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Bryant Surveys regrets to inform our clients that Brian Bryant, a valued member of the Bryant Surveys team, passed away Thursday, March 2nd. Brian had been working at Bryant Surveys in various roles since his father, Bob, founded the company in 1985. Brian most recently acted as a Project Surveyor based in BSI’s Pleasanton Office. Brian will be missed dearly by the Bryant Surveys and SANDIS staff, especially those who had the pleasure of interacting with him on a daily basis.

Please keep the Bryant family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time. If you would like to attend a Celebration of Life for Brian please see the details below.

April 30th, 2017 | 1 PM to 5 PM
San Ramon Senior Center
9300 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

OFFICIAL OBITUARY

 

posted March 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Our internal team has spent the past few months developing new websites for all three of our brands; SANDIS, BSI, and CTS. The new sites display a common layout with strong text, images, and experience. Take some time to check out all three and let us know what you think!

 

 

     SANDIS.NET

 

 

     BRYANTSURVEYS.COM

 

 

     NEWCTS.COM

 
posted February 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

Veteran's Day is not just another holiday. It is a day of remembrance, appreciation and thanks to all of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to support and fight for our country. Today, SANDIS has gladly given the day off to all of our veterans, with much gratitude. We will also be donating our time and money to support our favorite military charity Operation Care & Comfort at their annual care package event this weekend, although it will never express how we truly feel. 

Today is a day where we can be selfless and give back. We understand that not everyone can afford to donate money, and every business may not be able to give their veteran's the day off, but we ask that you take the time to show your appreciation. It can be as simple as shaking their hand or paying for their cup of coffee, it's up to you. We just ask that today you recognize the veterans around you in your families, communities, schools and work places and thank them for their service.

For those who have served and continue to serve, Happy Veteran's Day from everyone here at SANDIS.

posted November 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

MANTECA, CALIFORNIA

SANDIS Civil Engineers Surveyors Planners is pleased to announced, that in partnership with US Relieve, our joint venture team has been selected by Dragados Flatiron Joint Venture as the most qualified consultant to provide construction survey controls for the California High Speed Rail. Our SANDIS-US Relieve Joint Venture will be working closely with DFJV on the Central Valley stretch of the rail system. 

SANDIS-US Relieve will report to Dragados-Flatiron, who is acting as the design-build contractor for the Construction Package 2-3 project, as they begin construction on the project, which runs from E. American Avenue in Fresno to one mile North of the Tulare/Kern County Line.

Ken Olcott, Principal and President of SANDIS said “this project will be a major milestone for our surveying department and our company as a whole. Throughout the company’s history we have worked on a number of major transportation projects, but this one will have the largest impact.”

About SANDIS

SANDIS is a professional services corporation specializing in civil engineering, traffic engineering, stormwater management, QSP/D, land surveying, 3D laser scanning, utility locating, and planning.  Established in Northern California in 1965, SANDIS is a California Corporation comprised of over 165 employees. SANDIS employs the best and the brightest in our industry.  We recruit well rounded individuals committed to innovation, excellence, leadership and environmental stewardship.  SANDIS’ expertise is expansive.  We service private and public clients in the corporate, commercial, residential, academic, healthcare, hospitality, civic, justice and public works sectors. SANDIS’ design achieves economic, social and ecological sustainability.

Contact

Evan Miller
Communications & Brand Manager
510.590.3411
emiller@sandis.net

Map of CP 2-3 Courtesy of California High Speed Rail Authority

posted October 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

For the past two years SANDIS has been advocating and utilizing sUAS (Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems), otherwise known as drones, to perform surveying work more safely and efficiently.  When it was announced that the FAA will be enforcing new rules this August regulating the safe use of sUAS we paid close attention.  A few of the recent rules for the operation of sUAS include:

  • Craft weight must not exceed 55 lbs
  • Craft must be operated in a manner than does not interfere with any manned aircraft
  • Must be operated within “Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) of the person operating the aircraft”
  • Operation of an sUAS now require a remote pilot airman certificate (or an unlicensed operator under the supervision of someone with a remote airman certificate

Also, sUAS can only fly over people who are involved with the project utilizing the drone and only if they are inside a structure or a stationary vehicle.  Fortunately, at the beginning of our sUAS program our leadership had the foresight to research previously established guidelines and then enact safety restrictions before the first take off.  So, while we pride ourselves in using the most innovative, enhanced tools, we greatly value safety and efficiency.  All of the previously listed rules and more have been in practice since day one of our sUAS program.  We will continue to honor our commitment to safety and accountability to our clients and staff by always staying at the forefront of new FAA regulations.

sUAS affords us the mobility to gather detailed data from previously inaccessible regions.  We have used sUAS on numerous occasions to survey both large and small rural areas in many cases where hazardous materials and unsafe structures present. SANDIS will always be striving for better ways to deliver the precise data needed to design or build more complex projects with better coordination and better accuracy.    

For more information about our sUAS/UAV surveying program contact Andrew Chafer at 408.636.0900 or achafer@sandis.net.

posted March 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

Campbell, California

SANDIS Civil Engineers Surveyors Planners announced today that it is expanding their Building Information Modeling (BIM) and 3D Laser Scanning capabilities by the acquisition of Consulting Technical Services Incorporated (CTS).

Headquartered in Pleasanton California, CTS was founded by Leo Castillo in 2012 and specializes in BIM, 3D Laser Scanning and As-Built Solutions for the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Facility Management industries.

“I started CTS because there are incredible benefits to be realized using 3D Laser Scanning and BIM as a basis for Design & Construction and I want to help customers realize the value of these methods to deliver better projects” said Castillo.

CTS’ experience extends across the United States and Canada and reaches numerous sectors such as High-Tech, Manufacturing, Commercial, Retail, and Medical. CTS is actively working on projects for Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Hyatt, and has worked on projects for Intel, Costco, and Kaiser.

CTS will continue to maintain its existing name and brand. Leo Castillo will remain as President of CTS and manage all operations. “For our existing and future customers it’s business as usual if not better” said Castillo.

SANDIS has been providing 3D laser scanning and BIM services for over six years and has recognized and responded to the extreme growth and demand for these professional services.

President, Ken Olcott and Vice-President, Jeff Setera spearheaded the acquisition of CTS. “We can now provide end-to-end and complete vertical solutions to our Clients” said Olcott.

posted February 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

After more than three years of planning, design, and construction Levi’s Stadium is ready to host its first regular-season NFL game!

We would like to congratulate the San Francisco 49ers and the City of Santa Clara on the successful completion of the most technologically advanced stadium to ever be built. TIME Magazine describe Levi’s Stadium as a “smart stadium” due to the many features such as its own app, Wi-Fi, 4G network improvements, and partnerships with local Silicon Valley tech companies. Another notable achievement of the stadium is the LEED Gold certification it received, a first for any professional stadium in the country.

We are proud to have provided stadium-wide surveying and 3D laser scanning for this project with Turner/Devcon and we look forward to working on more sustainable stadium projects in the future.

posted July 14, 2014 in Uncategorized