Dioptra Welcomes Mark Hokanson

Mark Hokanson grew up in Eastern Idaho and loves all that the outdoors has to offer.  This love of the outdoors has lead him to pursue a career as a Land Surveyor and is excited to join the Dioptra team.  He went to college at Idaho State University and received his Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology in 1998 and received his PLS registration in 2009.  Mark’s prior work experience includes many facets of surveying including a wealth of knowledge in boundary issues between Federal and private lands that he obtained from his employment at the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in Idaho and Wyoming, this gives him a valuable expertise in Cadastral Surveying.  As a previous Survey Crew Manager with Mountain River Engineering, Mark has hundreds of hours of field experience over seeing complex projects in Cadastral, topographical, and construction surveying.  Mark’s prior experience as the owner of a small survey company provides him with the expert knowledge about how surveying and engineering will be best utilized for a successful project.

Dioptra’s Adam Thayer Awarded NSPS Scholarship

Adam Thayer was recently selected as a recipient of the Slovoj (Dr. Ing. Desider E.) Scholarship, awarded on behalf of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) Foundation. The NSPS Foundation awarded over $25,000 in scholarships to students across the country as part of their 2016 scholarship program. Adam has been with Dioptra since May of 2016 and recently began his final semester at Idaho State University where he will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in Geomatics Technology. Adam is looking forward to graduation and will begin preparing for the Fundamentals of Surveying Exam

December 2016 News

Dioptra helps with ITD District 5’s First Mobile Mapping Project
Dioptra teamed with R.E.Y. Engineers out of Folsom, CA to assist in its first Mobile Scanning/Mapping project for the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) District 5 in Bear Lake County (Caribou County Line to Nounan Rd.). Dioptra was tasked to set 110 mobile scanning targets and provide coordinate and elevation values on all target locations. Dioptra will also provide validation/verification surveys along the entire 12-mile corridor for R.E.Y. and ITD in Spring 2017. The coordinates were collected using The Utah Reference Network (TURN), Dioptra’s first major project using this network.


Dioptra Selected to Provide Survey Services for 12-mile Project in Bear Lake County
Dioptra has signed a contract with ITD to provide survey services for the Caribou County Line to Nounan Rd. project. This contract consists of surveying all underground utilities, locating all right-of-way, centerline, private property corners and PLSS corners along a 12-mile corridor, and determining the Highway right-of-way and centerline alignment for the project. The Utah Reference Network (TURN), will be used on this project as well. This project adds to the long list of similar projects Dioptra has completed for ITD Districts 5 & 6 in the last few years throughout Southeast Idaho.


Gwen Inskeep elected as the ISPLS Eastern Section Secretary
At the last Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ISPLS) Eastern Section Meeting, held on December 15, 2016, Dioptra’s Gwen Inskeep (LiDAR/HDS Manager) was elected as the Eastern Section Secretary. Gwen has exceptional organizational skills and a desire to do the best she can with every task she is presented with. With these skills, she will make an excellent Section Secretary. Everyone at Dioptra supports her completely and believes she will do an amazing job.
Congratulations Gwen!

Hexagon 2016, Anaheim

Dioptra recently sent Gwen Inskeep and Stewart Ward to sunny Anaheim, California to attend Hexagon 2016.  Hexagon provided hands-on training and breakout sessions to learn new methods of collecting data and new ideas to implement our HDS 3D scanner on a variety of projects.  New ideas for deliverables and upcoming product advancements were also taught during the conference.  The networking opportunities were abundant and there was never a missed chance to meet new people and talk about how HDS is used in other parts of the country and around the world.

Stewart and Gwen also had the unique opportunity to present a recent HDS project.  This project was a hydroelectric power plant on the Snake River for Idaho Falls Power.  The project included complete scanning of the entire power plant with deliverables for use in the CAVE at INL’s CAES building located in Idaho Falls, ID.  The point cloud will be used for virtual tours of the power plant as well as training for the maintenance staff on areas that are inaccessible during normal operations of the plant.