GHA Connections: John Briggs

GHA Connections: John Briggs


GHA Connections: John Briggs, P.E. in front of CAD drawings of the Banbury Road project.

In the field of municipal engineering, experience and adaptability are not just valuable; they are essential. John Briggs, P.E., embodies these qualities, bringing more than 29 years of industry expertise to Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. (GHA), where he has been a reliable presence for the past 12 years. John's journey in the field is a clear demonstration of the power of hands-on learning and the importance of relationships, both of which have been fundamental aspects of his career and have shaped his unique perspective on engineering.

From his early days of construction inspection to his current role, John has always been one to embrace the full spectrum of engineering tasks. "I wasn't originally allowed to do design work, so I focused on different aspects of engineering, from survey to CAD," John recalls. This immersion in the different stages of engineering provided him with valuable insights into how things are built, insights that have enhanced his design work. "Having that first-hand experience out in the field, learning how things are put together, has been crucial to my approach towards design," he shares.

John's preference for being hands-on is evident in his continued involvement with CAD work and his frequent visits to construction sites. "I like getting out and getting dirty," he says with a chuckle. "It keeps me connected to the real-world challenges and successes of our projects." His approach is not just about being on the ground; it's about understanding the complexities of each task and the people who carry them out.

Joining GHA was a decision influenced by the firm's reputation. "You hear things in this industry, and I never heard anything but positives about GHA," John explains. This feedback reflects the firm's commitment to quality service and client relationships, values that John shares.

The importance of relationships in the industry cannot be overstated, and John has long-term connections with several local municipalities. "It's about who you trust, who has your best interests in mind, and who will work best with you to create mutually beneficial outcomes," he emphasizes. These relationships are not just with leaders and decision-makers but also with the crews who do the work, the heart, and soul of any project.

Technology has revolutionized the field of engineering, something John has witnessed firsthand and embraced. "Everything is so much faster now with tech," he observes. "It leads to a better use of time, and the days of 'red lining' are long gone." But for John, technology is a tool that enhances rather than replaces the fundamental aspects of engineering—problem-solving and design. “Ultimately, it's about using these advancements to continue to provide creative solutions.”

As GHA looks to the future, the Municipal Services Division continues to embrace a collaborative approach, one that builds on the strong foundation laid by professionals like John. Leo Morand, P.E., Director of Municipal Services, notes, "John's depth of experience and his hands-on approach have been crucial to our team. As we continue to evolve, we're integrating these strengths into a collaborative model that leverages diverse expertise and fosters teamwork."

John's contributions have set a high standard for the division, and his methodology will continue to influence its evolution. "The future of municipal engineering at GHA is about bringing together the best of what each of us has to offer," John says. "It's about combining our skills, learning from one another, and ultimately providing the best possible service to our clients and our communities."

John Briggs is more than an engineer; he's a mentor, a collaborator, and a visionary within GHA. His story is a reminder that while the tools and methods may evolve, the core of engineering remains the same: solving problems, building relationships, and improving the world around us.

Revolutionizing Sewer Management: GIS Integration

Revolutionizing Sewer Management: GIS Integration


Navigating through the complex network of sewer management, municipalities frequently confront challenges with data accessibility, system maintenance, and operational efficiency presented by traditional, non-digitized systems. The need for innovative, efficient, and transparent management of sewer data has never been more crucial. A Geographic Information System (GIS) possesses the capability to create detailed maps of sewer systems and can establish direct links to televised videos and inspection reports of sewer examinations. This approach provides a comprehensive view of the system’s status and maintenance needs.

Historically, sewer data, along with other types of municipal information, resided in filing cabinets or on local hard drives. While this data was accessible, it often proved difficult to navigate and was vulnerable to physical damage or loss. The shift toward cloud-based storage has enhanced accessibility and collaborative data management, mitigating the risks associated with physical data storage. This evolution ensures that critical information is securely stored, backed up in the digital cloud, and available whenever and wherever it’s needed.

Cloud solutions have revolutionized data management in fieldwork, allowing for instant uploading and storage of data directly from the field and ensuring its real-time accuracy and availability. Before the adoption of cloud services, field engineers and technicians would need to return to the office to manually input new data or updates into the system. This evolution ensures that critical information is securely stored, backed up digitally in the cloud, and available whenever and wherever it’s needed.

Embracing GIS as a comprehensive spatial data management system transforms the way municipalities access and utilize their data. Jon Sedey, GIS Manager at Gewalt Hamilton Associates (GHA), emphasizes, “Using GIS as a system of record not only centralizes data access but also integrates spatial understanding, allowing for a more intuitive and efficient data retrieval process.” The incorporation of spatial data visualization ensures that information is not merely archived but is also readily comprehensible and applicable for decision-making processes.

GHA’s work with the City of Prospect Heights offers a clear example of integrating GIS mapping with sewer televising data. By combining spatial and system health data, they create a tool that is both informative and practical. The advantages have been clear: processes are streamlined, efficiency is increased, and decision-making is enhanced with accurate, easily accessible data. As Mark Roscoe, Director of Public Works for the City of Prospect Heights notes, “This integration has not only simplified our management processes but also significantly improved our response times and preventive maintenance strategies.”

While this application is beneficial for sewer management, the versatility of GIS extends its benefits far beyond. From tracking maintenance records of public facilities to managing property information, GIS proves instrumental in ensuring accurate, timely, and efficient data retrieval and management across various municipal domains. It becomes a vital tool in managing and maintaining the many assets and data points managed by municipalities.

GHA is committed to leveraging GIS technology to develop innovative solutions for all clients, recognizing its potential to revolutionize operational processes and elevate the quality of services delivered to our communities. As we look toward the future, the role of GIS is poised to expand and evolve, continuing to play a pivotal role in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of day-to-day operations. Incorporating GIS across multiple areas of municipal management signifies a progression toward a future where data does more than just occupy storage; it actively steers decision-making and boosts operational efficiency, a philosophy embodied in GHA’s dedicated Geospatial Services Division.

GHA Connections: Janet Cherbak

GHA Connections: Janet Cherbak


Janet Cherbak, PLA

Engineering and artistry don't always go hand in hand, but for Janet Cherbak, PLA, Gewalt Hamilton Associate’s (GHA) Landscape Architect, they're inseparable. Her unique approach adds a new layer to our engineering solutions by incorporating natural elements. An upbringing in a bustling city heightened her awareness of the essential role green spaces play across all landscapes. "Creating spaces that everyone can enjoy is what inspires me," she remarks. This focus is not only a personal passion but also a professional mission, as evidenced by her award-winning projects.

The Washington Park tennis courts renovation, completed for the Fox Valley Park District, showcases her innovative approach to design. Utilizing the slip sheet method, the new courts were constructed atop the existing ones. This approach not only saved money and preserved the original structure, but also enhanced drainage. This project earned Janet the Renovation Award from the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA).

Janet's work goes beyond mere visual appeal; it's a carefully crafted blend of history, culture, and community engagement. This is especially evident in her contributions to the Crystal Lake Public Place project. After investigating the Crystal Lake Historical Society, she was inspired to incorporate the area's rich terra cotta history into the design. "Exploring the Crystal Lake Historical Society opened my eyes to the unique history of the area, inspiring our design team to bring those elements into the site plan," she remarks. This insight enhanced the design, adding layers of historical context to the project.

This approach is a natural fit within GHA’s Site Design Services Division, where innovative thinking is not only welcomed but encouraged. "I joined GHA because here, there are no boundaries to creative problem-solving," Janet shares.

Her addition to the GHA team is more than just a hire; it's the opening of a new chapter that allows the firm to diversify its service offerings. "Having Janet on our team elevates the range and depth of solutions we can offer our clients," says Brian Wesolowski, P.E., CFM, Director of Site Design Services. "Her expertise in landscape architecture seamlessly complements our engineering capabilities, providing a more comprehensive approach to our projects."

Janet's passion for the outdoors isn't confined to her professional life; it spills over into her personal interests as well. An avid birdwatcher and horse enthusiast, her hobbies reflect her professional commitment to making the natural world more accessible to everyone. "It's about bringing nature back to us, working smarter, and optimizing our use of resources," she says, encapsulating her philosophy of sustainable and thoughtful design in a single phrase: "Do the green thing."

Whether it's a playground that sparks joy or a public space that pays homage to its historical roots, Janet's work is a celebration of the outdoors, designed to be accessible and inspiring for all. Her projects are not just about beautifying a space; they're about enhancing the quality of life for everyone who uses them.

In today's world, where the boundaries between the built environment and natural landscapes are increasingly blurred, Janet Cherbak serves as a shining example of how these two fields can not only coexist but also mutually enhance each other. Her presence at GHA strengthens our ability to meet the evolving needs of our clients, offering solutions that are as sustainable as they are imaginative. With her unique skill set and passion for landscape architecture, Janet is not just a valuable addition to the GHA team, she's an asset to communities looking to enrich their public spaces in meaningful ways.


High Accuracy GPS/GNSS Data Collection Using ArcGIS Field Maps: A Presentation by Greg Newton

High Accuracy GPS/GNSS Data Collection Using ArcGIS Field Maps: A Presentation by Greg Newton


Greg Newton, GISP, Presents at the 2023 ILGISA Confrence.

Greg Newton, Director of Geospatial Services at Gewalt Hamilton Associates, recently presented at the Illinois GIS Association conference. The presentation went beyond just the technicalities of high-accuracy GPS/GNSS data collection, emphasizing the transformative efficiencies gained using ArcGIS Field Maps.

Greg's presentation explored the technical aspects of GPS/GNSS data collection, with a particular focus on the capabilities and efficiencies offered by ArcGIS Field Maps. He covered topics such as configuring and calibrating GPS equipment, real-time corrections, and the importance of quality assurance and quality control in GPS locating. Greg also addressed challenges like data accuracy and efficiency, offering solutions that include proper data collection techniques and methods for reducing errors influenced by seasonal and physical factors. The presentation served as a detailed resource, offering valuable insights for professionals in the geospatial industry.

After highlighting the importance of High Accuracy GPS/GNSS Data Collection, Greg explored specific use cases, such as the importance of proper data collection techniques. He emphasized the efficiencies gained from using ArcGIS Field Maps over traditional GPS survey equipment. This modern approach allows for real-time project status sharing via dashboards, making projects more transparent with stakeholders. These insights are crucial for anyone involved in GIS and GPS data collection, offering practical solutions for improving the quality of the data collected.

Greg Newton, Director of Geospatial Services

"Field Maps for ArcGIS is a transformative tool, making high-precision data collection more accessible than ever before. The seamless integration within the GIS web environment, coupled with full access to our organization's extensive data and capabilities, greatly streamlines our project workflows. The rapid pace of technological advancement in recent years is truly remarkable, and we're always eager to find new ways to optimize our work processes.” - Greg Newton


Thomas Buwick, GIS Analyst had this to say about the presentation: "Greg's depth of knowledge in geospatial services is impressive. His talk at the ILGISA conference demonstrated GHA's dedication to offering innovative solutions in geospatial data collection."

Greg Newton's presentation at the ILGISA conference highlighted GHA's proactive approach to leveraging the latest technologies. This commitment enables us to deliver tailored solutions that consistently exceed client expectations, by making our projects more transparent and efficient through the power of GIS.

GHA's Annual ESOP Fully Vested Bobblehead Reveal: A Tradition of Ownership and Individuality

GHA's Annual ESOP Fully Vested Bobblehead Reveal


Every year at Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. (GHA), a special event marks the journey for co-owners who become fully vested in the company: the Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) Fully Vested Bobblehead Reveal. This unique tradition not only celebrates the dedication of our team members but also adds a personal touch to our company culture. An ESOP is a specialized retirement plan that allows team members to become vested stakeholders in the company. This unique structure awards company shares to employees, directly linking the company's success with the contributions of its co-owners.

The event kicked off with CEO Todd Gordon expressing his gratitude toward the ESOP Advisory Council for their tireless efforts in organizing events throughout the year, particularly during ESOP month. "I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the ESOP advisory council for their incredible work. It's also wonderful to see the expansion of our Wall of Fully Vested, a testament to the growing family of vested co-owners here at GHA," said Todd.

The Wall of Fully Vested is a unique display featuring hexagon-shaped shelves arranged in a honeycomb pattern. Each shelf holds a custom bobblehead representing a fully vested co-owner, capturing not just their likeness but also their individual passions and interests.

Reaching full vesting status at GHA is more than a financial milestone; it's a symbol of one's commitment and contribution to the company's collective success. This momentous occasion represents years of dedication, passion for the work, and integrity in every project undertaken. It's a rite of passage that not only acknowledges an individual's role in the company but also strengthens the sense of community among all co-owners. The annual bobblehead reveal serves as a celebration of this significant achievement, immortalizing each fully vested co-owner's unique personality and role within the GHA family.

This year's bobblehead reveal was as unique as the individuals it celebrated. For instance, Ross Haseman, P.E., PTOE, opted for a bobblehead donned in a Hawaiian shirt, reflecting his own fondness for wearing them. The bobblehead also features a turtle, a nod to his daughter's love for the creature. Sporting a guitar and a Mythosaur shirt, Assistant CAD Manager Zach Wallsten's bobblehead pays homage to his long-standing passion for music and his fandom of the Star Wars universe.

Kent Justus was particularly impressed by the attention to detail in the bobbleheads. "They've captured the gray in my beard perfectly. It's incredibly realistic," he noted. Art Penn, P.E., COO, also chimed in, saying, "It's amazing how everyone's bobblehead looks just like them," before adding "I really am turning into my dad."

The Annual ESOP Fully Vested Bobblehead Reveal is more than just a company event; it's a celebration of the unique individuals that make up GHA. It serves as a reminder of the solutions we provide and the community we build, both within and outside the company. As we look forward to another year of growth and success, the newly revealed bobbleheads stand as testaments to the talent and legacy of each co-owner that continues to enrich our firm.

Insights and Collaborations from the MOVITE Meeting

Insights and Collaborations from the MOVITE Meeting


Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. (GHA) recently participated in the annual fall meeting hosted by the Missouri Valley Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (MOVITE). The MOVITE meeting, a key event for transportation and traffic data collection professionals, offered a platform for knowledge sharing, exploring innovative technologies, and developing collaborative strategies.

The MOVITE meeting is recognized for facilitating discussions, strategizing, and shaping the future trajectory of data-informed transportation initiatives. For GHA’s Traffic Data Collection Division, the event provided an opportunity to explore emerging trends and connect with industry experts.

Bill Klewin, Director of Traffic Data Collection Services at GHA, reflected on the experience, saying, "The MOVITE meeting highlighted key developments in transportation engineering and traffic data collection, revealing new challenges and opportunities. Engaging with peers ensures our data collection strategies and solutions remain cutting edge and forward-thinking.”

A focal point for our team was understanding the advancements and research in data collection and analysis, as well as the broader scope of transportation solutions. Bill's takeaway from the conference highlighted this perfectly: "Transportation isn't always just about vehicles and traffic signals but moving people. My experience in Bentonville showed how much they have improved their bicycling and pedestrian corridors over the past decade or so." These insights deepen our understanding of current industry potential, enhancing our service delivery and ensuring our strategies are based on the most recent and relevant information.

The event fostered dialogues with industry peers and leaders, enabling GHA to explore innovative avenues in transportation engineering solutions. Zachary Hubb, a Field Technician in GHA’s Data Collection Division, emphasized the importance of such interactions, noting, “The MOVITE meeting offered valuable insights and opportunities for partnership development in transportation data collection and analysis. But my favorite part? A spirited mountain biking event, blending professional exchanges with a dash of adventure.”

Participation in events like the MOVITE meeting is crucial for maintaining GHA's active role in shaping the future of traffic data collection. It enables us to enhance our expertise, refine our skills, and devise solutions that are not only dependable but also anticipate future industry needs.

Behind the Tap: Safeguarding Our Water

Behind the Tap: Safeguarding Our Water


At Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. (GHA), the role of a Certified Water Operator is central to our efforts to ensure water quality, a fundamental aspect of community health and well-being. Our Facilities and Utilities Management (FUM) Division specializes in a comprehensive range of water and wastewater system operations. This includes managing potable water treatment facilities and efficiently operating pump stations, tasks often overseen by our Certified Water Operator. This comprehensive suite of services highlights the critical role these professionals play in maintaining water quality.

The responsibilities of a Certified Water Operator go beyond mere oversight. They are the first line of defense when it comes to potential issues, ensuring that systems function optimally. This involves not just monitoring but actively informing appropriate personnel, notifying them of potential concerns, and ensuring that necessary repairs and maintenance are carried out promptly. This proactive approach ensures that minor issues don't escalate into major problems. These professionals are committed to maintaining the purity and safety of our water supplies, and the designation of the IEPA Responsible Operator highlights their expertise in safeguarding our most vital resource.

The term "ROINC," or Responsible Operator in Charge, might not be familiar to many, but its significance in the field of water quality is undeniable. ROINCs are the guardians of water quality standards in the US, ensuring that every drop that reaches consumers is of the highest quality. "The role of a ROINC goes beyond mere technical oversight; it's a commitment to public health and safety that we take very seriously," says GHA Utility Operation Technician Rob Ulrich. Their role is not just a job, but a commitment to public health and safety.

When you fill a glass of water from the kitchen faucet, you're likely not thinking about the complex systems and dedicated professionals that make such a simple act possible. This unspoken trust is the result of years of diligent work by Certified Water Operators who manage essential services from water treatment to waste removal. These experts manage a variety of responsibilities, from water treatment to waste removal, ensuring that the water you drink meets the highest quality standards.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established rigorous guidelines that dictate the quality of potable water. These are not just recommendations, but strict requirements aimed at safeguarding consumer safety. The ROINC plays a pivotal role in this, ensuring that these guidelines are not only met but consistently upheld. It's a testament to the protective measures in place that aim to protect consumers from any potential water-related hazards.

In the ever-evolving field of water management, staying updated is not just beneficial but essential. Certified Water Operators understand this and are committed to continuous learning. Maintaining an active EPA certification requires ongoing education and renewal every three years. As GHA Operations Superintendent Jean Scher says, "Our commitment to learning is a reflection of our dedication to the communities we serve. Every update, every new piece of knowledge, enhances our ability to ensure water safety."


At GHA, we understand the profound importance of water quality. It's not just about compliance but about a deep-seated commitment to the communities we serve. We place immense value on the role of Certified Water Operators, recognizing their contributions to ensuring community health and safety. As we look to the future, our commitment to maintaining the highest standards in water operations remains strong, as we continue to deliver exceptional solutions.

Municipal Engineering: Beyond Infrastructure and Into Communities

Municipal Engineering: Beyond Infrastructure and Into Communities


In the diverse field of engineering, few roles encapsulate the profound responsibility of serving an entire community quite like the municipal engineer. These often overlooked experts of our towns and cities exemplify steadfast dedication, providing solutions that subtly integrate into our daily lives and ensure the vitality of our communities.

One might think that municipal engineering revolves purely around roads and utilities, but this couldn't be further from the truth. As Geoffrey Perry, P.E. remarks, "We're more than municipal engineers; we're trusted advisors." Their work necessitates engaging with residents, explaining the reasons behind preventative measures, and ensuring the community understands the value of the infrastructure around them.

A major component of their work involves proactive interaction with residents. Leo Morand, P.E. emphasizes the importance of clear communication, making complex engineering topics understandable and accessible to those in the community. "We act as a bridge between the intricacies of engineering and the community, ensuring the citizens understand the logic behind preventive measures," he notes, emphasizing the integrity and dedication that form the foundation of his profession.

Particularly significant for municipal engineers is their focus on flooding and drainage. Addressing flooding and drainage concerns underscores the complex and essential role of a municipal engineer. Many municipalities, especially older ones, were not designed with adequate stormwater storage, turning the task of preventing flooding and preserving the environment into a compelling and rewarding challenge.


Carissa Smith, P.E.

Aided by comprehensive local legislation, such as County Watershed Management Ordinances, municipal engineers direct their passion and expertise toward shaping future-ready municipal landscapes. Carissa Smith, P.E. explains, "We're not just shaping roads and buildings; we're crafting the future of our communities, diligently safeguarding them from the uncertainties of nature."



Dan Strahan, P.E.

Dan Strahan, P.E., a GHA engineer with expertise in stormwater management, echoes this sentiment. "Every stormwater project is a puzzle waiting to be solved," he says, drawing from his rich experience. Strahan brings up the Burr Oak project, a testament to the power of innovative problem-solving in municipal engineering. The pivotal decision to relocate the storm trap not only resolved the immediate issue but also led to lasting improvements in the area.


This attention to detail and commitment to proactive problem-solving is beautifully illustrated by the experience of another GHA engineer, Darren Monico, P.E. A particular incident he recalls truly exemplifies the community-centric approach of municipal engineering. A resident noticed consistent late-night flights from a nearby local airport. This nighttime air traffic was an unexpected change in their otherwise tranquil suburban life.

Monico, exemplifying the role of a 'trusted advisor,' investigated further. Upon researching, he found that the frequent late-night flights played a crucial role in delivering essential medical supplies. Monico's investigation and subsequent explanation offered insightful context to the resident, fostering a better understanding of the situation and connecting the unusual activity with a profoundly beneficial cause.

Municipal engineering is not just a profession – it’s a commitment to progress, a pledge to the community, and a testament to the profound impact that passionate and dedicated engineers can have on our everyday lives. "Every engineering project is a dialogue with the community,” Peter Lind, P.E. observes. “It's about understanding needs, setting priorities, and developing long-term partnerships." As we look ahead, we find comfort in the knowledge that our towns and cities are in the capable hands of these dedicated professionals, ever ready to shape a future where our communities continue to thrive.


GHA Celebrates Sixth Annual Oktoberfest

GHA Celebrates Sixth Annual Oktoberfest


Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. (GHA) recently hosted its Sixth Annual Oktoberfest event at Park Tavern in Rosemont, IL. This tradition serves as an opportunity to strengthen the relationships between GHA team members and clients, all while enjoying an array of German-inspired cuisine.

This year, the event featured a unique keepsake - alpine hats adorned with a special "6th Annual Oktoberfest" button. These hats not only added a festive touch but will also serve as a tradition moving forward. Attendees were encouraged to bring their hats back next year to receive a new commemorative button, adding a layer of continuity and camaraderie to future gatherings.

The highlight of the evening was the annual stein holding competition. This test of endurance and strength was won by GHA's own Tymon Maurer, who held his water-laden stein aloft for an impressive ten minutes. The competition was fierce, but Maurer's dedication exemplified the kind of passion that GHA values in its team members.

CEO Todd Gordon expressed his enthusiasm for the event, stating, "Oktoberfest isn't just a social gathering; it's a celebration of the hard work and commitment that each member of the GHA team brings to the table. It's also an opportunity for us to interact with our clients in a more relaxed setting. Plus, the hats are really cool.”

The gathering emphasized both GHA's strong culture and its commitment to building strong relationships with team members and clients. Whether it's through the unique tradition of the alpine hats or the stein holding competition, GHA's Oktoberfest event offers a blend of fun and meaningful engagement for everyone involved.

As the evening drew to a close, it was clear that this year's Oktoberfest had once again succeeded in its aim: to foster a sense of community and shared purpose among GHA's team members and clients. With plans already underway for next year's event, the future continues to look bright for this cherished tradition.

GHA's Drone Strategic Planning Committee: A Visionary Success

GHA's Drone Strategic Planning Committee: A Visionary Success


In 2018, Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. (GHA) recognized the potential of drone technology and soon established the Drone Strategic Planning Committee. Their mission: seamlessly integrate this technology into the firm's operations. Today, GHA stands at the forefront of drone-integrated operations, thanks to the committee's insight.

As Tom Rychlik, P.E., LEED-AP, committee catalyst, recalled, "Putting minds together was exciting. We had a clear vision: drones weren't just future tech; they were now tech." In 2018, GHA took its first steps into the world of drone technology by investing in an introductory model. This allowed for a demonstration that showcased the transformative potential of drone technology for GHA, which highlighted the vast opportunities they could bring to our core operations.

This dedicated group, diverse in its composition of members across different divisions, ages, and experiences, took on the ambitious task of navigating the rapidly evolving world of drone technology. During its tenure, the committee tested and evaluated numerous concepts, weighing the pros and cons of each, and marking out the path for the company's drone initiatives.

Guided by the committee, the firm invested in a state-of-the-art survey grade drone. "We were always looking at new tech, and when we saw the potential drones held, everything moved quickly," shared Andy Szendala, Senior Survey Technician, who served on the committee. After six months of intensive research and strategic planning, GHA's first survey drone took to the skies. Since its inaugural flight, it has been a regular asset, utilized weekly in various projects. The addition of the survey grade drone has significantly enhanced our crew's capacity, allowing us to deliver existing conditions data more efficiently and effectively.

But the committee didn't stop there. The committee, recognizing future needs, evaluated and acquired multiple drones, each with distinct capabilities. “Our committee eagerly embraced technology that helped our colleagues foster the success of each project,” Rychlik emphasized.  Guided by the committee, GHA adeptly navigated the evolving landscape of the drone industry.

As Szendala aptly puts it, "We're excited about the future." Though the Drone Strategic Planning Committee has completed its objectives and is no longer active, its legacy is evident in the skies and in the groundbreaking work GHA continues to do. The committee's journey serves as a testament to the importance of forward-thinking, passion, and dedication to continuous improvement.