Chastain-Skillman is excited to celebrate National Surveyors Week 2022 by recognizing our talented & dedicated surveying staff. Each day during National Surveyors Week, we’ll highlight members of our team on social media and in our blog. Today we’re chatting with Fred Ammermann, PSM!
Vice President of Survey and Senior Project Manager, Fred Ammermann has his third anniversary at Chastain-Skillman coming up this May! Fred is a registered Professional Surveyor and Mapper (PSM) in the State of Florida. As Vice President of Survey and a Senior Project Manager, Fred applies his vast background of experience to surveying projects all around Central Florida.
Throughout his 47 years in the industry, Fred has worked for a diverse group of clients which include Development Companies, General Site Contractors, and Title and Real Estate Firms, providing surveying services for airports, commercial corporations, residential communities, water/wastewater structures, and streetscapes. He also has extensive experience on large construction sites and roadway corridors.
To mark the third day of National Surveyors Week 2022, we talked to Fred about his experiences, fulfilling aspects of his job, and what some of his favorite projects have been over the course of his 47 years in the industry.
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Describe your typical day: What do you do as soon as you get to the office? What takes up most of your time? What is your favorite part of the workday?
As soon as I get to the office I check my email. Quality Control of surveys usually takes up most of my time. Discussing surveying options with fellow workers is my favorite part of the workday.
What is the most challenging part of your job as a surveyor?
Dealing with modern technology is always changing.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? What interested you in becoming a surveyor?
I wanted to be a fighter pilot. My high school job coordinator asked me to interview for a position that needed a math background. I liked the diversity of the different job sites and projects.
What has been one of your favorite projects to work on?
Peace River Survey for the lawsuit between IMC (Mosaic) & State of Florida for sovereign rights determination.
What is one of the most fulfilling aspects of your job as a surveyor?
The most fulfilling aspect of being a surveyor is the diversity of the many different projects, and the ability to derive a solution based on evidence gathered in the field.
What is one thing you wish people knew about surveying?
That surveyors aren’t always to blame for discrepancies in the field; we generally work off descriptions prepared by others.