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Project Management Professionals

We would like to congratulate Bobby Tuck and Ashleigh Csontos for receiving their Project Management Professional certification. Bobby and Ashleigh both agree, this is the hardest exam they have ever taken but feel that their hard work has paid off. They are currently instilling the Project Management Professional’s principles and methodologies throughout Tuck Mapping and are seeing some great results.

Bobby Tuck Participates in National Reading Week

reading class

Bobby Tuck had the privilege to read to a group of second graders at Powell Valley Primary School in Big Stone Gap, VA.  This is National Reading Week and each year the school invites business leaders, professors, and town and state officials to read books to the students.  This year he read the Dr. Seuss book “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!” and “I Wanna Iguana” by Karen Kaufman Orloff and David Catrow. The class of about fifteen second graders were a lot of fun to read to and he got a lot of enjoyment out of participating with the students and explaining to them why they needed to read.  As one student told him after Bobby asked why they should learn to read, he said,  “So I can become smarter.”  Bobby commented, “I hope that the students enjoyed the class half as much as I did.  I commend the school for the annual participation in this great program.”

Tuck Mapping Welcomes Lily Kate

We would like to congratulate Justin and Tishia Bentley on the birth of their first born daughter, Lily Kate.  Lily Kate was born on February 26, 2015, at the Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville, Kentucky.  She weighed seven pounds, fifteen ounces and was twenty and one-half inches long.

Justin has been an employee of Tuck Mapping for the past six years.  He is one of our LiDAR technicians who acquire LiDAR data then prepares the post processing of the data.  Justin is a graduate of Mountain Empire Community College and lives in Wise, Virginia.  He and Tishia are active members of the Zion Family Ministry Church in Wise, Virginia.

lily kate

Tuck Mapping Welcomes Chris and Robert

We would like to welcome Chris Guy and Robert Calhoun to our staff.  Both men came to us from Quantum and were key members of the LiDAR processing department at Quantum.  They have brought new ideas and solutions to our LiDAR department and have allowed us to take on different types of work.  Our staff has embraced these new staff members and have learned much from them.  We look forward to the impact that they will bring to our firm.

Tuck Mapping Celebrates 30 years

Tuck Mapping Solutions has completed 30 years of service as of December 31, 2014.  The firm was started by Bobby and Phyllis Tuck on January 1, 1985, to provide engineering services to the coal industry.  Our service began expanding into other areas of engineering. In 1986 we expanded into aerial mapping.  We want to thank our loyal clients for the support and encouragement they have given us over the years.  Our client’s confidence in our ability to service them has provided momentum to launch into new areas of service.  We have strived to remain on the leading edge of technology providing our staff the tools to deliver the ultimate in service.

Our staff has developed a reputation of high accuracy in mapping.  We want the industry to think of Tuck Mapping when they need the accuracy that others cannot provide.  We have a group of very hard working employees who take extreme pride in the product they produce.  Thirty percent of our employees have tenure of over 20 years at Tuck Mapping.

Clara Wiggins

We would like to congratulate Clara Wiggins on her retirement from Tuck Mapping Solutions.  Clara has worked for Tuck Mapping for nearly sixteen years and has served our firm in an exemplary manner.  Clara has recently become a new grandmother and wanted to retire to help care for the new baby.  Clara will be missed by all of our employees and clients.  She was a constant supporter of our staff. We would say that her prayers to God were a local call when the rest of us had to make long distance calls.  She had a constant concern for the well-being of each and every employee.

It is interesting to note that Clara’s first job was my father’s secretary while she was in high school.  When she came to work for me, she told me that her first job was with my father and her last would be with me.  She has been a family friend and a very loyal employee for many years.

Merging into the Fast Lane

The ability to seamlessly combine airborne and terrestrial mobile LiDAR data will create the ultimate resource for future highway design projects. That future has already begun.

High-accuracy helicopter and terrestrial mobile LiDAR datasets have proven to be accurate sources for engineering-grade digital elevation models. However, LiDAR data acquisition is a complex, highly innovative and rapidly evolving field. Because of the varying levels of accuracy and resolution that can be obtained, relying on one type of data acquisition is not usually sufficient for large-scale transportation or infrastructure projects. The combination of two or more methods is increasingly recognized as a best practice among service professionals, but merging the datasets from multiple types of methods has been challenging due to software limitations and other hurdles. Additionally, there has been a broad lack of understanding on the part of government agencies as to what results can reasonably be expected through the use of these advanced technologies. Continue reading