Thursday, July 31, 2008

Trimble buys Seco Manufacturing

July 30, 2008 8:29am

• Second acquisition of an engineering and construction accessories company

• "Seco will enable us to continue to augment our existing product lines"

Privately-held Seco Manufacturing Company Inc. of Redding has been acquired in an all-cash transaction by Trimble Navigation Limited (NASDAQ: TRMB) of Sunnyvale.

Seco makes accessories for the geomatics, surveying, mapping, and construction industries.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Trimble recently acquired of Crain Enterprises, which was announced in January. The purchase of Seco and Crain allows Trimble to provide the necessary accessories that can be offered as part of its positioning products used in the engineering and construction markets, it says.

Seco specializes in the development, fabrication and machining of metallic accessory products while Crain is more focused on polymer and composite-based products.

"Seco will enable us to continue to augment our existing product lines by offering additional accessories as part of our solutions portfolio,” says Bryn Fosburgh, sector vice president of Trimble. “The acquisition allows us to better satisfy our user's needs."
Posted in the Central Valley Business Times July 30, 2008

Read Trimble's News Release HERE.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Land surveyor becomes one of world’s oldest PhD recipients

Colonel Michael Cobb, an RICS member since 1949, has become the oldest recipient of a PhD from Cambridge University at the age of 91.

Over 40 family members joined Col Cobb at the ceremony in July, some coming from as far as Texas and Canada.

Col Cobb received his doctorate for creating The Railways of Great Britain: A Historical Atlas, taking 18 years to complete and a total of 25 years before it was published.

Dr Richard Smith, Head of Cambridge's Geography Department and one of Michael's PhD examiners, said the atlas is a remarkable piece of scholarship.

"It is a definitive record. It is not just of interest to the enthusiast but a vital tool for anyone seriously interested in the economic geography and history of Great Britain. There is nothing like it."

Originally from Devon, Col Cobb saw action in Dunkirk, north Africa and Italy.

After the end of the war in 1945, Michael began surveying for the Army, commanding survey regiments in Egypt and other places.

He retired from the Army in 1965 and worked in mapping until his retirement in 1971.
Photograph courtesy of Guann-Yeu Chin
Posted on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on 24 July 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

SJV-CLSA July Meeting in Visalia

Hello All -

We're meeting in Visalia this month! For those of you in the southern part of the Chapter, we're bringing the meeting to you. We hope to see you there.

The July meeting for the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the California Land Surveyor's Association will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2008, at 6:30 pm, at Crawdaddy's, 333 E. Main Street, Visalia, CA 93291, Phone 559-625-5300 ( We'll be able to order off the menu this month; prices range from about $8.00-$20.00.


The CLSA State Office has been contacted by various High Schools throughout the State regarding their Career Fairs. Within the San Joaquin Valley Chapter, the High Schools from Corcoran, Dinuba, Hanford, and Laton have all expressed an interest in having a CLSA representative visit their schools for their Career Fair.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact the SJV-CLSA Chapter President, Kevin Nehring, at or 559-297-4200 x8, or contact Crissy Willson at the CLSA Central Office at 707-578-6016.


Mark Your Calendars -

Thur., July 17, SJV-CLSA Chapter Meeting
Where: Crawdaddy's, 333 E. Main Street, Visalia, CA 93291

Speaker: TBA
Topic: TBA

Sat., July 26, 10:30-16:00, CLSA Board of Directors meeting
Where: Oakland Hilton, 1 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, Ca.

Sat., Aug. 2-5, ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit
Where: San Diego, Ca.

Thur., Aug 14, 6:30pm - SJV-CLSA Chapter Meeting
Where: Andiamo Ristorante Italiano, 1275 Shaw Ave, Clovis, CA
Speaker: TBA
Topic: TBA


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or contact the Chapter President at

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