Eric has always effectively communicated and represented his acquired knowledge in the application of Mobile LiDAR technology within our profession. Going back in time, Baker was one of just a few firms stepping forward to invest in these systems and to become early practitioners of Mobile LiDAR. It was a unique time and place for just a few firms that were operating at forefront of this technology. We were all eager to find our way in the new marketplace and develop solutions and products. At least in our case, Baker found we could work with other firms and communicate often amongst each other on the trade-offs associated with various systems and the business elements associated within the investment decision going into this new market. Eric was benevolent in working within our entire profession by sharing his personal insights on the application and capabilities of Mobile LiDAR with us and others that asked for guidance. In that regard, everyone benefited from his high level of professionalism.
While Eric obviously had his company’s primary interests to address at that time and throughout the years, he understood and kept a balance between his obligations to his employer and the profession in communicating his insights within the evolving Mobile LiDAR products and services marketplace. It was important then, and is very much more so today, that practitioner professionals continually communicate on the significant issues and considerations that are related to our best practices. There is a vast amount of information freely available today, that was not so five to six years ago, on Mobile LiDAR and that stemmed from the importance professionals place on informing others on best practices and the needs for standards. Communication is vital to ensure that this technology is evolving and the technology is applied correctly. We all want to evolve within the Mobile LiDAR marketplace along a path of high standards and professionalism. The Geomatics related services and products are typically produced for the engineering community. Serving that community carries a high responsibility for service firms to provide high accuracy products with exceptional data quality. These LiDAR-derived products are consumed into the design, construction and operation and maintenance of infrastructure projects that ultimately serves the general public’s needs.
Usually professionalism in a practice is traceable back to the behaviors of the early adopters and practitioners. They “set the initial bar” for standards within a practice. In the case of Mobile LiDAR, Eric certainly demonstrated his commitment to our profession in a very direct way. His contributions in working professional peers and professional associations on standards of practice have led directly or indirectly to the successes of several firms. Along with our LiDAR scientist, Srinivasan Dharmapuri, Ph.D. and Stephen Clancy, PSM that leads operational capabilities, we expect and encourage Eric to continue assisting our clients, professional associations (such as ASPRS) and peer companies to continue to develop and maintain standards of professional practice.