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Rodney Kelly Wins Special Edition of the ISPLS Hoosier Surveyor Photo Contest

Thursday, April 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kayla Jenkins
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Article originally appears in the Winter 2018 issue of the Hoosier Surveyor.


The winner of the Winter 2018 issue of the Hoosier Surveyor Photo Contest is Rodney Kelly, PS, Survey Department Manager for Etica Group, for the photo he shared on social media during a session he attended at the ISPLS Annual Convention held January 17-19 at the Indianapolis Marriott East.


In this special edition contest, participants were encouraged to capture and share moments during the convention to continue the conversation online with those who missed out on the annual event, and to help raise awareness to the surveying profession. Kelly’s entry best aligned with the requirements for this issue, deeming him a worthy winner of the contest.


The winning photo captures convention speaker Aaron Blank of Lawson-Fisher Associates showing off tips and tricks that their field crews use to obtain more accurate measurements in structure details. With he and his team at Etica Group currently taking an interest in sharing ideas and collaborating with other firms, Kelly knew the information presented in this interactive session would be beneficial to his company and department.


“Because our industry is constantly changing with technology and workforce challenges, I have recently enjoyed redeveloping thought processes and developing innovative ways of collaborating with others to redefine partnerships and collective teaming strategies within our company and abroad,” Kelly says of his interests in surveying. “As expectations from clients increase, so does the opportunity to reposition yourself in the market and as a professional.”


Kelly has been attending ISPLS conventions since his second year in the surveying field. Through his experience, Kelly has found attending the annual conventions extremely beneficial to his career and believes others who attend will always have the opportunity to learn and grow as a professional if they are willing.


“I believe that every professional surveyor should attend the annual convention so they can see and hear how our profession is changing,” Kelly explained. “Within the seminars, you have yearly changes in laws and standards that you as a professional need to know, learn or be aware of for many reasons. You are also around more professional surveyors at one time that you will be around for another year. What a great opportunity to share ideas and collaborate with others on how to do better and be better.”


The Hoosier Surveyor Photo and Video Contest was created to showcase and applaud the critical work land surveyors are doing in the community, raise awareness to the industry, and encourage students to join the profession. To learn more, visit

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