LFA Presents at ISPLS Annual Conference

At the most recent annual conference sponsored by the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors, Shane Turay and Aaron Blank made a presentation to roughly 100 fellow surveyors about the merits of being a professional topographer and civil engineering surveyor.

The course objective was to encourage surveyors to think about producing surveying products that are as professionally executed as boundary surveys. The presentation focused on the techniques and tools used by those involved in the field of topographic and civil engineering surveys. The goal of the presentation was to encourage high quality, professional work, and to share lessons and experiences with one another.

ISPLS Annual Conference

The presentation lasted 50 minutes, and with Shane’s flair for effective story-telling, the objectives of the seminar were met. Several attendees sought Shane and Aaron after the presentation to inquire about the practices employed at LFA to ensure that we consistently deliver a high quality product that not only fulfills the requested scope requirements, but also ensures that the receiver of the survey information has the highest level of confidence proceeding with the elements of their design.

It was a positive experience that Shane and Aaron both hope to repeat in the future.

LFA Recognized Generous Workplace

Lawson-Fisher Associates has been a funding partner for United Way of St. Joseph County for the majority of our operation as a business. While our organization is involved with charitable giving and sponsorships for fundraising events all around our community, it is our team of professionals who give directly to United Way. We are proud of the culture of giving we’ve cultivated over 45 years which has earned our organization and our team at LFA recognition as one of the top 50 most generous workplaces in St. Joseph County.

At Lawson-Fisher Associates, we will continue to strive for excellence in our professional services, so we may continue to have the privilege of substantially contributing back to our community; contributions which go beyond financial giving as our team members pledge their time and energy through volunteer efforts, youth mentoring, and through serving on boards of directors for United Way of Saint Joseph County, Potawatomi Zoo, and others.

For those unfamiliar with United Way of St. Joseph County (UWSJC) and what they do in our community, we have provided a brief overview:

UWSJC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating long-lasting change, ensuring all residents have access to the building blocks to a better life: education, income and health. UWSJC is unique in its ability to bring together people active in their communities, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and government agencies to address the underlying causes of major problems in our community.

UWSJC has recently converted their traditional paradigm of a funding pass-through organization to an implementation […]

Nine Month Summary – Launch Pad

After graduation I needed to find a place to begin my career as an engineer. I didn’t want just a job, I wanted a launch pad to send my career in the right direction. Luckily, I began working for Lawson-Fisher Associates this past spring. Not soon after beginning work I was thrust into real projects where my decisions made an impact. What better way is there to learn other than by doing?

Since I began work I have been involved in multiple construction projects. These include CR 3 and CR 32 in Elkhart County, Hobart Low Pressure Sewer, and two projects in New Carlisle. Each project has been a unique and rewarding experience in which I have learned from and grown. During the construction process I have written daily reports, tracked quantities, scheduled and ran progress meetings, and became familiar with processing pay applications and writing change orders. Construction inspection puts you right in the middle between the contractor and the owner, so it has put me in a position to interact and learn from a variety of different kinds of people.

Of the people that I have worked with so far, none have been more helpful than those at LFA. The employees at LFA take pride in the work they do and do not cut corners. In a short period of time I have not only grown from a technical standpoint, but I am beginning to see what it really means to be a professional. Not only do the people at […]

Amanda Budreau becomes Certified Floodplain Manager

Lawson-Fisher Associates would like to congratulate Amanda Budreau on becoming a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) through the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). Amanda wrote the following explaining a little bit about the CFM certification process and how becoming a CFM will help her on current and future projects here at LFA. Congratulations again on this achievement, Amanda!


The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) has established a national program for professional certification of floodplain managers. The primary goal of the ASFPM Certified Floodplain Manager Program (CFM Program) is to help reduce the nation’s flood losses and protect and enhance the natural resources and functions of its floodplains by improving the knowledge and abilities of floodplain managers in the United States. The program recognizes continuing education and professional development that enhance the knowledge and performance of local, state, federal, and private-sector floodplain managers.

To be certified as a Floodplain Manager an exam must be passed and approved by the ASFPM Certification Board of Regents (CBOR). The exam is three hours and consists of 120 multiple choice questions pertaining to the following seven categories:

  • Overall Context of Floodplain Management
  • Floodplain Mapping
  • National Flood Insurance Program Regulatory and Non-regulatory Standards
  • Regulatory Administrative Procedures
  • Flood Insurance
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation
  • Natural and Beneficial Functions

Once the exam has been passed the Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs) are required to earn 16 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) every two years to keep the certification. This is […]

Summer 2015 Internship Experience – Part 3

Every summer LFA employs several Student Interns. We tend to have a heavier summer workload, so it helps LFA and also gives Civil Engineering students valuable, on-the-job work experience. At the end of the summer, we like to hear about each intern’s experiences from their time working at LFA. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing these stories written by our 2015 Summer Interns.

Our last summer 2014 internship experience story comes from Ben Heckard. Ben will be returning to his third year at LeTourneau University in Longview, TX. He is currently working toward a degree in Civil Engineering. It was great to have you on the LFA team this summer, Ben. We wish you the best of luck at school this fall!

Hello! My name is Ben Heckard, and I am one of four interns who had the opportunity to spend my summer with Lawson-Fisher Associates. First, let me give you some background on myself. I just finished my second year at LeTourneau (Luh-turn-oh) University in Longview, TX. I am pursuing my B.S. in Engineering, Concentration in Civil Engineering, and am focusing on both Structures and Water Resources. Before my time at LeTourneau, I spent two years pursuing a Youth Ministry degree at Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN. However, I chose to transfer and pursue civil engineering because I felt God was leading me to help people through civil engineering. After I graduate, my goal is to become a missionary, using civil engineering to provide people with basic needs (food, shelter, […]

Summer 2015 Internship Experience – Part 2

Every summer LFA employs several Student Interns. We tend to have a heavier summer workload, so it helps LFA and also gives Civil Engineering students valuable, on-the-job work experience. At the end of the summer, we like to hear about each intern’s experiences from their time working at LFA. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing these stories written by our 2015 Summer Interns.

This week our second summer 2015 internship experience story comes from Spencer Culp. Spencer is returning to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana this fall as a Junior majoring in Civil Engineering. We were glad to have Spencer join us for the summer and we wish him the best of luck as he starts his classes this fall!

For the summer after my sophomore year, I was looking for an internship opportunity within civil engineering to help me decide which direction I wanted to go with my civil engineering degree after college. In the spring I had decided to focus my civil engineering studies on structures, but I was also interested in the construction, transportation, and surveying emphasis areas. Therefore, when I was fortunate enough to get the internship position at LFA, I was excited for the opportunity to gain experience in all these different areas throughout the summer.

Though I had the opportunity to experience and learn about several of the emphasis areas in civil engineering this summer, the primary area that I worked was surveying. Throughout the summer I was able to utilize multiple survey methods in […]