Bob has more than 40 years of experience in the mapping and surveying profession. He has worked in the capacity of owner, survey manager, office manager, and project manager for surveying, construction and engineering firms. As a Professional Land Surveyor, he has experience working on survey projects involving control, TMOSS, ROW, construction, boundary, topographic, and design. He has provided these services to a variety of clients including CDOT, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, Clear Creek County, City and County of Denver, private engineering firms including CH2M Hill, Carter Burgess, J.F. Sato, Merrick & Co, Washington Group, Nolte Associate, and construction companies including Johnson Brothers Construction, Ames Construction Co., Serna Construction Co., KiewitWestern Construction, Kelly Construction and Lawrence Construction Co. Bob has been a certified Professional Land Surveyor since 1983, and holds an Associate Degree in Surveying from Red Rocks Community College.
Bob has managed surveying for CDOT construction projects since 1985, including the I-25 and I-70 interchange, the US 36 and I-25 interchange, the 6th Avenue and I-25 interchange, I-76 and Pecos Blvd, Highway 9, I-70 and Pena Blvd, Highway 285 phases 2-5 in Jefferson County, I-70 and Hidden Valley in Clear Creek County, C470 at Yosemite In Douglas County, and 12 miles of I-70 in Green River, Utah. In addition, Bob has worked in subdivision layout, including underground utilities, over lot grading, curb and gutter, road paving, and final as-builds.
Upstream Program Manager
Nick has over 7 years of experience in the energy sector specializing in Upstream and Midstream Oil & Gas Project Management. His experience in various roles has provided him expertise in wellsite geology, geosteering, drill rig oversight, water sampling analysis, and mining pre-feasibility studies. Nick has specific experience working on Oil & Gas Permitting projects in North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, and Texas providing innovative solutions for surveying and permitting locations from initial concept through as-built.
Prior to joining the Ascent team, he worked as the Assistant Manager of Geosteering Operations for Selman & Associates, and a Geologist/Hydrologist for Whetstone Associates. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Radford University.
Texas/New Mexico Survey Manager
Mr. Pappas is a registered professional land surveyor in Texas, California, Colorado, and New Mexico. He has 25 years’ experience in the surveying and mapping business, and has been involved with or managed projects ranging from large scale geodetic networks to subdivision design and platting to TXDOT highway right-of-way acquisition to oil and gas pipeline easement creation. Currently he is responsible for managing crews and survey projects in Texas and New Mexico, including boundary resolution and production of mapping deliverables. Mr. Pappas earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Technology – Surveying and Mapping from the University of Houston and did post-graduate work in Geospatial Surveying Engineering at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.
Manager of Human Resources
Manager of Human Resources, Jen Sharma joins Ascent Geomatics Solutions with experience in strategic and tactical human resources management, leadership training, and development.
Rick joined the Ascent Geomatics Solutions team in March of 2015 as Controller. Rick’s background includes over 20 years of experience in business management, accounting and information systems management for professional services firms in the Investment/Insurance, Manufacturing and Engineering Services industries. He also has over 12 years of experience ERP Systems Training and Implementation Consulting to these same professional services business sectors. After growing up in Colorado, Rick graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance, Accounting and Economics.
Chief Executive Officer
As a Denver business executive and entrepreneur, Steve Young has built a portfolio of companies that offer civil engineering, land surveying, GIS mapping, regulatory and environmental compliance, as well as staffing and placement services. Driven by his passion of helping America achieve its own energy independence, Steve manages his companies from the ground up, taking a personal interest in each division of each company.
Ascent Geomatics Solutions was created with the vision of becoming a broad-based service provider for Rocky Mountain exploration companies. Superior service, advanced technology and efficient operations allowed Ascent to take dominant market share in their service area and afforded Steve the opportunity to expand services, and add talented staff to grow the firm to where it is today. Ascent employs over 85 people between two offices in Colorado, and in satellite offices in North Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.
Steve holds a Master’s degree in Global Energy Management, and serves on the board of Tennyson Center for Children and Families.
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Ann Feldman joined Ascent in March 2013 as Regulatory Manager. With 35 years in the oil and gas industry, Ann brings experience in a wide range of areas, from well operations and regulatory compliance, to financial and project management, contract negotiation and investor relations. She has extensive experience permitting wells in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, California, Texas and Louisiana. Ann believes that everything she has accomplished in her career to this point has led her to this junction, a position with a company in which she can build her career and thrive in years to come.
At Ascent, Ann works to ensure that the client and associated wells, locations, and facilities are in proper compliance with all safety regulations, permit conditions, and agency requirements. This position provides overall leadership for federal, state and local regulatory permitting in support of oil and gas activities. Since joining Ascent, Ann has successfully permitted over 400 oil and gas locations in Colorado and Wyoming. Projects include oil and gas well pads and facilities, pipelines, and compressor stations.
Regulatory compliance is the last step in securing the process for our clients to commence their projects. The Regulatory Department coordinates with all other Ascent departments and clients to secure the information required for regulatory filings. Additionally, Ann’s department tracks the regulatory process from the time permit applications are submitted to the time they are approved and issued. Ann’s primary duty as Regulatory Manager involves making sure all permits are submitted, approved and issued by all regulatory agencies, so our clients are confident they are in full compliance with all codes, permit conditions of approval, and agency regulations in order to conduct their oil and gas operations.
Ann holds a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Art History from Syracuse University, and is a licensed massage therapist, having studied structural integration and Chinese medicine.
Data Processing Specialist
Data Processing Specialist with extensive experience with processing of massive amounts of geospatial information coupled with 19 years of varied and progressively responsible experience in land surveying and 3D laser scanning and modeling for both static and mobile LIDAR provides variable support for numerous transportation projects. His understanding and experience in processing LiDAR data with several different processing software: RiSCAN PRO, Terrascan/Terramodel/Terramatch. TopoDOT, Orbit GIS -LiDAR classification, GPS, Cyclone 3, Polyworks, Phidias, Land desk Top 2007, Microstation V8I, and Leica Geomatics Office, Pix4D, is a valuable asset to accurate data processing across many platforms. He has acquired hands on experience with a variety of tools including the Sokkia total stations and SDR data collectors; Geodometer Robotic Total station with Trimble data collectors (Trimble 4600, 4700, 4800, 5700, 5800 GPS systems); Lieca 700, 1100 total stations and robotics. Lieca 500, 1200 GPS systems; Cyra/Lieca Cyrax 2500 Laser Scanner; 3Dguru Laser Scanner; Z+F Laser Scanner; IQvalutionLaser Scanner; Riegl’s z390; z420 Laser Scanner; and the Streetmapper 360 and StreetMapper Portable Mobile Mapping systems.
Project Manager, Remote Sensing Team Lead
Owen joined the Ascent team in July of 2010. He functioned as a Survey Field Lead, organizing field crews and projects, along with collecting field data throughout the Rocky Mountain region for boundary, topographic, construction, and ROW surveys. Since then, Owen has developed a role in project management, managing the field work, drafting of exhibits, project timelines, and budgets. He has also helped develop and implement Ascent’s remote sensing program this past year, utilizing terrestrial LiDar and UAV based Photogrammetry. He has also helped train other employees in UAV field collection, along with traditional survey field methods, to ensure processes and procedures are followed on every project. Owen also has experience as a municipal surveyor, having completed boundary, construction, and control surveys. Through that work he has experience drafting, updating GIS databases/control networks, and had interactions with public and private entities to plan and complete publicly funded projects. Owen holds BA’s in both Physical Geography and Archaeology from the University of Denver, along with a certificate in GIS.
Director of Business Development
Keith joined Ascent in August 2016 and currently manages all Business Development efforts. Keith has been working in Business Development for over 15 years in the Hardware, Software and Services industries. He has worked both as an individual sales contributor and sales leader on multiple occasions. Keith has experience selling and managing accounts ranging from small-medium sized businesses to Fortune 100 companies, including international organizations. He also built a world class sales training program for one of his previous employers.
Keith’s current responsibilities include managing all sales and marketing functions for Ascent. Keith holds a BS in Business Administration and a Minor in History from the University of Northern Colorado.
Brian Ritz joined the Ascent team in May 2011. Beginning as a Field Technician, Brian led a field research crew on projects throughout the Rocky Mountain region. His experience with many boundary projects in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota taught Brian valuable lessons in retracing and deciphering the PLSS used in those states. He subsequently passed the Colorado PLS exam in February 2015.
Brian’s primary responsibilities at this firm focus on facility construction, boundary surveys, pipeline routing and staking, as-built surveys, and right of way creation. The team relies on Brian for data processing, field coordination, data management, CAD drafting, and Survey Department leadership.
George has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector, specializing in Midstream Oil & Gas and Land Development. His experience in various roles has provided him expertise in GIS Data Management, IT Management, Database Administration, Consulting, Construction Support, Pipeline Integrity Management, and Business Development. George also has specific experience working with many software products including: ESRI/ArcGIS, AutoCAD and other CAD products, BlueSky, DASH, and other various mapping programs. Prior to working at Ascent, George worked at ENGlobal and CH2M Hill. George holds an Bachelor Degree in MIS from Colorado Technical University, an AAS Engineering Technology from Denver Technical College, and attended The University of Colorado in Civil Engineering. George is also Level 1 BlueSky Skyline Certified.
Senior Field Coordinator/Crew Chief
Todd Bakeberg joined Ascent in 2012 and for the past 4 years has been coordinating survey field operations and leading project execution of surveying services on major projects. Todd has worked in the field on upstream and midstream projects in multiple regions, ranging from North Dakota to Texas. Survey work included from boundary surveys, topographic surveys (Including drainage surveys & floodplain cross sections), construction surveys, as well as horizontal and vertical control networks.
Prior to joining Ascent, Todd worked in Land Development for 16 years. Todd was the lead surveyor on multiple construction, topographic, highway, and boundary projects, as well as recent environmental and gas pipeline survey projects. Experienced in handling the research needed for new projects, doing calculations for field staking, and handling multiple contractor requests to get the job done efficiently and on time. He also has experience as an equipment operator, laborer, and stake jumper for a construction company, which allows him to understand just what contractors need to be productive and efficient.
Major Survey Project Experience:
Magdaléna brings over 14 years of work experience in GIS, natural resource and asset management. She is experienced in data management, geodatabase building, relational databases, spatial analysis, spatial statistics and cartographic presentations. Magdaléna worked on a wide range of projects pertaining to the oil & gas industry, basin-wide hydrogeological studies, resource and hydrologic modeling, regulatory and permitting support as well as civil engineering projects, storm water and erosion control programs and transportation studies. She has been working with data in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania as well as international projects in Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Cameroon, Australia and other regions.
Additionally, Magdaléna has field experience in ground and surface water sampling and in GPS collection of natural resource data. In her honors thesis she evaluated a multi-variable predictive model developed for the Forest Service and utilized aerial photographic interpretation among other photogrammetry and remote sensing analysis techniques.
Magdaléna is experienced in providing technical support and training in GIS/GPS and spatial software. Her work also included database maintenance and database administration of spatially-enabled SQL multiuser databases, as well as servicing the needs of the web-based mapping application integrating desktop, internet and Transact-SQL platforms.
In her role at Ascent, Magdaléna is responsible for the stewardship of spatial data, administering centralized data storage and supporting web-enabled mapping application for asset management. She has been guiding project teams to streamline data flow and integrity from field data collection dispatch to final client deliverables. She has been developing custom tools to provide automated and efficient data conversion, quality control and data dissemination.
Magdaléna holds a BA in Environmental Studies with concentration in Spatial Analysis from Mount Holyoke College and MS in GIS from University of Denver.
Michael Welker joined Ascent in July 2013 and is currently the Program Manager – Midstream for Ascent Geomatics Solutions. Michael is responsible for leading project teams, project management and technical expertise for utility, grading and water resource projects. He is a civil engineer with 16 years’ experience managing land surveying, engineering, permitting, and floodplain projects. He has extensive engineering experience in residential, industrial and oil and gas projects along the Front Range. Project experience includes surveys for topography, utilities, transportation, drainage, floodplains, construction and as-build’s. Key projects include The Meadows, Red Hawk, Terrain, Vestas Blades (Windsor) and Vestas Tower (Pueblo). He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming, MBA from the University of Colorado and is a CFM and LEED AP.
Michael Pool joined Ascent in June 2012 and is currently the Engineering Manager. Michael leads the Data Management group which consists of surveyors, engineers, drafters, GIS and regulatory. He is a professional civil engineer and land surveyor with over 20 years of experience with land development and oil & gas projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo where he studied Civil Engineering.
Director of Project Management and Regulatory
Bill Farris joined Ascent Geomatics Solutions in July 2008 and immediately began working in the Wattenberg field collecting GPS data for oil and gas projects in support of asset management programs. Later as a GIS analyst, he designed and implemented geospatial databases for GPS field collection in support of projects in the petroleum industry involving environmental analysis, underground pipeline mapping, and a variety of different oil and gas assets. In 2010 he was promoted to GIS Manager and in that capacity he coordinated all GIS projects, developed web based asset management systems, and presented cutting edge technologies at the leading GIS industry conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado where he studied Geography, Geology, and GIS.
Vice President of Operations
Chris Pearson joined the Ascent team in 2007 with a hardy background in operations management and contract negotiation. As Vice President of Operations, Chris is in charge of the development, communication, and implementation of effective growth strategies and other company wide initiatives. He is responsible for providing day-to-day leadership and support to the coordinated efforts of both the Business Development and Operations side of our service based company. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from California Polytechnic State University and a Masters in Energy Management.
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