of The Geoholics), Ryan Kelly, CP (Co-host of The Geoholics), David Acosta, LS (Co-Owner of Construction Survey Technologies, Inc. & NSPS Diversity Committee Chairperson), Roxanne Nimmer, LS (Survey Manager @ Audubon Field Services), Hasmitha Rayasam (Research Assistant at Boston University & Sustainability Chair for Graduate Women in Science and Engineering Marketing @ BU) and Anna Rios, LS (Project Manager @ Landesign). The topic of this GA meeting focuses on diversity. We scratch the surface of this timely subject matter with some very poignant and humbling discussions touching on the past, present and future challenges the geomatics world faces.

Episode 045 - Darryl Horsman & Korey Dropkin

Episode 045 - Darryl Horsman & Korey Dropkin

July 19, 2020

If you are like 90% of human beings that are closet curlers, you are in for a treat! We were lucky enough to get to spend some time with elite curlers Darryl Horsman & Korey Dropkin. Our discussion covers the sport from its great history, the role that USCA/USA Curling plays, the new documentary Anything is Possible that both Darryl & Korey star in and their inspiring curling careers. Darryl has provided curling instruction to over 18000 people from beginner to the elite level. Korey has recently released KD’s Club a virtual instruction platform for all curlers under 21. We also touched on the unique challenges that both curling and land surveying share. PJ is now planning an Icelandic expedition. BS has a thing for Zac Efron and wants to stay stupid so his brain doesn’t explode. DD places an order for the new Bronco. Please continue to support our FOTP. Music for this episode by Tom Cochrane!

Episode 044 - Cameron Hughes, Crowd Igniter

Episode 044 - Cameron Hughes, Crowd Igniter

July 12, 2020

O…M…G…if you only listen to one Geoholics Podcast make it this one (kidding…listen to all of them)! The boys welcome the one and only Cameron Hughes to the show. Cameron is best known for being a professional Crowd Igniter having performed at over 1500 events and being awarded The Best Act in Sports! His story is both amazing and inspirational. Cam talks about how the “just get up” movement started, where it’s taken him, and his upcoming book. His energy is nothing less than infectious and we had a blast experiencing it! PJ is taking reservations for Chasing Geoholics - Bahamas edition. BS wants to place a wager on the new pro sports team names. DD wants you to treat your cell phone like a third hand. Please continue to support our FOTP. Music for this episode by U2!   

Episode 043 - Jeff Lovin, CP, PS

Episode 043 - Jeff Lovin, CP, PS

July 4, 2020

We welcome Jeff Lovin, CP, PS to The Geoholics Podcast! Jeff has been elected to the National Geospatial Advisory Council (NGAC), served as president of MAPPS, and is the current president of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. His entire 34 year survey/mapping career has been spent at Woolpert where he currently serves as a Sr. VP and the Government Solutions Market Director. We took full advantage of this opportunity to get to know more about Jeff (including his fear of birds!) and ASPRS! PJ is remodeling his office. BS is conflicted about wearing a mask. DD shares a newly discovered sport called Calcio Storico and talks about a recent run-in with a local degen #glock. Please continue to support our FOTP. Music for this episode by The Rolling Stones!   

Episode 042 - Kyle Schultze, PLS

Episode 042 - Kyle Schultze, PLS

June 28, 2020

Kyle “Hollywood” Schultze, PLS is not only a fellow Saluki but also a Project Manager at Precision Engineering Group, Inc. in beautiful Champaign, Illinois. He is an Eagle Scout, recipient of the IPLSA Eldridge Award and has had his picture in POB magazine! Kyle and the boys discuss what its like to work for a small firm and wearing many hats, requirements to become a professional land surveyor and the Boy Scouts of America Survey Merit Badge. Kyle is the poster child for the Survey Merit Badge and continues to pay it forward being the Survey Merit Badge booth coordinator for the 2021 BSA National Jamboree…and he needs our help! NSRS announces a delay in the 2021 Modernization. PJ’s YouTube video of the week is Relentless. BS proposes to run a half marathon in lieu of getting a tattoo…decision pending. DD drives a green and gets called out for doing the DD strut. A “Would You Rather” question is asked….maybe a new segment? Please support our FOTP and local small businesses. Music for this episode by David Bowie!   

Episode 041 - Tim Bauer

Episode 041 - Tim Bauer

June 21, 2020

Guten Tag! The Geoholics have broken down the Geo Wall and are taking Germany by storm! Tim Bauer, the Head of Geo AI (Artificial Intelligence) for Supper und Supper, joins us from Berlin. We had a spirited chat about the role AI currently plays in the world around us and the effects it could have on our future. Tim tells us about Pointly, a software he is helping to develop and implement for automatic classification and segmentation of data points and objects in 3D point clouds. A little known fact about Tim is that he was the proud winner of a first grade reading competition...before everyone got a trophy. Guess what…the US Survey foot is going away…I swear! Producer Jake is selling everything and living on a sailboat. Big Shoots has not slept in a week resulting in a retraction and Dilfy Dilf is convinced the world is headed off the rails and he too is considering minimalism. Please continue to support local small businesses. Music for this episode by SUMA!   

Geoholics Anonymous - Post COVID19 Leadership

Geoholics Anonymous - Post COVID19 Leadership

June 18, 2020

Welcome to this meeting of Geoholics Anonymous! This is another “roundtable” format discussion touching on the current issues affecting the developing world. This panel is made up of Kent Groh, LS (Host of The Geoholics), Ryan Kelly, CP (Co-host of The Geoholics), Scott Phillips (President @ Ace Asphalt), James Murphy (CEO @ Willmeng), Rob Robichaud (VP Sales & Marketing @ Ace Asphalt) and Scott Sangster (Partner @ Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP). The topic of this GA meeting focuses on what true leadership will look like Post COVID19. We discuss the challenges of navigating a business through a global pandemic, how leadership is having to adapt to be successful, managing the associated risks, health & safety of employees and clients, de-globalization and the effects on urbanization.

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