CNM Student Team Wins First Place at National Surveying Competition

March 20, 2017 -- A CNM student team won first place at the 2017 National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) competition in Silver Spring, Maryland, which took place March 13-17.
March 20, 2017

The student team consisted of Quantina Martine, who is studying Surveying and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Daniel Shorb, who is studying GIS; and Anaissa Salgado, who is studying Surveying, Mapping and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Technology.

This event has separate competitions for two- and four-year college surveying programs throughout the United States. Each year a different topic is chosen by NSPS and the teams select a specific project to develop.

The CNM team's surveying project involved the use of drone technology to monitor the Pino Arroyo Stormwater Channel in Albuquerque. 

The competition included the students documentation of the project and its results, as well as a 30-minute presentation of the project in front of a panel of judges and fellow competitors. 

“The competition allows the students to work in demanding circumstances to produce a quality product,” said Ron Forstbauer, the CNM faculty advisor. ”The group learns to work as a team while expanding their knowledge base and demonstrating their surveying and mapping skills. They develop technical prowess, problem solving abilities, and writing and presentation skills while gaining a local and national presence in the professional surveying community.”

This was CNM’s third appearance in the national competition. In 2015, CNM’s team finished first and in 2016 the CNM team finished second.

The team was able to travel to the competition thanks to the generous financial support of the New Mexico Professional Surveyors state chapter and professional surveying companies.