Wightman brings high definition laser scanning survey technology and expertise to west Michigan marketplace

March 13, 2018

BENTON HARBOR, MI – Wightman is providing clients with an all-new level of effective planning, problem solving, and decision making with the introduction of high-definition laser scanning technology (HDLS) to its professional services. HDLS, coupled with the industry expertise of David Langley who recently joined Wightman, provides clients with crucial detail otherwise unattainable through conventional surveying methods.
“High-definition laser scanning is a natural complement to Wightman existing service lines,” stated company president Matt Davis. “We are among a select number of firms in the United States to provide HDLS as a stand-alone offering and as an integrative tool with architectural, engineering, surveying, GIS, and building information modeling services, all under one roof. By welcoming David Langley, who is one of the top national talents in the laser scanning industry, Wightman is uniquely positioned to provide clients throughout west Michigan and the Midwest with a blend of expertise and relevant technology.”
The laser scanner looks similar to traditional survey instruments. However, field capabilities include the capture of up to one million points per second while simultaneous capture of digital photography that can later be used in the planning and design process. Data gathered from multiple, set-ups are combined into a point cloud that can be used to create:

  • Existing structure, or “as-built,” documentation

  • Two-dimensional drawings and cross sections

  • Three-dimensional models

  • Building information modeling (BIM) and GIS integration

  • Web-based viewing collaboration on any device, even cell phones

  • Fly-through video

“High-definition laser scanning is well-suited for capturing data on existing structures where safely collecting data is an issue, in spaces not easily accessible, and in complex environments,” stated Langley. “It saves our clients time and money by identifying and resolving problems during the design process rather than discovering those issues during construction and having to address them on site.”
Ideal applications for HDLS technology include complex environments such as those with extensive piping, ductwork, and conduits; building interiors and exteriors; infrastructure components such as bridges, dams, and roadway intersections; substations, utility towers, and transmission lines; and stadiums, theatres, and auditoriums.
Langley noted that because complete and accurate measurements are available at the beginning of a project, clients can often reduce contingencies in the bid process, streamline critical decisions that drive the project schedule, and more quickly identify obstacles which hinder smooth workflows.
Other HDLS features include 360-degree data capture at each set-up, outdoor and indoor use, and capture of survey targets that allows for real-world and site control coordinates. The laser scanner also automatically captures incidental data. This eliminates the need for repeat site visits for collections of additional data not originally known to be needed.
Langley comes to Wightman with 14 years of experience in the laser scanning industry, including most recently seven years as a product manager and applications engineer for Leica Geosystems, a pioneer in the world of high definition laser scanning. His field experience using this technology includes projects throughout the United States including Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles; University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals; and the Superdome in New Orleans.
Langley is a member of the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation, Project Managers Network, ACG, and Society for Future Leaders. He studied land surveying and engineering at Ferris State University, computer-aided design and technology at Eastern Michigan University, and marketing at University of California, Berkeley.
For more information about HDLS services at Wightman, contact Greg Vaughn at (616) 843-7009 or David Langley at (925) 285-1488. 

Director of Architecture invited to deliver national webinar presentation

January 12, 2018

Following the delivery of a featured presentation in October during LearningSCAPES, a national design conference hosted by the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), Wightman & Associates Director of Architecture Gregory Monberg and his co-presenters have been invited to deliver that presentation to even wider audience through an upcoming webinar on January 11.
The session entitled Beyond Design Project Zero (DP0): How Design Thinking Can Jump Start the Creative Process in Planning for Innovative Learning Environments demonstrates how design thinking has been successfully applied to learning environments by both educators and learning environment planners. Monberg will be joined by Paul Hartsig, superintendent of Dowagiac Union Schools, Dowagiac, Mich., and J. Scott Winchester, AIA, Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, Kalamazoo, Mich.
“The Association for Learning Environments typically invites only the top-rated presentations from the annual conference to be delivered as a webinar,” stated Monberg. “We are honored and pleased to share this information with an even more extensive groups of professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada.”
Design thinking is a systematic, human-centered approach to problem solving that draws on empathy and experimentation to address the needs of end-users. In doing so, innovative solutions are developed based on what users want and need to be successful instead of relying only on historical data or making decisions based on instinct instead of evidence.
The interactive session examines several case studies where design thinking has been applied. Monberg, Hartsig, and Winchester will share their experiences from the planning process used for the Dowagiac Union High School renovation and gymnasium addition currently under construction. Other illustrative projects include the Next Generation Science Lab and a middle school media center, both located in Illinois and for which Monberg led the planning process.
About the presenters
During his 25-year career, Monberg has focused on the planning and design of innovative learning environment across the country. Earning recognition for his dedication to improving places for learning, he was awarded the distinguished service from the Midwest/Great Lakes Region of the Association for Learning Environments in 2014. He is the Midwest/Great Lakes region representative for the Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP) Commission and governor of the Indiana/Michigan area.
Paul Hartsig has spent the last 24 years as an educator in Michigan. He has served students as a math and science teacher for 11 years, high school principal for 10 years, and superintendent for the past three years. He has recently used the Design Thinking process to plan for renovations to Dowagiac Union High School funded by a $37 million bond passed by district voters in 2015.

Scott Winchester has been involved in K-12 educational design for over 30 years. His experience ranges from bond issue assistance to programming, design, and construction. He is the lead architect for the Transformation of Dowagiac Union High School where Design Thinking has been implemented to powerful effect.
About Association for Learning Environments
Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is the primary advocate and resource for effective educational facilities. It serves those who use, plan, design, construct, maintain, equip and operate educational facilities.

Wightman named 2017 Wonderful Workplace

November 20, 2017

Wightman & Associates, Inc. has been selected by 269 MAGAZINE as one of Southwest Michigan’s Wonderful Workplaces. This award celebrates the outstanding efforts made by local businesses in the region to make their organizations great places to work. Winners are recognized in the November/December 2017 issue of 269 MAGAZINE.
“Having a highly engaged and productive workforce is about understanding that people who work in an amazing environment are going to do incredible things. As leaders, it’s our job to make sure that can happen,” said Ron Kitchens, publisher of 269 MAGAZINE.

Winning companies empower their workers while emphasizing overall wellness. The 269 Wonderful Workplace Awards honor the hard work local organizations have done to carefully construct their cultures to reflect core values, support thriving communities and allow employees to soar. 

About 269 MAGAZINE™
269 MAGAZINE is a regional publication communicating the distinctive brand that is Southwest Michigan. It aims to inspire its readers to become active participants in the world around them and join its mission to make Southwest Michigan the place to enjoy as home, to work, and bring dreams to reality. Learn more at www.269mag.com

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