Matters On The Ground

Matters On The Ground

A Surveying and Mapping Blog


Revolution Professional Services of Clearwater, Florida has merged with Echezabal & Assocaites expanding our reach and capabilities with the expertise and quality of the firm's employees and excellent track-record of performance in the industry.
"It's a great move for us having them on-board and will benefit our clients as we can now provide even greater service to them." said Stephen M. Tate, President.
Echezabal & Associates, Inc. is a Certified DBE firm by the Florida Department of Transportation. EAI was established in 1992 and has a quality staff of Professional Land Surveyors, Survey Technicians, Support Staff and Survey Field Crews. 

Crews Updated and Certified!


Safety is paramount in the field as each day could bring unexpected injuries and accidents. No more so than when vehicles are concerned and our close proximity to them. The survey crews for the Tampa & Deland offices have successfully completed the FDOT Intermediate Work Zone Traffic Control Course and currently hold a 4 year certification.


Congratulations to:

Danny Shafer
Scott Dugas
Ian Major
Quentin Crecy
Devon Shim
Terrence Humphrey
Darby Coyle
Ken Jordan

"Watch out! SNAKE!"

Danny Shafer, Crew Chief and his crew were performing a Wetland location in the SE quadrant of the Suncoast Parkway and SR52 for our client Jacobs Engineering when they happened upon this slithery rattlesnake.  Or, rather, this 6 foot intruder happened upon them!


As surveyors, we sometimes tread into the little traveled places in order to get the data our clients need for their projects and, as such, we are sometimes not as welcome as we would hope. Such is the case here. We must be diligent when performing our duties for our clients but we must also be aware of our surroundings and watch the ground for dangers like our little friend here.


Some of Our Finest Helping Some of Tampa's Finest

We all have jobs to do and do what we do best. However, there are times where we step up and do what needs to be done to help, even if it wasn't in the plans for the day.


Such is the case with two of our employees Danny Shafer and Kwame Atum while on a project near Florida Avenue and Harrison Street.  Both of these fine employees stepped up and helped one of Tampa's finest with diverting some traffic.


Rather than explaining what they did, let's hear from the officer herself, as she was kind enough to write an email to our President, Steve Tate, thanking them and us for assisting her.


Here's the email:


Dear Mr. Tate,


I wanted to commend you on two of your employees "Danny" and "Kwame". About one week ago, I had to divert traffic traveling northbound on Florida Av to go east and west at Harrison St.


Danny and Kwame happened to be there on the scene because they had some surveying & mapping to do at this location. They had set up their equipment and started doing their work.


When the both of them saw the daunting task I had, they took it upon themselves to set up extra cones to help slow down traffic and safely divert it; east and west bound.


I just want to thank them again and let you know how much I appreciate their help.




Ruby Nieuwendam, Police Officer
Tampa Police Department
District 3
3808 North 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33610

The mission of the Tampa Police Department
is to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life
through a cooperative partnership with all citizens
Good job Danny and Kwame!!

We build too many walls and not enough bridges.

We find ourselves at the Laurel Street Bridge over the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida providing data that verifies the movement of the bascule bridge in 5 degree increments. 


A bascule bridge (sometimes referred to as a drawbridge) is a moveable bridge with a counterweight that continuously balances the span, or "leaf," throughout the entire upward swing in providing clearance for boat traffic.

Bascule is a French term for seesaw and balance, and bascule bridges operate along the same principle. They are the most common type of movable bridge in existence because they open quickly and require relatively little energy to operate.
More info on this facinating bridge and it's history can be found here

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.


Exposure to the harsh elements is a given in land surveying. Mother Nature seems to present challenges each morning we strike out into the lesser travelled portions of our great land seeking to accurately obtain critical information for our clients but sometimes Mother Nature stings us.


Such is the case with our employee Terence Humphrey shown here with the result of a bee sting to the face. Luckily his face has returned to normal now but he, as we all, must be aware of the dangers of 'bee'ing outside.

First Rule: Be careful where you step

Every day people drive their cars on the roads and highways, protected from the elements and nature. Not so with surveyors. We are on the ground, doing the math and provided data to our clients so that they can have a successful project.


Part of being out in the elements is being exposed to nature and sometimes nature doesn't like being exposed.  Take for instance our little friend in the picture here. He was happy and minding his own business until we happened upon him while running some topo. 


So the first rule out here is safety. More specifically, be careful where you step.

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