J. Anthony (Tony) Cavell of the Louisiana State University Center for Geoinformatics was recently elected a fellow of the National Society of Professional Surveyors & American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, an honor reserved for less than one-half percent of the membership. Cavell currently serves as the NSPS Governor from Louisiana, as Secretary of the Board of Governors and on the NSPS Standards Committee. He is a past president of the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors.
Cavell is Associate Director of the LSU C4G, with responsibility for maintaining the GULFNet geodetic network and developing new technology and surveying standards for Louisiana and its citizens. Since re-joining LSU in 2004, Cavell has been instrumental in helping the surveying, mapping and geodesy profession by integrating the Global Positioning System, and implementing new mapping technology in both the government and private sectors.
In addition to his LSU and NSPS positions, Cavell is a contributor to the American Surveyor and frequently presents seminars on GPS and many other topics to surveyors, the public and government groups across the country and even as far as Saudi Arabia. Before joining the LSU C4G in 2004, Cavell’s career included professional consulting, executive stints including CEO of a prominent Louisiana vendor, offshore surveying all after getting his start in surveying in the New Orleans area.
Cavell, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, held Physics as his first interest but found kindred spirits in the ancient field of surveying. A little study in geodesy under LSU Instructor Cliff Mugnier then at University of New Orleans, confirmed his interest in the field. He currently resides in Baton Rouge, La.
The NSPS membership is open to all professional surveyors and to persons trained, registered, or interested in the profession of surveying and mapping. NSPS strives to establish and further common interests, objectives, and political effort that would help bind the surveying profession into a unified body in the United States. For information about the National Society of Professional Surveyors, see: http://www.nspsmo.org/.
The ACSM was founded in June 1941 and is incorporated as a non-profit educational organization whose goal is to advance the sciences of surveying and mapping and related fields, in furtherance of the welfare of those who use and make maps. American Congress on Surveying and Mapping information may be found at http://www.acsm.net/.
About LSU C4G
The LSU C4G is a force in expanding and strengthening the university, commercial, and public-sector geospatial communities within Louisiana and the U.S. LSU C4G operates and maintains GULFNet, the 3-D positioning system that defines the National Spatial Reference System in Louisiana. It provides the advanced geospatial information, applications, products, training, and expertise that are required to support economic development and environmental stewardship. Further information about the LSU C4G can be found on the Internet at: http://c4g.lsu.edu.