Episode 13: Shannon Conaway of Conaway Geomatics

The Future of Technology in Land Survey

Shannon brings over 25 years of progressive experience in managing large infrastructure survey, mapping and GIS projects throughout California. Shannon started his survey experience in the California Army National Guard in 1986 as a field artillery surveyor. In 1996, he earned aBachelor of Science degree in Surveying Engineering from California State University of Fresno and has been licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in California since 1999. Shannon’s clients have included public utilities, water utilities, transportation agencies, state and federal government, local municipalities, oil and gas companies and private development. Through his years of experience, he has performed survey work including field collection, office processing, cradle to grave project management and served as Survey Program Manager of Southern California’s largest natural gas project.


Question Guide for this Episode:

(0:58) Can you share your background with us?

(19:02) What services does your business focus on?

(22:00) What are some of the new technologies that your team is using? 

(33:29) What applications do you see for laser scanning in surveying?

(35:30) What challenges are you facing in using the technology? 

(41:45) What piece of technology or fix would you bring back from the future?


Extra Learnings:

(9:30) Using new technology to attract the new generation of surveyors

(25:40) Technology will never replace good practices and workers

(26:36) How new technology is drastically improving safety measures for surveyors

(44:35) Shannon’s thoughts on fostering an engaged team first and then focusing on clients

(46:50) How COVID has impacted Shannon’s business

(52:34) The power of collaboration within the same industry


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