TSPS: How/why did you get into surveying?
Jonathan: It was a little bit of a curvy path. Heeding my Dad’s advice, I found a job at a surveying firm in College Station while going to school. While working with Dante at Carlomagno Surveying for about 5 years, I began to develop a love for the profession. After finally graduating, I decided to pursue my PE license while working on land development projects in Austin. Having done engineering for a while, and not too long after getting my PE, I decided that surveying was really what I wanted to be doing, and the rest is history.
TSPS: Why did you join TSPS?
Jonathan: I began to get involved with TSPS once I was back into surveying full-time. TSPS is highly important to our profession. From keeping tabs down at the legislature to putting on the convention, symposium and other educational opportunities as well, the benefits are pretty obvious. However, the biggest thing that I personally get out of TSPS are the relationships that I have developed with other surveyors around Austin and also the state. It’s nice to be able pick up the phone and call someone that you may know of that has had experience with a particular challenge you’ve come across at work.
TSPS: What is your most memorable surveying moment?
Jonathan: It’s hard to come up with just one, but my favorite memories are when you come across some old boundary evidence that helps substantiate your analysis. I can recall a time when we were surveying a large tract on the west side of Lake Travis. Using a scattered rock mound we found that I believed could possibly be a patent corner, we were able to establish the east line of this tract, which ended up being about 15 feet east of the occupied fence line. Upon further investigation on this tract covered thick with cedar, we found remnants of an old fence line and additional boundary evidence to support what we believed to be the boundary.
Color: Maroon of course
Food: Craft Beer
Animal: Black Angus
Singer/band/group: Stevie Ray Vaughn/Ryan Bingham/Lucero/Jimmy Buffett
Hobby: Hunting, Coaching my kid’s 5th grade football team… It’s fun to watch those kids develop & grow up together
Jonathan is currently the TSPS Chapter 13 - Capital Area President and works for BGE, Inc. in Austin, TX.