Category Archives: Coastal / Beach Support

Degrove Surveyors Attends FSBPA Conference as an Exhibitor

Degrove attended the 2012 Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association (FSBPA) Conference in Naples, Florida.  Randy Tompkins and Tyler Tracz attended and represented Degrove in the Exhibit Hall.  With a variety of engineers, surveyors, scientists, and public officials present, the strength and effectiveness of FSBPA was made evident throughout the conference.  The professionals in attendance were among the best of the best in their respective fields.  Degrove enjoyed the opportunity to re-connect with these other professionals who share our interest in the preservation of Florida’s shores and beaches.  We were also pleased to exhibit our extensive experience providing survey support for beach nourishment and shore preservation.  More information on Degrove’s qualifications and experience with providing survey support for coastal projects can be found here.

Degrove is Awarded Second Consecutive Contract with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Degrove Surveyors, Inc. was recently awarded it’s second consecutive contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Jacksonville District.  This contract, like the previous one, will have Degrove providing the Corps with surveying and mapping services throughout the state of Florida on an as-needed basis over the next five years. 

Degrove has completed a number of large projects for the Corps already.  These projects have required topographic, hydrographic, subsurface utility location, geodetic control, vertical control, volume, as-built, and GPS surveying services from the Florida panhandle to the Florida Keys.  Degrove looks forward to continuing this positive professional relationship.

Ray Niles becomes ACSM-THSOA Certified Hydrographer

Degrove President, Ray Niles, has achieved the status of Certified Hydrographer by the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and The Hydrographic Society of America.  This certification is well-recognized in the hydrographic surveying industry.  It is also considered by many Federal, State, and Local Agencies when selecting consultants.  Ray has been actively practicing hydrographic surveying for over 25 years, and is highly skilled in both hydrographic data collection and processing.

In addition to becoming a ACSM-THSOA Certified Hydrographer, Ray is a Hypack Certified Hydrographer.  This is another prestigious certification, as less than 5% of surveyors who take the certification exam achieve a passing score.  Hypack’s website states the following about the certification exam:

“Users must demonstrate advanced knowledge in Survey Design, Hardware Configuration, Survey, Single Beam Processing, Sounding Selection, Multibeam Calibration and Processing, Volume Computations and General Hydrography in order to pass. Less than 5% of surveyors who take the test achieve a passing score.”

More about the exam, as well as a list of those who have passed the exam worldwide, can be found at