A member of Point of Beginning’s advisory board, LiDAR USA Founder Jeff Fagerman, PLS, is a seasoned surveying professional. But he isn’t the only Fagerman in the field.
Over the past 45-years, four Fagerman brothers have been drawn to the surveying profession. The brothers were born and raised on a cattle farm in northern Michigan and learned to love the land. They all wanted to be able to run their own farms, however, that was not a financially tenable option in the beginning.
Reviewing the options for education that would allow the brothers to be in the outdoors and be able to use their math and writing skills, surveying was at the top of the list. The ability to become licensed and to be your own boss was also a major factor in this decision. The brothers had uncles that were Civil Engineers.
The beginning of the saga started with oldest brother David enrolling in the BS Surveying degree at Ferris State in the mid ‘70s. David enjoyed the program so much that he encouraged his brothers Jeff and Tim to get the same degree. His youngest brother Pat went to Central Michigan and Michigan State Universities to pursue his Electrical Engineering degree. Jeff and Tim received a Master’s degree at Purdue in Photogrammetry, while Pat also received a Master’s degree at Purdue University in Electrical Engineering. David, on the other hand, went directly into the field in the Louisiana swamps performing “doodle bugging” seismic surveys.
Jeff went from the University life to working at Intergraph in the Photogrammetry department in the mid ‘80s. He polished his skills in this job, which enabled him to move on and create his own photogrammetric firm. He then evolved this into LiDAR USA, an innovation-based company that optimizes the best of breed in hardware and software. Jeff creates industry leading LiDAR and imaging systems that are used throughout the world today.
Tim took another route, becoming an expert at Industrial surveying and photogrammetry. He has worked for a large contractor for many years making their software and hardware meet the trying needs of the military. Tim worked with David in the field in the early years of his career, nearly being bitten by a 7-foot rattle snake when surveying a hog farm.
Pat followed his Electrical Engineering education and became a licensed professional engineer and worked for many years with an engineering design and testing firm. He designed and commissioned electrical power & control systems for unique specialized testing systems, to be used in the aerospace industry, built in various countries worldwide. He took this background and initiated his own consulting professional electrical engineering firm. He also worked with his brother David surveying when he was not tied up with his own electrical consulting jobs and works periodically with LiDAR USA to solve electronic issues and optimize electrical components.